I haven’t done many podcasts for ages. On Saturday I did one for AnticipateMedia and spent around 90 minutes talking with Paul and Ben about everything under the sun. It’s an honest, frank conversation that I think some of you will find really fascinating.
Download it, stick it on your iPod and enjoy!
IN THIS EPISODE:
In this 44th episode of the NeedCreative Podcast, your host Paul Antico is joined regular correspondent Ben Consoli to interview very special returning guest, Philip Bloom. Hailing from the UK, Skype managed to make Philip sound very far and then extremely close as the show went on, which is just the way we felt as we went through a journey of fantastic subjects with Philip, who has been in this business for a very long time.
- Additional background on him, most of it you can hear in Ep 31
- How Philip describes himself and what he does today, in 2013
- The value of starting your career in news shooting
- How Philip came into the education/evangelist role
- His advice for freelancers and the importance of work/life balance
- How he chooses what he posts on his site and why (little news, shoot stories, gear reviews, posts about living in the industry)
- How people connect with him on his site after he posts personal stories
- Working one-man-band vs with a team – specializing is important, but there are real world cost limitations
- Delineating certain situations that require just one to three people vs a larger crew
- Crew size considerations when you have one – smaller vs larger
- Directing and shooting – is it possible?
- When working in a crew: “Letting go” and focusing on your role
- Taking stills vs working in video
- The speed and pace of the release of new tech and plunging prices
- The obsession over cameras
- The obsession over raw video – why?
- The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and raw – the importance of budgeting time and money for the back end
- Is there “one good camera?” – depends on what you are working on & the merits of the C300 as an example. Will there ever be one camera that does it all?
- Looking at old footage taken – focusing on the value of the story and not tech
- Looking at the future – maybe there will be one camera that does it all? We dive into a little Science Fiction
- A generous 4K discussion – delivery & consumption: what’s the point? The limits of our eyes – will the audience notice or even care? How about streaming 4K?
- The acquisition benefits of 4K even when targeting 2K (e.g. framing for interviews)
- The realistic limits of broadband in homes
- “Showing off” by having a piece of gear – by producers and shooters both – what’s the reason?
- How do clients approach him about using certain cameras
- The owner/operator conundrum- renting vs buying in this day and age
- The downsides of large sensor cameras – A) the need for skill in focusing (and the plus side – not everyone can do it, it requires knowledge of the craft) & B) range limits on lenses
- When to use a large sensor camera vs a more ENG-style camera – example about a series filmed at a beach in Australia
- How the low cost filmmaker revolution had changed (or not) the value of talent vs gear- does cream rise to the top? Has talent flourished?
- Pricing challenges and why (& how) you should stick to your convictions
- The importance of enjoying what you do- what to do if you truly hate doing it
- The Need to be Creative – as per Philip Bloom
- And much more!
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