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There is a very strong argument to be made that ‘90% of directing is casting’, and that same logic could be argued for the pre-production process as a whole. While many Directors crave their moment on set with the actors and crew, it’s the amount of prep work that they’ve put in before hand that […]Read more →
Filmmaking is all about balance. This notion applies not only to creative choices (balancing story beats, character types, etc.) but also to the filmmaking process as a whole. Finding the right balance when making a film is critical to the overall success of any given project, yet today so many filmmakers spend so much of their time in […]Read more →
So many younger cinematographers today have come up during the DSLR revolution, and as a result have never used lenses that feature T-Stop markings. DSLR lenses are of course intended for stills photography first and foremost, and the standard measurement of aperture in photography has always been an F-Stop. In film however, aperture is measured in T-Stops which […]Read more →
DISCLAIMER: This post showcases a 3 camera car setup that is currently being used on a television series. In many states/provinces/countries it is not legal to record while driving, to block the view of the windshield, or to otherwise rig up your car for video and audio recording. If you choose to set up your […]Read more →
I apologize for the last of posts recently, as the last couple of weeks have been very hectic! I just wrapped up production on a couple of commercial/corporate spots, directed three music videos and ran my Digital Cinema Bootcamp this past weekend – amongst other things. I have some really great material that I’m going […]Read more →
My very first video camera ever (in the early 2000s) was a 3ccd Sony TRV900 – which at the time was an awesome miniDV cam. Somehow though, it became the first and last Sony camera that I’ve ever owned as I eventually moved onto Panasonic’s lineup, and later came around to own cameras by nearly every other major brand. […]Read more →
Although the GH4 has been widely available for some time now, there is still no consensus on what combination of picture profiles/settings is best for achieving maximum image quality. Some DPs have had luck using very drastic setting combinations, but as far as my experience goes pushing the settings too far can result in some […]Read more →
Second only to on-set experience, filmmaking blogs are arguably the best way to learn the craft of filmmaking and to be inspired creatively. I have personally learned so much over the years online (as I never went to film school), and always recommend to filmmakers at every level that they consume as much information as […]Read more →
A couple of weeks ago I had posted a comparison on my blog showing the quality differences between Premiere Pro & FCP X when it came to H264 compression. Since writing the article I have had loads of questions about my findings and have done some more testing on my own time, so I am posting the […]Read more →
The HDR (High Dynamic Range) look is something that has been around for quite some time in stills photography, but only recently has become more popular with video. There are only a handful of cinema cameras out there that shoot with a true HDR setting (such as the RED Dragon), but if you’re after this […]Read more →
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