Showreel - March 2008

Stage6 RIP

I am actually a little sad about this one, for a variety of reasons. First, wtf am I on about? (a question that readers of this blog frequently ask themselves I would guess)

I recently discovered that Stage6 the DivX video sharing community has been shut down :(, for those that still don't understand, it was basically YouTube for DivX (a high quality video codec). Having known about DivX for a while, I've only recently come to enjoy the fruits it gives forth, it's actually a pretty good codec, comparable to h.264 and it's now become a staple in my list of standard playout formats.

Now don't get me wrong DivX is still going strong and will continue to, however the lack of a social networking site based on it, is a major bummer. I'd recently set up a profile on there to house my showreel and other stuff I'd been doing, but apart from that I'd been watching stuff on there for ages, why? Because quality wise it pisses all over the others.

And there was some pretty good content on there too! The usual amount of stuff that shouldn't really be on there (possibly one reason it's been shut down??), but also because of the higher res, other independent stuff apart from chavs with phones.

Anyway, I'll miss it for one, and although I need to investigate Veoh a bit more, as that's what they're sending people to now, the first video I tried to put on there wouldn't upload. Good start.

If there's one thing i'm not a fan of, it's cold calling.

Working in production you have to do a lot of it, so I've kinda got used to it, figured out how to talk to people, learned the skills of convincing people to take part in Programme X for Channel Y. But I still don't really enjoy it.

Welcome now to the world of being freelance. Now I have to call people to sell myself! rather than whatever programme I'm working on. That ain't fun!

What do I say? How am I supposed to pitch myself as a cam-op/editor when I've just done nearly three years researching? Of course I can operate and edit, but then I need to get in the door to prove that first!

It's also, because it's new territory, slightly difficult to know whether these calls are going good or not so good, obviously some you can just tell that they went shite, but some I don't know. I guess I need to suss out what, and how much,  information to give across and what to expect back.

So I guess this is a new chapter in the career world, and thus blogging one. A chapter that's been hinted at for a few months now, with the odd gig here and there, now it's full on, a new direction, more crazy adventures (um...), heartbreak and tragedy, romance and triumph... or am I just being a tad melodramatic?

I dunno, am I excited? Yes. Am I shitting myself? Yes. Still.. party on, this is it, so let's do this!

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