We’ve been chatting to one of our US llamas, Adam Weinberg (Director of Photography), about the New York rental community.
NAME: Adam Weinberg
PROFESSION: Director of Photography
LOCATION: New York City
RECENT PROJECTS: Serial Killer in Harlem
INSPIRED BY: Oscar-winning Cinematographer, Roger Deakins.
ADVICE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS: “You have to know that it’ll be a long road, where it takes a while to get results. Keep honing your craft. It will pay off as you stick with it”
“Why not let that equipment work for me while I’m not personally using it?”
“I’ve been accumulating gear for about the past 10 years as a DOP, different gear needed for every shoot, it’s often just sitting around – get’s to be a pretty big investment! Kinda figured why not let that equipment work for me while I’m not personally using it?
“Fat Llama has been great since it helps me monetize my gear, started with different rental sites and Fat Llama has kind of been the most versatile in terms of the types of equipment people are looking for.”
‘It’s helped me get the type of work I want to get.’
“So now with the Fat Llama income, it allows me to be more selective with the type of work I do, allowed me to invest in a lot more equipment.
“It’s helped me get the type of work I want to get. Narrative filmmaking can’t sustain itself on its own so now with the Fat Llama income, it allows me to be more selective with the type of work I do, allowing me to invest in a lot more equipment. It allows access to clients too in that sense, and new work. It really helped me to transition from more corporate work than narrative work that I enjoy doing. It’s been a clear source of passive-income, allowed to be more flexible with everything.”
‘I’ve met loads of different filmmakers’
“I’ve actually been hired and have hired people that I’ve done equipment rentals with.
“One great thing there’s a little community around equipment rentals, I’ve actually been hired and have hired people that I’ve done equipment rentals with. I’ve met loads of different filmmakers from all backgrounds, doing all kinds of work. Always interesting to talk to people.”
2018: an ‘incredible and very difficult time to be a filmmaker’
“2018 is both an incredible time and a very difficult time to be a filmmaker. The equipment has exponentially dropped in price and the quality has increased exponentially. The downside is that it’s been incredibly competitive lately with filmmakers getting basic cameras and doing work with it. Video work has been needed more than ever, where digital content creation is the most consumed media, so there’s a huge need for it and it’s only growing.”