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I'm Tav, a 29yr old from London. I enjoy working on large-scale social, economic and technological systems.

Becoming a Film Maker

I've decided to ease into film making by becoming a video blogger. By the time I am proficient enough with video editing, the stage should be set for ractives ;p

So I need your help. Because I know fuck all about filming or editing.

Despite creating the likes of and setting up an entire company to provide online video services, my knowledge of film making is close to non-existent.

If you want to know about scalable online distribution or digital video encoding, then I can give you expert advice. But film making? Not a clue.

The closest I've ever gotten to actual editing was as part of the Video Production Society at Dulwich College. Back then it was mostly analog and Adobe Premiere 1.0 just gave me lots of headaches.

So as I get back into it over 15 years later, my setup is:

  • Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz Macbook w/ 4GB of RAM
  • External 1TB Networked Hard Drive
  • iLife '08, iWork '09
  • Final Cut Express, Logic Express

Is this good enough? I didn't go for the Pro versions given the price and decided to ease myself in with the Express versions. Would iMovie have been enough?

What are tutorials, podcasts and websites I should check out to get started very quickly?

As for the video capturing process, should I shell out on an actual camera or is something like the Flip good enough to get started with?

I've been drooling over the Canon 5D Mark II. It produces the stunning visuals you see in this article!!

I don't of course expect to produce anything quite so spectacular yet. But if one day I could afford to buy it, would it be any better than a Flip in the hands of a newbie like myself?

And, finally, instead of hosting the videos myself, it seems that it's better to put them up on sites with active communities.

I've signed up to Vimeo for this as they seem to have really vibrant and artistic community. Is this a good choice?

Have any of you been video blogging or film making? What have your experiences been? Am I approaching all this completely wrong?

Please let me know any thoughts you may have in the comments. Thanks!