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Old April 8th, 2009, 12:32 AM   #1
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Hi from Giles In Kent, UK

Hi guys,

Finally thought i should join the boards, im 19 from kent in the UK and have finally decided after sitting around for a year after school that im going to have a go at making a living out of freelance camerawork.

I have been practicing parkour (freerunning) for like last 4 or 5 years and through this have discovered my love of cameras and filming through making samplers for myself and friends.

My main interests as stated as making sports samplers etc and luckily i have enough contacts to help me build up a base for a showreel so to speak. Another interest is the production of music videos.

Im looking into buying a Mac Pro and trying to decide which camera to invest in, either the JVC GY HM100 0r HM700 as i like the tapeless footage.

I have a fair amount of experience in cameras and filming techniques although looking at topics on this forum not quite as much as you lot haha, but im looking to take part in some courses at the London Academy of Media Film and TV to gain some experience, for example the final cut pro foundation diploma and the film foundation diploma.

Basically any pointers would be greatly appreciated because as much as i know what i want to do, and roughly how to get there alot of you lot have already been through all of it and may have experience in what is best to do.

Thanks Alot


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Old April 12th, 2009, 11:22 PM   #2
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Hi Giles,

I had to do a search on parkour to know what you were talking about. The video I watched on YouTube was amazing! And here I thought the early chase scene in Casino Royale was almost all faked... :) If you get some great footage of that sport, in particular, I'd sure like to see it.

As for "basically any pointers," if you're talking about pointers on making a living out of freelance camera work look in the Taking Care of Business forum (I think that's the one, anyway). You'll find some advice there.

Best wishes to you!
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Old April 13th, 2009, 12:30 AM   #3
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Hello Giles I like linda had never heard of parkour and just watched a clip on youtube, I think the people who do this must have no concept of fear whatsoever. Anyway welcome and as Linda said do a search of taking care of buisness.

Regards Alan
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Old April 18th, 2009, 01:24 PM   #4
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Well.. if you plan to use the camera during parcour(ing) the best choice should be a lite full-automatic camera like the HM100.... Yo can run with the camera, stop, place it on a mini-tripod, shot yourself, pick it up again and go on. But, may I say, if these are your first video experience, why not getting a small handheld full digital camera, single ccd, etc...for 1/4 of the price... and then get an HM100 in a second step ?
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Old April 18th, 2009, 04:09 PM   #5
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Welcome to dvinfo, Giles. Consider yourself added as number 336 to the list of dvinfo Brits, though why you find playing Lady Penelope's butler so exciting is a mystery to me (I always thought it was "Parker" but there you are).

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Old April 21st, 2009, 09:32 AM   #6
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Excuse me, is someone impersonating me here. I'm the only one qualified to act as Lady Penelope's driver (couldn't spell chauffeur). "Can I have the rest of the day of m'lady?"

Any further comments about Spiderman will incur my wrath as well !!
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