I am at the bottom of the totem in regards to orange name filmers... but hey, orange name none-the-less, right? I'll throw in a few links to show progression in my film style
I started filming when I got a gopro for the holidays and my friends would take turns filming eachother (Here's one of the go pro edits: https://vimeo.com/19648881)
. My friends got good at skiing and I got a few concussions in attempts to keep up. I ended up buying a T2i and get more serious and getting really into making edits of my friends (Here's my first edit with the T2i: https://vimeo.com/21925185).
I eventually started producing videos that people liked and people took notice. Some of the better local skiers started hitting me up and I was able to keep filming and editing videos with them, that's when the Hood Crew edits started getting pumped out (Here's the first edit I did that "blew up" https://vimeo.com/32437561).
I then won a local film festival (Here's the video https://vimeo.com/36677071)
which got me tons of notice with people in Portland (skiers and non-skiers). Now all I really go for any more in filming is having fun with some friends and trying not to sacrifice quality while doing so. I've realized that when I disregard caring about stacking bangers and more about having fun, I end up pumping out better shots anyway. What got me my orange name was doing freelance work for some companies in the industry and doing edits for newschoolers.
If I were to list off my favorite edits in terms of fun days with friends, these would be it (in no particular order).
Biggest purchase was probably my gopro, which got me into filming. Second would have to be my glidecam, people like my glidecam shots and I think it has done me well to have it in my rig.
I had a few keys to getting "noticed": I got to film with some great unknown skiers (some more well-known than others), and getting stuff top rated, VoD, and etc on newschoolers. Statistically, 70% of my views come from newschoolers alone.
My one piece of advice is figure out the technical aspect of filming and then develop a style which sticks out. People are starting to look for a unique aspect/vibe that is fun and interesting. Being able to bust out pristine quality is definitely important, but tone and unique vision is far more important.