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Wide Open Camera Prep For Africa Shoot.

Cameras

Chris Collins will be shooting his first feature film in Africa this Summer. We have been working with a few great companies to get all the gear required for such a massive shoot. We were fortunate enough to get Lenses from Zeiss, an XF105 from Canon, a slider from Kessler Crane, batteries from Switronix, support gear from Zacuto, tripods from Manfrotto, monitors from Marshall Electronics, LED lights and backpacks from ikan and everything else...Read More

Hootenanny 2011. FCPX Film Grain Look. Happy 4th Of July!

Cameras

Here is a glimpse of the Hootenanny 2001 Festival. This is just a quick mash up of many of the sights and sounds of the event. The Hootenanny is American as apple pie. The music is by: Powerflex 5. I wanted to thank Lucky 13 Apparel for hooking us up with the show. I also want to thank Misa Garcia and Saul Garcia for helping out. I’ll get the narrative version up soon.  I decided...Read More

How to: Final Cut Pro 7 to After Effects CS5 for grading

Just the Cut

This is my first try at a live demo showing how you can move your sequence from Final Cut Pro 7 to After Effects CS5. Also I will show you my workflow for grading my upcoming short feature “The 90 Minute Lunch”. I have been teaching myself AE as I go. So enjoy and please leave comments for critique for the next one.Read More

Babes And Betty’s Burlesque Show Shot With A Panasonic GH2.

Cameras

We have been working with Misa Garcia for over a year on these great burlesque shows that he puts on under The Whistle Bait moniker. The bar where a lot of these events take place has changed ownership and this was our last shoot there. We typically shoot a few interviews prior to the live shows. I wanted to test out the Panasonic GH2 and the Lumix 7-14mm f4 lens under low light conditions...Read More

Getting away with it

Chris Collins / Production

Sometimes there’s a budget, and sometimes there’s not. I don’t mean, “there’s no budget. We only have like $20,000 to spend” no budget. I mean, no budget. But sometimes you have an idea that you dig so much you just have to see it get made, and budget or not, you go for it. I used to do this with short films. Problem is, with a short it means putting in all this time...Read More

Tweet To Win “DSLR Cinema” By: Kurt Lancaster.

Cameras

It has been a little while since we gave something away and Kurt Lancaster’s book “DSLR Cinema, Crafting the Film Look with Video” is just the ticket. This is a fantastic resource for anyone just getting into the DSLR game. It has tons of information on using these cameras for the good of film kind. Kurt does a great job of breaking down everything from equipment to technique.  Here is a rip from the...Read More

Chevy Volt: First Shoot Using Filmgear Lights

Chris Collins / Get Lit

Director Ilya Polyakov and I embarked on a journey to make the best Chevy Volt spot EVER! Actually, we were asked to shoot some footage for a stock photography company making its way into motion, and we decided to turn it into a commercial. With a very small budget, I asked my friends at Birns and Sawyer what they could do for me with regards to lights. Thankfully, they had a cost effective solution....Read More

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