Photography

Fountain Montage

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I needed to get about 10 seconds of footage for a video for work. This doesn’t mean you shoot ten seconds. It means there will be ten seconds used so you have to shoot a lot more. Especially if you’re not sure what will be used. This was a location we hadn’t seen so I decided to just shoot a ton of stuff to give the editor options. I was originally going to be there for about 15 minutes but was having so much fun I ended up being there almost an hour just shooting this fountain. Once the ten seconds was picked for the video I then decided for fun just to edit a bunch of the rest of the footage together. So behold, a montage of this fountain in a little piece I like to call … “Fountain Montage”.  

Filmmaking

Pictures Of Me Working? OMG

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On almost all of the shoots I’m on the only behind the scenes pictures taken are usually the ones I take myself. Even actors that take pictures of stuff on other sets never do on mine. I must be doing something wrong there. Anyway, so I have almost no pictures of me on shoots which kind of stinks. While working on a secret project (which will be announced in the future) one of the guys actually took some pictures of me working. Hopefully the beginning of many.  

Geek

Lytro – No More Camera Focus?

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Philip Bloom wrote a piece at his amazing blog (link here)on this new camera system from Lytro. It records not some but all of the light that is there creating a full focus image which then allows you to choose after the fact what you want to be in focus. Plus the file it creates can be sent to other people and they can change it. Amazing! Here are some examples. Go ahead and click at different parts of the images to change the focus. For more info go to Philip Bloom’s blog or the Lytro website. Both links above.

Geek

Frankly My Dear I Do Give A Damn

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I know this has been out for a few weeks but I still wanted to post it. A picture of the upcoming new RED camera the Scarlet. To say I am eagerly awaiting this camera is about the biggest understatement you can imagine.

Filmmaking

Being Portable

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One thing that is my advantage on shoots, both work and film, is to be portable. Part of my “thing” is that I’m basically a one man crew. For the most part doing interviews and B-Roll rarely requires a lot of people. In fact, I have almost never been in a situation where having several people around was necessary. Now if I was doing a commercial or something along those lines then that would be different. But in most cases there is mainly two of us on these shoots and that is plenty. I made the decision a long time ago to own my own gear. With that comes a big cost. Not just in purchasing the equipment but in upkeep as well. The part that a lot of people don’t think about. Most of the time it’s minor things like extra bulbs and gaffer’s tape. But other times it […]

Filmmaking

Apple Final Cut Pro X Released (Updated)

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Apple has finally released their new and revamped version of Final Cut Pro. As a long time user of it (going back to version 1.o) I have been looking forward to this for some time. Now the main issue with this version is that it was built from the bottom up. This is not an upgrade to previous versions. It’s an all new version. They talked to a lot of professional editors to know what they wanted in an editing program. Let’s hope it worked. As with most things Apple it’s wise not to jump in from the get go. It’s best to wait a bit. See what others think. With their new gadgets always wait for version 2. With software wait until there is an update. In this case I’d wait for version X.1. Which will probably be out in a few months. I must say though after checking […]

Geek

Filmic Pro App

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I love my iPhone and I love me some applications. Here is one video app that has some very cool features. It lets you shoot at different frame rates. Not slow motion though but you can do fast motion. However my interest was that it can shoot 24p. Granted, I’m sure it’s just a 3:2 pulldown but it looks great. Especially considering it’s on my iPhone. Plus you can lock in the exposure and white balance so it’s not constantly changing. And it has letterboxing so you can shoot in normal 16:9 or 1.85:1 or even (yeah!) 2.35:1. Very cool. And naturally my video below showcases almost none of these cool features. I will be doing some better tests with it. To give you more options when shooting video then you should get this app. I think it is pretty sweet. Visit the website here. Here is my video of […]