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 History

With A Camera

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I love John Ford. The man made some of the best films ever committed to celluloid. He also didn’t have time to sit back and dissect everything. He kept moving forward with his career. In one of the more famous quotes that most filmmakers and film buffs hear about from him is the infamous answer to a question about how he filmed a particular scene while being interviewed by a young Peter Bogdanovich. John Ford’s answer is, much like his films, perfect. “With a camera.”

Filmmaking

Rain Time Tea Time

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I’m trying to do more fun experimental videos and exercises and today was a good example. It was raining pretty hard which was bumming me out. Instead of moping about it (anymore than I already was) I decided to grab my camera and shoot some of the rain in slow motion. Nothing fancy. I didn’t want to use my tripod or lights. Keep it as basic as possible. Just some cool slow motion shots at 240 fps (which caused the flicker on the indoor shots). I was making some tea at the time and as I went to the back door the tea pot was boiling so instantly I thought of a mini video. So within half an hour I shot everything in the video (plus a couple shots not used). Then edited it together and here it is. I admit it’s nothing amazing. It was just a short test […]

Filmmaking

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 […]

Filmmaking

New Year New Things New Ideas

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A late post I know. So, Happy New Year everyone! I know. By this point who cares. However, a new year began and while I don’t determine things based on the change of a calendar I do take the opportunity to start new things if needed. This year many areas of my life needed something new. One key area was to get a new camera. This was long overdo and had been in the works for a long time. I decided to pull the video trigger and go ahead and get the camera I had been eyeing. After much (and I do mean MUCH) research and deciding what worked for my needs I decided to go with the Sony NEX FS700. My first real interchangeable lens video camera. While I will invest in really good lenses over time (as they are quite expensive) I did go with glass I can […]

Filmmaking

UPDATED: Philip Bloom’s Sony FS700 Review Is Up

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UPDATE: Part 1 and 2 of the video are now up and below. A cinematographer I admire a great deal is Philip Bloom. He does a lot of sharing of knowledge of shooting and his thoughts on different cameras. Over at his website he is reviewing a pre-production model of the new Sony NEX FS700 camera which I am very interested in. Part 1 of his video review is up. Be sure to check out his website here and visit his post with the review here with some extra clips as well. I have also embedded the review video below:   Part 2 has been added.