Philip Johnston (HD Warrior) has been in professional video production for the last 27 years, 21 of them running my own video production company (Small Video Co Ltd).
As I was growing up my father had a 8mm cine camera, unfortunately he did not have a clue how to use it and we sat upside down through many a darkened room watching what can only be described as a fly with a camera, he would zip and zoom all over the place. At the tender age of 12 I was given my own Super 8mm Kodak XL cine camera this was indeed progress, the film was enclosed in a single cartridge and had 2 flavors 125 ASA and 400ASA. The XL part of the title meant for the 1st time you could film in existing light this was a major advancement, no glaring cine lights. I produced well in excess of 100 various 3min films and the odd 400ft epics.
During my teenage years I got a Super 8mm Chinon sound camera and I was the sole archiver of all my secondary school trips in both silent and sound film. needless to say I have transferred these wonderful days into a DVD and considering no one had taught me how to use a cine camera I done a fine job if I say so myself. I started my working career as a draughtsman, I knew my higher Art would help with some part of my career.
My first video camera (1983) was a Sony HVC-4000 linked to a portable SL-F1 Betamax recorder this was the dogs bollox in it’s day,… 260 lines resolution and a good old videcon tube…the smear was very noticeable in low light. My first professional camcorder was the Panasonic F10 one of the 1st cameras to have a CCD chipset (The Birth of CCD), this was a great workhorse, one of it,s poorer features being the iris adjust, a small wheel near the back end of the lens that opened and closed the iris with the precision of a sumo wrestler plucking daisy petals.
My first real job in the industry was with Flashback Video, a production company specializing in corporate, training and television work. Chris who was the boss, left a good job with Scottish Television as a senior cameraman to start Flashback now runs a very successful bed and breakfast on the isle of Arran. He recently bought my Sony EX-1 and is still making various documentaries around the island. I left Flashback to join a cable TV company, Clyde Cable Vision as a video editor this took me through till 1988 when after a blazing row with my boss I told her to stick her job where the sun did not shine I decided to go it alone and formed in 1988 The Small Video Company.
I started with a Panasonic F10 and after various JVCs, Sony’s, Panasonic’s and Canon’s later I now have a Canon C300. I am one of the stranger animals in this business I do not stick with any single manufacturer, so many of my colleagues swear by Sony etc. but I tend to buy what’s best for me at the time, this time it happens to be Canon.
For all your video production needs in Scotland, get in touch with Small Video Company Ltd