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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

Metabones Announces Canon EF To Sony NEX Mount Adapter With Aperture Control.

Cameras

Metabones has announced a Canon EF to Sony E Mount adapter with electronic aperture control. They are using Conurus out of Vancouver, Canada as their distributor. Conurus has been modifying Zeiss lenses to work with Canon bodies for quite some time now. Some of you may be familiar with their Contax N series 17-35mm f2.8 conversion to EF mount. Now it looks as if they are making electronic adapters. I have not had the...Read More

Zacuto Scorpion Rig Available Now For $2500.

Cameras

The kick ass Scorpion rig from Zacuto is finally available. We got the chance to test out the prototype a little less than a year ago. Zacuto has been refining it for some time and now it is available. This is the best rig I have ever used for DSLR cameras. The balance and ergonomics of this rig are awesome. It is also one of the most robust hand held rigs I have ever...Read More

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