1. Invest in the latest semi-professional HD camcorder for higher resolution, better image quality and all the latest built-in features.
2. Build or buy a camera rig, matte box and French shutters and 35mm adapter device to enhance the capabilities of the current camera with professional lenses and filters.
3. Sign up for a camera operator training course to learn how to get the best from existing equipment.
As you can see here I chose option 4.
The next project is a track and dolly system. I've based mine on a design featured in The Guerilla Filmmaker's Blueprint by Chris Jones, reviewed here, but there are variants of this design all over the internet. The base will be made from two 96cmx60cmx12mm sheets of plywood.
Building the wheel trucks: 8mm holes on each side of the bracket for the wheel bolts, 4mm holes on the corner for woodscrews. 8mm bolts for the wheels were cut to required length.
On each side of the bracket: bolt, nut, 2 x washer, 54mm skateboard wheel with two bearings, 2 x washer, nut.
Wheel trucks are screwed to wood blocks which can in turn be screwed to the base and easily repositioned if needed.
To be continued...