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On the still lens front, you have a variety of options. I am addressing this topic from a 40 foot screen digital projection perspective, not a still photography one.
Zeiss ZE primes rock. Their resolution is spectacular and they are lightweight. Their focus is a little more cinematic then…
Color correction is just one step of the entire filmmaking process…but oh, what a difference it can make. You can [...]
I started giving a Leica list out to individual colleagues and the request kept coming, so we decided to share it with everyone on the blog. These lenses are only R-Mount, they are the cream of the crop and through variest test we have found them to be excellent.
When Canon approached me to test and shoot a short film for their new 1DC 4K DSLR, I was more than excited. After the first night of testing, one word came to mind. WOW!!!
Making HD look like film has a cocktail and one of the essential ingredients to this flavorful recipe is Neutral Density. You have to keep your exposure on a 5D around a 5.6 to get that beautiful shallow depth of field. The 7D should be around…
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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.
The first job that I ever shot with the Canon 5D was as Director and DP on a webisode series that Director of “Terminator Salvation” McG asked me to do. We produced these webisodes as part of the “Terminator Salvation” marketing campaign to be used…
The trailer for the documentary that Hurlbut Visuals produced about this forward thinking company called SmallHD, founded by Wes Phillips and Dale Backus.
The Canon 5D Mark II is approximately 2.5 pounds with a still lens, 4.5″ high 3″ deep and 6″ long. Wow!
It is nimble and inexpensive so you can have multiple camera bodies working in different configurations simultaneously. Not being stuck with a traditional shoulder mount allows you to create a new visual language.
Watch the “On the Couch” interview Lydia and I did with Nino Leitner at Cinegear.
In mid-October, I got a call from McG to see if I was available to do a Mountain [...]
I have been asked by many of our readers to share details regarding my personal Gear Bag. I use a vast array of tools to be able to tell all types of stories. I wanted to break it down with detail.
When I was doing a Canon 5D film test in January of 2010, I put eight 5D’s in a line for this cool action camera array.
Here is the breakdown for the Mountain Rescue portion of Navy Swimmer.
– 1-camera in deep water housing which captures underwater and split level shots
– 1-camera mounted on the Navy Swimmers helmet to capture him exiting the helicopter and being lowered down in between the rocks…
Using stockings to add a glow, a pearlescent quality, to transport you to a time period that had a sense of glamor, when movie stars were king.
Lenses are one of the most critical choices when you are mounting the Canon 5D Mark II to a lens. Do not treat this camera like it is a film body. Remember to mount the camera to the lens, not the opposite.
It seems like everyone is jumping on the PL mount 7D bandwagon and I have to say it is very unfortunate that the 5D does not have the same energy. All the specs on a PL mounted 5D have shown that the vignette is a big issue. Most cinema lens…
What I think about when I am blocking a scene and my preferences on how to work from the master to the close-up.
The current spot was for El Pollo Loco, and the concept was a very action oriented camera, with snap zooms and quick handheld push ins and pull outs. I thought the Canon C300 would be the perfect camera for this job, lightweight and maneuverable.
The exciting thing about the Arri Alexa, F-3 and the new wave of DSLR’s is their high ISO range to minimum [...]
It is so sad saying goodbye to Montreal. I love this amazing city. The crew was the [...]
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.
When you have a small team to tell your story, you need to find lights that do many things and provide many color temps. You need some that can focus and ones that are a broad source.