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The regular readers of my site know that most of the content I write about is production and post oriented. I like to touch on filmmaking techniques, new equipment, editing software, etc. as those are the elements that give low-budget filmmakers like myself a means to tell stories. But understanding how to achieve high production value is […]Read more →
High dynamic range cameras are currently all the rage with filmmakers, and for good reason. After all, more dynamic range typically helps to emulate the film look that so many of us are after… But the reality is dynamic range will only get you part of the way there. To really get that filmic quality […]Read more →
Ever since Veydra released their lineup of Mini-Prime MFT cinema lenses, I’ve been getting lots of e-mails from readers asking me to do a review on them. So for those of you that have been waiting, this article is for you. I was able to use these lenses for the first time on a professional shoot several […]Read more →
Most filmmakers will opt to light their actors with soft light as it can be very forgiving, easy to work with and is often most pleasing to the eye. But lighting everything with tons of diffusion isn’t the only way to go, and there are certainly times when hard light will give you a better result. Filmmaking, like […]Read more →
ceony made some huge waves in the filmmaking world with their A7S, but the newly announced A7R II might just be the better choice for many filmmakers. I’ve never owned a Sony A7S but I have shot with the camera numerous times and was always impressed by it. I love how small and compact the […]Read more →
Adobe just launched a brand new stock footage platform – simply called “Stock” – that’s fully integrated with their Creative Cloud software and looks very promising. The idea behind the service is to provide filmmakers, designers, and any other creative using their software with direct access to high quality stock footage from right inside their […]Read more →
I’ve been using DaVinci Resolve extensively as a color grading tool for the past few years, but with version 12 just around the corner I am very tempted to use it to cut my next feature. Those of you that read this blog frequently know that I use all of the major NLE’s, and often […]Read more →
Like many other GH4 shooters out there, I’ve been back and forth about which picture profiles and settings are best to use when shooting with this camera. When I first got the GH4 I was messing around with my settings a lot (master ped, shadow/highlight, etc.), but eventually realized that I would get much better results by not […]Read more →
Skin tones are arguably the most important element of your image to get right when color grading, yet most editors and amateur colorists approach skin tones completely the wrong way. Throughout this post, I’ll outline my favorite technique for grading and matching skin tones within DaVinci Resolve in just 4 simple steps… It goes without saying that skin tones […]Read more →
I’ve personally never shot with the AJA Cion, but I’ve always been intrigued by the camera as it offers some powerful specs in a nicely designed body. That said, the fact that it retailed at $9000 was always a huge drawback for me, as the Cion always seemed like it should have been priced more in the […]Read more →
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