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From Gun Camera to GoPro: A Short History of Small Cameras

16 Nov

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A little while back I bought a GoPro as I thought it would be a great way to add fantastic production value to our productions. I’ve used GoPro’s in the past and the image quality that comes out of that little black box never ceases to amaze me!

But how did we achieve those otherwise ‘inaccessible shots’ that gave an audience a radically different perspective before the GoPro arrived on the scene? In other words, how did we go from this:

to this:

The Lipstick Camera, a ground breaking piece of kit in its time.

The Lipstick Camera

I think it was back in the  the 1980’s when we used a tiny little video camera for these kinds of shots, this camera was nicknamed a ‘Lipstick Camera’ because of its shape and size. They produced rather fuzzy images but at the time they were pretty groundbreaking. (No HD in those days! – God I suddenly feel old !) But hang on a minute… it gets even worse.
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What’s This All About?!

15 Nov

Hi I’m Chris Weaver, welcome to ‘Through The Lens’.

I’ve been doing talks all round the country and it’s become apparent that it can be very hard for people to get good solid advice from industry professionals who have experience in film & tv.

So, in this blog I will present how-to information, tips and tricks on the Film and TV industry along with stories from ‘Behind the Scenes’.

I hope the information will help you, provide practical advice, hints and tips that you can use immediately in your own work. I also hope along the way you’ll find it entertaining, after all there’s no point in being too serious about this stuff – it’s not exactly brain surgery.

"Point and look serious!"..."Uh... Ok"

The thing is, I’ve got lots of experience and knowledge and I’m keen to share it with you – I’ve been working in the film and TV industry for over 30 years, first as a film cameraman, then a director, then director of photography and more recently as a producer running the UK based production company Free Spirit Film & TV.

So, as you can imagine, I’ve been around the block a bit! Despite that I hope you will follow my posts and take advantage of the all the stuff on offer before I lose my memory altogether! I hope you enjoy this stuff, if not then so be it, but at least give me some credit for making the effort. After all I could be out filming, drinking tea or when I’m not working watching some mundane daytime TV show like ‘Cash in the Attic’, (for those of you fortunate enough to live outside of the UK please let me briefly explain. ‘Cash in the Attic’ is a TV show which is basically designed to keep the criminally insane occupied. It consists of crusty old antiques dealers rummaging around some poor unfortunates attic in the hope of finding a long lost Picasso. Sadly in reality all they ever seem to ever find is junk like a broken food blender circa 1963 and sometimes, if they’re really lucky they might dig up something from the Victorian era like a rusty moustache trimmer- not that I watch it of course..I only know because I’ve had the unfortunate experience of working on the show!)

Anyway enough said. The bottom line is, if nothing else just drop by when you’ve got nothing better to do and have fun!

Chris.

p.s. I also run a selection of training courses – check out the menu for more info.

And now… Here are some photos of me “in action” over the years haha.

Free Spirit Film & TV
Film, TV & Online Video Production.