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How to Set Up Menus for Cinematic Capture on the Canon 1DC

Shane’s suggested menu settings for using the Canon 1DC as a cinematic movie maker.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera: Putting It Through the Paces

More camera tests between the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Arri Alexa and Sony F5

The Power of Focus

Focus is probably one of the biggest obstacles that the 5D encounters. So many of our colleagues have questions and wonder why it is absolutely essential to have a focus puller. They are the backbone of this amazing technology. Shooting with practical…

DP-7 Pro Set Up for Cinematic Filmmaking

The power of the SmallHD DP-7 and why I believe in it so much.

Why a ShoulderCam Should Be Heavy

Operating with some girth on your shoulders gives you control. Having a shoulder cam rig that fits and conforms to your body is paramount.

The Canon C300 on an El Pollo Loco Spot

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.

Lens Test with Zeiss ZE and CP2s, Canon L Series and Leica R Glass

Part of being a cinematography intern is not only knowing all the gear, but how it can be used to enhance your visual story telling. The characteristics of a lens can infuse a mood, a style, etc. Being obsessed in the subtleties is key. Shane encourages us to use all our tools and test them in the line of fire. We have been using Canon, Leica, and Zeiss lenses but haven’t had the chance to compare them all side by side.

Leica R Mount Lenses for the Canon HDSLR’s

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.

Why Do We Want Flat Glass?

Tests with the newest Leica Summilux C lenses vs. the gold standard Cooke S4s for Fathers and Daughters.

Zeiss: A Cinematic Journey on "Act of Valor"

When I started to prep “Act of Valor” in April of 2009, we were using Canon glass on the first 2 days of shooting. The hot girls on deck and the interrogation scene [...]

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.

Tiffen and HV Collaborate To Make Extraordinary Images with Water White Glass

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.

Lighting with Home Depot Lights: Part 2

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about my lighting package that looked like an aisle inside

Portable Lighting with the Rosco LitePad Kit

I am always in pursuit of new lighting technology, and this Rosco LitePad kit knocked me out with its size, versatility, color and punch.

Using Color Temp to Create Depth and Dimension with your HD Video

Lighting so that you can tell your stories with realism and accurate color temp.

Lighting Series Number 3: The Natural Look of Crazy/Beautiful

My next picture was with a director named John Stockwell. After signing onto this project I came to realize that John’s style and sensibility would change me forever as a cinematographer. We both felt this needed a fresh look: something that was…

Lighting Series Number 4: Extending Dawn on the Practice Field in “DrumLine”

My phone rang on an evening in the late summer of 2000 while I was directing a Children’s Hospital commercial in Kansas City. It was Tim Bourne, a Hollywood Line Producer. He asked me if I had read the script he sent me a week ago.

The Buzz About Plasma Light Tech: Hive Lighting

A few weeks ago, I shot a run and gun style web series and the generous team over at Hive Lighting gave me one of their units to demo. Plasma light technology is pretty incredible.