In which we discuss the things for which we are paid...

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Post by Lank » Sat Jun 27, 2015 2:21 pm

I am a member of the IATSE Local 728 Hollywood Motion Picture Electricians. Which means I pick up heavy lights and plug them in.
I'm a dayplayer, so I don't work on any one thing every day, but recently I've done a lot of work on Bones, Revenge, and HBO's Togetherness.

It's hard on your body and the hours can be rough, but it's a pretty sweet gig. Low stress, low responsibility, good food.
Of course, I want to no longer be doing it as soon as I can, but there are worse jobs certainly.
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Post by NathanM » Sat Jun 27, 2015 6:14 pm

Wow reading through all of this we really have grown up. Acting wise just unpaid small fun skits. But I've been editing News for years now. Shot and chopped a doc that Chad told me was really long. But in a good way. Everything else is short film. Fun but not much in terms of the dollars. Also I'm doing this mostly from my iPhone so I haven't updated my avatar. Lol.
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Post by Faldor » Sun Jun 28, 2015 3:15 am

I find it so weird to apply for work saying how I've been using After Effects for over ten years. They don't know I was 17!

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Post by Chad Peter » Tue Jun 30, 2015 2:59 am

Editwithmouse wrote:Shot and chopped a doc that Chad told me was really long.
I'm not sure I remember to which you are referring...

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Post by Chad Peter » Tue Jun 30, 2015 3:00 am

Lank wrote:I am a member of the IATSE Local 728 Hollywood Motion Picture Electricians. Which means I pick up heavy lights and plug them in.
I'm a dayplayer, so I don't work on any one thing every day, but recently I've done a lot of work on Bones, Revenge, and HBO's Togetherness.

It's hard on your body and the hours can be rough, but it's a pretty sweet gig. Low stress, low responsibility, good food.
Of course, I want to no longer be doing it as soon as I can, but there are worse jobs certainly.
Also, didn't know about "Togetherness". I still need to watch that show. How's Mark Duplass?

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Post by Lank » Tue Jun 30, 2015 1:58 pm

I need to watch it too. Looks good!

Mark (and Jay) Duplass were pretty cool. Very chill. No interesting stories to report. Although once I took a glance at Mark's twitter and saw several "no one is listening" posts, but he's so all over the place he could've been talking about executives or another project entirely.
Jay looked tired as fuck by the final week.
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Post by Chad Peter » Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:51 am

Hah, I bet. Those fucking guys are gonna burn out if they're not careful. Maybe I'll check it out this week - I hear it's a short first season (Tyler watched the ENTIRE season in one NYC to LA flight.

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Post by NickLong » Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:01 am

Well, I started out in Post Production back in 1999, then left Film/TV for a couple of years to go work at EA (easy job and hated the guy I was working for, so EA seemed like an easy out). Went back to editing around 2002, same company, but the guy I hated had left. Worked my way up to Senior Editor/Producer and pretty much ended up running the company, but wasn't getting the paycheck.

I left and set up my own Production Company in 2009 with a couple of guys I knew, and have been doing that ever since - still based at Pinewood Studios. A lot of corporate and brand films, but peppered with our own creative bits and pieces. We ended up buying the company I used to work for and are in the process of setting it up as a specialist Aerial Cinematography/Photography company (we own a couple of drones and I'm licensed to fly them commercially).

We now have a comedy spinoff and a film spin off from the company and we're about to embark on a fundraising adventure to raise cash to expand the business and get a budget (tax efficiently of course) for our first feature (an indie horror).

Still don't get enough time to spend with my wife, or my playstation..

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Post by NathanM » Thu Jul 09, 2015 11:53 am

NickLong wrote:Well, I started out in Post Production back in 1999, then left Film/TV for a couple of years to go work at EA (easy job and hated the guy I was working for, so EA seemed like an easy out). Went back to editing around 2002, same company, but the guy I hated had left. Worked my way up to Senior Editor/Producer and pretty much ended up running the company, but wasn't getting the paycheck.

I left and set up my own Production Company in 2009 with a couple of guys I knew, and have been doing that ever since - still based at Pinewood Studios. A lot of corporate and brand films, but peppered with our own creative bits and pieces. We ended up buying the company I used to work for and are in the process of setting it up as a specialist Aerial Cinematography/Photography company (we own a couple of drones and I'm licensed to fly them commercially).

We now have a comedy spinoff and a film spin off from the company and we're about to embark on a fundraising adventure to raise cash to expand the business and get a budget (tax efficiently of course) for our first feature (an indie horror).

Still don't get enough time to spend with my wife, or my playstation..
Sad playstation.

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Post by Chad Peter » Thu Jul 09, 2015 1:52 pm

NickLong wrote:We ended up buying the company I used to work for...
Nick wins.

Also, excited to see what you do with the feature production end of things. Don't fuck it up. ;)

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Post by NathanM » Fri Jul 10, 2015 4:03 pm

Chad Peter wrote:
NickLong wrote:We ended up buying the company I used to work for...
Nick wins.

Also, excited to see what you do with the feature production end of things. Don't fuck it up. ;)
He won't

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Post by rogue_09 » Mon Jul 13, 2015 8:23 am

I've also fallen into a VFX day job. I soon start my second season doing cleanup work on an Amazon Prime children's show called Tumble Leaf. It's all stop motion, which is a lot of fun since I'm a sucker for animation. My friend got me a temp gig in the VFX room last year and I have a proper contract starting next month for the rest of season 2.

My buddies and I are pitching our own stop motion show to the company that produces Tumble Leaf. We're hoping to have a teaser animated by the end of the year.

Beyond that, I also huck lights for a living, though without the prestige of 728.

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Post by Chad Peter » Tue Jul 14, 2015 4:21 pm

Seems everyone I know who has been financially "successful" (meaning: surviving in LA), went into POST production (VFX, editing or otherwise). Lank is the only LA-based production person who came from 2k (that I know of) that is surviving on doing production alone (in LA). Obviously Branco is doing pretty well on the other side of the states.

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Post by Cory » Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:11 am

I'm making a living in retail management (walmart). Passed up the film dream to start a family. Now married (which I think may have happened before this place went into a coma), and have 2 little dudes keeping me busy outside of work. If you have me on fb, I'm sure you've seen them (if you don't have me on fb, why the hell not? Even Tony added me!).

However my best friend is paying me half a g to edit his book, so I'm kind of getting paid for something creative. Hopefully some of my writing projects pull in a few bucks. My hope is to be writing and/or editing full time in 10 years.
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Post by Cory » Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:14 am

Side note, it's funny to me that the only 2k'ers I see on fb regularly are Nic (strongly atheist) and Tony (devout christian). Every year or so I see Chad post something.
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Post by Chad Peter » Thu Jul 16, 2015 3:17 pm

Cory wrote:The only 2k'ers I see on fb regularly are Nic (strongly atheist) and Tony (devout christian). Every year or so I see Chad post something.
lol, see? NP brings everyone together. ;). Ah, the good ol days when liberals and conservatives could live with each other.

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Post by Chad Peter » Thu Jul 16, 2015 3:21 pm

Chad Peter wrote:
Cory wrote:The only 2k'ers I see on fb regularly are Nic (strongly atheist) and Tony (devout christian). Every year or so I see Chad post something.
lol, see? NP brings everyone together. ;)
Also, speaking of Tony. Where the hell is that guy?

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Post by Cory » Thu Jul 16, 2015 7:24 pm

Dunno, I'll go nag him.
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Post by Tony » Thu Jul 16, 2015 8:16 pm

Oh, hey!

I am living in Virginia now, spent about 3 years living in Hawaii prior to that. I am an intelligence analyst in the Air Force.
My wife and I now have 4 daughters (ranging from 9 to 2), and the younger two especially enjoy watching Tumble Leaf.
Haven't done anything film wise in quite some time.

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Post by Chad Peter » Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:35 pm

Tony wrote:Oh, hey!

I am living in Virginia now, spent about 3 years living in Hawaii prior to that. I am an intelligence analyst in the Air Force.
My wife and I now have 4 daughters (ranging from 9 to 2), and the younger two especially enjoy watching Tumble Leaf.
Haven't done anything film wise in quite some time.
Virginia?! When the hell did that happen? Hell, I still assumed you were in NorCal. uh... lol. WELCOME BACK with your FOUR CHILDREN. WTF tony! ;)

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