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The Need For Speed: The Little Things That Increase Set Up Count

After completing the Navy SEAL movie Act of Valor, my team and I created a workflow and camera [...]

When a Small Move Makes All the Difference: Kessler Crane’s CineSlider

When I started the 5 week Marine’s commercial two months ago, I knew we would be in wide open spaces as well as tight quarters on the Amphibious Assault Destroyer. The project required gear that was versatile, so I turned to Kessler Crane’s CineSlider. NAB was where I…

Camera Configurations: Your Best Ally

Speed and production value are intertwined. Production budgets are shrinking and companies are asking for more from cinematographers and crews that ever. One way to meet that need is by increasing your speed without sacrificing quality. Specifically, when using Canon 5D Mark II camera for a project…

Las Vegas Meet Up

Sunday, April 6, 5:00pm-6:30pm West Wing Bar Inside the MGM Grand Hotel...

Educational Event for Filmmakers in LA

I’ll be speaking Saturday, February 23 at 1:00pm in San Fernando with insider information on getting the best out of the new 4K Canon arsenal, Canon 1DC tests, post workflow and etiquette — how the elite team rolls out.

How Lenses Assist Storytelling: Part Three

Mr. 3000 Camera Lens Restraint. How different lenses, lighting and color help assist in storytelling.

How Lenses Assist in Storytelling

The lens’ traits can help tell your story. The look and feel of lenses, their characteristics of color and contrast rendition, are all relevant factors.

The Making of “The Last 3 Minutes”

When Shane told me he wanted to shoot behind the scenes footage of “The Last 3 Minutes” I was very excited as I had only used the 5D MKII for narrative work. I knew that using the 5D for run and gun style documentary work might be a challenge and loved the idea of diving in head first.

How Lenses Assist Storytelling: Part Two

How using different focal lengths can help assist character development in new ways. It is the cinematographer’s job to assist in the character arc process.

Building Medusa: The Perfect DIY Fire Light

How to create DIY fire light to shape and manicure available light and make the ordinary look extraordinary.

Reading a Color Temp Meter: Tips and Tricks

How to read a color temp meter and why it is important. I have always loved understanding the color of different lights — street lights, fluorescents in a store, neon, moonlight, etc.

Lighting Basics Series I: Where to place your KEY LIGHT

One of the most popular requests was for lighting instruction. In the HD world and film, lighting is king. Knowing how to light and not just rely on available light is what being a cinematographer is all about.

Crash Cam: Filmmaking Inside the Box

Let’s look at how the crash cam world has changed because of the Canon 5D. It has replaced the eyemo that used to be a clapper of a 35 or 16mm with bad lenses. It could be blown up, bashed into, driven over, or you could even have a car land right on it.

"The Last 3 Minutes" Canon 5D 24p Firmware Shines

As the pressure from commercial production companies and the ad agencies started to inquire about needing 24p and that they could not deal with the rendering time of all the twixtor files, the 7D started to rise as the premium capture. That is when the aha moment happened for me. I thought, why is everyone asking for second best when the Canon 5D is king.

How to Light for Specific Camera Blocking: Master to Close-Up

What I think about when I am blocking a scene and my preferences on how to work from the master to the close-up.