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There is no denying that the pace of the average feature film today is faster than ever before. It’s become quite common for the first act of a movie to be jam packed with enough plot points to sustain an entire movie, and while in some cases having a fast paced film may work (particularly if it falls into the action/thriller genre), […]Read more →
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 →
The Micro Four Thirds format has become increasingly more popular with video shooters over the past year or two (thanks to innovative MFT cameras like the Lumix GH4), but the majority of photographers still prefer to shoot with full frame bodies. That said, throughout this article I’m going to explain some techniques for achieving better results with […]Read more →
So much of the content on this site is dedicated to education, whether it be in the form of insight, experience, reviews, or news. But another huge component to any filmmakers creative journey is inspiration. I always recommend that filmmakers consume as much content as possible so that they can passively become inspired and taught […]Read more →
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 →
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