“Now use a real camera next time!” A comment I received over three years ago when one of my short films (which was filmed on a DSLR) was Staff Picked on Vimeo. Now, I’m still facing the same snobbery attitude towards DSLR cameras. For me, the camera systems have been an extremely important part of my career so far and I am hugely grateful. I’ve always highlighted the importance of knowing the limitations of the camera you’re operating. DSLRs have a bag full of problems but they have copious amounts of positive aspects as well.
I tend to limit the amount of music videos that I make each year due to the amount of work that my team and I put into each one. My ultimate aim is to raise the production value within the budget constraints that I am working with. The band/ artist and I have a similar goal, to get our work and music seen and heard. And that doesn’t happen by turning up and trying to cuff a music video shoot. LAst year, when I originally pitched this music idea to Robert Brown and the Producers at Cloud 9 Studios, I didn’t think they would be on the same wavelength to me. It was ambitious as usual but to my surprise they were and they had the confidence in me to see it through to the end.
After a few harmless incidents recently I decided it was time to get a few things off my chest. I set up The C Project in 2011 because I was frustrated with the lack of collaboration on Independent film productions in Northern Ireland. Personally, I have always believed that having more than one creative mind on a project will produce a greater, richer result.
I think our shooting schedule for this documentary production was busier then the US President at the time- 9 days, 11 flights in 4 different US States. In a collaboration with Monument Communications, we were asked by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools to make a documentary about the progress of Charter Schools and the high quality education that they provide. So for me it was time to swat up on the topic and get the equipment ready for field work once more.