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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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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 […]

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Testing the Kessler Crane Pocket Jib Traveler

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I got the new Pocket Jib Traveler from Kessler Crane and was able to test it out a little over the weekend. With winter slowly starting to dissipate in Chicago it has been too cold to go out and shoot stuff so it was nice to have some decent weather. The Pocket Jib Traveler (PJT) is perfect for someone like me. I like to remain mobile and to keep my gear as portable as possible but not limit the shots I can get. That’s why when things like the pocket dolly, or slider, came out and you could do small side to side dolly moves it added movement to your shots that you could only get before carrying a large dolly with you on shoots. The PJT opens up the chance of doing jib shots on the go which is so amazing. It’s not huge so you can’t do massive […]

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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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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 […]

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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.