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Saturday
Sep072013

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

Monday
Aug262013

Photoflex 39 x 39

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Frame
Diffusion
B&W Panel
Crossbar

Actually, some prices are lower than I remembered.

Wednesday
Aug212013

Talking 'bout the BMPCC



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RØDE VMP
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. 

-Jem

 

Sunday
Jul282013

Oregon Blade


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Samurai Blade
Atomos Connect 

See, when I don't do an episode for a couple of weeks I wind up wearing the same shirt as the last episode and I look like a bum!

Sunday
Jul072013

Alzo 3000


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Alzo 3000

Use Coupon Code 1372431674 to get 15% off everything Alzo's store until July 18th, 2013.

Art of Writing Proposals & Budgets Workshop (AbelCine NYC - July 9, 2013)

Can anybody spot the continuity issue in this episode?

Notes: 1) I reshot this episode today as there was a big audio issue with first go around yesterday. Still some issuees but I think I have it sorted out. 2) As I was shooting at an f/8 for a deeper depth of field, the ISO on the C100s was set to 2500. Obviously that could be reduced at a larger aperture. 1250 at an f/5.6 or 640 at an f/4. 3) No custom white balance on second section of video. Just dialed in 5800K on C100 to warm image a tad based on color temp of light. 4) This is not a perfect light but for less than $250 you'd be hard pressed not to get your money's worth when doing certain projects. Know the limitations of something and it can become a great tool in the toolbox.

Next week... Atomos Samurai Blade.

Sunday
Jun302013

LAMPSMITH


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Pocket Jib Traveler
Kessler Kwik Release
Flat Mount Adapter (for mounting flat base fluid head)
Manfrotto 500 Head 
VideoMic Pro

So...
Honestly, I 'd really like another 3-4 hours to work on this. I'm happy with it based on the time I had to get it done and the assets I had but there's always something else to change, try or tweak. Will almost definitely be swapping out the "Ken Burns" stills on white with the lamps in actual environments buT i didn't have that. Brian and I are working on that. Also, a lot of mixed lighting but I think it's acceptable based on the environment.

4th of July Week
BTW, I'm sure there'll be quite a lot of July 4th gear sales going on this week and cheesycam.com and oliviatech.com are always good place to find them.

Here's one particular one from Alzo on a new clustered LED fixture that they have. Used it on a job last week in the city in an office with daylight coming in and need to bounce light to match and create the key. I was very impressed. A hell of a lot of light for the money and if you use this coupon code you get another 15% off everyting they sell. Code is good until July 18th.

Alzo 3000 LED

Coupon Code: 1372431674

Here is my friend's being used on a shoot we did last week...

I will do an episode on the light next week.

-Jem

Sunday
Jun232013

Your Camera, Not Mine


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Petrol PA1018 C100 Hood
C100 Z-Finder Pro
DP4 Eyecup (not perfect but the best solution I have found).

NOTE: I have recently posted all of my upcoming classes and workshops. Just look to the right under Workshops & Training. Also planning on a September 7-8 Digital Cinema Bootcamp in NYC and a Novemebr One Week Doc Intensive in New York. Those will be posted soon.

Friday
May312013

Flag That Sucker!


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Duvetyne
sucker!

Wednesday
May292013

FS700 Kit for Sale


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Sony FS700 Specs
Sony FMU128
Metabones EF to NEX Adapter

Sennheiser ME66/K6 Kit
Marshall 5" Monitor (I would get a battery adapter from Marshall for it)

Notes: 1) Only selling to U.S. buyers & shipping will be UPS or FedEx Ground. 2) Original boxes for FS700, FMU128, Metabones Adapter and Charger will be used and then everything shipped in one large box. 3) Certified check or cleared check acceptable for shipment. 4) If paying using PayPal then total price will be higher to cover PayPal fees. 5) Product is in perfect working condition and guaranteed to not be DOA. 6) Please ask ANY questions as there is a lot of interest already and it's all ready to ship out when bought. 7) Light on neck is because I didn't flag the light below the table. Quick set up so you get a glowing neck! See next episode of gearbox about this very thing.

Monday
May272013

One Man Crew


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One Man Crew
Eduardo Angel
Adjustable Sawhorses
omc...

Note: Key is set for wider shot, position one, in the video. That's why when I am in position two that you aren't seeing the catch/eye light as much.