Tuesday Crew Day: Joe Robertson

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Tuesday Crew Day: Joe Robertson

Where are you from, where are you located now, and what are your ties to WV?

I am from Fort Gay, a small town in Wayne County. I moved away to attend film school at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, but am back in the Huntington region for the time being.

What was your first job in film production and what was the experience like?

My first job was an unpaid writer/director on a short film I created for a class while in film school. I went on to work in various roles on numerous other short films. My first paid job was in the grip and electric department on a short film titled “The Rift.” That experience, like all others, was great because it helped me become better at my craft. As an independent filmmaker, I like knowing as much as possible about numerous roles on set. This is because when working with smaller crews, it is important to know various roles in case you need to take on more than one at a time.

What was your last job and what were you responsible for?

My most recent paid job was as a cinematographer/videographer filming car shows for a production company in Orlando, Florida. I was responsible for capturing the feel of the event, as well as interviewing guests and editing the video for the client. I have worked on a few other short films since then in various roles such as director, cinematographer, and camera operator. Those were unpaid but, again, great learning experiences.

What advice would you give someone wanting to work in the film industry?

It’s kind of funny to be asked this question because I’m still starting my journey in the film industry. But, the advice I would give someone wanting to work in film is to get on a set, any set. It can be as a PA, a grip, a camera assistant, or any other of the numerous crew positions. Don’t hesitate to accept unpaid gigs on short films, or get friends together to make short films on the weekends. Just get on set, somewhere, somehow. This will help you find a role that suits you. Get that hands-on experience and build your network. Then, supplement that experience with more knowledge. Even if it’s not film school, there are numerous resources online. Finally, allow yourself time to learn.