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Trip of a lifetime Phil Huberty, PROCAM warehouse technician, discusses an amazing filming opportunity for children’s charity Dreamflight. A s a warehouse technician at Procam with aspirations to become a camera operator, I was delighted to be given the chance to film a group of seriously ill and disabled children on the holiday of a lifetime hosted by the charity Dreamflight. Dreamflight is a national charity that takes 192 seriously ill and disabled children, without their parents on the holiday of a lifetime to Orlando, Florida. They are accompanied by a huge support team of around 90 volunteers on a chartered Boeing 747 that takes them to Florida to experience 10 magical days. Many children could not undertake such a trip without the support of the army of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and non-medical volunteers who care for the children 24 hours a day. Typically my day involves receiving and storing stock, preparing orders for delivery and maintaining the warehouse. So I was excited to spend some time in Florida capturing footage in a variety of environments which I would then edit down into a bespoke video memory. I was one of 12 camera operators who accompanied the children on the trip, and on our journey to Florida I received a lot of advice from some of the more experienced crew. However, nothing could have prepared me for the experience I had over the next 10 days. I was faced with challenges from the very start of the trip: from the flight over to Florida, to filming on rollercoasters and log flumes, to capturing personal and private moments on film: each challenge posed new questions and tested my ability. I wanted to make sure I captured the children’s excitement from the moment they began their holiday, my first challenge was deciding which camera to use to film in the enclosed space on a plane. The XF105 was chosen by the Dreamflight video team as the best camera for this situation as it delivers great images for such a compact camera. It was also versatile enough for me to continue to use this camera throughout most of the trip. Whilst in Florida we visited lots of different theme parks from Universal Studios to Disneyland, each with bigger and better rides. I knew it would be great to capture some shots of the kids having the time of their lives on rides like ‘Summit Plummet’ a two second plunge down the fastest free fall slide in the world! Since a shot like this needed a camera that could handle 72 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 84 DECEMBER 2013 filming in high velocity and often water soaked conditions, we chose to use the GoPro HERO 3: It’s small and compact, shoots in HD and is favoured by the extreme sports industry worldwide. At some of the theme parks I was accompanied by a park escort who told me when and where I could film, for others I had free reign to seize every moment on film. When you’re being thrown in the air on some of the world’s biggest rollercoasters, it’s impossible to plan each and every shot so it was important to have a versatile camera for the job. The GoPro was brilliant for shooting on the hoof as there is practically no set-up needed, you can just grab and shoot. A challenge at the other end of the spectrum was figuring out the best way to capture personal and often sensitive moments on film. The children were each facing their own difficult battles and I wanted to make sure that I could create an amazing bespoke film that each of them could take away to share their memories with their families. My approach was to speak to all of the kids individually and get to know them and their story. It enabled them to be comfortable having me around and allowed them to just have fun without being distracted by my filming. By filming interviews with each of them at the end of their holiday, the children were able to reflect