by Graham Sheldon | 11th November 2016
The film community can be a tight knit bunch and it is great to see a cause worth coming together for and supporting from cinematographer and prolific blogger, Philip Bloom. For the ninth year in a row, Bloom is helping to lead the charge for Movember, an event aimed at raising money for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Find out how you can help below: Picture: Philip Bloom on location in India in 2014. According to Cancer Research UK and Cancer.net, prostate cancer especially is the second leading cause of cancer death for men in the United States and 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime globally. Bloom himself was touched by the disease with the death of his Grandfather and the diagnosis of his uncle, who has since recovered because it was caught early enough. Watch the below video to learn more about Prostate cancer, Movember, Bloom’s motivations for this campaign and why this cause is so important: Over the lifetime of his Movember campaigns, Bloom has raised over $200,000. If you donate, you are automatically entered into a prize giveaway, with a chance at winning sliders, a Helix Jr. gimbal and a variety of great lights, to name a few. There is also a film competition, with different prizes from the giveaway. Here is the concept: “Recreate a scene from a well-known movie but moustachio it up… how you do that and what you do is up to you. Subtle, in your face… its your choice!” For more details on the campaign, film competition and a full list of prizes visit: http://philipbloom.net/blog/movember2016/ So, pull out those cameras and start shooting your short film entry and please consider lending your support to the campaign through the link below: Support the campaign HERE. For further reading, Esquire.com has your guide to “9 Mustache Styles to Try This Movember”.Read more
by Nino Leitner | 23rd November 2015
For the 8th year in a row, our friend Philip Bloom is running a Movember charity campaign on his blog. Movember is a global campaign to raise awareness (and funds) to fight prostate cancer – and men supporting the cause are asked to grow mustaches (in case you wondered why November has become the month of Burt Reynolds look-alikes over the past few years!). Gear Prize Draw In order to motivate people to donate money to the charity, Philip is approaching a lot of manufacturers from the industry to donate prizes that people donating to the cause are eligible to win in a prize draw. He asks for a minimum donation of £15 to be entered into the competition (and you can enter multiple times by donating multiple amounts). The Movember campaign runs for another week including November 30, so there is still some time to enter – last year, the Movember Bloom team has raised almost £80,000 in donations, which is quite impressive. From past years, I know for a fact that the odds of winning one of the many prizes are actually quite good. And the prizes are impressive: a Sony A7sII from CVP, a Freefly MøVi M5, motorized Rhino slider, SLR Magic Fader NDs, a MOVCAM wireless follow focus system, a Sigma 20mm f/1.4 lens, lights from F&V, and much more – head over to Philip’s blog post for all the prizes. Film Competition In addition to the prize draw, Philip also invites people to submit film entries which deal with raising awareness for men’s health. For that competition, there are separate prizes, the Letus Helix Jr. stabilizer and a $250 B&H voucher. For all details and regulations head over to philipbloom.net.Read more
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