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Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas everyone! I’m sorry for the lack of updates but I was having some posting problems. Several updates including news on the new short film coming soon. I’ll save those for its own post. A few quick things. I invested in a couple of new pieces of gear to get ready for both the short films and upcoming work. A couple new lenses including a new Sigma zoom lens (pictured above) and a very cool wide angle lens. While I’m still getting used to working with it I got a Glidecam to do steadicam shots. Adjusting it takes time because it needs to be calibrated perfectly for it to work correctly but boy do the shots look nice. I’m also moving more towards LED lights as they really work well for what I do. Not only for the low power consumption but the changing of color temperature. Truly amazing. […]

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The Sheepish Pirate Book Trailer

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Check out the trailer I made for the book The Sheepish Pirate from author Brianna Genteman. I did most of the animation in Adobe After Effects using the character drawings Brianna’s sister, Andrea, did and edited it all together in Adobe Premiere. The trailer is below plus get the book over at Amazon. The Sheepish Pirate is a historical fantasy novel for all ages. Join the pirate crew of the Grey Gulls and sail around the world in search for ancient artifacts. Novel by B.L. Genteman. Available as an e-book at Amazon Stay up to date at the official blog here. Be sure to like the Facebook page Character drawings by Andrea Genteman. Voice talents: Jay Stephenson, Chey Jezreel, Daniel Pierce , Ace Marrero, Erin Stegeman

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Retooling A Bit

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A bit of retooling is going on for me. When I got my new camera I saw the opportunities I didn’t have before. I also felt that part of my process lent itself to an older way of doing things. I’m going to start presenting myself as someone who can do a lot with very little. I don’t mean that in a negative sense but in that I can show up without a large truck of equipment but a small cart of bags of gear to give people a video that will look like I did. Any future gear purchases will also lend itself towards this. My new motto is: “I bring a lot to the table without bringing a lot into the room.” I’ll post about the specific gear changes as they happen. Though with money really tight after the camera purchase it might be slow. heh On the […]

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Day Old Fizzy Water

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Here is a little test video I did with my Sony FS700 camera. Coming off of Panasonic cameras for so many years (HVX200 and HPX170) it’s taking some getting used to with where all of the buttons are and all of the options. So tests like these help me a lot. I had a bottle of carbonated water which had lost some of its fizz but still had some bubbles which I figured would work well visually. I shot part of it in normal speed and part of it in slow motion at 240 frames per second. How can you not shoot water in slow motion? I also kept re-pouring the water and was drying the glass out with the same paper towel so by the third to last shot (which was about the last thing I shot) you can see bits of it swirling around the glass looking like […]

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Side By Side Trailer

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A new documentary I really want to see is ‘Side By Side‘ about the filmmaking process between shooting on film and shooting in digital. I find the ongoing debate fascinating. I’ve never understood the animosity between the two as it’s a tool and how it’s utilized is what matters. However, I do love seeing directors talk about it and their opinions on the matter and the lineup of directors in this is just amazing ranging from Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, James Cameron, Christopher Nolan, David Lynch, to name but a few. I wish this was showing in Chicago but luckily it will be on Video On Demand as of August 22nd. I can’t wait! Official Website: http://sidebysidethemovie.com/ *Images in this post from the film ‘Side By Side’ are Copyright 2012 Company Films LLC all rights reserved.

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Upcoming Video Copilot Tutorial

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One of my favorite websites is VideoCopilot.net. Andrew Kramer creates some amazing tutorials on doing very cool things in After Effects. A lot of times tutorials are based around doing graphics that are kind of boring. But if you are creating something really cool then even the most difficult and time consuming tutorial is fun because the end result is something you actually want to create. That is where Andrew Kramer, in my opinion, succeeds far and beyond anywhere else. The best part? His tutorials are free! If you do wish to dish out some money you can purchase some of the amazing plug-ins. I have almost all of them and I can say they are literally incredible and helpful in so many projects. I don’t get anything out of this. I know it sounds like I’m selling the site but I am just a fan. And there is an […]

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Excitement/Disappointment Of New RED Camera Scarlet

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RED has, after three years, released their new camera the “Scarlet“. For those unaware, RED has become the major company in digital filmmaking cameras. Their Red One camera revolutionized the professional digital filmmaking market with several filmmakers shooting big budget Hollywood productions with it. Recently they released the Epic camera which is even more transforming in the resolution it can produce. Films like the now in production ‘The Hobbit’ are being shot on it. Many filmmakers of all stripes have been eagerly awaiting to shoot with a RED camera. These have been professional cameras which means that they are an expensive endeavor. The Red One brain (which is basically just the body of the camera) is around $25,000. The Epic is around $40,000 for the brain. Once you add on all of the add ons like recording options, lenses, monitors, etc., you are easily adding on tens of thousands of […]