Does HDR help take the art away from cinematography?
One of the most difficult tasks for a director of photography is controlling the contrast range between highlights and shadows.
Did I Judder
24p stuttering explained
As part of my responsibilities at AbelCine, I handle a number of technical support questions from our professional clients in the field.
The RED Scarlet-X vs. the Canon EOS C300
When the RED ONE was released back in 2007 at a price point of $17,500 (body only), it created a whole new market for the production industry.
Hiding In Plain Sight
How an orange cone almost derailed my career
I was the B-camera/Steadicam operator on a big action movie in the mid-'90s.
I See Dead Pixels
Dealing with a dead pixel on your sensor
As part of my responsibilities at AbelCine, I handle a number of technical-support questions from our professional clients in the field.
A Strange Scene
Sought for questioning in a murder investigation
A couple of years ago, we were shooting a short video for a competition, and we needed an unusual vehicle.
Not Having A G’Day
Figuring out a stutter effect, and the segmented frame
However, I do use the 5D Mark II from time to time to shoot TVCs and corporate video for the Australian market.
One Giant Megaphone
A grain silo amplifies screams of bloody murder
A long, exhausting day of shooting was nearing the end. The crew had endured the hot sun and dusty, smelly barnyard conditions all day.
A calibrated test chart can make all the difference
Sometimes changes in technology lead to new concepts or even newer technologies, and other times new technology brings up the need to reexamine technology that has been around for a while.
What’s A Violet Wand?
Don’t Google it at work!
At AbelCine, we offer sales, rental and service of all types of professional video cameras, and as part of that work, we also get a wide variety of technical-support questions.
How IR filters can help
Recently, a very generous friend lent me his gear for a small project that I was shooting.
Fixed It In Post!
How creative editing saved our doc
It was 1992, and we were shooting a documentary on an air-refueling wing for public television.
Not Just For Show
Your matte box, rails and follow focus explained
I really don't understand matte boxes. At first I thought they just were what you found on a big 35mm motion-picture camera because I see them in all the behind-the-scenes/on-the-set shots.
The Bike Pirate
A new take on Follow Me
Driving at highway speed in a crew cab loaded with gear, four filmmakers, and two pro mountain bikers and their two bikes outside the town of Kamloops, B.C., Canada.
Play Misty For Me
How a simple hair dryer saved my shoot
You turn the page to this column, and before you begin reading, a question pops into your head: “What does a cow have to do with high-definition video?”
A Short Lesson In Preparation
MacGyver to the rescue
It’s first-year film school, and I’m waiting in line at the equipment cage so I can sign out one of two ARRI BL16 film cameras.