Quick Take: Sandy Puc’ Video Tour.


Here is a little Quick Take with Sandy Puc’. Today is the first day of the Sandy Puc’ Video tour. We are in her hometown of Denver, Colorado. This is going to be one badass roadshow. We are all very excited to get out there and meet all of you in the fourteen cities we will hit this month. Sandy is one of the most passionate people about photography I have ever met. Her...Read More

How to use Adobe’s extra DSLR color info in Avid MC5/FCP


We’ve all heard Shane Hurlbut say how much better 5D color appears when edited in Adobe Premiere CS5. That’s great, but what does that mean for those of us who prefer editing in Avid Media Composer or Final Cut? For the past several months I’ve been having my DIT transcode media on set to Avid’s intermediate file type DNxHD 175x using Adobe Media Encoder CS5. Before I get too far I need to point...Read More

Quick Take: Ultralight Control systems AKS Arm.


Here is a Quick Take on the Ultralight Control Systems Arm. This is one of the most stable accessory arms on the market. It has a very sturdy ball mount tie down and various size scaffolding to configure for any on camera situation. The one shown here has a Cardellini Clamp that will let you mount it almost anywhere to almost anything. It can be replaced with a hot shoe mout adapter for camera...Read More



You’ll hear this crap debated a lot: ‘It’s not about the gear it’s about the story’. To be honest, I switch off as soon as I see one of those debates rear its ugly head. It always seems to descend into tubthumping amongst those whose time appears to be better spent talking than doing. Twitter is murder for that. It’s one of the reasons I’ve ceased posting on my own blog, it was just...Read More

Filmtools Car Mount & Technicolor Cinestyle BTS On Set.


Here is a little Quick Take on set with the Filmtools three point suction cup car mount system. This really is one of the best systems for smaller cameras like DSLR’s. It’s only around $400 for the kit. A good tip when using suction cups on cars: use a little plastic wrap to prevent any marks from the suction cups. We had a rental, so we did not really care. We also were trying...Read More

Zacuto Scorpion Rig BTS On Set. Technicolor Cinestyle Night Test.


We decided to create a little spec commercial to test out the new Zacuto Scorpion rig in the field. We only had it for the weekend and wanted to test it in the field. Technicolor also happened to drop the new Cinestyle Picture Style for the Canon 5D mark II. So we decided to to check it out at night. We also wanted to test out the Filmtools three point car mount. We rented...Read More

When the plan fails


What do you do? Panic? Cry? Point the blame? Of course not. A well prepared filmmaker has a plan for everything. Because we all know that wasted time usually ends up being money lost. I had the opportunity to raise the funds to finish post on a project that I shot late last year, The 90 Minute Lunch. With help from my directing partner Joe Mesiano and producer Andrew Carroll we were locked and...Read More

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