Wow! Many many thanks for your absolutely invaluable advice! I never thought about shooting video as you've described and feel like a lightbulb just turned on. I will certainly follow your advice to the letter the next time I shoot a video series, hopefully soon!
"less is more... less is more..."
That folding ladder is called "The Foldaway" and is made and sold by "Mystic Stainless and Aluminum" in Mystic, CT.
MYSTIC STAINLESS & ALUMINUM : THE FOLDAWAY
Thanks again! I hope you enjoy the rest of the series and of course would appreciate any more comments or advice .. I'm hoping that the actual sailing and exploring port videos starting with Ep 4 will be a lot more interesting..