Filmmaking

Who’s The G-Master Now

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As many people know I have been desiring (drooling?) 0ver the new Sony G-Master line of lenses since they were announced. As someone who uses both the Sony FS7 and Sony A7RII cameras using those lenses would be ideal. I’m a big believer that using native lenses is, in most cases, better though using other lenses with adapters is perfectly fine as I do that as well. But I personally prefer using lenses made for the cameras I use. When Sony went to full frame mirrorless their lens options were lacking in options. It took time to build a library of lenses as it would for any new mount. While there were some great lenses early on there were those of us that really wanted more professional lenses with low F-stops and great glass. Guess what? They listened. They started releasing their G series and now with their G-Master lenses […]

Film Festival

Ella Gets An Award

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  Great news! Ella Gets A Promotion? has won an award at the Accolade Global Film Competition. Such an amazing thing since they receive thousands of films from all over the world. It’s a great start to our film festival submissions. I’ll keep everyone posted as more news comes. In the meantime we are all very excited for this. Ella Gets A Promotion? Trailer from Richard Diaz on Vimeo.

Filmmaking

To Infinity And Beyond

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I haven’t posted much lately but not from a lack of things happening but more from there being a lot of things happening. The first half of the year was definitely an all over the place couple of months. The main thing is the new feature film is in Pre-Production. Locations have been (and are still) being scouted. I’ve been doing camera tests to test out different looks. I’ve been using the Sony FS7, which will be the main camera, and the Sony A7RII recording to the Atomos Assassin in Pro Res, which will be a B camera. Everything is being shot in 4K and while the file sizes are huge (going to need a lot of hard drives) it is amazing. I have been waiting years for the time when I could shoot 4K on my own without having to rent very expensive cameras. There are a few more […]

Film History

Happy Birthday Akira Kurosawa

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I’m sending a special Happy Birthday to Akira Kurosawa. A film director that is arguably one of the greatest filmmakers in film history who helped define and shape films and one that has inspired me greatly. Kurosawa was a filmmaker, much like Alfred Hitchcock, who knew how to blend the personal expression with the entertainment aspect of movie making. His films are just as intimate as they are entertaining. His style is almost perfect where every frame could be captured and hung on the wall as a piece of art. He knew the power of the frame and utilized it like so few others. His artistry is so powerful that a friend of mine and I always said that if either of us ever felt like we were too full of ourselves as filmmakers all we had to do was watch a Kurosawa film and we would be humbled awfully […]

Filmmaking

No Witnesses Trailer

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The trailer for my new short film No Witnesses is online. I am looking into festival submission options. I haven’t looked in awhile so I am happily surprised by the amount of festivals out there. I’ll post more information on the film soon. In the meantime, here’s the trailer!  

Filmmaking

Rest In Peace Wes Craven And Thank You

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Very sad news this evening as we’ve learned of the passing of film director Wes Craven. The creator of such horror classics as The Last House On The Left, The Hills Have Eyes, Scream, Shocker, and A Nightmare On Elm Street. Yes, he created the iconic Freddy Krueger. When I was a kid and my love of film, and of the horror genre, was growing faster than I was height-wise I was surrounded by the films of George A. Romero, John Carpenter, and Wes Craven. I remember seeing Swamp Thing with friends and we were so amazed by it that it is all we could talk about at school Monday morning. I took notice of the director and was both intrigued and fascinated by his then new film A Nightmare On Elm Street. The commercials alone scared me. I saw it right when it came out on video and my […]

Conventions

Birthday And Update

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I know I haven’t been updating too much lately but because there have been a lot of things going on I haven’t had much time. I will be doing more blog posts and also more videos on everything. I will list a couple key things for now. First, I just had another birthday. So there was that. As I mentioned before I did get a new camera, the Sony FS7 4K camera. As always is the case with a new camera there is a learning curve but since I’m coming from a Sony camera to another it isn’t that big. However, the recording format is new for me so there is some learning there. Mainly how to shoot in it correctly and how to work with it in post production. I’ll be getting into that more soon. I have to say it is definitely the best camera I have ever […]