@MNS1974 / Get Pimped / Production

In this column I’ve been trying to break away a little bit from the DSLR thing and focus more on filmmaking as a whole. As a director I really believe you can never know too much about all aspects of filmmaking. I admire guys like Fincher and Cameron who are famous for being even more knowledgeable about departments as they’re HODs. You need strong collaborators of course and your ability to communicate with them...Read More


@MNS1974 / Cameras

A few weeks back I went to the screening of Zacuto’s huge Single Chip Camera Shootout in London, hosted by Phil Bloom. After the screening Phil kept us in the theatre to ask what we’d taken from what we’d seen. The Sony F3 came out as the surprise package, quickly followed by the Phantom which performed extraordinarily well. What was surprising was how beat up and crap film looked in comparison to all the...Read More



I know that, especially in this community, the world of production seems to be moving more and more to the one-man-show approach. And yes, sometimes it's nice to keep the proverbial dicks out of the soup, but as a director I really value having my people around me. Read More

Tweet to Win 3-Stop Polarizer from WOC!


We're doing another filter giveaway! We will be giving it away to a lucky Twitter follower. To win this WOC & LCW 77mm 3-Stop Polarizer filter all you have to do is tweet the following in quotes below. "Follow @wideopencamera to win a 77mm 3-Stop Polarizer. Please RT. Thanks! "Read More

The Dead Line


How do you call something picture-locked that you've been working on for two months? As a creator, when do you call something finished? Read More

A Year in the Water [DEMO REEL]

Just the Cut

It's not a secret. I know that I am young to the game but I feel that I've had the best chance possible to make it in this tumultuous business. I went the film school route. Learning from working pros with titles like SOC and A.S.C. behind their name...Read More

The Ladder: Hollywood’s Chain of Command

Chris Collins / Get Lit / Production

By: Chris Collins I came to Los Angeles with dreams of filming big names like Johnny Depp and Hugh Hefner. I wanted to see my cinematographer heroes like Roger Deakins and Chivo Lubeski. I was gonna make it! I’d get an internship in a camera rental house and learn everything about every camera. I’d get a job as an AC, and I’d be able to fix anything that went wrong. If the camera went...Read More

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