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This Week’s Things: 4/20/2015

The North American Broadcaster’s 2015 Show has come and gone and there are tons of announcements and new gear and software that every filmmaker needs! I’ve been real busy so it will take me a while to catch up the blog on everything I reviewed.

Equipment

What is this Thing: Aerial Platform
Things Type: Aerial platform for video
Linkhttp://hexoplus.com/
imageNotes: I have a DJI Phantom 2 + GoPro 4. I’ve been flying it now for about six months. I’ve gotten better and better at flying and controlling the quad-copter so I know there’s a great place for the tool in the filmmaking tool-kit. It seems that every month there’s a new “Drone” being planned, crowd-sourced or released by a major company (GoPro). The cursed problem with Technology is that once a market is established there’s comes a lot of options. Figuring out what to buy and when to buy becomes a tough proposition. Here’s a link to a new “Drone” that will be released in September of 2015.

What is this Thing: Lens
Things Type: 100mm Samyang/Rokinon Cine-Style Lens
 Linkhttp://nofilmschool.com/2015/04/samyang-just-announced-affordable-cine-style-macro-lensimage
Notes: I have a Rokinon 85mm Cine-Style lens and I’m happy with it, especially for the price. If you’re budget conscious these lens’ are worth the money.

Cinematography

What is this Thing: Essay on Negotiating as a DP
Link: http://www.dvinfo.net/article/pre_production/business_models/ready-what-little-i-know-about-negotiating-as-a-dp.html
Notes: Cinematographer Art Adams discusses negotiating and finding the right project as a Cinematographer.

Production Etiquette

What is this Thing: How to Speak Movie
Things Type: The Movie-Maker’s Phrase Book
Link: http://filmmakeriq.com/2015/04/how-to-speak-movie/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+filmmakeriq+%28Filmmaker+IQ%29
Notes: Two part video on the common phrases used in the movie business.

Lighting

What is this Thing: What is negative fill?
 Things Type: Tutorial > Negative Fill
Link: https://vimeo.com/122843323
Notes: Ryan Walters discusses negative fill – a good 5 minutes for anyone learning negative fill.

What is this Thing: Chinese Lantern
Things Type: Equipment
Link: http://www.filmtools.com/ligdep/lighting-equipment/light-fixtures-kits/30whitpapchi.html
Notes: FilmTools.Com has a boatload of equipment and supplies.

What is this Thing: Light Dimmer
Things Type: Equipment
Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/755346-REG/Impact_D_1000_D1000_1_000W_AC_Dimmer.html
Notes: Impact D1000 Dimmer.

Music Video of The Week

What is this Thing: Herschel’s MV Pick of the Week
Things Type: Music Video
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHg-PR0Q4BQ&feature=player_embedded
Notes: While doing lunch with a friend he showed me a music video that was directed, shot and shot by a friend of his. Watching it at lunch peaked my interest. The MV is totally something I wouldn’t do. However, it is so 21st Century and has a lot of production put into it. Again, it’s so not what I would do, but hey, there’s a big crowd of people that are into this type of material. As for the technical’s of the video – I give it a solid 8.8. I love the dialogue by one of the bad members at the end of the video.

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This Week’s Things: 3/30/2015

The Film Business – Law Talk

What is this Thing: What is Work Made For Hire?
 Things Type: Education > Understanding copyright in film
Link: http://www.scriptmag.com/features/legally-speaking-depends-work-made-for-hire
Notes: Many artists don’t care about the nitty gritty business details, which is a huge mistake. It is important as an artist to have a general understanding of copyright law so you know to protect your work of art.

Equipment

What is this Thing: Canon C300 – Review?
 Things Type: Equipment Review > Canon C300
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBdbRex_FPM
Notes: I thought it would be good to post an old review of the Canon C300 since Canon is rumored to be releasing the next version (C300 Mark II) of this model during the NAB 2015 show in April. The big rumor is that the new version of C300 will be a 4K camera. the good news is that Canon is trying to move all the old inventory and a C300 Mark I can be had for about $ 6,500 bucks – pretty damn good price. But, if your mind is set on 4K and you don’t need it right now just wait a few weeks and after NAB I’m sure there will be plenty of new 4K at lower price equipment to be had.

Visual FX

What is this Thing: Free Visual Effects & Motion Graphics Software
Things Type: Post Production > Visual FXs
Link: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/fusion
Notes: They say free means crippled. Not so with Black Magic Design productions, such as Resolve (color correcting and grading) BMD purchased eyeon Fusion and has provided a free version as they did with Resolve. I haven’t used Fusion yet, but trust me, I’m going to give it a spin. Here’s a short video that discusses the product – https://vimeo.com/107887538

Cinematography History

What is this Thing: Kubrick’s Lenses
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_PIqg449is
Notes: They say the lens is the heart of the image. In this 12 minute video Joe Dunton, BSC, goes through many of Kubrick’s favorite lenses.

Film Sites

What is this Thing: r3Load.Net
 Things Type: B-Roll and Stuff
Link: http://r3load.net/jjstartrek.html
Notes: Cool little site where they have lots of B-roll from big films. Now, they say once you see a ton of B-roll it’s all the same – maybe. But, watching B-roll might give some insight on things you can do on your sets.

Lighting

What is this Thing: What is negative fill?
 Things Type: Tutorial > Negative Fill
Link: https://vimeo.com/122843323
Notes: Ryan Walters discusses negative fill – a good 5 minutes for anyone learning negative fill.

What is this Thing: Chineese Latern
Things Type: Equipment
Link: http://www.filmtools.com/ligdep/lighting-equipment/light-fixtures-kits/30whitpapchi.html
Notes: FilmTools.Com has a boatload of equipment and supplies.

What is this Thing: Light Dimmer
Things Type: Equipment
Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/755346-REG/Impact_D_1000_D1000_1_000W_AC_Dimmer.html
Notes: Impact D1000 Dimmer.

Music Video of The Week

What is this Thing: Herschel’s MV Pick of the Week
Things Type: Music Video
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jA13XYlWHc
Notes: This week’s music video is off the beaten path. While listening to Audioslave I tried finding the I am the Highway. I really like the song, but interesting I don’t thingk Audioslave ever made a video. But this girl put together a music video and I really like what she did. I don’t know what movie she used for her imagery, but if you look at the cuts she used it’s very representative of the song and the video has over 800 thousand hits. Just goes to show you that the emotional scenes of this video hit the right mark. Something to be cognizant when creating your own video.

To Review:

Just keeping a list of things I want to review before really posting them.
Shot Lister – www.shotlister.com

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This Week’s Things: 3/23/2015

Camera Operations

What is this Thing: Tips To Be a Good 1st AC
 Things Type: Operation’s Tips
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoHs1eUrTjI&feature=player_embedded
Notes: It’s always good to hear what other people do on-set.

Equipment

What is this Thing: Field Monitor
 Link: https://www.smallhd.com/lp/502/
Notes: Looks like a good form factor for run-and-gun situations and it states it will support 3D LUTs. We’ll see what the price is when it comes out. image

Editing

What is this Thing: Using a Wacom Pen/Tablet for Editing
 Things Type: Equipment > Mouse Replacment
Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/why-use-a-wacom-tablet-or-stylus-for-post-production/
Notes: I know many artist who use these devices for creating drawings. I didn’t think of using them for actually editing and replacing the mouse. But now, I’m interested. I bet you’d have to commit to changing your approach to editing. The first couple of months would be slower until you got up to speed.

Lighting

What is this Thing: What is negative fill?
 Things Type: Tutorial > Negative Fill
Link: https://vimeo.com/122843323
Notes: Ryan Walters discusses negative fill – a good 5 minutes for anyone learning negative fill.

What is this Thing: Chineese Latern
Things Type: Equipment
Link: http://www.filmtools.com/ligdep/lighting-equipment/light-fixtures-kits/30whitpapchi.html
Notes: FilmTools.Com has a boatload of equipment and supplies.

What is this Thing: Light Dimmer
Things Type: Equipment
Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/755346-REG/Impact_D_1000_D1000_1_000W_AC_Dimmer.html
Notes: Impact D1000 Dimmer.

Music Video of The Week

What is this Thing: Herschel’s MV Pick of the Week
Things Type: Music Video
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnlsxmikiNY
Notes: This week’s music video comes from yours truly. I worked on the MV with my little girl and wife over the past couple months when we had some extra time. I didn’t spend a ton of time on it per se so it isn’t perfect. But, what I was trying to do was to have a fun project to work with my family on. Hope you like it.image 

To Review:

Just keeping a list of things I want to review before really posting them.
Shot Lister – www.shotlister.com

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This Week’s Things: 3/16/2015

Lighting

What is this Thing: How to Light a Campfire Scene
 Things Type: Tutorial > Lighting a Campfire Scene
Link: Vimeo: http://bradleystearn.blogspot.com/2015/03/how-we-lit-campfire-scene.html
Notes: I haven’t had to do firelight yet, but have read several sources/way to do firelight. A more preferred method is to use a flicker on a light so that you don’t have to always worry about the fire itself.

What is this Thing: Light Flickers
 Things Type: Equipment > Flickers
Link: Magic Gadgets 2K Flicker/Dimmer Box: Dimmer Box 2k

Editing

What is this Thing: Using a Wacom Pen/Tablet for Editing
 Things Type: Equipment > Mouse Replacment
Link: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/why-use-a-wacom-tablet-or-stylus-for-post-production/
Notes: I know many artist who use these devices for creating drawings. I didn’t think of using them for actually editing and replacing the mouse. But now, I’m interested. I bet you’d have to commit to changing your approach to editing. The first couple of months would be slower until you got up to speed.image

Film History

What is this Thing: History of Friday the 13th
 Things Type: Interview with FT13th Sean S. Cunningham
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQQHPFlyPnE
Notes: Sean S. Cunningham discusses the history behind the movie Friday the 13th.
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Music Video of The Week

What is this Thing: Herschel’s MV Pick of the Week
Things Type: Music Video
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZbN_nmxAGk
Notes: This week’s music video comes to us from a Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss song – Whiskey Lullaby. The problem with this music video is that the song is so strong in telling the story of two people who find love, loose love and eventually kill each other with alcohol in the grief of their breakup. If you’ve never listened to the song before watching the video, the video seems to be pretty good. But if you listened to the song before watching the video, it just doesn’t live up to the images in your mind. Ricky Shroder directed and starred in the music video. I just think he went safe with replicating what the song was saying with its images and the images he put on film. For me it teaches a lesson in music videos that if the song has strong visuals in the story telling, as a lot of country music videos do, then you have to approach the visual story telling differently or else the video will never live up to the song.
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