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It’s been a really huge week for product announcements, releases, and developments in the camera world, so I wanted to do a quick roundup here for anyone that hasn’t been able to keep up. I’ll start things off by highlighting a new lens by Rokinon, that I have personally been waiting for ages to get my […]Read more →
Insurance is a necessary evil in our industry. If you are shooting a substantial project with actors, crew, and lots of gear then it’s always best to be safe and have an insurance policy to cover liability, injuries, or other damages. Unfortunately however, production insurance can be extremely expensive and there are many situations where the […]Read more →
I’ve always been really picky when it comes to compressing my video files (especially for web), because the image quality of the final product can be made or broken at this stage. There have been certain settings that have worked really well for me over the years with regards to H.264 compression, but it wasn’t […]Read more →
Yesterday I shot my latest film (The Mechanic) guerrilla style on the Canon C100 in Malibu, CA. Initially I had considered shooting the film on many different cameras including the RED EPIC, BMCC, and GH4, but ultimately chose my C100 and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Before I get to my rationale for choosing […]Read more →
As of today, Blackmagic has just slashed the price of their pocket camera in half, from $995 to $495! This is great news for anyone in the market for a pocket cam, or those that already have a pocket or cinema camera and are looking for a b-camera to use in multi-camera environments. The pocket […]Read more →
UPDATE: The DSLR Cinema Guide is now complete and available as a digital download! Click here to learn more. I have written loads of articles on this site about capturing a cinematic image when shooting with a DSLR, and many of you have written to me asking to learn more and more about this topic. I get e-mails […]Read more →
Over the years I have gone through a lot of cameras. My first semi-professional camera was the infamous DVX100 which I later sold when I needed to upgrade to an HD camera, and the endless cycle of buying and selling cameras continued from there. As I started freelancing as a DP, I quickly realized that […]Read more →
A few weeks ago I directed a short film titled ‘Model’, which I also DP’d on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera in RAW. While I’m currently in the final stages of post-production (audio mix and final color correct), and have some downtime from the project, I wanted to share my workflow as it was quite different than my […]Read more →
UPDATE: I’ve just announced a new Cinematography Guide For Capturing Cinematic Images On Your DSLR. Click here to check it out! Over the past few months there have been so many fantastic DSLR releases that I felt it was about time to write a follow up to my Top 5 DSLRs For Video article. This time around though, […]Read more →
The close up shot is really an art of it’s own, and like any other shot type there are many rules that you can follow (or not follow) that will help you to achieve an optimal look. For the purpose of this article though, I’m not going to be talking about framing, lighting, or aspect […]Read more →
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