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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

The Best HDMI To HDMI Mini Cable Ever!

Cameras

If you have ever had to deal with using the HDMI out on a DSLR or any other camera system, then you know what a fickle connection it can be. HDMI cables are considered consumer cables and really do not belong on film sets. They have no locking system and tend to break very easily. Zacuto has one of the best solutions I have ever seen for this problem. Their 18″ right angle adjustable...Read More

Zeiss CP.2 Lens Mount Change From PL To Canon EF.

Cameras

Scott Selenak from Birns & Sawyer, Hollywood shows how to quickly change a Zeiss CP.2 lens mount from PL to Canon EF. It’s as easy as removing a few torx screws with the supplied torx driver and checking the back focus with either a camera or a collimator. The entire process only takes a few minutes. We do not recommend trying this in the field unless you have a clean working environment. The camera...Read More

I, EDITOR

@MNS1974

Apparently some well-known software company launched a new product this week. Some people got annoyed. Others loved it. Twitter went nuts. In fact, most people went nuts, impulsively declaring they were jumping ship to Premiere, boom, that’s it, Edit Apocalypse. Oh dear. There’s been plenty of blogs written about FCPX and plenty of debate. Personally, I haven’t bothered downloading it, and I won’t be even considering it for a good long while yet. First...Read More

FCPX First Look. Beetle Spec Spot. Screen Grabs And More.

Cameras

Here is a very down and dirty edit of a Beetle Spec Spot we shot in San Francisco a little while back. I was lucky enough to get up early and download the new FCPX from the Mac App Store. FCPX is one bad ass editing tool. It feels similar to iMovie and is very similar in appearance. I was jamming to get this edit out and snagged a few screen grabs during the...Read More

Quick Take: Sachtler Cine-DSLR Tripod System.

Cameras

Here is a Quick Take on the new Sachtler Cine-DSLR fluid head tripod and carbon fiber speed lock tripod. This is one of the best systems that you can get for DSLR video work. The ridiculously long quick release plate has a front and back lip that will prevent the camera from shifting. This also makes it easy to balance front heavy cameras like DSLR’s. It will handle anywhere from 2-11 lbs. The Cine-DSLR...Read More

Visual Authors

Just the Cut

As a cinematographer you are handed an idea that are words on a page and asked to adapt them to moving images of color, contrast, and exposure.Read More

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