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JAG35 HQ Visit. New Motion Control Slider For Under $500.

Cameras

I recently got the chance to swing down to the new JAG35 shop and check out the new motion control slider they are building. The new MoCo slider looks very promising. There will be two versions. A non-motorized “Basic” at around three hundred bones and a five hundred dollar motorized “Advanced” system. The slider is based around a fifteen millimeter rod system, a camera mounting block with ball bearings. This simple yet effective system...Read More

Making Film Podcast with Thomas Roberts

Just the Cut

I was fortunate enough to meet Thomas Roberts at this years NAB show in Las Vegas. Thomas is a die hard film guy and does some awesome podcast style interviews with filmmakers like myself. Please take a minute and grab the download file and listen at your leisure. Thanks and happy shooting. Click here for the link to the podcast.Read More

LEARNING TO FAIL

@MNS1974

Filmmakers are an arrogant lot. It seems to come with the territory. I’m no exception. We tell people what to do for a living and they do it, because that’s what they do for a living. I do wonder though whether we really have earned the right to be so arrogant. In fact I know most of us haven’t. Any creative endeavour depends on a leap of faith at some stage in the process....Read More

Kessler Pocket Jib BTS On Set For “Dreaming Awake” Movie By: Dave Aldrich

Cameras

Here is a little on set  Quick Take of the Kessler Pocket Jib. It is ultra portable and worked well for our shoot of the launch zone for the King Mountain hang gliding competition. We have been shooting with director Dave Aldrich for well over a year for his upcoming film “Dreaming Awake”. The Kessler pocket jib is a great way to add a little motion into your shots. It was very stable at...Read More

Wide Open Camera Adjustable Lens Gear.

Cameras

Here is a Quick Take on the brand spanking new Wide Open Camera adjustable lens gear. We worked directly with Sam Morgan Moore of Half Inch Rails to develop the 11 1/4″ X 1/2″ adjustable lens gear. This will make a great addition to any camera kit and will fit most still lenses on the market. It is standard film gear pitch and will work with most follow focus systems. The new WOC lens...Read More

Shooting in Senegal (Part 1): Talent Comes First

Cameras / Chris Collins / Production

By Chris Collins: I came up in a film school where the DP was God. We would basically spend hours on one lighting setup for a 3 second shot. It’s a great way to learn what works and what doesn’t work with regards to lighting and frame, but I missed the most important aspect of camera department… you are the rock! Here in Mbour, Senegal we are working with local non-actors. When my B...Read More

How to Use Google+ Circles and Why You Should Even Care

Workflow

There’s been a lot of confusion about Google+ and how to manage your Circles… or even what they hell they are. I’ll go over what Circles are and aren’t… and how I use them to manage my Google+ contacts and information. Google+ is different from Twitter and Facebook both in the way you obtain and distribute information. In Twitter you can follow people to see their updates, they don’t have to follow you back....Read More

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