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.

Films

Red Tails Trailer

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The first trailer to the new Lucasfilm production ‘Red Tails’ has been released. The first film George Lucas has made since the ‘Star Wars’ prequels. Although he didn’t direct it he did direct second unit and some reshoots to my understanding. He was very hands on and I know has wanted to make this film for a very long time. Also, a cool bit of trivia, Philip Bloom worked on some of the reshoots and convinced Lucasfilm to shoot some stuff with DSLR’s. If anyone can do that it’s going to be him. Here’s the trailer. I can’t wait!!

Filmmaking

Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly

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I am so excited to have my latest piece of gear. I am a big fan of photographer/videographer Philip Bloom (whose website you can check out ). In association with Kessler Crane he created the Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly. These are also known as sliders. They’re mini-dollies that can be standalone or you can attach it to the top of a tripod for height. The advantages to this slider are that it’s quiet and you can change the inertia of the movement. I will be doing some tests which I will post here. I am just so excited. It is one amazing piece of gear. Below is the video of Mr. Bloom showcasing it.

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.