When Warren and Fred formed Phosphorus Alights, they
had the intention it would become a film making cooperative: an
community of like-minded people who made movies; eventually having
sufficient members, that few, if any, non-members would be needed
to fully cast and crew each movie. They welcome anyone who has the
following orientations to become a member:
(i) Is personally committed to make worthy movies.
(ii) Is an actor, or is willing to be a member of the crew. *(There
are crew positions that don't require previous movie experience;
just be a hard worker, and have a desire to learn.)*
To fully comprehend what is involved in making worthy
movies, we suggest that you read the document entitled The
Phosphorus Alights model for making a movie
To be an actor, as perceived by Phosphorus Alights,
requires more than the desire to act. It requires that one feel
inwardly drawn to acting, and that one do all the work necessary
to become a skilled actor (take classes, being in productions, and
actively practice your craft). All of the meetings and work days,
that are involved in a Phosphorus Alights movie, with only an occasional
exception, take place during the day from Monday through Friday.
So, it is impossible to have full time day work in non-acting work,
and still be able to act in Phosphorus Alights' movies. Unless that
full time day work allows you to take days off whenever you decide
to do so.
Each crew member in a Phosphorus Alights' production
performs many tasks: helps put up light fixtures, assists the sound
team, participates in building the sets, works with the camera team,
performs administrative tasks, and so forth. All crew members work
full time, Monday to Friday, for up to four months, during the making
of each movie. So, if you are to be a crew member, you need to be
available to work full time for several months at a time. Warren
and Fred welcome people who want to learn crew skills; who would
operate as an apprentice, until they became sufficiently skilled
to have full responsibility for certain tasks.
If you have read all the contents of this page up
to this point, and still want to work on Phosphorus Alights movies,
either as an actor, or a crew member, or both (which is quite acceptable
in the Phosphorus Alights model), take the following steps:
(a) First read the document ÒPhosphorus
Alights model for making a movie'. Only continue with your application,
if you agree with the model (you are personally oriented in that
(b) Send a letter (surface mail, or email) to Phosphorus
Alights, attention ÒWarren Metzler', that mentions your
desire to work on our projects; that includes a one paragraph
description of what attracts you (no need to have it be more than
a few sentences). In that letter, make sure you include your mailing
address (email address is not enough), and your phone number (a
phone number that has voice mail, please!).
(c) You will be contacted, and an interview with
Warren will be scheduled. Everyone who applies is given an interview.
(d) During that interview, you will be further
exposed to details about how Phosphorus Alights operates. If,
upon completing that interview, you still want to work on Phosphorus
Alights movies, you will be given a copy of a script to read and
information about co-ownership. The purpose of you reading the
script is so you can experience a Phosphorus Alights movie in
detail. And the purpose of you reading information about co-ownership
is so you can be fully informed about the difference between being
a employee and being a co-owner of a movie. The principals of
Phosphorus Alights prefer that everyone who works on a movie,
cast and crew, be a co-owner; but they do not discriminate against
people who choose to receive an hourly wage.
(e) You will then go home, read the new material
you were given, reflect on the interview, and decide if you want
to continue. If you do wish to continue, then you contact Warren
and inform him of your decision. He will then formulate an affiliate's
letter of agreement, and send it to you. If, upon reading it,
you want to sign, you contact Warren and arrange a brief time
to re-visit the office; so both of you can sign the letter. You
will receive a copy, and Warren will keep a copy.
As an affiliate, you will be considered a member
of the Phosphorus Alights film cooperative. There are no dues involved.
You receive a copy of each newsletter that is sent out (sometimes
monthly; but when little is happening from month to month, sometimes
less than monthly). You will be invited to the movie night that
is held every month, on the third Sunday evening of each month:
during which a movie is watched; and, after which, a pot luck dinner
occurs, during which the movie is discussed; and, at times, scripts
that are being written, by one of the affiliates are read. You will
also be invited to any activities that are sponsored by Phosphorus
Alights, such as screenings of their movies. And
most important, you will be contacted whenever a movie is ready
to be made. With each new project, all the affiliates are contacted
first. No public advertising is done for cast and crew, unless insufficient
affiliates respond to fill all those positions.
We hope you join us.
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