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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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In January of 2011, I was asked by “The Gentlemen,” Brett Snider and Billy Federighi, a very creative and humorous, directing at Bandito Brothers, to shoot a series [...]
I treat each new digital camera that comes out as a new film emulsion, one that needs to be tested before I can use it to help tell my stories. The first step is to find the sensitivity of the sensor.
The trailer for the documentary that Hurlbut Visuals produced about this forward thinking company called SmallHD, founded by Wes Phillips and Dale Backus.
I walked into Samy’s Camera last week and a camera assistant was mounting gyros on the 5D to stabilize the camera. She was getting beaten up by the mount and said, “I cannot get this clamped on here.” I said “ Hi, I would love to help…
Learn how Wes Phillips and Dale Backus from SmallHD won the “Doritos: Crash The Superbowl Contest” not once… but twice and then how they used their earnings to fund the growth of SmallHD.
The Bandito Brothers Production Company has a very unique work flow. I have adopted the Bandito Brothers “Real Time” shooting module and combined it with “traditional” filming. Here is how we made it work for the Navy Swimmer commercial.
Imagine prepping, shot listing and then…
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.
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 choosing a lens for the Canon 5D Mark II camera you have to consider the look and feel that you are trying to create for the final visual product. My team and I have tested and played with these lenses quite a bit and here is…
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.
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.
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.
It is so sad saying goodbye to Montreal. I love this amazing city. The crew was the [...]
When Rob Cohen asked me to shoot his next feature after we finished “The Rat Pack,” I was ecstatic. I could not wait to get the script. He told me that it was a thriller about the Skull and Bones Secret Society at Yale.
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.
Working with less is how I like to light. On We Are Marshall, I challenged myself and my team to think about how we could light a major night exterior in the rain with just two lights.
After my blog post about lighting from your local hardware store, I wanted to take it one step further [...]