HD TIPS: CAMERA CREED
By B. Sean Fairburn
This is my camera. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My camera is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
My camera, without me, is useless. Without my camera, I am useless. I must shoot my camera true.
I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me.
My camera and myself know that what counts on this set is not the footage we roll, the great composition, nor the smooth crane moves. We know that it is the circle takes that count. One Shot one Circle Take.
My camera is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its adjustments and its lenses. I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage as I will ever guard my legs, my arms, my eyes and my heart against damage. I will keep my camera clean and ready to roll. We will become part of each other.
Before God, I swear this creed. My camera and myself are the image harvesters of the set. We are the masters of pixel wrangling. We create the celluloid illusions of motion.
So be it, until their is no more script to shoot and the last insert is in the can, then we achieve Wrap!
Paraphrased by B. Sean Fairburn SOC from the “Rifle Creed” by Major General William H. Rupertus (USMC, Ret.)