My goals as a director is to succeed within the independent circuit, and more specifically, work with the burgeoning movement of online distribution+viewing of films. I'm a young filmmaker, however, with little experience. Would it be necessary to PA still, even if I don't want to be a "professional" film director per say? Or should I just focus on creating my own work/sets?
I would say it’s doubly important to be a PA, in that case. So you know how the films work, and how a film set runs smoothly.
The biggest pratfall independent small time directors do who haven’t worked before is that they don’t know how a film set works. Without knowing how this works, that makes the set run late, run over budget, and run over time.
So yes. Being a PA would be SUPER FREAKING USEFUL!
Learned more (and did so the hard way) in the first week on my first feature as a PA than I did in four years of film school. Not a cliché!
50. Are you a good artist?
As I am no believer in false modesty: I’m an excellent artist, though I will be the first to point out the limitations of my skill set. I come from an old-school, pen and ink tradition, and that’s the medium I’m still most comfortable in. I never developed painting skills and my color sense is average. I draw in an illustrative, representational style, and I tend to be better with backgrounds, street scenes, buildings, etc., than I am with the human figure. I can draw people with solid anatomical accuracy but sometimes I struggle making figures feel like they’re really imbued with life. At present I have no command of digital drawing tools, but I tend to be good at picking things up. So if I were ever to just sit down with an Intuos or a Cintiq and dick around with it for a week, I think I could get comfortable with it pretty fast.