“Your dying, I’m living. It’s your bad decisions. The world that we envisioned is dead so, you said “I’ve been trying to wipe away the tears, trying to wipe away the tears, trying to wipe away the tears”. I’m a thousand miles away from here. A thousand miles away from here. A thousand miles away from here. You said so, yourself so, yeah.”—A Thousand Miles Away From Here by Hostage Calm
This is a conflicting and confusing time in culture. I think about these things a lot. I worry for future generations about where we are headed as a society. There is so much to discuss and talk about and I invite the conversation because it is an important one.
There are many cans to be opened and not everyone likes worms. We have yet to define the parameters and boundaries and it’s hard to do so but we should all feel free to speak up with out feeling like we are going to be attacked, condemned, called crazy, told we are slut shaming, body shaming or girl hating for our opinions.
What needs to be acknowledged is true talent. Not pathetic, introverted circles of stuck up people who think their own style makes them exceptionally gifted. Your music/style/interests do not make you successful in your career; the results from the interactions of your products do.
“However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poorhouse. The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the almshouse as brightly as from the rich man’s abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring. I do not see but a quiet mind may live as contentedly there, and have as cheering thoughts, as in a palace.”—Henry David Thoreau
Hi, With the fast development of 4K cameras lately. And people, like you, starting to sell their DSLRs would you still recommend getting one or would you recommend to go ahead and go for 4K as well? Thanks
I would say that 4k cameras are something to approach with caution at the moment. It’s all well shooting in 4K but can your computer handle it when it comes to editing power? I’m making a switch from my canon’s at some point but it’s not primarily due to 4K advancements. I would say it’s down to a lack of options the camera has to be versatile in the ways I want to shoot with it. For instance I find it utterly mind-blowing that canon have failed miserably to increase the capture speeds when it comes to frame rates. An iphone beats the camera in that department. Ok…. it’s not as good quality as a high end camera, but I refuse to believe that it’s beyond canon to innovate further and work with their loyal customers. I think they’ve just got a bit too sure of what they provide and other companies are now gunning to take the video market over. It’s certainly made me start to look elsewhere.
My advice to anyone is to get a camera which suits their situation best. HD video cameras are absolutely fine to shoot with. It’s going to take a good couple of years before 4K comes to be a widely accepted standard, so why not keep shooting in HD and practise getting better at filmmaking? And I say that in a general sense to everyone. There is far too much of a focus on gear over storytelling at the moment, and I think this is a problem in many areas of filmmaking. A lot of people who promote themselves as directors are really cinematographers. They lack the understanding of communication and storytelling and how to get a crew behind you when it comes to conveying a message correctly. How to develop a script and build characters into physical beings. There’s a reverse snobbery to honing these skills where people think a camera bag full of tricks will make up for a lack in understanding of the core skills of directing.
By far the most important thing people should be considering now is ‘how can I make better videos/films’. If 4K is honestly something that helps then by all means go for it, but as always I think it’s not the camera that’s at the centre of the success but more the core skills of the individual. Soon, camera abilities are going to start levelling out (because how much more advanced can they get in terms of an on screen image?). When this happens in years to come; I think it will ultimately mean more people trying to concentrate on their skill development in other areas away from tech specs. That will be a great moment for films in general because we’ll start to see a growth right across the board, not just in equipment levels.
In a nutshell man, I recommend you stick with whatever helps you make great videos (and that isn’t based around just the camera). 4K or no, the stories are out there to be told and content truly is king. Don’t look at them through the camera primarily just see them through your open mind.
I didn't know you're into protest the hero, that's so cool man. i was at a gig of theirs in january, couldnt stay for their performance though since i had to leave early to catch my ride, but ill definitely catch them again sometime
Indeed I am man. Great band. I did a music video for them years and years ago in my early days - https://vimeo.com/3532994
“Someone told me some secrets early on about living. You have to remind yourself that you can do the very best you can when you’re very, very relaxed. No matter what it is, no matter what your job is, the more relaxed you are, the better you are. That’s sort of why I got into acting. I realised that the more fun I had, the better I did it, and I thought, Well, that’s a job I can be proud of. I’d be proud to have that job, if I had to go to work and say, ‘No matter what my condition or what my mood is, no matter how I feel about what’s going on in my life, if I can relax myself and enjoy what I’m doing and have fun with it, then I can do my job really well.’ And it’s changed my life, learning that. And it’s made me better at what I do. I’m not the greatest or anything. But I really enjoy what I do.”—Bill Murray on why it’s important to stay relaxed in whatever it is you do, and success will follow.
“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.”—Meryl Streep
Hi Ryan! I love your blog- just curious which theme you're using? It's an excellent layout for the content you're posting!
Hi! Thanks! I believe the theme is available in the theme store on tumblr. It is a paid one. I can’t remember it’s name. It’s actually only temporary and I’m going to be overhauling the blog this winter with a new look. I preferred the layout I had before but tumblr removed it when there was all that hacking going on! Sucks. Never mind, change is good!