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Non Union Day Rates. Part 2 Of 3. Ins, Day Rates and Rental Rates.

Production

It’s almost impossible to sum up years of experience, months of research and countless hours in the field into a simple day rate. Yet we are asked to do it all the time. A typical gig for me will start with an availability check. Then it’s followed with how wonderful and easy the project will be. Then we finally get to the dreaded question of how much do you charge? If this is a...Read More

Insurance, Day Rates and Rental Rates. Part 1 Of 3

Production

Here is part one of a three part series on production basics for camera operators and new DOP’s. With the rise of the DSLR many camera operators and DOP’s are now owner/operators. This presents some new challenges and the first line of defense is getting good equipment insurance. Some of the bigger home or renter’s insurance companies may protect your equipment. However I have some of the best insurance on the planet (USAA) and...Read More

Canoflex Type C300 Cinema Base Shows Up At Filmtools. Quick Take Video.

Cameras

Every time I swing into Filmtools they have a shiny new piece of gear to check out. This time Jim Martin had the new Canoflex cinema base for the Canon C300 camera. This base looks very similar to the older Arri 16 SR cameras. The Canoflex has two 3/8-16″ threads in front for 15mm rods. It has one 3/8-16″  camera left side mount and two 3/8-16″ threads on the bottom. There are a bunch...Read More

Canon 5D3 Photos And New Date Of March 2, 2012.

Cameras

Canon Rumors has been flip flopping on the release date of the new Canon 5D3 from Feb 28th to March 3rd, 2012. In any case a few new photos have surfaced and it seems like we may get a headphone out jack on the new camera. I am also skeptical if these photos are indeed real. Either way we will be providing updates when it is released. Here are the photos from Canon Rumors.Read More

Really Cool Designed and Made Moco Wooden Dolly For $599 US.

Cameras

I picked this up via @VisionWrangler on Twitter. This is one super cool DIY dolly. Sliders have taken over the planet and this one offers a few unique options that rival the big boys for twice the price. Here is a rip from the Cinescopophilia post. Click here to go to the Designed and Made website. Order this fully assembled dolly perfect for shooting time-lapse videos for just $599. Please allow 2-3 weeks for...Read More

New Zacuto bits to control your accessories.

Just the Cut

I just recently came across some cool new Zacuto parts that I think will be a worthwhile addition to any kit. It really doesn’t matter what camera system you are using with these pieces either. Having been tested on DSLRs and the Sony Fs100, I really dig the new way Zacuto thought out mounting accessories to your camera. There was quick moment before the client arrived so Alex Walker and I had time to...Read More

That’s A Wrap On Principal Photography For The Board Of Education!

Cameras

After four short months we are wrapped on principal photography for The Board Of Education,  our documentary film about corporal punishment in the US public school system. We shot over fifty interviews with politicians, administrators, teachers, parents and students all over the country. Now the hard work of putting it all together begins! We found this little playground behind a church in Jackson, Mississippi. The little Sony NEX 5N is great for quick pick...Read More

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