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Are you interested in a screenwriting workshop? 

3 deviants said Yes, if you lead it.
No deviants said No. (don't write, don't want to write screenplays, blah blah blah)
No deviants said Yes, but not if you lead it.
No deviants said No. Just no.


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Kino McFarland
Artist | Professional | Film & Animation
United States
I am a filmmaker, writer, animation-enthusiast, horror lover and sideshow performer (currently on hiatus). Two of my short films have screened in front of audiences in Seattle, I have been published three times in Living Dead Magazine, and have performed all across the country from carnivals to sold out concerts with the Insane Clown Posse.

I prefer dark things, though I am known to favor the cute and cuddly on occasion. I am rarely mean. I do not tolerate douchebaggery, elitism, or self-entitlement.

Feel free to give me llamas. I DO give them back. I use llama trade for points and all of my points go back to that.

Please check out the links below to see what I've been up to.

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After living out of backpacks and suitcases for five years, I am moving into my own apartment in three days!
If you want to get into the film industry, the general route is to start as a Production Assistant (or PA) and then work your way through the other departments on set. This way you get to meet everyone, learn the varying departments, and can become very knowledgeable in the field. It's also the way to go if you want to work on other people's films. However, if you want to make your own films, it is not as necessary to work as a PA and work your way up, but it can be helpful if you want to be competent... and of course, more people are willing to work for you if you have worked with them before.

I prefer to do a mix-- I make my own films and then also work on other people's in whatever capacity I can. On Ladykiller, directed by Jeff Ferrell, I was a PA... which means, I did anything and everything that needed to be done to make life easier for the cast and crew. Most of my time was spent making coffee and making sure there were snacks available.
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Other times I was making sure the general public didn't interrupt a take (to the best of my ability). I ended up making some art for the film and even walking as background (a shadowy figure to frighten one of the characters).

One day I even fork-fed pulled pork to Voltaire per his request... He claimed that I looked bored all night, so we goofed around on set a lot.
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We worked 12 hour days (sometimes going over) and a few were all nighters. Sometimes when you're a PA there is a lot of sitting around and doing nothing. You wait for something to need to be done because everyone else is busy getting a take. Sometimes you are just not needed or you can't even be on set because you have to sit outside in the cold and watch gear so no one steals it (it happens)... but is it worth it? Yes. It is so worth it. Especially if this is the industry you love. Not all sets are fun and not all cast and crew will mesh so well together, but it is an experience you should have if you want to get into the film industry. If this is the route you take, I hope you have as much of a good time as I had on Ladykiller.

My tips for being a good PA:

1. Don't complain unless something is really wrong. Some days are easier than others and some days are more interesting than others. That is just the way it is.

2. If you have nothing to do, hang around people that will probably end up needing you to do something. Try to be as close to everyone as you can, ask if you can help. If people are moving stuff, help move stuff. Some crew will prefer to handle their own gear-- and that is fine. Sadly, there isn't always something to do because you can't always be around the crew... so bring a book or something that you can easily put down as soon as you are needed.

3. Clean up after everyone, including yourself. If you see the crew is tracking in dirt or messing up the place, keep the location clean. The location owners will thank you.

4. Have pens, permanent markers, C47s, and gaff tape handy!

5. Be willing to learn. You will NEVER know everything there is to know on a film set. However, learning more about every department will help you become a competent filmmaker for your own projects and you will be able to talk to your crew on a more intelligent level. You will know what you want.

6. Be on top of things and pay attention. Sometimes your information is needed. Every time I've been on a film set, I've ended up lending a prop because I just happened to have something useful on my person... and if you have an eye for continuity, use it. Just don't overstep anyone else's job.

I hope this helps any of you starting to get into the film industry!


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IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015   Writer
Cinestress Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Professional Filmographer
IrrevocableFate Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015   Writer
:heart: Hope you are well. <3
Cinestress Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Professional Filmographer
I am, thank you!
TheGamingChangeling Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for llama! :D
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