Five Films To Watch Before You Turn 30

Not every movie is created equal. The beauty of creating and directing flicks is the endless styles, themes, and messages that can be created. Some remain timeless and seem to become more relevant as time passes. Others, are simply great films that make you feel good about yourself, life, and the world you live in. Still yet, some capture the exact epochs of your life in such a direct and accurate manner that they leave you feeling nostalgic and emotional. Regardless of what movies you enjoy, there is something for everyone. Here are five films to watch before you turn 30.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

This movie resonates with anyone who has every fallen in love or gone through a horrible break up. After splitting up, Clementine-played by Kate Winslet- signs up for a procedure that will essentially erase all memories of her previous lover Joel, who is played by Jim Carrey. After finding out about this procedure, Joel decide he too will undergo the procedure so that he can also forget about his lost love. As the memories begin to fade, so does their identity and connections they have made to not only their loved ones, but themselves.

The Breakfast Club

For everyone that has ever struggled in and survived their high school years- which is nearly all of us- the Breakfast Club seems to hit the nail on the head. This classic film captures the angst and awkwardness that high schoolers experience with identity, groups, and authority. When 5 high school students from different cliques are brought together to suffer through a Saturday detention, each member has an opportunity to tell their side of the story so that the others may potentially see each other in a different light. By the end of their punishment, they are slightly changed in their views of themselves, each other, and school.

The Silence of the Lambs

Although this movie seems to be well known for its scary villains and unsettling subject matter, the film is, overall, a nod to women’s equality. Clarice Sterling, played by Jody Foster, is a top student enrolled in the training academy at the FBI headquarters. After a serial killer begins hunting down and capturing women to use for their skins, Clarice is ordered to interview Hannibal Lector-played by Anthony Hopkins- to try and gleam some insight into the case. As Clarice goes toe-to-toe with Hannibal’s manipulations, she realizes that he has his own plans and ideas regarding her and his own escape.

The Dead Poets Society

Robin Williams plays John Keating, a teacher in an all boys preparatory school that places a high value on obedience and adherence to its strict high standards and tradition. Using his unique methods and rapport building, John manages to reach the students who are struggling under intense pressure from their families and school authorities. With his guidance, the students are able to build the confidence to pursue their interests and question the concept of absolute obedience to authority.


Although not as deep as many of the aforementioned movies, Clueless showed many what the world of rich, shallow, and socially extravagant life could be in all its brutally honest and conflicting glory. Cher, played by Alicia Silverstone, is the top dog at Beverly Hills high until she gets some competition that forces her to re-evaluate herself, her status, and her love life.

What You Need to Know When You’re Starting Off As a Follow Focus Puller

I have been working as a follow focus puller for quite some time now. I don’t deny that being a professional one is the hardest job on the crew. There’s a lot that this exceptionally talented person takes care of during a film shoot.

Also called First Assistant Camera, 1st AC, and Camera Assistant, a follow focus puller is responsible for the taking good care as well as maintenance of all cameras. They move heaven and earth when it comes to keeping the camera in focus.

Want to be a follow focus puller? Here I’ll share with you some important tips to help you get started:

1. Do Your Homework – Before making that final call about becoming a follow focus puller, it’s important for you to find out what all these skilled people do.

2. Get Some Work – If you’re thinking that you’d be able to get started as a Camera Assistant right away, you’re mistaken. A majority of people wanting to become one need to make their mark. It’s important for them to prove themselves that they can perform all tasks associated with being a follow focus puller diligently and with ease.

It’ll be good if you start off as a 3rd AC. It all depends on the shot size. Of course, you’ll never want to start out very high and disappoint others in the camera department around you showing your inability to portray the role effectively.

You need to be the right fit for the requirements of the role you’re likely to play sooner or later. And always be true to yourself and others. Don’t you pretend otherwise, if you’re just starting out?

3. Get a Suitable Kit – It’s true that getting started as a follow focus puller is not a child’s play. This is because you must have the right kit you can use for a film shoot. Having your own gear rather than borrowing someone else’s will be the smartest move you can make.

There will be other 1st and 2nd ACs present on a film set and they understand that as a beginner in this profession, you’ll develop your kit and have crucial things you’re likely to use being on set. You’re likely to create a positive impression on your superiors if you make it to the film set with your own kit.

There are several new follow focus pullers who waste their valuable time asking others for borrowing kit and other vital tools. While it may not take many years of practice for compiling a proper kit, when you start with the basics it makes you look not only trustworthy and committed.

Here’s a list of must-have gear for your camera that’s worth the investment:

1-inch Brush

Camera Tape

LED Torch

Lens Cleaning Fluid

Adjustable Cable Ties


Marker Pens (Permanent and Non-Permanent)

Measuring Tape

4. Create a Network – One of the most crucial parts of working in the film industry is creating a strong network with people on set. It’s very important for you to know the people of the Camera Department. The Camera crew, follow focus puller, 2nd AC, and DOP (Director of Photography). If you’re looking to build a good reputation for yourself, establish a good connection with all of them. Doing so will increase your chances for future work.

5. Know Your Kit – Make sure you acquire as much information as you can about the camera equipment as well as lighting. You need to know what kit you’re going to use and have enough knowledge of them so that you can work on set with ease.

Besides, you need to keep abreast of the up-to-the-minute gear and other technical updates. There’s not even a single follow focus puller who would ever want to get caught talking about something which is no longer in trend. You don’t want to lose the confidence of camera departments in you.

Truth be told, there’s a lot more to deal with than just pulling focus. This experienced personnel is great camera technicians. When they’re on a film set, not only do they prepare bodies of the camera, they also prepare lenses and all of the accessories which are required on a set.

Wrapping up…

Follow focus pullers lend their support to the camera department. They are adept at performing various tasks. They assemble cameras and other related equipment from a hire company. Not only that, they send messages to the production office.