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Sundance Update: The Next Indie Film Worth Waiting to See

Cameras / Chris Collins

By: Chris Collins Timelapse “cinematography” has come under some criticism recently based on the fact that a cinematographer needs to be versatile. Timelapse is like a hammer in a toolbox, but it is useless without the rest of the tools.  It can be incredibly beautiful, and it takes a tremendous amount of talent to achieve the kind of results that can be seen by such specialists as Tom Lowe and Philip Bloom. However, the...Read More

Sony Announces New Camera Sensors With HDR Movie Function. Video Demo.

Cameras

Sony has announced two new CMOS image sensors that have HDR video capability. This would be a huge advance for Sony cameras. An HDR feature would be a great option to have for situations like the one above. There was not too much info in the press release, however the video speaks volumes. I expect to see more about this at NAB 2012. I picked this up from @SonyAlphaRumors on Twitter. Click here to...Read More

Get Lit: Using Sidelight for a Dramatic Effect

Cameras

By: Chris Collins I am a sucker for dramatic lighting. That’s why I was so excited when Jared Abrams decided that we should go with a moody look for the interviews in The Board of Education documentary. I decided to go with a fairly contrasty, side-lit look for the interviews which I have accomplished on the road with a few Ikan 312 LED lights. We were fortunate enough to get hooked up by Roman...Read More

Schneider Optics True Match Vari ND Fader Filter Video Review.

Cameras

Here is the new Schneider Optics True-Match Vari-ND fader filter. Schneider claims that because of the matched glass there is no color shift on this fader ND filter. It will also give you from 1/1/3 to 11 stops of ND filtration. We took it out for a few exterior shots here in Hollywood. The results were quite good. I can only see a slight color shift on the focus chart with the dollar bill....Read More

Accounting Tips From Michelle Brown. Shoot, Invoice, Get Paid!

Production

  By: Michelle Brown AKA @MoshBrown on Twitter As a filmmaker, cinematographer, or editor, there are three important steps you should know about billing. Step one: book a gig. Step two: track your time and expenses. Step three: invoice correctly. If you follow these simple steps, there might even be a fourth one: profit! I am an accountant who works with a large number of contractors and consultants. I’ve seen everything, and I know...Read More

Sony Nex 5N Road Test. Better Than The Canon G1X.

Cameras

  I have had the Sony Nex 5N for a few months now and wanted to share some of its strengths and weaknesses. This little APS-C sensor camera is awesome for B-Roll and other secondary camera options. It is not the best A camera out there and I would caution anyone from trying to use it as their main camera system. The Sony Nex5 N is ultra portable, has great image quality and will...Read More

Canon C300 Available For Pre-Order. Buyer Beware!

Cameras

Now that the new Canon C300 is available for pre-order I wanted to caution anyone on the fence about this camera. It will not guarantee you any more work than you already have. If you are thinking about upgrading to larger sensor video cameras from your DSLR’s then please take a moment and really think about your own work situation. The 15K Canon C300 is just a little too steep to be an owner...Read More

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