As many of you many know, I have been interested in documentary film for a very long time. And lately I have been toying with the idea of going into journalism/documentary filmmaking. The funny thing is, I have never actually produced my own doc; I’ve done work with development and post-production, but I’ve never put the whole thing together. So I thought that it would be a good idea to shoot some footage while I’m out here and do some editing at home, and actually make a film, before deciding to enter a journalism program or a documentary media studies program.
Long story short, I bought a digital camcorder today. It’s not a great one, but it wasn’t expensive either. And it only required one trip to the mammoth market, Zhongguancun (which is comprised of around 8 buildings), one trip down a scary set of stairs and through a labyrinth of offices and floors, and one bout of flirting with the salesmen (okay, I probably won’t go have that beer with them in Sanlitun tomorrow) to get a good price on it.
No one has ever heard of the brand,Ordro, and the model is from 2006, but it has a lot of nice features. So get ready for a lot of video viewing when I get home. EVERYONE HAS TO WATCH EVERY CLIP.