My I introduce my new baby – the stunning 4D Panasonic GH4.
Its been three years since my gear was stolen in Nice, France – the first broadcast quality camera (JVC GY-HM 100 camcorder – a beaut camera indeed) was a wonderful gift (by dear Rosemarie, a family friend) as a reward for all the work done on a certain documentary project (all community work, unpaid). To put it bluntly, I was utterly devastated for a long time after all the gear was stolen – the theft hit hard, my immediate dreams, my personal heart and my professional ability to be a film-maker with good gear. And despite an insurance payout, I was unable to recoup the gear; and that is why I ended up here in the UAE, working as a teacher of film – in order to get back what was taken so blatantly, in a mere 60-seconds, by brazen thugs who could only destroy lives (not create beauty, a world born of imagination or truth of information) – and these actions happened despite the gear being stored in a (supposedly) ‘cyber secure’ lockup room at a backpackers in Nice, France. I had a rude awakening to life that day – and as a result, my work practices have changed dramatically. I live with my cameras now – they don’t leave my body, unless I have the only access/key to a lockable facility!
I have continued to make films, mostly with my iPhone(s) camera. And I’ve improved vastly, in my edits and understandings. But finally, in obtaining a hefty bank loan to cover a house move this month, plus extra Durhams for some ‘extras’, I was able to re-kit my dreams with the reality of purchasing a beautiful new cinematic quality 4K digital camera. First, I did my research – for sure – so many great camera’s on the market. But for what I have paid in the years since the theft in emotional cost, including, leaving my family and Australia to find film work; and taking on further debt again — well now, I’m the very proud and utterly grateful owner of a broadcast/cinematic quality camera again. Oh, my — and, more. Lord help anyone who attempts to steal from me again.
I’m yet to flex my personal and professional muscle of DOP knowledge with this camera – but give me a few months, and I will start to load some footage. I must juggle learning the camera, getting out and about for some solid filming, the demands on time and knowledge in the editing, etc, around my very very full-time job of teaching teen girls, the basics of film and photography – and my day-job really tests my patience for the sheer time needed to fulfil all the responsibilities – let alone get out to do some creative work of my own.
I dream and long to do quality stories — meaningful film (and music) work. Whilst the clock of time ticks on, I’m not dead yet; and I just pray I have both time and talent – what it takes – to create some great work – images and stories that will be both enjoyed, educate and bring better choices for all who watch (to expand both professional networks; and extend arena’s of those who watch my work); as well as pay the bills and a fair bit more… ah, dreams.
I’ll do my best – I have the right tools again – perhaps it is ‘bloody mindedness – but I like to think that my patience and perseverence will pay off… So here’s to a creative, rewarding film production future! In time, I will learn this camera and share the results on my Tyrian Pearl Productions YouTube channel… so.. stay tuned! Just thought I’d share the journey – so far – with you all, my loyal readership base – thank you for supporting this blog; and your kind comments over the years.
Wish me the best of luck – I have my fingers crossed – for an abundant and kind future – with some luck that meets preparation!