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Joey Dee February 12th, 2006 11:31 PM

Which of the following geographic areas would be best to start off as a Production Assistant on a set?

LA (Hollywood)
UK (London)
FR (Paris - Cannes - Nice)
DE (Berlin - Munich)

I can't wait to read your comments.
Thank you,
Joey :>~

Rob Lohman February 13th, 2006 01:29 AM

I think "best" depends on where you want to end up (in the world). Since you
are in Europe (like myself) it's probably easier to start here. All the countries
you mention are fairly active in film (opposed to where I live).

Since you are a member of the EU you can freely move to Germany & France
and get a job there (if you can find any and get hired). Of course langauge
might be a problem if you don't speak / read / write good German / French.

Moving and working in the US is a whole different story. I've been looking into
that for the last 3 years and it ain't easy. You can't just go there and get a
job and live there. You are not allowed to.

Basically the only ways to be allowed to work in the US is:

1) (American) family

2) get a company to hire you and get you a work visa (unless your job is in much need or you have extraordinary skills I wouldn't count on that)

3) marry an American

4) buy a company (lots of $$$)

That's basically it. There is also a greencard lottery, however that isn't open
to people with the UK nationality at this moment. Too much britts go to the US
already. Could be there is some other path if you have the Brittish nationality,
that I would not know.

It's always good if you have previous working experience when going to another
country to find a job. So perhaps it would be wise to try and do some work
in the UK first?

Mathieu Ghekiere February 13th, 2006 03:13 AM

Rob, can't you just marry an American?

Seriously, I didn't know it was so hard...
If I may ask, Rob, how are you planning to go there in that case?

Joey Dee February 13th, 2006 06:03 AM


I have dual citizenship to Canada - USA, I am in the UK now on holidays... The reason why I left Ottawa, Canada "where I live and study Film Theory" was to experience how life would be in London, UK

I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! London is AMAZING :)

I am educated in French language - therefor speaking french would be no problem for me.

To be honest i dislike Hollywood for its fake sassy, glamour and Celeb image...

I do have family in LA so it wouldn't be hard for me to survive there, however I guess what I wanted is everyone's personal opinion on this topic to give me a better idea as well as to find out more about UK/FR/DE if it would be hard to find work relating to cinema, something simple as a Production Assistant... I have allready research on a VISA to work within EU and it is possible to me to do so.

Mathieu: Since you are from Belgium I wanted to show you a little clip that I found extremely well DONE. Its a message from Systembolaget in Sweeden to the EU relating Alchool Related Problems.


Joey :>~

Mathieu Ghekiere February 13th, 2006 07:22 AM

Hello Joe,

It's a really well made film, I love it how it combines all kinds of film styles:
animation, MTV clip, old black and white film, polaroid -like photographs,...

And I agree with the message, the harm that alcohol causes is many times overlooked.

Dave Ferdinand February 13th, 2006 12:53 PM

Hey Cody, you're thinking of getting the HD100U and H1 as well?

Rob Lohman February 13th, 2006 04:32 PM

Joey: you seem to have some good entries, family in LA, able to get a work
VISA in the EU and speak French. I say put that all to good use!

Mathieu: good to see you around! I'm trying option "#5", the greencard lottery
(the Dutch [and Belgiums] are eligable). And who knows what women I might
meet on my holiday travels to the US :)

If all that fails I guess I'll just have to either make a killer movie or write some
killer piece of software. We'll see what happens!

p.s. and yeah, London is pretty amazing. Had the fortune of visiting a couple of times

Cody Mielke February 13th, 2006 04:47 PM

Hey Dave. I have ordered the HVX200, soon to arrive. Hopefully within the next 2 weeks. As for the JVC, i have no plans in getting one. About the XLH1, Im still not sure weather Im interested in it or not. Im probably going to be getting a unit in for a week or two to see if Im interested in buying it. If your interested in using the XLH1 for a project, let me know, and maybe I can arrange something with you, for you to be able to you use it on your project.


Joey Dee February 13th, 2006 05:56 PM

Yah you are right Rob....

I dont know for some reason i dont wanna go to LA hahah I just started this HATE for hollywood recently...

For example let's say you are watching Oscar awards... and there is a ugly old WOMAN and her DAUGHTER which is ugliar than her hahaha.... and they interview celebs and the first thing they always ask is about their dress, and who designed their clothes...

I dont know, it doesn't make sense to me :<

Its like going to a Fashion Show and talkin about FILMS????

So, you guys suggest me start in LA .... is the market in UK/FR/DE hard???

Vince Gaffney February 15th, 2006 04:27 PM

I apologize to anyone who may have responded and did not hear from me. I am reasonably certain that I responded to each message regarding this project. again, sorry.


Barry Gregg February 16th, 2006 11:04 AM

Sorry Vince you missed responding to me.

Miguel Castillo February 16th, 2006 11:22 AM

Animator (Orange County/Inland Empire)
Looking for a animator that can work freelance for a new production company. Creative I Media. Must be able to create and design animated ID's and animation for products ( Infomercial type animation).


Lowell Oswald February 16th, 2006 03:27 PM

I do freelance 3D modeling and animation, what exactly would you need done? If you can give a more specific description of the job/task I can send you some related samples and prices.

Dave Herring February 17th, 2006 07:02 AM

Vince is straight up, we worked together on this project.

Jason Murphy February 18th, 2006 01:07 AM

If you still need Florida footage, let me know what and I will see what i can do. :)

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