Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Beginning

So I've spent the last two days working on this blog. I don't really consider myself the blogging type honestly. I get a little frustrated when people update their statuses on Facebook with every meaningless happening in their day to day life, and am a little concerned that I will become one of those bloggers.
There is nothing I would hate more then to become one of those whining, sniveling, self loathing bloggers who complains about how horrible their life is, or uses their blog as an arena to say nasty insulting things about people behind their back.

I will do my very best to keep the post upbeat, non personal, and above all else, interesting.

That being said, I'm sitting here typing this as I sit on hold with the credit card company. You see, nearly a year ago I decided I wanted to get a decent video camera and start shooting and editing my own films. So I starting stashing away cash, and researching the camera I wanted. I've decided on this camera package
and this shoulder mount
The camera is the Panasonic GH1 DSLR. I saw the footage it takes while working with Andrew Bellware on his most recent film, Day 2, and it looks great. Although the Codec isn't great for green screening, I think it will suit my purposes. The shoulder mount is a little bit more fancy then I need it to be, but part of me thinks that getting work, can sometimes be as simple as the way your equipment looks. If it looks like a really pro set up, sometimes you can get away with not having pro credentials.

Anyway, the whole thing will cost around $1600.00, but I need to increase my credit line. I got the card when I was in college, so the limit is only $500. I put in a request digitally and was only offered an additional $500 of credit. Via a conversation with one of the "credit specialist" in the credit department of HSBC, I come to find out my credit limit increase was denied because I don't spend enough money on the card. I responding by saying "how much damage can you do on a card with a $500 limit" "give me the increase because I'm trying to spend more money"

My complaining resulted in nothing changing. Apparently the only way to get more credit is to spend a ton of money. It just doesn't seem to make sense to me. If they give me $5000 in credit, and I only use a $100 that on a month to month basis, does the other $4900 of that credit go bad? Do they only have a limited amount of credit to hand out, and they don't want to waste a drop on someone who wont use it?

Oh well. I will find some way to get the camera. I have to. I started filling my schedule with gigs needing a camera to justify spending all that money. I planned on shooting 3 or 4 different pieces this month to make sure the camera didn't just sit around and collect dust, so I'll have to figure it out.

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