In between Lights and Action

Okay, so, the way-high bidder on the camera auction that I lost sent an e-mail to the seller after the completion of the auction which said (paraphased):

“Best Wishes To You, I am Unmumbaga Zuranguma from Nigeria and I have won your auction, all power to mighty Jesus! Please forward the goods to me in Nigeria, and once they have arrived, I will surely pay you with moneys in full payment of debts, praise be to God and best of wishes to you my new friend.”

And so, that sale has been, like, voided big-time. And the seller came back to me and we agreed on a fixed price which I am very happy with. Barring any incidents with shipping and whatnot, I am now the proud owner of a Canon XL-1 and various accoutriments and paraphenalia and accessories.


So, now, I plan to shop around for good deals on:

– A Tripod
– A Wide-Angle Lens
– Some lens filters
– A couple of lights and some diffusers
– A small, simple design (offset weight) handheld steadycam rig
– A collapsable 1-man camera crane rig

I am also considering dolly + track .. but I suspect that I may have to make do with a steadycam rig and a skateboard.

Now it’s time to go work on MORE STORIES FOR SHORT FILMS!

Oh my friends, you are going to have to ENDURE some truly awful video for a while. 🙂


  1. Wheelchair, eh? So .. an excuse to own a wheelchair, eh?


    Also required: Puffy Director Pants, Megaphone.

    And various people have convinced me that it’d be amusing to have a folding chair with “DIRCETOR”(sic) printed on it.

  2. Yay! So long as we foreigners can get some adorable footage of Annette and yourself, we are willing to put up with a lot of terrible video!

  3. It is possible to make a fairly good dolly using PVC drainpipe, a piece of plywood and some skateboard wheels. Manufacturing a basic crane or jib arm should be easy enough too.

    • Yep – A couple of my books with titles like “Underground Indie Guerrilla.Sneaky Pirate Ninja Filmmaking Techniques Made Easy” have some fairly simple-looking designs for such things. I’m going to give them a try.