At the moment the college that I work for is now threatening redundancies AGAIN due to bad management and OFSTED, have decided that the senior management team are really not doing their jobs properly, however the SMT (Senior Management Team) persist in blaming the staff as all bad management do. So once again I find myself looking for either another job or doing something completely different.
As some of you may know I had a former career as a lighting cameraman which I enjoyed up to a point where I decided I needed to make a change, it was the time when computers started to move into movie making. At that point I decided to move into IT (40 Years ago) to get a better understanding of how it all worked and how it could be used in filmmaking.
Last year I purchased a drone to check the roof of my house as I had a leak, so I decided that rather than pay somebody to go up there and have a look I would use a drone to film the roof and see if I could find where the leak was coming from, this also gave me the chance to try a new hobby of flying drones, however, I never got to use the drone as the leak got really bad before I could even fly the thing so I paid a roofer to go and have a quick look and he fixed it there and then on the spot, as it was just a loose tile.
So what does a drone have to do with filmmaking? The drone has a HD camera on board I have a HD GoPro for it, so combining those two I can shot aerial footage, also I have two good quality video cameras and a DSLR which is capable of shooting HD video so, I have decided that I’m going to make documentaries and short films as I believe this is my future not teaching as I do now, if I am made redundant then I need an income and I can hire out my services for shooting aerial shots for YouTubers and others that do not have drones.
However as I get older my hands are not as steady as they used to be I have a condition which is called essential tremor this means that my hands shake continuously and if I grip something the shaking gets even worse, a couple of years ago I purchased a SteadyCam which has really helped when shooting with the Video and DSLR, so thinking about these things yesterday I invested in a gimbal for both my phone and my GoPro, this now gives me the chance to shoot cinematic shots without hopefully no shake.
So, having now spent the money I need to do something with the equipment so my first job is going to be to shoot an introduction for my son who wants to start a YouTube channel about his VW beetle, having the gimbal Will give me plenty of options and some really spectacular cinematic shots if I do it correctly. Combined with all my film knowledge and other equipment I should be able to produce a nice little intro no more than a minute long but with some really nice footage, anyway that’s where I am today, lockdown has been driving me insane, I need to get out I really hate sitting in front of a computer 24/7, so watch this space as when it is all done and edited I will place a link in my next post.
Stay well, stay safe, and I’ll see you all soon.