This past weekend I had the chance to work with a good friend, Josh Hittleman (@joshhittleman) on a single day shoot in Mill Valley. If you’ve never been to Marin County, then you really should. It’s one of the most beautiful places with aw-striking views of mountains, redwoods, the ocean, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Monthly Inspiration is a blog series that’s about what inspires me; filmmakers, styles, actors, scripts… each month, I’ll cover one new piece of inspiration. Hopefully I can turn you on to something that will inspire you as well.
Traditionally with MI posts I try to find people who are inspirational both as filmmakers and as human beings. I try to focus on things that people do away from the industry that influence the way I approach my work. But for the next few months I’m going to be focusing on the Directors of Photography (DP’s) that influence my work with their work. So for this month I bring you Steve Yedlin, the DP from a big number of some of my favorite looking films.
For the first time in my career I’m now working as a full-time freelancer. Not having a staffed position is new to me and freelancing has a steep learning curve. But as I pick things up I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned in a series of blogs called Freelancing.
For the first installment I’ve decided to focus on something that applies to everyone, not just freelancers: overcoming mistakes. We’ve all made mistakes. And if you haven’t, you will. Overcoming these mistakes is a crucial part of freelancing. If the people you work with can’t rely on you, they’ll stop hiring you. How to deal with accidents and mistakes sounds like common knowledge, but a lot of people can’t (or just don’t) handle the situations well.
The holidays have come and passed and 2014 has come to a close. As we move forward in the new year it’s important to look back at all that 2014 was so that we can make the best of 2015. For me, this year can be described in one word: transition. I started the year as a grad student in Chicago, moved to San Francisco, was in LA for a while, and am now working as a full-time freelancer. It’s been a great year with lots of ups, some downs, and has finally started me down the path I want to be on.