From time to time, I get e-mails from aspiring wildlife filmmakers who are looking for advice and guidance to help them get into the industry. I hate these e-mails. I hate them because I remember sending them and remember how useful the advice was at the time when I did rarely get a reply from whoever it was I was pestering! I also hate these e-mails as sometimes they simply say "please can you tell me how to get a job in the industry", and I don't know where to start and don't have time to write an essay. You may have received this link in an e-mail after sending me such a message. If you read this, as well as the advice on the links I have posted at the bottom of the page, with advice from other camera operators (who are all far more experienced that I am!) and you now have some more specific questions, then feel free to e-mail me and I'll try and get back to you.
With this in mind, I figured the best I could do was to write an account of my personal journey into the industry, the mistakes I made along the way and some bullet points that I feel you should now follow to start making a name for yourself
Sounds obvious, but many people try to make a way for themselves in the industry, without a frame