and don't worry about salary; You'll work for free for a while, then make shitty low pay, then once your career takes off you'll make a lot
That's how all of the film industry works.
Worth re-iterating. But when working for free and low pay, you're not throwing away time. You're going to learn a TON working under people who are (hopefully) better than you, and make career and friend connections who are going to get you that high paying gig.
If you're looking to cut together some footage but don't have the footage, then hook up with someone who does. Even if all you're looking for is practice, you're going to
- Build networking with other people who are interested in filmmaking around you.
- Get to work with entirely original footage.
- See what works and what doesn't from somebody who's learning the same as you, and then you can go back and tell them "this shot was awesome, but this other one didn't work" They'll go back and shoot things differently next time, and you can see how your comments affected things. Both you can the shooter can grow together, and you can learn way more than using footage that's been pre-cut.
- Even if you ARE just practicing, you have the opportunity to make something original that you yourself can take to market and put on Vimeo.
Being a post/effects guy myself, I think it's a great field to be in. There are tons of different jobs you can do, everything from being a freelance FX artist to working for a company cutting trailers.
A random and by no means exhaustive list of (visual) post industry fields:
- Visual Effects (compositing)
- Visual Effects (CGI & computer animation)
- Systems administration
- On-set supervision (either script supervisor or VFX supervisor)