Grand Comme Le Baobab to Premier at Montreal Film Festival

Chris Collins / Grand Comme Le Baobab

  By: Chris Collins The first feature film co-produced by Wide Open Camera is premiering at Montreal World Film Festival later this month.  This was my first feature film as cinematographer, and I am excited to share my stories from pre-production to the festival circuit with all of you.  Today I will tackle pre-production.   I couldn’t have been more excited when Jeremy Teicher called me and asked if I would be interested in...Read More

The Canon 1D x


One of the great benefits of working for a company that does sales and rentals of film and HD equipment is that I get my hands on new gear before most via vendor demos and when the product is finally released to the public.  The Canon 1D x was on the top of my test gear for DSLR’s but had seen several delays from its original March launch date.  Several months passed by and...Read More

Big Ass Light Test at EVS

Get Lit

  By: Chris Collins We decided to gather as many edison plug film lights and put them against one another.  We tested tungsten lights, LEDs, HMIs, and flourescents.  We kept it simple: we lit our subject, Simone, with each light without any diffusion and through a 2×3 silk.  Everything took place inside a 12×12 black duvatyne tent. Everything was shot on a Sony Fs100 with Metabones adapter and Zeiss ZE 35mm. Take a look...Read More

I/O Flare 2K SDI Camera


Today I got the opportunity to check out the I/O Flare 2K SDI camera in person at Rule Boston Camera.  I saw the I/O camera line at Cinegear and thought it was interesting as I have always been keen to compact cameras that do not require CCU controls.  What sets the camera apart right off the bat is that the camera will do 4:2:2, 4:4:4 or RAW (Bayer).  The Iconix 2k and Toshiba lipstick...Read More

Hybrid Vigor Film Kickstarter Project. Help Any Way You Can!


This is one of the hardest working projects I have ever seen. Please help support Hybrid Vigor. A feature film shot in Lativa with so much soul that I have been inspired by their hard work on Twitter. These guys are doing it $1 at a time with over 700 backers! Follow them on Twitter @HybridVigorFilm They recently won Indiewire’s project of the week. Here is a rip from the Hybrid Vigor kickstarter page....Read More

Canon EOS-M Video Demo And Specifications.


The specifications on the new Canon EOS-M mirrorless camera are out. The new mirrorless system will indeed have a proper APS-C sized sensor and a few other bells and whistles noted in the press release from BH Photo. I think this will be a great addition to the current Canon line up. The smaller sized mirrorless cameras are great Director’s cameras and can work well as a back up system or B camera. The...Read More

New Canon EOS-M Mirrorless Camera Specs Announced. 18MP APS-C.


Canon Rumors has the breakdown for the highly anticipated new Canon EOS-M Mirrorless camera. It will indeed have a S35 or APS-C sized sensor with a whopping 18MP. Video specs are good as well with 24P and the lame standard Canon 720 60P. Not quite on par with the Sony NEX 5N system yet. The only spec we have yet to get is price. If this puppy is sub $600 B/O then we may...Read More

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