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May 01, 2005
Issue #2005-05

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# Introduction
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# Designing a Career
---- Tips when starting a new job

# Things of Interest
---- ArtsDay LA 2005
---- The VES Festival

# FAQ / Q&A
---- DI or not? What should an Independent film maker do?

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# Subject: Tips when starting a new job

Congratulations, you start your new job tomorrow. How excited are you? How nervous are you?

I remember each time I started a new job and did not know anyone. I was scared but really happy because it was a job I really wanted.

Do not laugh, but at one job I was so scared that I threw up the weekend before I was going to start this job. It was going to be the Vice President of Post Production at MTM and my parents had to take me away to Palm Springs that weekend to relax me and tell me that it will be ok. And you know what, it was ok.

Here are some things that I did in this new jobs since I had a group of people that were going to report to me.

~~ So the first thing I wanted to do is make a good first impression and try to create a smooth transition into this new job. This would apply to anyone starting a new job since the first impression is so important.
~~ Make sure you are not over dressed or underdressed. If you are a woman, do not overdo the makeup and the perfume.
~~ Walk in with a smile but do not walk in telling stupid jokes.
~~ Look around and listen. Do not say much, just watch and see how people are interacting and reacting to the others around you.
~~ They say you should not make references to how things used to operate in your past job. Sometimes people might think you are kissing up or causing trouble.
~~ Asking suitable questions and show an interest. That will win points and show that you are a caring person and willing to learn.
~~ If you want to volunteer for a task that no one wants to do, it might not be a bad thing. It shows that you are a team player. Just make sure if you do this that you still stand on your own ground when you need too.
~~ Remember the names of the people you work with and say good bye when you leave.
~~ Just be happy and show confidence and I think everyone and everything will fall into place.


If you are looking where to send your resume to get jobs in the Film or TV Entertainment Industry or more tips and tricks, make sure to check out my upcoming eBook on how to find a Job in the Entertainment Industry - "Show you want to be in Show Biz?"


# ArtsDay LA 2005 - Unleash a Dream and Save the Date!

ArtsDay LA is a free celebration and exploration of arts in Los Angeles featuring 32 mini-lectures and panels in the areas of creative writing, screen writing, architecture, graphic design, interior design, landscape architecture, photography, and studio arts. Other program highlights include live entertainment, giveaways, and for the first 300 attendees, gift bags! Best of all, the event is free and open to the public (parking on the UCLA campus is $7).

~~ UCLA Court of Sciences
Saturday, May 21, 11 am - 3 pm

For more information as it becomes available, go to: or call (310) 267-4888.

# The VES Festival

The VES Festival provides visual effects artists worldwide a unique platform to showcase their distinctive talents in front of industry professionals and the public at large. Here is your chance to hobnob with the "best of the best" in the field of visual effects. Tickets are on sale now. If you purchase before May 24th, there is a discount.

The Festival will be June 24 - 26th, 2005 at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, California. You can buy the tickets on-line at:


# Subject: DI or not? What should an Independent film maker do?

~ Question: I am trying to become my own indie director. I have heard about DI but am not sure if it is something I should worry about. Is it something I need to consider?

~ My Answer: The most important thing when doing any film is the budget. The second most important item is making sure your budget gives you want you want the film to look like.

I feel that with DI and the new 24P HD cameras that you have a better choice with being creative with your budget and getting the look and feel you want.

For an example, you can use 16MM film stock (Kodak Vision 2) which is great.

There is also a site of testimonials describing the improvements on the grain, shades, sharpness, and color scale. Because of DI, you can save money using 16MM and blow it up to 35 when outputting to DI and it will look great. Or if you want you can shoot DV. (I would recommend using a 24P video camera to match the film speed to make it easier for outputting to Film.) If you are really don't have money and want to produce your film, I would shoot in DV and try to sell it via sending out DVD's and when you find a distributor, then you can spend the money and output it on film.

Either way if you decided to shoot film or DV and use the DI process you must and I mean MUST do the following:

~~ After you put your team together the next step before you shoot one frame of film or one field of video, you need to set up your Post Production facility. You need to make sure you feel that the Post house understands your needs and the look and feel you are trying to create.
~~ You need your Director and the DP working closely with you and the Post house. I would have a meeting before you start your production (I do this on all my films).
~~ You need to do tests with the Post house to make sure the film to DI or DV to DI is what you think it will be and to make sure the Post house really understands what you want. Do various color and gray scales and make sure you are lighting the set the way you need to. Or setting the speed of the film correctly with lighting. Be careful not to overexpose.
~~ In DI, color correction can grab colors if it exists and create the colors that you want. But, if you overexpose the film, there will be no colors to grab, therefore you are stuck with what you shot.
~~ When shooting DV, do not use fluorescent colors, bright colors, and certain patterns because they can bleed
~~ If you are shooting in DV and think you need to have a film look, you do not. I really do not think that it is necessary, because if you light properly it will not look flat, as well as, if you output on film you will be get grain.
~~ If you want to use different formats no matter how you make it, it will look like other formats no matter what anyone tells you. You can not mix medias unless that is the look you are trying to achieve. You can mix different media like 16 and 35 or digital beta cam and HD and output to DI. That will not be as noticeable, but it could appear a little softer.


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