Just because you are so dam smart Mike and it was a pleasure meting you at the Redparty... I let you a little secret of why I said what I said, with some of our back grounds been the Colosseum, the Fountain of Trevi, and other HUGE monuments in Rome, I =immediately discovered that the best way to get that size of structures properly illuminated was with the use of Flash, while I get my main subjects lighted up with continuos lighting nice and soft... MOre to come, you guys are going to love the BTS videos and pics of the shootings in Rome... ;)
So interested in this! I get out of school may 8th and think I might actually spend waking nights creating something to submit!
I think its important that contestants have managed expectations about this. first things first- This is a great opp to win the camera. But a mentorship? That is a joke! Its just a marketing tool.. If management artists likes your work, they are going to represent you, not mentor you.. And if you havent shot editorial for major fashion magazines, they are not going to represent you no matter how "good" your photos are.. Another thing, the photography director at vogue, as at all fashion magazines, has no say at all when it comes to picking photographers, NONE . At best, they can choose a photog to shoot little insert pics of civilians, not models, or if its a model, its a reportage shot of the model in the offices of vogue... and once you shoot that type of pic, you will never be asked to shoot a fashion spread.. I say all of this form experience shooting for major fashion mags around the world. The fashion industry is more competitive than the motion picture biz, and the rates paid to photogs are much higher than to "DP's. When I was shooting back in the 90's, the rate to shoot JCrew was 3500 per day, plus expenses. Talbots, a lesser catalogue was 2500.and these were 8 hour days..Gap was 7500 per day. Magazines paid by the page.. the better the magazine the less it paid.. The crappier mags would pay 750 to 1500 per page, and on average, you shot 6 pages in a day.. If the pages werent printed, you got 200 for the day plus your ac expense.. At Vogue, its all up to Anna Wintour, and nobody else, just as its all up to Franca Sozzani at Italian Vogue.. So go for the camera, because there is nothing better than the Epic as a prize.. Cant wait for 21megapixel dragon- because many clients are very hesitant... I have been lucky in convincing my clients, but its always because a full motion film is being shot at the same time.. No way could I show up with my epic to shoot stills only...Once we have the 6k sensor, the playing field will be level!!
I can definitely see where you're coming from, but here is my 2 cents.
I see this as a great opportunity for the younger crowd of aspiring filmmakers, most of you guys on here already make a living doing what you love to do, and that is awesome! That is my end all goal someday as well, to make a living doing what I love. But for me, this contest truly seems like a gift. It probably seems like an AMAZING contest to many people as well for 3 reasons.
1) It is outstanding motivation to get out there every day to work on and learn a whole lot more about the art.
2) If you lose, you still win because you are left with most likely some amazing new content and knowledge that you didn't have before.
3) If you win... (obviously the $10,000 and Epic package is amazing) but even the mentorship would be amazing for the younger crowd. It's a chance to really get out there and gain even more experience that you didn't have before!
Again, im just saying, don't down the mentorship, because the truth is it probably wouldn't do anything for a lot of people. But for some, this could be life changing.
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