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Old July 26th, 2008, 07:27 PM   #1
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Hi from the Bay Area, Califronia

Hey everyone, I'm new to the hd world. I've been editing with FCP for awhile and finally decided to shoot my own stuff. Anyways, just wanted to say hi and now I'm off snooping around the HV30 section. See ya!
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Old July 27th, 2008, 12:23 AM   #2
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Hi Victor,

I'm up in Novato. Welcome and happy shooting. What types of video do you like shooting and editing?

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Old July 27th, 2008, 08:04 PM   #3
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I mainly want to focus on shooting short documentaries but right now I'm working with some local business to shoot some video for promotional use. Nothing too professional but its a start!
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Old July 27th, 2008, 09:41 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum. The HV30 is a great camera, so long as you can work around its shortcomings (poor audio and terrible low-light). Thankfully, we live in a very sunny area (well, maybe less for you with the SF Fog). Happy shooting. See you on the HV20/30 forum.
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Old July 28th, 2008, 12:04 AM   #5
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Sounds Great Victor. I use Vegas for editing but shooting with my HV20 had been fun. I use it a lot for when I'm out and about. It's the perfect size to fit into my camera backpack along with my digital still. I mainly take the A1 out when I have time to plan shots.

I do this as a "hobby" and pick up paying gigs as a way to pay for it. I've been contemplating shooting a documentory but haven't gotten up the nerve or time yet. If you ever need an extra cam or operator give me a email. I do some freelance camera work. Nothing too fancy but I'm alway trying to improve my technique.

See you around the forums.

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Old July 28th, 2008, 12:41 PM   #6
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Hey there Bay Area folks... A fun group to get involved with if you're into filmmaking is Scary Cow Productions. It's a Bay Area-based film co-op where members form into small teams and produce films that compete in quarterly competitions. We're currently into Round 6 which will screen publicly on 9/28. So far we have over 175 active members and growing with every round...

A number of winning films have gone on to be submitted and accepted into various film festivals and one documentary was picked up for commercial distribution.

Check it out here: www.scarycow.com

Cheers,
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Old July 28th, 2008, 12:48 PM   #7
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Hi Leo,

What type of experience do most of the members have? I definatly come from a hobbiest end and have never shot a film before. It is something I very much would like to learn about and experience, so if a total novice is ok I'd be interested to check it out.

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Old July 28th, 2008, 01:00 PM   #8
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Hi Leo,

What type of experience do most of the members have? I definatly come from a hobbiest end and have never shot a film before. It is something I very much would like to learn about and experience, so if a total novice is ok I'd be interested to check it out.

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Hi Garrett,

There is a really good mix of people in the group with various interests; directing, writing, acting, cinematography, sound, editing, special fx, etc. Although the bulk of all the members are serious hobbyists with an interest in filmmaking, there are about 10-15% with no experience at all and another 10-15% who work in the business as professionals (including a well-known cinematographer with many IMDB credits).

If you're interested, you should attend one of the informational sessions held at the start of each round (next one is in October some time). It's definitely a fun way to constantly be working on projects year-round...
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Old July 28th, 2008, 01:09 PM   #9
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Thanks Leo,

I checked out the web site. Sounds very cool. In the sign up link it asks if I was referred by a member. Are you a member?

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Old July 28th, 2008, 01:15 PM   #10
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Thanks Leo,

I checked out the web site. Sounds very cool. In the sign up link it asks if I was referred by a member. Are you a member?

Garrett
Yes, I am a member. I'm currently working on a film called "Rule 1" which will be screened on 9/28. Just finished auditions and casting; principal shooting begins this weekend. The folks I'm working with won a budget in the last round with a film called "Grief" and was also accepted into a film festival in Florida.

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Old July 28th, 2008, 01:20 PM   #11
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That sounds great. What type of time commitments would I be looking at? I unfortunately have to work for a living..:(. I also own a Martial Arts Studio so of course I have all this free time...LOL.

I'm going to fill out the info form on the web site and if you have no objections I'll put you as who referred me.

Good luck on your current project.

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Old July 28th, 2008, 01:32 PM   #12
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That sounds great. What type of time commitments would I be looking at? I unfortunately have to work for a living..:(. I also own a Martial Arts Studio so of course I have all this free time...LOL.

I'm going to fill out the info form on the web site and if you have no objections I'll put you as who referred me.

Good luck on your current project.

Garrett
I'd say the majority of us have "day" jobs to support our habit. Most of the teams shoot on weekends and/or nights if the scenes call for it. The time commitment is largely a function of the role you want and are chosen for. Let's say the film you were involved with had some action scenes. Given your background, you may want the role of a stunt coordinator in which case you would only be needed for the applicable scenes... On the other hand, a cameraperson would be a large commitment since at a minimum, you would have to be present for all of the shoots and most likely more than that. In any case, the teams are very flexible and work around everyone's schedules...

Yes, use me as a referral; I'd appreciate that. Like this board, the more members, the merrier!
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Old July 29th, 2008, 12:43 AM   #13
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Hi Guys,

I surfed the Scary Cow web page and it sounds nice. Since I want to sign up, can I use you as a reference also?

Thanks

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Old July 29th, 2008, 12:51 AM   #14
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Hi Guys,

I surfed the Scary Cow web page and it sounds nice. Since I want to sign up, can I use you as a reference also?

Thanks

Axel, San Jose
Sure, absolutely. Looking forward to seeing you guys join and participate...
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Old July 29th, 2008, 01:27 AM   #15
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I'm actually very excited. After filling out the info form it said the next meeting would be around Sept. I can't wait. I never really thought about using my MA background but it does make sense. For demos I am the one who usually comes up with most of program. I do enjoy staging self defense demos and such.


I'd love to get some experience and guidence on how to shoot them so they translate onto film.

Looking forward to meeting all of you.

Garrett
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