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SXSW Day One. Killer Video By Misa Garcia.

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Misa Garcia put together this killer day one video. He really is one of the best filmmakers I have had the pleasure of working with. We are in Austin for the SXSW Film Festival. To be totally honest we are completely out of our element here. It’s like a mini Mardi Gras. A total party! We have been getting tons of great interviews for our documentary about the validity of film festivals as a...Read More

The Premiere Of The Whistle Bait Doc At The Hideout Theatre 3/11/11

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Hot Dog! We snagged a venue to premiere our short documentary “The Whistle Bait”. This short documentary is about the live show The Whistle Bait where the Vintage Scene meets Burlesque and then wraps itself back to the fifties and sixties. We spent the past six months gathering interviews with key personalities of this genre of music, movies and lifestyle. Misa Garcia of JAG35 played a key role in both promoting the shows and...Read More

Quick Take: Voigtlander Nokton 25mm f0.95 MFT Lens.

Quick Takes

Here is a Quick Take on the Voigtlander Nokton 25mm f0.95 MFT lens. It will only cover Micro Four Thirds or smaller sized sensors. That means it can be very fast in a small package. A plus if you steal a lot of shots, as I do most of the time. I have been using it with both the Panasonic Af100 and the new Panasonic GH2 cameras. The Voigtlander Nokton is both manual iris...Read More

Panasonic AF100 Needs Fast Lenses. Contax 50mm f1.4

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Here is a Quick Take on the Contax/ Zeiss 50mm f1.4 with the Panasonic AF100. As you may know we have been messing around with the Panasonic AF100 and now we have the Panasonic GH2. There is a huge difference between the two cameras. We have found that the GH2 produces a much more pleasing asthetic than the AF100. We are not really sure why the 1K camera looks better than the 5K camera,...Read More

SWEDISH CHAMELEON: RIGS THAT DEMAND A SECOND LOOK

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I’m obsessed with shoulder rigs for DSLRs. Ever since I started shooting with a stills camera I’ve wanted to turn my camera into something that closely resembled the smaller cameras I used to shoot with, like EX1s. This, of course, is impossible. The only way to really get the camera to work for handheld work is to build it up on rails and get it on your shoulder, or at least wedged against your...Read More

Quick Take: Manfrotto 521 PFI Remote Focus And Iris Controller.

Quick Takes

Here is the Manfrotto 521 PFI remote focus and iris controller. It works seamlessly with the new Panasonic AF100 via the cam remote focus/iris port. It works with most of the Panasonic Lumix lenses and some other off brand lenses like the new Olympus zooms. Bot the iris and focus control are quite sturdy and will make adjustments easy and precise. There is a slight delay with the Lumix lenses we tested. However, I...Read More

10 Reasons To Stay Away From The Film Business.

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I did not write this to sound bitter. In fact I am one of the lucky few that actually make a living as a Cinematographer. I just wanted to share some of the hard truths about this business. Here are just a few reasons to stay away from this industry. (if you can) 10 Reasons to stay away from the film industry. From a camera perspective. The hours are incredibly long, a typical working...Read More

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