I started the year wondering what to film and how to film it. Inspiration was found on the web by the way of Philip Bloom and Indy Mogul.
Philip Bloom an experienced British film maker with “how to” and “what to” tips and lots of interesting short films to be inspired by. I attended a Philip Bloom 1 day workshop who also offered some invaluable help on my Irish Seniors documentary.
Also Indy Mogul a group of enthusiastic film makers headed by the entertaining Griffen Hammond with the informative Russell Hasenauer with their “film news” and open and frank discussion topics. Griffen’s tips on filming a wedding were the best prep I could have had for my first ever wedding film. A sad day when I heard the channel was closing due to its funding being stopped.
In 2013 I made over 80 films including a 5 local productions, 2 wedding photo montages, a wedding, a naming ceremony and a documentary. Filming highlights of the year included:
Thorpe Park fun and adventure
Filming Bicester town development
Water fight with a GoPro
Bliss on the Broads
Halloween in Warwick Castle
A wedding photo montage
Otmoor – a wonderful open landscape in Oxfordshire
For a list of all my films visit Robby Boyo Films YouTube channel.
I bought the Lumix GH2 at the start of the year and have had amazing fun with it. I still use my Canon 550D for stills and the occasional film usage but the GH2 is easier to use, more fun, lighter and the sharpness of the image is incredible. I am using a camera setting (Driftwood Moon 7) that increases the quality by 6 fold and allows for more options when applying colour enhancements. I also upgraded my PC and installed Sony Vegas Pro 12 which I like very much.
2014 promises to be another year of fun for my hobby:
– watch more inspirational films on YouTube/Vimeo
– a wedding film in July
– film an Oxford local business
– more holiday/family films
– more local productions
– possibly a how to film from me
– buy a 4k camera or a camera that shoots raw
– grow a beard (as all film makers seem to have beards)