I purchased my first camera in 2013 after getting my first full-time job. I spent my whole first paycheck on a used Canon 5D II with a 24-105mm F4 L thinking a pro camera would take “professional” photos. I was very wrong.
I think I always had an interest in digital media since a young age. Most of my interests involved 3D animation, Photoshop and Flash at the time. It took over 10 years of occasionally making videos before I realised it was a passion I had all along.
I shoot with the Sony A7 III & A7R II currently and a full range of zoom and prime lenses covering everything from 16-200mm between F1.4 to F2.8
Like most people who transition into it today I’m entirely self taught. With a plethora of free content available to learn with it’s an easy thing to do but nothing replaces the real-world experience.
Sorry I’m not able to take on any employees. I get sent CV’s weekly to EYESORE but the business isn’t in a position to take anyone onboard. I ocassionally hire contractors when required for editing and assisting on projects though.
Why do we call ourselves “filmmakers”?
Simply put, there really isn’t a better description for intra-disciplinary content creators who delve into so many aspects of video creation and storytelling. It requires a lot more than just the knowledge of filming as it requires understanding of the entire process from start to finish. Lighting, sound, direction, scripting, blocking, editing, post-production and so much more. It encompasses a wide array of disciplines that being a cinematographer just doesn’t cover. It’s not to inflate our egos – in fact more often than not we fully awkowledge that we are just a jack-of-all-trades. We don’t specialise in any one thing but we have the knowledge and skill to bring it all together and do our best to understand what it’s like for everyone involved in content production.