Category: film making

The Democratization of Media. Or why I love youtube

As a filmmaker, I have always been disappointed that I haven’t had an instant appraisal of my work, as musicians have during a live performance. I think youtube has changed all this. I can upload a video to youtube, and be aware, within a couple of days, or even minutes, whether my video sucks or […]

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How to make a Documentary Film

‘What do you like about fishing?’ I once asked an Irish fisherman from the west coast village of Dingle. ‘I don’t’ he replied. ‘When I’ve been out at sea and experienced bad weather, and return to port 3 days late, I hate every moment. It is only when I can see my home on the […]

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The ‘ShoulderLander’ – Shoulder Support for Small HD Video Camera

I have searched far and wide on the internet to find a shoulder support for my new XH-A1. I dislike hand-held cameras with no shoulder support. I tried finding one to purchase, but none allowed me to still connect to a tripod. So I made my own, ‘The ShoulderLander’ The Shoulderlander prototype is made up […]

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Backpack Filmmaking Gear List

Producing videos on the road requires the minimum of gear. When I travel I must carry all my gear myself. On the ‘El Camino’ in Spain, I walked 750km with 17 kilograms of gear. On my last trip overseas, I think I was lugging close to 30 Kilograms, including laptop. Here is a list of […]

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Video Art

Some good news recently for Australian Video Artists….there is now such a thing as Video Art! Recently a slo-mo five minute film of a guy skating at Bondi Beach, with a stormy sea as a backdrop, became the first video artwork to be auctioned in Australia. It was sold at Sotheby’s for $84,000. more info […]

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StARTing

Video Editing I have a mountain of video stories to edit, with the hope of having dvd’s available by Christmas. I have amazing stories from all over the world – Australia, Ireland, Spain and Vietnam. For me editing has always been difficult. I really don’t think we were made to spend all day sitting alone […]

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Live!!

How as a filmmaker Do you achieve the ecstasy of performance I’m currently listening to Pink Floyd, Pulse Live, the crowd’s energy, the live performance How the hell do we mirror that as filmmakers? Can we perform live? Can we incorporate music, emotion, to make people move, feel? Imagine a ‘live’ film festival How can […]

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The Overlander’s ‘Backpack Filmmaking Secrets’

Click to Play Over the weekend I loaded in some footage on a project I haven’t looked at for quite a while. A project I haven’t been able to bring myself to finish. In 2004 I walked the ‘Way of Saint James’ in Spain. The journey was something I had planned to do ever since […]

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What is Backpack Filmmaking?

Overlander.tv is an ambitious project whereby Filmmaker Mark Shea will attempt to travel the world, alone, and film, edit and broadcast online, short mini docs, from different locales. Backpack Filmmaking is: -lightweight broadcast quality gear that can fit in a backpack -one person crew, one person doing it all. sourcing stories, conducting interviews, filming footage, […]

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