Interview Sean Gilhooley, Owner of Indo Inc Productions

Thursday, 3rd July 2014

Why did you choose shooting and video editing for your professional career?

The first time I touched a camera was when I was 10 year old. My dad rented a camera to make a video of us to show our family back in Scotland.

I enjoyed it from the start. What I like about shooting is trying to recreate things I see and the way i experience them. I have not done any other kind of work in the last 7 years, and i constantly learn more about cinematography. It became more than just a passion, I couldn’t think about doing something else, not anymore.

What is your best memory as a videographer?

My best memory was when I Just started to shoot in the water. I swam in Uluwatu, pretty far away, about a kilometre past temples temples. I was filming some pro surfers, and the water was very clear. I decided to turn the camera in my face shoot myself with the barrel coming over me, when I came back home to Australia and I looked at the shots, I looked very happy. That precise moment made me want to come back to Indo and just do that full time. It was one of those times I said to myself this is what I should do for a living.

What is your worse memory as a videographer?

My worse memory as a videographer was when I drowned a camera in the Mentawais. It was a Canon 7D, I was very tired and I didn’t fix the water housing properly. I jumped in the water very quick and it was not ready. It drowned inside the Water housing. It was a very bad feeling.

What is the key of a good video?

A good video is a video that will get people Attention. Nowadays everybody is bombarded with information. If you stay close to the principle of good cinematography, focus on who your audience is, and aim on pleasing that audience, you might just get close to their attention.

Also its cool when people get there own style and way of presenting things, I only see this strong in people who film a lot, because the technical side becomes second nature so this free’s up there creativity and individuality.

Work hard for your shots, go that extra mile, climb the rocks to get a better angle, get your camera dirty to get the shot, stand in the sun, use different techniques, experiment, take high risk shots (shots that may not work but pay off if they do).

Always find it funny when i see guys shooting video in a carpark at the beach with them sitting in the boot of the car, like that was by co-incidence the best angle.

Learn how cameras work With what camera are you working?

Sony NES FS700 that has options for a very high slow motion capture. Panasonic GH2 called “run and gun”. GoPro Hero 3+ And a classic Canon 7D What is your favourite movie? Drive by Nicolas Winding Refn He is a great Director. He can have a scene where there is a guy with his back to you not doing anything for 30 seconds and it is still entertaining,, that is pretty good.

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