Netiquette

I received an e-mail from a director who is looking for a script and who was told to e-mail the Nicholl Semi-Finalists. He sent a mass e-mail that had all of our e-mail addresses in the TO: field.

After replying with my logline and synopsis, I included a PS about how impersonal it is to send an obvious mass mailing and that not everyone wants their e-mail to be revealed to a bunch of strangers, and that he should BCC in the future.

I mean, maybe that’s not cool of me, but I feel like someone should tell him. Maybe he just doesn’t know about the BCC. And he really should. Because I don’t really mind having the e-mail addresses of my fellow semi-finalists, but they might mind.

Craigslist Results

Job Posted at 11:45 AM Friday.  I’ll bold the number to the ones I would actually consider.  There are 5 of the 21 that I think would be potentially worth responding to, and only 2 of them that I’d feel good about contacting.  So… comparatively, I think my resumes and cover letters are at the very least in the pool of worth looking at.  I certainly don’t have the impressive credits that some of these people do… you know, actually editing real TV shows and movies, but hopefully the fact that I actually read the posts and respond to what they say will make the difference.

FRIDAY

1) 12:04 PM  Fun Resume and Reel
Reel simply a link to Youtube page, featured item a musical composition, not a reel of any sort.  Resume focuses on sound and artist work, not editing.  Only one editing credit.

2) 12:30 PM Fun Reel
No resume.  Several links to reels, too many links, no explanation of what they are.  Claims to be able to make my footage look “professional”.  Not sure what that means and am vaguely insulted he thinks it looks otherwise without having seen it.

3) 12:36 Fun Resume and Reel
Resume is ugly, has only a few credits, none impressive.  Admits focus is directing, and only claims some experience with Final Cut.  Does have a link to reel, which is for all of his various film skills.  “I am introducing myself and would like to see if there is a job opportunity as a video editor?” His first sentence lost me.

4) 1:04 Fun Resume and Reel
Resume is impressive.  Includes a reference to his more impressive work in his letter, and includes that he owns Final Cut, something I mentioned in the ad.  This is the first person I’d have responded to.

5) 1:32 Fun Resume and Reel
Reel is once again simply a youtube page with no direction as to what I should be looking at.  None of it appears to be a reel.  Cover letter clearly a form letter with no reference as to what the job was.  Resume vague and unimpressive.

6) 1:37 Fun Resume and Reel
Most of his credits are in sound, but very impressive online resume.  Maybe too good, I’d feel guilty for hiring him for just $100.

7) 1:44
Terrible cover letter.  No paragraphs, inconsistent capitalization.  Clearly didn’t read my post, doesn’t include Fun in his subject line and is asking to be added to my production company.  Includes the unforgivable line “I know for a fact that i am the right candidate for this job”

8) 2:37 Resume and Reel
No cover letter, just a bunch of links.  His resume is all director/ credits, which is not encouraging.  Clearly didn’t read the ad and sent the response double.

9) 2:39 Fun Resume and Reel
Link for reel and resume is to an unnavigable page in hideous colors.  Another director/  Includes a rate which has nothing to do with the rate that I posted, doesn’t even reference it.  I didn’t ask for a quote, I gave a quote and asked for someone to do it.

10) 2:55 Fun and Reel
No resume, and states that he focuses on weddings.  This automatically makes me think he’s no good.  But he follows that up with being Apple Certified in FCP, which is actually quite impressive.  He should just start with that.  Still reads like he didn’t read my posting but I’d probably think of contacting him.

11) 3:00 Fun Reel and Resume
Links to webpage with Reel and Resume.  Resume difficult to navigate.  Watched some of the projects and they are very bad.  The cover letter is clearly in response to my ad, but the grammar is questionable.  Would have thought about using if the cutting hadn’t been so bad on his reel.

12) 3:28 Fun Resume and Reel
This is by far my favorite applicant.  I would have contacted him definitely, just because he says he focuses on shorts and opened with a “howdy”.   He also has an impressive and long resume and his reel is not bad.  Of course, he only has FCP 5, and I am at 6, and the current version is 7, so that’s a little meh.

13) 3:40 Fun Reel and Resume
Terrible cover letter for someone who is way overqualified for the project.  He clearly didn’t read it because he wants me to bring it by for a quote.  I told you how much I had to spend, no need for a quote.  This guy is union and has worked on TV shows.  Hopefully he trolls CL for better offers than my short.

14) 5:51 Fun Reel and Resume
Hurts himself by sending stock cover letter that he clearly uses for graphic design jobs as well as editing.  Has a picture right at the top of his resume.  This weirds me out.

15) 6:20 Fun Reel and Resume
What is with people sending me their picture?  Bad.  Resume includes the word savvy.  “Numerous Free-lance clients as Lead Editor (list available)”  Well, I’m asking you to be freelance edit so… that’d be nice.  Why not include it in the first place.  Argh.  At this point I’d be tempted to just give up on any new applicants.

16) 6:39 Fun and Reel
No Resume.  Cover letter says simple “I’m an editor located near Beverly Hills.”  Well, that’s just not enough information.

17) 10:54 Fun Reel and Resume
Marginal cover letter with reel and resume behind a link that doesn’t work.  I did get to his webpage by googling but found that there’s not a single title to something he’s cut, just “7 years of editing experience”.

18) 11:26 Reel
No attached resume, no fun.  He’s apparently an “indie editor” whatever that means.  He’s also seems to think I’m making a music film.  Website is hideously awful.

SATURDAY

19) 10:17 AM Fun Reel and Resume
I feel bad because he’s got some great credits, but his resume doesn’t start with editing, it starts with AD and producing work.  So, I don’t feel like his focus is editing and not sure I want him to work on it.  Still, if I’d talked to the other applicants and none was working out, I’d certainly get in touch with him.

20) 3:25 PM Fun and Resume
No reel.  Majored in Theatre is apparently the most important thing I should take into account, since that’s what he starts with.  Almost makes me want to not read the rest of it.  Resume is mostly acting and Director/ credits.

SUNDAY

21) 2:25 PM Reel
Mass email to 20 other craigslist email accounts.  Doubly emailed to me.  His day rate is $250.  He didn’t send a resume.  I’m sort of insulted to have received it, as a matter of fact, and want to send an e-mail back saying “If it’s not worth your time to actually read what people have bothered to post, please don’t respond.”

IMDb Update

1. I truly hate the new designs for individuals on IMDb.  It’s ugly and difficult.  But there is a way around it — go to by type on the side.

2. I’ve updated and added a bunch of credits to my IMDb page.  At the prompting of one of the actors in my short musical “Lord of Dreams” I’m trying to get that up again.

3. I’ve worked on a ton of Reality TV in the last year.  Sheesh.

Editing Gigs on Craigslist: An Experiment

So, I apply for a lot of jobs on Craigslist that I’m sure other people are applying for too. I’m curious about how other editors format their resumes and what sort of reels they’re giving out. I mean, I just have no idea what my competition is like or how many people apply for any given job that’s posted.

And then I was talking to F about his resume and how he didn’t know how ADs really formatted them and he was thinking of posting a Craigslist ad just to see what other people’s resumes looked like. This struck me as totally genius.

Here is the mediocre job I posted on FCP, apparent as not real primarily because of the correct spelling.

I need an editor with their own FCP setup to finish a short project; everything’s been digitized and assembled, just need an editor to make a good pass and solid cut. Drive will be provided.

$100 for the work. Please submit online reel and resume. Include the word “Fun” in your subject so that I know you’ve read the ad.

I shall let you know how it goes.  I’ll be keeping track of the following

1. how many e-mails I get

2. how many e-mails have resumes

3. how many e-mails have reels

4. how many e-mails have the word “fun” in their subject

Life in LA; It’s the Economy Stupid

Sorry I’ve been quiet a while, crazy couple of weeks. I went to SC this weekend. I’m trying to put together a budget and business proposal for Bible Con, with plans to shoot it in SC. I think it can be done on a low enough budget that raising the money myself is feasible. I don’t know that I’ve described the story here, so have my logline:

Bible Con — Comic Con for Christians — goes straight to hell when Jesus and Mary Magdalene fall in love, the keynote speaker turns out to be an atheist, and the event is besieged by DaVinci Code fans.

It’s Best in Show meets The Life of Brian.

Nicholl Semi-Finalist, Movie Script Contest Finalist

I’m trying to do a rewrite now, but the drama in my life is making it difficult to concentrate on. I know too many unemployed people is basically what the deal is. One of my roommates is having to give up on LA and drive back home, selling all of her possessions to afford the trip. My other roommate is also unemployed, but theoretically has something coming up. Obviously, not a happy situation. And my closest friends can’t find jobs either.

And as much as I hate logging, and as much as it doesn’t pay me enough to live off of, I guess at least it’s something. Admittedly, the idea of getting my own project off the ground is probably all that’s standing between me and the cratering depression my current economic state brings on.

I’ve gotten a couple more requests that I haven’t kept up on posting. Maybe I’ll do that at some point.