Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Film & Video Production Program Graduate Success: Danielle Yogev

One of the F.I.R.S.T. SCHOOL graduate students from the film and video production program, Danielle Yogev, was interviewed recently. Read and watch the interview below for more information.

How did you become interested in film and video?

Basically I always loved performing and the arts growing up and when I was 12 on my birthday my dad bought the family a video camera and I was like, “Wow! What is this!?” I really started using it at that point and that is when I realized that is what I would like to pursue the most.

What projects have you worked on at F.I.R.S.T. SCHOOL?

Well, we worked on a lot of projects but one of the favorite things that actually happened was when we did a class music video and I learned a lot from that and I was like I would love to do another one. And what happened is one of my really good friends is actually a singer and I approached her and I was like, “Hey, do you want to do a music video?” And she was like, “Oh my gosh, yes!”

How did that music video project go?

So we came over and did a lot of stuff, a lot of green screen work, a lot of different things which was really fun and it was really, really a great experience and now I know I can take on a project like that and do something with it.

Can you tell us about the song for the music video?

It is a beautiful song so it is nothing that is like too fast or snappy or anything like that. The idea was just to kind of showcase her and the song itself.

What did you learn from this project?

Because it was one of the very first projects which I could go back and use what I know now because it would make it a 100 times better. And it was not anything too crazy or too challenging that we did it was kind of like let us see how it goes and if it turns out great, great! And I think the video will turn out really great.

What did you like best about your experience at F.I.R.S.T. SCHOOL?

So what I liked best about my experience at F.I.R.S.T. SCHOOL in the last 8 months has definitely been the individual student attention and the fact that I can ask as many questions as I needed too even though some of them might have been really stupid, I still got an actual answer for them and also I learned from my mistakes and not just feel like I am part of a mass. And not really learning or just getting some kind of general rundown of what it is without honing in skills that I might have or things that I might be weak in that I need to improve. So I like the fact that I could really develop whatever skills I wanted and get help with them.

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Written By: Ellenor May

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Film & Video Production Program Graduate Success: Ronnie Rodriguez

The F.I.R.S.T. SCHOOL recently caught up with film and video production graduate, Ronnie Rodriguez, who provided some insight on his day to day activities and how he is using the knowledge learned in the film and video program at F.I.R.S.T. SCHOOL in his career.

How did you get your start?

I got started by doing intern work during high school for a local television station.

What kind of work did you do?

I did various positions such as camera man, grip work (gripping), gaffer work (gaffing), and interviews in front of the camera.

How did you hear about the Florida Institute of Recording, Sound, and Technology (F.I.R.S.T. SCHOOL)?

Well, I knew that this is what I wanted to do and so I continued with it and then relocated and I heard about F.I.R.S.T. SCHOOL online after doing some research and "Boom!" here I am.

What have you been doing since graduating from F.I.R.S.T. SCHOOL?

I have been doing freelance work for a couple production companies and learning the field as I go. I am also doing intern work and learning while I am working so it is helping me out and it is basically where I am at right now.

What are your thoughts about being in the film and video production field?

It is not easy, and it takes time and patience. You have got to start from the bottom and work your way up to the top.

What can you share for others interested in the film and video production field?

There is still a lot of intern work available even though you did that in school but it is experience for you to learn as you go along.

Can you share a bit about what it is like being on set?

Being a PA (Production Assistant), on a particular set includes gaffer and grip, which is dealing with the equipment to set up for lighting. Setting up all the different sets as far as how they want it set up, assisting the camera man if I am not the camera man, being the camera operator and doing whatever the director wants me to do as far as composition shots, so it is a wide variety of things a P.A. does.

What advice can you give to someone interested in becoming a P.A.?

I think that people should not be limited and they should be proficient in one particular field but at the same time learn it all because that is going to help in the long run.

What advice do you have for current and graduating F.I.R.S.T. SCHOOL students?

The advice I have is to be motivated, make sure this is a passion for you - not a job - because in the long run it is going to pay off. And I think your work shows it all and if you have a passion for it, it is just going to come fluently to work harder, and do your best at it instead of thinking it is just a 9 to 5 job. Your motivation will be there if you have a passion for this field. If you do not have it, then this basically will not be something for you, so be passionate and also be humble. Do basically what you are told because, like I said before, you have to start from the bottom and do not think you know it all, if you have questions probably ask somebody on the side. Be polite, be friendly, and be outgoing but at the same time work hard. I think that is what they are looking for out there and basically that is what I do.

What does Ronnie do on set?

When I get on set I basically do it all, and when I say I do it all it means that just because I am a camera operator does not mean I cannot assist a grip - and if I am assisting a grip does not mean I cannot assist in gaffing. If I see someone that needs help, I will go over and help them out and I would expect them to do the same with me.

Any final thoughts?

Be passionate about your work because I think that is going to get you further.


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Written By: Ellenor May