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Achieving a beautiful, cinematic image when shooting on your DSLR requires you to not only have the right skills, but just as importantly to know what not to do. Many up and coming filmmakers and DPs will work tirelessly to train themselves and do all the right things, yet their work improves much more slowly than […]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 →
About a month ago, I announced that I have been working on my Guide For Capturing Cinematic Images With Your DSLR, and after countless hours of prepping, shooting and editing, it is finally complete and available as of today! The guide itself is an extremely in depth 82 minute tutorial video that acts like a […]Read more →
UPDATE: “The Mechanic” just got through round 1 of Project Greenlight and is now in the running! Wish me luck…. A few days ago I wrote an article on why I chose to shoot my latest short film on the C100, while I own and have access to many other cameras (including RED EPIC and […]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 →
I am a firm believer that just about any story idea can be turned into an Oscar winning screenplay if it is approached in just the right way, and that same idea could see just as much success as a directorial effort if it is approached with the same level of care. But the difference between average writing/directing and […]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 →
Independent filmmakers are constantly striving to make their low-budget films emulate higher budget productions in any way that they can. One of the most common goals for directors and cinematographers is to recreate the ‘film look’, (which is certainly something I can relate to!). But unfortunately in the quest to find this look there have been some […]Read more →
Getting through the first draft of your screenplay can be an extremely frustrating task to say the least, and the challenges that present themselves during your first set of re-writes can be even more daunting. When initially reviewing the first draft of your script, it’s common to feel uninspired and to experience self doubt as the words on […]Read more →
I’m on a bit of a DSLR kick right now as I’ve just announced my Guide To Capturing Cinematic Images With Your DSLR, and have been eager to share some recent thoughts on this topic with my readers. The DSLR video tips that you find below are not so much technical, but rather fundamental in nature, […]Read more →
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