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  • August 24, 2019
  • Shane Hurlbut, ASC

When you begin your career as a filmmaker, you tend to only consider shots, the art behind the craft, and all of the creatives choices you are ready to make. Time and time again, it can be a rude awakening for those that enter into the industry and that don’t consider the business aspect of the process. YES – being creative is a big part of our game but that is maybe 40% of the job at the most.

Everyday as filmmakers we deal with budgets, lists, meetings, treatments, pitches, producers, and countless logistical issues that most wouldn’t imagine outside of the film industry. We are a business and a lot of people can forget about everything else outside of the art. While it can be tumultuous, you have to remember that there is an artform in business. As a filmmakers, we have to deliver out on the job and when we are trying to pitch/land our next project. We are freelance workers and are consistently on the prowl for what’s next. To get those big and good jobs, you need to know the art of how to maneuver the industry.


This month, Lydia and I discuss the trials and tribulations on what you will face in the industry. Not only that, we also discuss the complex labyrinth that you will have to weave in the real world. No matter if you are just starting out or already at the top — you need to be prepared for the roads in which you will embark.

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