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    Hello,
    I just moved in London to try and purse my dream of becoming a video director.
    I don't have too much time as I'm already turning 35 and neither too much money to invest in courses or too high budget equipments.
    Never did anything at professional level, just some filming and editing with my phone and home pc, stuff like that.
    I know it may sound naive or dumb, but its all in my head, the images keep flowing everytime i hear a song and if i don't start to translate them into filming it
    will explode sometime soon.
    I want to do this, still i don't have any clue at how to get there...and when i say any clue, i really mean it.
    what is the minimum equipment i need for professional looking results and start building my own portfolio? what must be the priority in my purchasings?
    how can i get some experience as an assistant and there are videomakers that i can work for just for free, for the sake of experience?
    how did you start and what kind of advice would you give me?
    please be as detailed as you can be,
    thanks to all in advance!
    Claude

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    So you've moved into London...your currently unemployed, you would like us to help you work out a plan for a career in videography

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    Like most on here, I came into it with lots of inspiration and not much money. Seek out the video companies who specialise in the area you feel you'd like to work in. Corporate/weddings/band promos/arty and ask if you can help.
    Someone, somewhere, will need a helping hand. it's then up to you to see what gear and contacts are needed. Gear can be hired for whatever jobs you get, but it's the contacts that are really important.
    My opinions are just that . . . Mine. It's not personal, but is based on my emotional and professional reaction to requested critique. If you choose to ignore constructive comments, I'll just assume you're a vanity poster and not posting to improve your filming and editing skills.

    Ex A.P.V Videomaker of the year - Ex M.M. IOV Come join my EXclusive club

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    thanks guys for your tips, I really appreciate and I will try to make the most of it.
    I know it will take lots of time and I'm currently employed in another field so i have my modest income, i wasn't saying i just want to become a director from day to night, sorry if i gave the wrong impression...anyway, can you tell me also what's the best combo of camera+computer+editing software for a beginner so i can start saving my money for that without buying stuff that isn't worth it or that would be too difficult to use from scratch? for example ppl say mac is the only choice and a normal pc is not the case for serious video editing..i just want to do this the best way i can, that's why i'm looking for some advice.

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    You can buy a Rolls Royce or a clapped out mini, they both go from A to B, one in a smoother fashion than the other. personally I edit on PC and have always found it rock solid reliable and depending on the software in use, still challenging enough to reflect my creativity when needed.
    You can pick up edit software really cheap that will get you started and fulfill most of your needs. I have some software called 'lets Edit' it cost 29. So simple to use, but inputs/outputs and edits most things I need when I work on site with a laptop.
    Start simple and if you develop a flair for creativity and good camera work, the doorbell will soon ring.
    My opinions are just that . . . Mine. It's not personal, but is based on my emotional and professional reaction to requested critique. If you choose to ignore constructive comments, I'll just assume you're a vanity poster and not posting to improve your filming and editing skills.

    Ex A.P.V Videomaker of the year - Ex M.M. IOV Come join my EXclusive club

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    Hi and welcome to London,
    readiing yr words it seems that video is an aspiration, a career change, etc. so I'd advie "Learning the Craft" - only then should you expose yourself filmically to the Pros.

    Better still, join a Film-making club, prf one near you so you can learn about Editing, Lighting, camerawork and Audio. Each o these can take a lifetime, . . . . so you'll have to learn quickly.

    One possible advantage you have is that you are/will be learning on Tech gear that is far easier than ever before. Clubs don't require you to have any Kit, so a willingness to assist and put up the screen, make tea and generally muck-in are bound to help.

    As to Editing, If you are serious about making movies, then "Easy" programs are a No-No that will do you no favours amongst yr peers. You should try Sony Vegas Movie Studio - it's 90% identical to pro-standard and the Suite version is under 50 including the DVD/BlueRay authoring/burning program. 30-day trial is free, but not long enough, how about a 3-months stint, Sony? (ho-Ho).

    The reason for this is 1) it's cheap for a fab program (and v12 has animated titling) and has quite a bit of respect in pro-circles, although most use Adobe because their firm pay for it.
    PC's are far cheaper per bang and desktops with a quad-core are really the start for HD editing...IMHO, you can swap the Graphics card for something better in a year which will speed up Renderng.

    YET.
    Put off buying anything expensive . . . . nearly always there will be better/cheaper and if you want to becaome a Director, get to know Producers, possibly by doing some "shorts" maybe just for fun, local social groups, etc.. Modern cameras use flash-memory . . . avoid tape if at all possible.

    However, filmaking is a group activity and only by having "People Skills" will your ideas get onto DVD - there are so many processes involved. Start slowly and be humble enough to look and learn.

    Good Luck.
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    Your best bet is to expose yourself to excellent work and then try to adapt the best of it for yourself.

    The undisputed classic in modern video is a British TV show called "No Heroics" starring the great Claire Keelan (who took a break from live theatre to star in the show).

    They only made six episodes (i.e. 25% of a Candian TV season or 12.5% of a US TV season), but you can just watch them again and again as I do and learn more each time.

    There is an especially touching public washroom scene featuring the inimitable James Lance.

    You guys are really spoiled over there.

    Zam

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swevo View Post
    I don't have too much time as I'm already turning 35

    Quote Originally Posted by Swevo View Post
    its all in my head, the images keep flowing everytime i hear a song and if i don't start to translate them into filming it
    will explode sometime soon.
    Before such cranial damage occurs, be mindful that not all videos contain filmed images.

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    thank you all, I guess i have to start from what i can get and taking it one step at the time
    I will for sure try to contact some film-making club and see what happens..
    I take the chance to ask if somebody of you who lives in London will ever need an apprentice-assistant-coffee maker for free I would be glad to go for it.
    I'm up for anything, in the meantime thanks again to everyone who replied

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