Hi! Of course I’m not freaked out, I love meeting new people!
I’m glad you find my blog interesting, I’m trying to keep it up to date but I’m stupidly busy as of late and I’m always at work!
Thank you so much, it really makes me smile when I see that others take interest in my work! I hope you had a lovely day :)
Kathryn Bigelow, director of The Hurt Locker, is the only woman EVER to win a Best Director Oscar. Only 4 women have ever been nominated. Women made up only 6% of Directors for the top movies of 2013. There were NO female nominees for directing, cinematography, film editing, writing (original screenplay), or music (original score) during last year’s Academy Awards.
After 13 hours! Delivering the final shots of the movie and waiting on those 2 shots that just WON’T get approved…
It’s going to be a longgggggggg night!
of working straight.
I worked 15 hours yesterday and back working again right now!
I am a zombie.
Thank you so much! I’m awaiting my final stage of residency now, should have my PR in October if all goes smoothly :)
To move from England wasn’t that difficult! I know that the working holiday visas have got more and more popular in the last few years, they get snapped up pretty quickly these days but it’s still easily possible to get a visa if you’re quick enough and stay updated on the release dates of applications! I took a year off after University to save money and to make sure I had everything ready, I didn’t want to rush anything and maybe you’ll do the same thing!
I was going to use BUNAC as they also help with holiday camps and interning but then decided to save on fees and just apply myself after talking to people who were already out in Canada who applied for the same visas. The most helpful thing I found was using FB groups, there are 2 main ones on there for people going to Canada on the IEC Working Holiday Visas and everyones advise is massively helpful and any questions you have you can just post on there.
The following links may be useful for you:
I hope you decide to move out here, it’s wonderful! and thank you so much for the message!
and I have never been so tired.
I’m working this Sunday when the Oscars are on, and I have to laugh at THIS is what the Film Industry is… Hard work, long hours, lack of sleep, no social life and far too many coffees. Not fancy dresses, awards and the glitz and glam… but I love it and I wouldn’t give it up for anything.
Hi! Super sorry for the late response, I see my messages on here then totally forget to answer because I’m so tired.
As much as anything successful in life is about pushing to reach your goals and motivating yourself, with regards to the VFX and Film Industry it really is about who you know. I wouldn’t have worked on the shows I have and met the people I know without meeting those key people at the start and networking.
It’s hard to get your name out there that you want experience to gain knowledge about the industry and finding people that will help you on your way is the main key in getting into any industry. I thought that most people would be rude, unkind and unhelpful as all you ever see in the media is that people in film only care about themselves and no one else but its totally different to that. I actually started by emailing production companies and getting in touch with a lot of people who do indie films, most of these people are just starting their companies or are straight out of film school. These people will be asking for help, rather than you asking them to hire you. Your first few jobs are more than likely going to be unpaid and are just to gain experience but that’s exactly what you want to succeed in this industry, the bigger shows and bigger companies aren’t going to hire you without experience and if they do, then you’re very lucky!
My advice would be to do some research online about local productions and try and work on their projects. Even if its not in the department you want it to be, in this case VFX, that’s okay because when you work on set you’re working closely with usually 50-70 people on an indie who more than likely don’t even want to peruse their department, they’re just there like you, looking to meet people to advance their interests in film and career. You can then gain experience and knowledge about working on a movie whilst also meeting new people. I’m always helpful to everyone in their departments, always friendly and get chatting to the people in the department where you want to be… when the sound isn’t rolling, obviously!
9/10 people are not going to mind about you asking how they got where they are now and to give you advice. My first job was a weekend on an indie set and there I met two people, who then brought my on my next show, and then I met people there who brought me on another show and so on and so forth.
I hope you find experience within this fun but exhausting industry! :)
Yes, I know it’s crazy right?! It’s 2 years this May that I’ve been living in Vancouver, yet it only feels like a few months but so much has happened/changed since first moving here… in a way it feels like I’ve been here forever and another it feels like everything has flown by and 2 years ago was just yesterday!
And thank you, I’m proud too! Still working my way up there but I’ll get there eventually :)
I hope you’re well and everything is great!