Chuck Fishbein (www.duckyou.com) has been creating visual imagery his entire life and has no intentions of stopping. Fishbein says he'd do it for free, but it's even better when you get paid for doing what you love to do.
HDVideoPro: What gear do you use for your shoots?
Chuck Fishbein: I use Sony PMW-500 and PMW-EX3 XDCAM cameras for all of my shooting. Both cameras use very little power, which means I need carry only a minimal amount of additional batteries, and the new 64 GB SxS cards allow continuous filming for a really long period of time. So, whether I'm letting the camera run in anticipation of action about to happen or letting the camera roll to create a time lapse in post later, I rarely worry about running out of media.
The one accessory I can't live without is the nanoFlash. This recorder allows me to access the HD/SDI signal in 4:2:2 with a bit rate as high as 280 MB and record it to a CF. This gives us a digital image with greater saturation that will hold up much better through color correction.
Every sunrise and sunset over Manhattan is a new opportunity for a unique image. The availability of interesting shots in Manhattan, and most large cities for that matter, is endless. There's always a new angle to be discovered.—Chuck FishbeinHDVideoPro: What are your most popular types of shots?
Fishbein: We're constantly asked for new and unique shots of the skyline. Every sunrise and sunset over Manhattan is a new opportunity for a unique image. The availability of interesting shots in Manhattan, and most large cities for that matter, is endless. There's always a new angle to be discovered.
HDVideoPro: In terms of opportunities, what do you hope lies in the future for indie shooters and stock video?
Fishbein: Money is tight, yet companies still need great images for advertising and marketing. For many, stock has become the best way to go. I began filming New York two years ago because I enjoyed it. It was a break from my regular work, and it gave me the freedom to film anything, any way I wanted to shoot it. Now, it has become a substantial part of our income, and I hope to see that trend continue.