Sometimes you get the bear, sometimes the bear gets you
Chris X Carroll
Photo by Chris X Carroll
Those of you paying attention will recall that at the end of last week’s lesson we were totally screwed. Being photographers, we had used our Canon DSLRs to shoot heart-breakingly gorgeous video. Video that was virtually useless because (among other things) of the proximity of a honkin’ giant fan blowing all that hair around... Read more
The “How Will You Tell Your Story?” contest offers more than $4,000 in prizes, with an entry deadline of November 1, 2107
Pond5, media marketplace for royalty-free HD and 4K video content, and the Filmmakers Alliance, a filmmakers’ collective whose mission is to advance independent film through community support, are hosting a filmmaking challenge, “How Will You Tell Your Story?” The short film contest is offering more than $4,000 in prizes, with an entry deadline... Read more
The power of how the transition from one shot to another happens is often overlooked
I’ve been fortunate to study under, and talk with, a number of very talented editors—editors for feature films, short films, commercials and documentaries, as well as editors for television, both entertainment and news. While the conversations have progressed through topics like creative processes, workflow, working with directors, etc., the topic... Read more
Learn how the DJI Inspire 2 allows adventurous filmmakers to stretch the limits in the field
The DJI Inspire 2 has allowed filmmakers to reach new heights while offering professional image quality. With a maximum speed of 58 mph (it goes from 0 to 50 mph in 5 seconds), and containing a self-heating battery that’s perfect for shooting in low temperatures, the DJI Inspire 2 allows the adventurous filmmaker to stretch the limits in the field.
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While the tiny box form factor looks like an action cam, the RX0 is much more capable. Intended for 4K multicam immersive experiences, it delivers excellent still images, too
Hang 5 on a Hollywood set.
Sony RX0 Hands-On Review
Flatland BMX is about spinning brakeless tricks and insanely difficult, but also fits into an indoor space quite nicely. You get exciting things to photograph in a small space. In the ’80s, the performances would take up an entire basketball court or a couple courts’ worth of space to entertain... Read more
A trip to the East Coast’s largest convention for comic-related media, and video is the anchor
New York Comic Con is a massive, sprawling and energetic trade show for the worlds of comic books, graphic novels and sci-fi/fantasy that takes over the Javits Center in New York each autumn. Jam-packed, the show occupies every corner of the trade show hall, and people flow through the halls in search of artwork, toys and a look at the latest news in... Read more
A checklist of considerations to evaluate on a location scout, from lighting to sound to logistics
This week I had a client ask me to meet them for a location scout. Depending on what level you work at and what type of projects you shoot, the location scout can range from a nice option to an absolute necessity. The project I scouted for will be a two-day shoot at a public radio station. For day one, the radio station will host an open house, with... Read more
Most lenses these days are “focus by wire,” not mechanical. Here’s why that’s a problem.
I’ve never been a fan of the DSLR as a filmmaking tool. Mirrorless cameras have always made more sense to me, as they offer an electronic viewfinder and the ability to adapt many types of lenses. The adaptability has unfortunately become less of a perk and more of a necessity, due to the infuriating ‘focus-by-wire’ systems used in most mirrorless... Read more
Live from the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood, cinematographer George Mooradian, ASC, shares his experience using the new Gemini LED soft panel, October 5 at 12 Noon PDT
The increasing versatility and dropping production costs of LED panels make them especially attractive lighting solutions. Today, the lighting experts at Litepanels are hosting a live-stream event featuring the Gemini LED soft panel. Live from the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood, cinematographer George Mooradian, ASC, will share his experience using the... Read more
Perhaps the biggest unexpected pitfall in the move from stills to moving pictures is one you not only can’t see coming, you can’t see at all: Sound
Chris X Carroll
Put away your laptops, class, there will be a pop quiz today. Those of you who read the homework will have no doubt noticed some of the clues left in the text. For those of you coming in late, I shot what was objectively the most beautiful cinematic tour de force since Citizen Kane, yet nearly ruined the whole thing with rookie errors.
The entire project... Read more
The DP and director has announced the eight-part series for filmmakers, which can be streamed or downloaded
DP and director Philip Bloom has announced a new eight-part series for filmmakers, Philip Bloom’s Cinematic Masterclass. Available for streaming or download in 4K, the series covers a range of topics, plus a free bonus episode, and is designed to break down the process and help creatives become better filmmakers. Each episode runs 40 to 60 minutes... Read more
You’ve spent all that time editing your show and now you need to deliver a file. But what kind?
You’ve spent all that time editing your show and now you need to deliver a file. But what kind? Resolution, frame rate and bit rate—there are so many options.
Resolution deals with the pixel count, usually given in horizontal and vertical dimensions. Generally, you’ll pick something like 1280×720, 1920×1080 or even 4K.
Frame rate usually... Read more