For several months I’ve been working on an idea for a documentary that is really getting me excited. I’m sick of being a “filmmaker” without a film. It is time to do a feature length project.
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Found this incredible short on No Film School and thought I’d share a though with you guys, but first take a look:
While attending Vincent Laforet’s Directing Motion Tour there was one thing Vincent said that I couldn’t forget, “The more subtle you are as a directer the better you’ll be.” Vincent made this statement while showing a war scene that was short and to the point and was better for it without all the extravagance of VFX.
In this short piece, the writers and director could have zoomed out to show a larger picture, but they decided to focus everything on the moments and emotions of a little girl and nothing else.
How can you be more subtle in your next film?
Its All About Story
This gets said a lot. And it is absolutely true. Story trumps tools and toys all day long, but I’m putting that aside today to admire the craftsmanship and beauty of gear. Function is important, but when function and beautiful design come together you get something amazing.
These wooden rigs by Ergo Cine are absolutely stunning. Love the natural look that also brings proper economics to todays cameras. Have a look at their website for more information.
There are a lot of things to consider when choosing a video DSLR/Mirrorless camera these days. A lot of people are going back and forth between the idea of owning a GH4, C100, 5D Mark III or Sony A7s. 4K vs 1080p, frame rates, low light, sensor size and many other features need to be thought through, but in this post, I’m putting all that aside to talk about something that easily gets overlooked.
There are infinite ways to rig your camera these days. Hacking together a custom rig is very popular as it saves money and you can get exactly what you want. With all these custom rigs being built, there are a few that stand out as straight silly. Over the past few weeks I’ve collected a few of the worst camera rigs to share with you guys. Enjoy.
1. This rig that will give you a neck hernia and spend half your budget on Gaffers tape:
The Fix: Buy a GoPro.
We all have had slow spells in our field of work. For me, winter is a rough time. Businesses slow down and when it is as cold as it has been in Chicago, there is nothing exciting about filming outdoors. Over the past 5 years, I’ve found a couple ways to boost my income when work is slow. Here are my 8 tips on how to make money when work is slow.
I was contacted by Bruce and Mathieu about their film KEEP EXPLORING and I had to share it with you. Enjoy the doc and make sure you read Mathieu’s article about the production after the video.
Should I get, the 5D or the 6D? Why would anyone buy a Canon 6D? Which full-frame camera is best for video? Whats the difference between the 5D and 6D?
These are questions I get asked on a daily basis, so I decided to put together this video breaking down the 9 biggest differences between the Canon 5D Mark III and the Canon 6D. If you’re looking to get started in DSLR video and wondering which DSLR is best for you, I would suggest you start here.
Canon 5D vs 6D
UPDATE: Congratulations to Ethan for winning the lens! Email sent.
Thought I would do a giveaway for the 100th episode of the DSLR Video Shooter podcast. I can’t thank you all enough for the support, encouragement and positive criticism you’ve provided over the years. Without it, I wouldn’t have put all this content together. This whole site is your fault.
And for those of you who have purchased gear through my site or tipped my videos you deserve a special thank you for helping me keep food on the table and content flowing. You’re the best!
I just pulled the trigger on a new Canon EOS-M and here are 7 reasons for my actions. If you want a cheap APS-C camera for video you can find it here.
1. Price Tag
The EOS-M was launched with an $800 price tag, which is ridiculous seeing as it shared almost identical features with cheaper rebel cameras. But with the camera being discontinued and Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals hitting, I got an EOS-M Body for $244 on Amazon which was a no brainer.
A short introduction about myself: My name is Nick Roberts and I play in a band called “And the Giraffe” based out of Nashville, TN. A few months ago, after putting out our second album, we decided to shoot a music video to support the single from the record. A friend of mine, Harrison Sanborn, lives and works out of Los Angeles and has been our go-to director/cinematographer for our music videos in the past, so there wasn’t any question that we were going to work with him for this project as well.
Given that we’re an independent band, our budgets for just about all creative projects may as well look like we found loose change in our couch. We had about $200-$250 to spend on making a music video when we went out to visit Harrison in LA for a week, and we definitely put it to good use.
This is a Guest Post by Daniel Smukalla, Director of Sedae.
These days, there are so many great cameras on the market, which is why I had such a difficult time last year deciding upon which one to purchase to shoot the Korean documentary “Sedae”. Originally I wanted to get a video camera, since video is my primary purpose, but flexibility with time lapse was also needed to tell the story of “Sedae”. In that regard, DSLRs are superior. However, I wasn’t ready to commit to a DSLR. I would shoot with them, and loved the images, but still felt limited since it was missing many of the features that I wanted from a video camera. Once I was ready to buy a camera though, the Sony a99 came on the market, and it convinced me of its ability to do video.
Over the past several years us filmmakers have slowly adapted an obsession with what cameras we own. I think we have placed too much value on our cameras and need to rethink how we value cameras. Lets start by going back to 1977.
Below is a picture of the Panavision PSR 35mm motion. This camera was used on Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope by George Lucus. Clearly this camera is massive, taking multiple people to operate and move. And thats just for simple camera moves… It must have been quite the operation to get a jib shot.
This post isn’t about gear or even film, but it is relevant to anyone who works with human beings. So please… For the love of all that is good in this world, follow these 5 simple tips when sending/forwarding emails.
One of the hardest tasks in filmmaking is finding the right music for your project. And while composing is a fantastic idea, most people cannot afford to hire a composer for every project. That brings us to the wonderful world of royalty free music (dripping with sarcasm). Lets be honest, trying to find the right track for your video sucks. Hours and hours can be spent looking and searching Google just to find nothing.
I put together this guide for filmmakers in mind. First we will go over licenses, then looks at a list of my favorite royalty/creative commons music websites for video.
I have been following Shane Hurlbut for a long time now and always find his content interesting and educational. Recently Shane put together a series of posts on lenses for storytelling and I thought it was worth a share here.
Shane has worked with more cinema lens sets than most of us could dream of working with in a lifetime, so he really can speak with authority on the subject.
How Lenses Assist in Storytelling
Shane breaks lenses for storytelling into 3 posts:
- Part One: Lens Internal Characteristics
- Part Two: Lens Internal Characteristics
- Part Three: Camera Lens Restraint
There are a lot of ways to save money on gear. But there is equipment that you really can’t get cheaply without regretting your decision. Here are my five don’t-skimp-on recommendations, what are yours? are there any your would add?
This is a guest post by Pascal Depuhl.
The highest place that I filmed in Afghanistan, come to think of it, the highest place I have ever been at in my life, is Kret. It is in the Wakhan Valley, in the far eastern end of Afghanistan, right by the Chinese border. The valley floor lies at 10,200 feet above sea level and if you think about the fact, that I live at 7 feet over sea level when things are normal … well you get the point – it’s high. The mountains around these valleys tower over you at 22,000 feet and the valleys are so narrow that we actually had to fly through Tajikistan to get to our destination, you’ll see why they make for some spectacular footage like this one that everybody asks me about: