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Has technology produced the culture that training is no longer necessary? by Graham Reed J oseph Turner, the famous British painter (1775 to 1851) studied at the Royal College of Art from 1789 until his first exhibition at the Academy in 1793. Rembrandt (1606 to 1669) studied first with the famous painter Jacob van Swanenburgh and then with Pieter Lastman. Young talented artists need guidance from experienced and talented teachers to help them to mature and develop their skills and techniques. Today if you are a talented painter you can still go and study at The Royal College of Art, but if you are a 44 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE talented young director or DoP where can you go to learn your skills? These days you can go to Dixons and buy a camera for around £1,500 which produces great pictures. Turn it on and hey, you are a cameraman. You can get an editing software package for your lap top for under £1k and you can become an editor. So for under £2,500 you can produce and edit great looking HD pictures – and an iPhone can do both! (Mark Brown article TV-Bay November) So why bother with training? There are thousands of young people who are very enthusiastic and want to work in the industry but have no little or no training but are attracted to the glamour, excitement and ‘high pay’. There is an advert for a book on becoming a successful cameraman which says: ‘Launch your amazing career as a cameraman today and start making upwards of $70k a year doing something you love’. Of course it’s American but many young people in the UK also aspire to work in the industry because of the belief of high pay and working with stars. Many painters in the past whose paintings are now sold for millions died in near >>