|Mr. Video: D-Train Media's Watch Box|
- "But where can you shoot around here, I mean, this is not New York City or Los Angeles." Rochester and the surrounding area runs the gamut for shooting locations. Need a metro setting? - we have city. Need a farm? - we have plenty. Need to shoot on the water? we have plenty. Oh, you need a sound stage? - we have plenty. Oh, you need a quaint shop or diner or historic building? - shut up - we have plenty. By the way - you don't pay NYC or LA prices either.
- "Well, I'll have to fly in equipment or crew - what can Rochester possibly have?" Yeah, ok shut up! Equipment? We have plenty of professional gear available to rent and if we don't have it - we can get it because we're close to bigger cities. If you make another comment about not having the crew I am going to pummel you. Rochester Area crew is as seasoned and knowledgeable as anywhere. You have EVERY level and job represented here. Plus these men and women still have upstate charm and not all of the West Coast attitude (well, most of them anyway).
- "I'll need to cast in LA because I want good actors, not community theater hacks." Wow, you are just asking for a beat down. Every stop in at the Geva? The Roc has some chops when it comes to acting. Just look around and audition - there are many diamonds in the rough here. YOU MAY EVEN DISCOVER A NEW STAR! (Think about how that may affect your career, Spielberg).
- "I really cannot write or direct but I tell everyone I can" - Well, first of all be honest and admit you have a lot to learn. Then, join one of the many teams making films around town ALL YEAR LONG and learn from those who know. Be modest and grateful and you will end up achieving your goals. Be cocky and greedy and you will go nowhere - plus no one will work with you again.
Well, that is my rant. I hope people seek out indie film in the Roc because most of it is very good and refreshing. Adversely you can just go and pay your $20 for a recycled storyline or watch Idol (shudder).