The Ball is Rolling
This past weekend I approached my Commander, and pitched my idea for my documentary while we will be deployed. The Commander and the First Sergeant blessed off on the idea, saying “it will be important to capture our mission overseas to preserve our story in a historical context”. The First Sergeant also went on to say, “people are use to seeing you with a camera in your hand, so it won’t come to a shock to anyone”. I’m hoping that was a complement. In explaining my intentions, another subject was brought up, in that, they are looking to have me be the unit historian, to compile all of our past photos and documentation for preservation and education. To which I happily agreed too.
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Last monday I met with Bill Nemitz with the Portland Press Harold over some coffee to toss around some ideas on how to approach this project, and to think of all the different angles I could go with this. Basically, what he told me is that, I won’t know till I actually get more into it. It’s good to start the brainstorming process to have an idea when to start, but you never know where a story might take you.
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I have been trying to contact various companies, in hopes to gain some sponsorship, and support along my journey. I would like to stay as mobile as possible, that’s why I have done some research to find the best products for the job. I don’t have a lot of extra cash,thus my outreach to these companies. So far I have had no luck… Fujifilm is the first company that I have contacted, by both email and phone, I am hoping to hear from them soon. If not, then I will try one more time, and then try another company. I hope it doesn’t come down to that, I think their X-Pro 1 camera would perfect for the job, and to be my primary work horse. I do have a top of the line DSLR camera, with an assortment of lenses, but the problem is that the camera in big, bulky, and after a while it gets to be a bit heavy. If this was my primary mission and didn’t have to play G.I. Joe while I was over there, then yes, I would bring my DSLR with me. Fujifilm has always had outstanding picture taking products, thus my hopes that they would be kind enough to sponsor me. Next on the list is “Really Right Stuff”, their tripod are (in my opinion) one of the best around. They are lightweight, rugged and built in the good ol’ U.S. of A… Another company that I would like to have as a sponsor is, Pelican Case. I actually got to talk to someone at Pelican Case, but they still had me send an email out since (from what they tell me) they are backed up with these types of request all the time (which I believe them, their products are in high demand for protective cases)… The only company, so far, that has come right out and said no to me is, Blackmagic Cameras. My interest with them is their new Pocket Cinema Camera. I wanted a small, compact, video recording device that has outstanding video quality, which is why I picked them. Plus if I get a “macro four thirds” camera system, the lenses on that camera would work on the Blackmagic Camera (less stuff to carry). Now I am looking at the Canon XF-105, I use this camera at school when I work for the University to record lectures around campus.
None the less, I think I am off to a good start. All I have to do is, keep a positive attitude, and continue to pluck away.
Wish me luck
People look at ordinary stuff all day long, so why not make a picture extraordinary and give them something new to look at. ~Heath Bouffard~
"Secondary Mission", a title I am using to help describe the documentary I will be making in the near future. Why Secondary Mission? Because my primary is being a Soldier, an Engineer in the National Guard to be exact. I have been in the National Guard going on thirteen years now, and in the past 3 years I have decided to pursue a career in photography. With pursuing this career, I enrolled in college for the second time in my life, this time with a focus in Media Studies.
Upon getting the news about being deployed, I thought this would be a great opportunity to put together a professional documentary to help jumpstart my career, and not to mention the great opportunity to document my time overseas. This won’t be my first time being deployed, I just wished I had the sense to document my first time being in a combat zone.
As of now, I have no clue on what this documentary will be about. I do have a few ideas in mind, but I will have to wait until the ball gets rolling to figure out my topic/subject. The idea behind this blog is to, not only follow my progression in making the documentary, but hopefully obtain helpful support, ideas and constructive criticism along the way. With that being said, I will not give away any information that will compromise my unit, i.e. specifics on our mission. So, please don’t ask any questions about the details of my unit or I will not answer you.
I want to thank you for your support along my journey and I hope you will enjoy this blog.
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