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Becoming a Film set Photographer


17 May 2011 5:52PM
Good Evening everyone

I am looking for some advice on becoming a Film/T.V set photographer. I have a great passion for both photography and Film, so to combine the 2 would be a dream come true.

If possible I would like some contact details of photographers in this industry, with the chance of gaining some work experience.

I am Kent based so very close to London

Kind Regards
Just Jas Plus
20 26.4k 1 England
17 May 2011 5:59PM
Andytvcams, perhaps?
User_Removed 18 17.9k 8 Norway
17 May 2011 6:56PM
kenp666 11 9 United Kingdom
17 May 2011 6:58PM
Probably the widest published UK film/TV set photographer is Tony Nutley. He has a website and can also be contacted through net-models. He lives in Hants.
Just Jas Plus
20 26.4k 1 England
17 May 2011 7:04PM
Andy is one of our camaraderie, as Mike points out.

And a helpful chappy.
Hugo 17 649 United Kingdom
17 May 2011 10:15PM
Do some "networking" on here http://www.mandy.com/ or http://www.productionbase.co.uk or https://shootingpeople.org

You might (or might not) pick up some of the lower end of the market.
Graflex 19 488 United Kingdom
18 May 2011 3:59PM
You sound like me when I was younger...I started in the film trade in a small way.

A film 'stills' man doesn't only take pictures on the set-you also need to know about studio work because it is your task to do all the advertising pictures back at base.Portraits,full length,the lot.
In fact,Jack of all trades.

This might entail doing a larger format..You need to know about studio lighting as well.Movies have large or sometime small budgets,so you might have the producer barking orders..

It all sounds glamourous,but the life of a photographer in these circumstances can become very routine and not suitable for everyone,long hours,weekends,nights,abroad,you can throw private life out of the window.Nothing is easy.

You also need to understand working with the 'stars' they possess a thing called 'temperament'and can stand for no nonsence in photographing them.Get on the wrong side and life isn't worth living.


Where do you start-bottom rung.Check out 'Screen International' for production notes,write around,see if someone can show you the ropes or get inside a studio.
We all start somewhere,even making the tea...

Go for it!
H.

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