F.I.R.S.T. Institute Graduate: Brad Randall
Film & Video Program
F.I.R.S.T. Institute - How did you get the job working on Green Lantern?
Bradley- I got the job on Green Lantern honestly by networking. Networking is a very big priority. You can be good, really good but if you do not have good people skills or know how to network you are not going to get very far.
F.I.R.S.T. Institute- Tell us about your transition from F.I.R.S.T. Institute to a movie set?
Bradley- Well, between graduating and working on the set of a major movie, I do not think I had even graduated yet to tell you the truth. I got the phone call and I actually went on set in February and it was the first time I actually got on set and I knew where I was going to go. I actually graduated from F.I.R.S.T. Institute the film portion of it in March so I technically was still a student when I got on the set of Green Lantern.
F.I.R.S.T. Institute- What type of things did you do on set?
Bradley- I had different roles on Green Lantern. My first job I got a call and they wanted somebody just for one day to put some shelves together. That is all it was, I was going to work with another guy and we were going to be in a hot attic building some shelves for the costume department that is all.
F.I.R.S.T. Institute- How did this movie project start for you?
Bradley- They called me in and they were like “But wait, you are from Florida!” and I was like, “No no it is cool, I have family in New Orleans and I have not seen them in a while.” I have never even been to Louisiana, but I went up there and worked that one day and they were like “Do you want to come back in February and do some camera tests?” And I am like, “Yeah!”
F.I.R.S.T. Institute- So what happened next?
Bradley- So I went back in February and went back on set and was doing camera testing with Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively which was really cool. It was actually my first time being on a set and I was nervous, eager, and excited. It was a great experience, I will never forget it.
F.I.R.S.T. Institute- What did you learn from F.I.R.S.T. Institute that helped you with your first job on a movie set?
Bradley- I think the biggest advice I took from my instructors at the F.I.R.S.T. Institute is to be on time, punctuality is a big issue. The way I was raised is if you are on time, you are late, you got to be early to be on time and that is a big factor. Even if say you and a buddy are working on a movie together if you show up on time every time and he does not and he is obviously more experienced than you, they are going to choose the guy that shows up on time over the guy that is late.
F.I.R.S.T. Institute- What did you do on set that stood out?
Bradley- For that one day job I got there an hour early ready to work and they were like, “It is not time yet” So I was just alright, I waited patiently and then worked as hard as I could and they wanted me back.
F.I.R.S.T. Institute- What was the first day on set like?
Bradley- The first day I worked on Green Lantern I actually got the phone call at 4:00 in the afternoon and they wanted me there at 9:00 in the morning. I have never been to Louisiana in my life so my first thought is of course I am going to go. But I was like wow, I need to go now. At the time it was a day thing so I went to my apartment and got a big garbage bag and put all my clothes in it then hopped in the truck and took off. And it was like a 10 to 11 hour drive, so I am like "Wow, yeah." So I am driving like an hour into the drive and I get a phone call, “Hey do you mind being here at 7?” Alright, well let’s drive a little faster shall we? I get there and there is no time for a hotel or any of that stuff. So I found the production office where I am supposed to be at the next day, parked on the side of the street and jumped in the backseat of my truck and slept for probably 3 or 4 hours, got up at 5am and was there at 6 an hour early. They were surprised to see me, they did not know it was my truck, at least I think.
F.I.R.S.T. Institute- What advice do you have for people interested in film and video?
Bradley- One thing I like to tell people in the industry or even interested in going to F.I.R.S.T. Institute or any film school whatsoever or class is you cannot graduate and expect ok now where is my job. That is any profession really, you cannot go to a school and think the school is going to line you up with a job. Graduating is one thing then you have this whole other world of finding that job and meeting people and networking and that is one of my biggest things but again it is a very important thing. You cannot go to any school Full Sail, F.I.R.S.T. Institute and expect them to give you a job as soon as you get out. You have to make that, I mean like I said I slept in my truck, I drove to a state that I never been to and to a city that I do not know anything about it but I know it is the third highest murder rate in the country and I still went and slept in the back of my truck. I mean you got to do what you got to do.
F.I.R.S.T. Institute- Describe your experience of working on the set for Green Lantern...
Bradley- I mean being on set on Green Lantern a Warner Brothers project it is a big movie. I just graduated from an 8 month program at the F.I.R.S.T. Institute; I mean that was mind blowing. Still to this day, it does not feel real and that was a year ago, it really does not. Seeing Ryan Reynolds and I always loved him and all these people that worked on this project I know of and seeing all this stuff going on that I thought was a myth. It was amazing, the greatest experience I ever had, and still to this day it feels like a dream.
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Written By: Ellenor May