Going back to high school, when I took a media class (Mr. Payette!), I have enjoyed making movies and being creative in that way.
When my son was born in 2006, we shot a little video on an old video recorder, but the turning point came at Father’s Day in 2007 when my ever-loving brother helped us finance a really good digital camera as a present. It was top of the line at the time as far as consumer cameras go.
We didn’t plan on doing a lot of video with it, but hey, it gave a lonely stay-at-home dad stuff to do. Quinn and I did all kinds of videos, often related to birthdays.
My wife and I still laugh about some of them — in one Quinn is about two and a half, and goes “Lebron James, eat my shorts!” (He was coached to say that, but it was hilarious and still is.)
Most of the videos are on my Facebook page, and were intended for family and friends.
Then as things progressed, we started getting a little more ambitious with the videos, which led to us cashing in some Air Miles for a proper stand-alone video camera. It’s not top of the line, but it works great, and has allowed some freedom to shoot more — and it also frees up the also-new digital camera for photos, instead of the memory-hogging video. (As an aside, it’s incredible how far batteries for these machines have come in just a few years.)
Now, I find myself shooting video, albeit from a tripod and not all that ambitious, for the Society for International Hockey Research and posting the videos from presentations at our meetings to our YouTube page.
It’s been an interesting experience, with more complicated, interesting subjects to come down the road.
Here’s the Wally Stanowski interview, part one:
and part two: