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Monday, October 13, 2014

Basic, Intro Cinematography Techniques


Recently, I was asked to judge for a short film competition run by the guys over at The Research Page on YouTube. The quality of the submissions was absolutely great this year and I definitely think that this year's iteration of the competition was definitely better than the previous years.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Starting With...

Me getting around to this stupid goddamn thing:


Well, not necessarily this. But an overview of the Osiris LUTs by VisionColor. They're pretty sexy and I think you'll like what they have to offer the lazy colorist.

--- Jared

Hot Damn!

Well.

It appears that I have been neglecting the living shit out of this blog. I'm writing this not because anyone will read it (except for maybe one OCD guy a year from now who can't visit a blog without reading every page). But because it's going to motivate me to post here more.

The truth is that I've just been too busy for you, Internet. But now I'm not. So there you go.

I'll be posting some more videos about various things (even a video about using foreground interest in shots), so look out for those.

As a reminder, this is a blog about filmmaking in general, but also one where I'll make tutorials and post tutorials done by others regarding some important filmmaking techniques and how to pull them off. I have a bank of very knowledgeable filmmaking friends who post awesome stuff on YouTube and Vimeo, so I'm excited to share their expertise with you.

In the end, this is all for fun. Now go off and click one of my affiliate links and buy something expensive.

--- Jared

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Fancierstudio Camera Track Slider Review


When I purchased this slider six months ago, it went under the name "JRFoto Slider," but that name is no longer being used for this it seems. While that may seem like an issue, the truth is that there are a number of different "versions" of this slider on Amazon and eBay at the moment. They all look to be identical, so this review would likely be a good one for those as well.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The ASC Nominees, Marriage of Traditional Cinematography w/ VFX



Thought this was a fun read. I'm always interested to see the MSM pick up on stuff like this because you always feel like cinematographers aren't really respected by the general movie public. Maybe I'm wrong. All around great list though.

As a side note, what do you think about Emmanuel Lubezki being nominated like this? I'm keeping my thoughts to myself on this one because I've already seen the shit storm develop. However, I'm interested in what others think about the meshing between traditional cinematography and VFX.

CBS News Link.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cheap Ass Lighting Set for Beginners/Home Studio



I was recently asked a budding cinemaphile about cheap light kits that I could recommend, and it reminded me of this video I shot a while ago. This kit is super cheap (around $90), comes with three stands, three 4-CFL heads and three softboxes.

These cheap kits get a lot of bad press because people say the softboxes are hard to setup on them. However, I totally didn't find this to be the case. The softboxes on this kit were perfectly simply to put on after doing it once and figuring them out. The trick: be smarter than the inanimate object.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

My Canon 60D RAW Video Experience

A while ago, Magic Lantern made waves when it introduced RAW video shooting on Canon HDSLR cameras. While this hasn't necessarily made too many people reinvent the way they shoot, it did play a big role in shaping people's perceptions of what's possible with their cameras. I have to admit that I was one of the people who was very excited about this advancement. However, I would soon learn that there's really not too much to be excited about if you're running an SD card cam from Canon as opposed to a CF card camera.

I use a number of different kinds of cameras for the work that I do from time to time. Some of which shoot RAW video because they're supposed to and not because they're hacked. For these instances, I'll rent instead of buying because why not. However, I do own and love to use a Canon 60D. When I found out the RAW hack was available for the 60D, I decided to try it out myself. Here are the results: