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 […]

Family

Happy Father’s Day

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Happy Father’s Day!! I hope it’s a really great day for everyone and all of my best to father’s everywhere and honoring the memory of those that have passed. And of course, I am posting this clip from the “Father’s Day” segment from one of my favorite films ‘Creepshow’. Trivia: In my film ‘Distortion’ I paid homage to one of the killing’s in this story. And by homage I mean ripped off.

Photography

Testing GH2

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Recently I purchased a new still camera. I weighed different options but I am partial to Panasonic. We all have our brands. So I looked into and really liked what I read about their still cameras. I have been using their prosumer video cameras for years starting with the DVX100, then the HVX200, and now the HPX170. I am upgrading from a Sony still camera which was a good camera but it was time to upgrade. So after much research I decided on the Panasonic GH2. While still learning all of the in’s and out’s of the camera you can expect many different posts examining different parts coming in the near future. Both photography and video (it shoots HD). I need to get out and do some real tests in different environments but for right now here are a few inside pictures. While not the kind of pictures to show […]

Media

Zacuto Great Camera Shootout Episode One

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My old boss Steve Weiss of Zacuto is making a massive camera shootout video covering all different kinds of cameras to test them out under different conditions. Part one has just been released. Here is the descrirption: In the most scientific camera comparison to date, “The Great Camera Shootout 2011: a documentary of the Single Chip Camera Evaluation (SCCE)” premieres with Episode 1: “The Tipping Point.” The first episode of the 3-part web series examines three SCCE Tests: The Dynamic Range Test, The Under Exposure Test and The Over Exposure Test. Here’s the trailer for the series: Here’s the link to the post with the complete 30 minute video on the Zacuto website: CLICK HERE Part Two will be out next month. Can’t wait!