Chillin' & Grillin'

I finally connected with my good frien Chris Fenwick who is an amazing director, editor and educator. We talked shop about FCPX and all kinds of other goodies post NAB on his most excellent podcast FCPX Grill.

Click below to have a listen and head over to for more episodes and content.


NAB 2014 - News Shooter Panel

NAB 2014: NewsShooter Panel "Is DSLR Dead?" from Teradek on Vimeo.

I did A LOT of teaching this year at NAB but was also asked back to be on a panel with the News Shooter guys. Honored to be in such company and we talked shop for awhile.



New Series Coming Soon!

Watch this space, YouTube and Vimeo in the near future. There is a new weekly series in the works called "On Set" that will provide tips, tricks and training on the craft of video production and filmmaking. And, it will be free!

See you soon.

Jem Schofield


January 1st, 2014

January 1st, 2014 from theC47 on Vimeo.


Related Links...
RØDE smartLav
Tascam DR-60D
juicedLink Preamps
Izotope RX 3 (I'm using the Advanced version)
Kessler PocketJib Traveler
Manfrotto MVH500AH
Aviator Travel Jib
Redrock Micro One Man Crew
Zylight F8
Cineo Lighting Trucolor HS
Kino Flo Tegra
Koss PortaPro Headphones
Zeiss Otus 55/1.4
Voigtlander Pancakes
Atomos Samarai Blade (check Atomos site for current promos)
Atomos Connect
Westcott Ice Light
Airbox Lights Inflatable Softboxes
DSC Labs OneShot Chart

Notes: 2013 was my busiest ever both for producing/productions and for teaching. A very strange second half of the year but all around really good stuff. Big plans for 2014. No resolutions. Just decisions that will require hard word. I am also switching to Vimeo Pro for the new year and this is the first episode of gearbox and theC47 content being hosted there. 

Thanks for all the support and for believing in theC47. Lots more to come in 2014.




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10/6/13 Highlights

NOTE: B-Cam is soft in the test. Fixed for final version. 


Airbox Coolness

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Airbox Lights

NOTE: When I say under $100, I mean WELL UNDER $100. Complete Macro kit is around $60 with the eggcrate.



theC47 Classes & Workshops

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LA Post | Production Conference (September 25-27 LA)
Proposals & Budgets (October 1 NYC)
Blackmagic Cinema Intensive (October 2 NYC)
Postapalooza Power-Up (October 12 & 13 Michigan)
Postapalooza (October 14 & 15 Michigan)
CCW Conference (November 13 & 14 NYC)
DC Post | Production Conference (December 3 & 4)


DSLR Dynamics 30 City Tour

DSLR Dynamics Video Visuals Tour from Barry Andersson on Vimeo.

I don't normally do this type of post but I've known planetMitch from Planet5D for years (though he claims we met for the first time this year at NAB), and Barry Andersson's DSLR Filmmaker's Handbook is a fantastic book not just about DSLRs but about filmmaking as a whole. I love that these types of workshops are being made available to everyone.


If you are interested in the tour and want to sign up, just use theC47 as your code to save 15%

I don't make a comission from this I just want to support the education that is happining in this space. These types of things didn't used to exist and I want them to continue.

Whether you shoot with a DSLR or other large sensor camera system I'm pretty certain you'll learn something from Barry and Mitch.

Related Links...

DSLR Dynamics Video Visuals Tour Web Site (use theC47 as your code to save 15%)
Tour Sign Up Page (use the code "theC47" to save 15%)
Barry Andersson's DSLR Filmmaker's Handbook
Planet5D Web Site


Photoflex 39 x 39

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B&W Panel

Actually, some prices are lower than I remembered.


Talking 'bout the BMPCC

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Koss Headphones
Panasonic 7-14 
Panny 12-35 

BIG ASS NOTE ON EXPANDED FOCUS FEATURE: John Brawley has informed me that there is an Expanded Focus option on the camera. Awesome! All you have to do is Double press the OK button on the camera.

Thanks John!

BTW, I know. It's the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera not the Blackmagic Cinema Pocket Camera. That's gearbox for ya!

Anyway, it's an interesting little camera. Feels good in the hand (bad choice of words), and is very easy to operate. Definitely interested to see its raw recording when it becomes available but there's lots of info in the ProRes files.

For me the big pluses are the dynamic range/gradeability in such a portable form factor and the codec. That said, I would love to see a chart on where stops fall above and below middle gray at different ASAs on the camera (why BMD is using ASA instead of ISO is beyond me as we are all talking ISO nowadays). 

The 14mm pancake that we used was crap. Very soft even stopped down. The dynamic range was there but the lens worked against the camera. For me it's about portability if you're getting this guy. I would love to test with some of the small MFT zooms listed above that talk to the camera and see how their sharpness and contrast hold up against nice primes and larger zooms. I've heard good things. Hopefully I'll get a hold of a camera and those lenses (with some ND filters), soon to do tests and show some proper footage.

With a RØDE VideMic Pro and some small zooms and maybe a couple of pancake primes I could see using this as a camera for small doc stuff. IMO it's not great unless kitted out for other types of projects. But, for me that defeats the purpose of the camera in many ways. 

Some minuses with the current firmware...

1. You can't format cards in camera. Ridiculous. You still can't do it with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Not understanding how this can be.

2. No audio meters. Nuff said.

3. Aperture resets when you turn off the camera.

4. No 100 ASA option. Would be great for outdoors but maybe it's a dynamic range thing.

Also, battery life if abysmal. But, at least the batteries are cheap. I would opt for a handful of those instead of an external power supply. Again, building this out to a monster cam defeats the appeal of this camera to me. Spend 3K or so for camera, lenses, batteries and cards. Shoot handheld or on small tripod or monopod. Capture ProRes or compressed raw. That's the draw for me.