Filmmakers on the Topic of Story

This year at NAB the FreshDV team did several videos in a series called Conversations with Filmmakers And while all these videos are great, I really enjoyed this one in particular. I have to admit that when I read the title I rolled my eyes. The word “Story” is such a buzz word that is used by hypocritical self proclaimed “filmmakers” we are quick to talk about how to tell a good story but then produce little to none ourselves (myself included). So it was very refreshing to hear some thoughts on story from down to earth guys who produce great work.

What do you think makes a great story? And how can you implement that in your next piece?

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Camera Spec Obsessive Disorder

I just finished reading a fantastic article on FreshDV. If you haven’t heard of the site, head over and check out their content and reviews. In the article Evan Luzi of The Black and Blue writes about our obsession with specs, and how it can hinder us as filmmakers. It is a brilliant read and I encourage everyone to check it out.

I think most of us put far to much energy into choosing cameras than we do telling stories.

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Where to Get Your NAB Coverage

The Super Bowl of filmmaking tech is here… Its NAB season kids!

I was not able to get out to Vegas this year for the event unfortunately. But I know where the best coverage is going to come from. For the last several years I have been super impressed with FreshDV’s coverage of NAB. Matt Jeppsen and Kendal Miller have always delivered top notch stuff. And this year they are teaming up with the fellas from NextWave DV who are killing it over on their site as well. So this is a completely shameless plug for them this year. And no, I was not paid to say any of this. Can’t wait to see what they will come up with.

So grab some popcorn and enjoy the show!

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HDSLR Coverage from NAB 2010

A lot of great stuff coming out of NAB this year. I just want to give a special Thank you to Matt Jeppsen and Kendal Miller from FreshDV for their killer coverage of NAB 2010. You can view all of their interviews and videos here. Be sure to also check out Cinema5D for NAB goodies, and DLSR News Shooter for more great coverage as well.

Here are just a few HDSLR picks from NAB 2010:

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I am not one of those link hogs who only promotes myself, I would be foolish to think that only I have knowledge to share about this revolutionary change in video camera form factor. That said here is a list of blogs and website I follow that are must reads for anyone using or interested in DSLR for film and video.

  • Shane Hurlbut – Shane is creating incredible films with these cameras. Learn what he is using and how he does it on his blog.
  • Philip Bloom – If you haven’t been following Bloom’s tweets and his blog than your missing out on a huge about of great info from one of the leader HDLR filmmakers.
  • Vincent Laforet’s Blog – Another leader in the DSLR cinematography.
  • Canon Filmmakers – Created by the awesome Jon Conner and Christina Valdivi.
  • Cinema5D Forum – You will finding video and filmmakers from all walks of life sharing valuable information here.
  • The C47 – Jem Schofield talks about HDSLRs, lighting, audio and production tips in his daily podcast “Gear Box.”
  • Negative Spaces Blog – Video engineering, HD production and digital cinema content by Ben Cain.
  • 16×9 Cinema Convergence Podcast – Video, photography and motion graphics convergence podcast.
  • FreshDV – Gear blog covering a range of HDSLR topics.
  • DSLR News Shooter – dedicated to the use of the latest HD-DSLRs for news, documentary and factual shooting. Run by Dan Chung.
  • Planet5D – DSLR Video forum.

If you think I am missing one please let me know in the comments!