Shoots Galore!

Just a quick note to say that I’ve picked up a few really nice shoots recently. I spent the day filming a promo piece for Fujifilm in Norwich yesterday which was fun. The video is going to be used on a web promo and features a couple getting together for a birthday celebration. I can’t really say too much about it for now as it’s still in production but I’ll certainly be asking if I can post some clips from the shoot later.

Another very exciting project that I’ve picked up is shooting a 4 day Harley Davidson event in St Tropez next week. This will be my first shoot abroad so should prove to be interesting. Again I’ll be posting more about this later but I’ll also be posting updates to twitter if you want to follow what’s happening. You can follow me on twitter at www.twitter.com/pjoy

New Gear Reviews

I’ve been doing a little bit of shopping this week and posted a couple of gear reviews.

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Miller DS20 Solo DV Tripod

Having purchased a Manfrotto 525/503 tripod with my Canon XH-A1 a couple of years ago I’ve never really felt the need to own another tripod. After being hired to do some filming in Spain though where I’ll be required to carry a tripod around with me all day, I knew I’d need something else…

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Litepanels LP-Micro

I decided to invest in a small on-camera light last week and after reading many favorable reviews I opted for the Litepanels LP-Micro. I really like the idea behind this light, it uses LED’s which provide lots of benefits, mainly low power consumption, no heat and a long life-span…

Read the full review

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KUDA music video – now online

Watch the video in HD on YouTube

When I was asked by local film maker Pete Naylor if I would be interested in shooting a music video that he was directing I was both excited and a little nervous at the same time. Pete said that he’d seen some of the videos here on my blog and thought that my shooting style and the look that I’ve been getting was exactly what he needed for the video.

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Hague D5 Dolly System

I’ve recently picked up a Hague D5 Dolly system. It’s a basic track based dolly that runs on PVC tubing and allows you to mount your standard camera tripod to it’s base plate. I’ve ordered some adapter shoes for it that will allow me to fix my Manfrotto legs securely as they don’t fit in the standard mounting holes. When the adapter shoes turn up I’ll do a review of it and post some better pictures and maybe a few examples of clips shot with it.

Here’s the manufacturers pic for now.

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Crazy rates, are they taking advantage?

Maybe it’s because I’ve come into the film / video industry later in life rather than straight out of film school like many newcomers but I can’t help but be astounded by the low rates that are offered by some production companies for camera operators and editors.

I’m not talking about short film productions where everybody is doing the work for the love of film and maybe expenses, that’s a whole different story, one of mutual benefit for all and something that I’m more than willing to participate in myself.

No, the positions that amaze me are the ones for commercial organisations that seem to be taking advantage of a film makers love of what they do to employ people at absolutely crazy rates.

Only today I saw an ad for a position filming and editing tech shows for a well known commercial organisation. The ad brags about how they have backing from well know financiers and industry figures and then goes on to mention what they are looking for…

Cameraman / editor with their own broadcast quality camera & equipment, Mac, and Final Cut Studio to work on episodes of a technology programme.

That all sounded quite interesting, but then they announce that the pay for this position is £50 per episode! How is somebody supposed to be able to afford all that gear when they earn £25 a day!