Unfortunately do to some people who take advantage of my generosity I will be suspending any further camera gear giveaways. So if you are following me only because you want to get some free stuff then you might as well unfollow.
Over the years I’ve given away cameras, lenses and gimbals, etc to needy filmmakers that varied in prices from $200 to several thousands. Since then I’ve also found out that some of the prizes went to people who own RED cameras or other expensive gear. People who definitely don’t need the free stuff. I’ve also had too many people signing up multiple times under fake names to better their chances. Whatever!
However, the final thing that made me reach this decision is the few people who won the giveaways and then complained that they had to cover the shipping cost and their countries ridiculous taxes. In the last case the item is still stuck somewhere in customs office while the “winner” is angry at me because they had to pay the shipping and now they refuse to pay the duties. I think if (and that is a big if) I do any further giveaways it will only be to open to people within the USA… even though I realize that there are many people outside of the USA that probably need this stuff more. Unfortunately arranging and doing these giveaways is too time consuming and I can’t be spending more time worrying about how much in shipping or taxes your country is going to charge you. If you can’t cover those costs then I understand but please do everyone a favor and find out before you apply and make me send the package your way.
I’ve had 2 other times before where I stopped doing giveaways or contests because of similar reasons or because people complained that my contest “rules” were unfair. This time I thought I would make it as simple as it can be. No rules and no requirements but I see even that is impossible in a world where many “filmmakers” are all about acquiring more gear and showing it off on social media to make them selves look like they’re “successful” instead of actually concentrating on bettering their skills and making art.
To the rest of you who don’t just follow me for free stuff and are actually interested in producing content, I applaud you. Keep on smiling and keep on creating!