well i will participate, i was kinda into it as a sophomore in high school and put this together as a junior in high school way back in the day it seems like now. after this i went to college, started skiing again and got right back into filming and photography with a bang. but here is the 1st "movie" i ever did. hella cheesy and based on a book.
What got me started with filming? In the beginning of 2010 I blew apart my shoulder skiing park and ended up going under the knife to put things back together. I had always played around with a little tape camera that I owned (hv30) and I started to play with it more because there was nothing else to do. Jib Academy took place and I found myself and the other hurt guys hanging out in the "gimp tent." Nick Martini let me film parts of the event with his DSLR and I found myself hooked on it. I spent all my money on a t2i afterwards and just started filming more and more. Eventually I stopped skiing park on account of my shoulder and started filming a ton.
I guess the t2i was my most important purchase. After that would come the deadcat. That thing changes everything.
How did my filming "career" begin on newschoolers? I got lucky enough for NS to select a webisode series that my friends and I pitched.
Pick up a camera and shoot. Buy what you need gear-wise, and then forget about buying more. Practicing will result in edits that are better than the results of any new accessory.
Focus on sound. 95% of edits ignore this, but I think that it contributes a ton to the flow of videos.
Shoot with the best skiers at your hill. People generally want to watch the best skiing possible.
Have fun. If you don't enjoy making edits, then the edits will probably reflect this.
i've always loved photography, and always fancied giving it a shot (haw haw) especially when my dad got a digital SLR.
i went on an art trip with school at the end of fifth year (second last year of school, ie i was 17) and took a film SLR and that got me hooked, although i knew nothing about how to work the camera properly.
in sixth year i took higher photography (basically an introductory course, but a national qualification) which taught me all i needed to know about basic film and digital photography and gave me the knowledge and confidence i needed to progress from there on my own (my photos i submitted for my finals are on my flickr, in my sig). that was a year ago and i've been learning ever since, but i still love it as much as, if not more than, when i started
i've always been into video. just loved making edits when I was younger-- and still do. Just over a year ago I purchased my first DSLR for video and since then I've really got into photography. Photo/Video work isn't something you "try" to get into, it's something that you're either into or not.