Matthew Jeppsen - DP Notes

Matthew Jeppsen - DP Notes

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Matt Jeppsen is a working DP with over a decade of experience in commercials, music videos, and documentary films. You can view Matt’s cinematography reel and contact info at www.mattjeppsen.com and editorial ethics statement at provideocoalition.com/ethics-statement

Source Four Leko Tips & Tricks

Source Four Leko Tips & Tricks

One of the light fixtures that I often use is the ETC Source Four Ellipsoidal, or leko. If you aren’t familiar with them, this particular type of ellipsoidal…

How to Rewire a Bates Power Cord

How to Rewire a Bates Power Cord

I recently purchased a few used Source Four ellipsoidal theater fixtures for use in my work. I’ve written about lighting with lekos before, and rent them often, but…

NAB 2016 Discussion – The Role of a DP and Tips and Tricks for the job

NAB 2016 Discussion – The Role of a DP and Tips and Tricks for the job

While visiting NAB 2016, I stopped in at the Teradek Live show to chat with fellow DPs and PVC contributors Art Adams and Brian Hallett. We began by discussing some…

Location Lighting Tips: Faking the Sun

Location Lighting Tips: Faking the Sun

As a director of photography I often find myself in circumstances that are not always in my control, and yet with issues that I am required to solve. You have…

Location Interview Lighting Tips: HMI Lights & Looking into the Lens

Location Interview Lighting Tips: HMI Lights & Looking into the Lens

I recently shot a series of location interviews that will be used as the narrative backbone for a client’s short documentary project. They scheduled a few days of…

Defining Visual Language for a Travel Documentary

Defining Visual Language for a Travel Documentary

Last August I had the opportunity to DP a 3-week documentary feature film called The Flying Dutchmen. In this article I want to talk about our visual language choices…

Top 20 Awards That Accurately Depict Filmmaking

Top 20 Awards That Accurately Depict Filmmaking

Today marks the 87th Academy Awards, where filmmakers are honored by peers for their finished work. Which got my colleague Kendal Miller thinking…last night he tweeted “What…

Flex Light Review and Photometrics

Flex Light Review and Photometrics

Recently I had the pleasure of working on a project with Jem Schofield. Jem has a gear obsession that borders on a medical condition, and I was delighted to see…

Hands-on with the Panasonic Varicam S35

Hands-on with the Panasonic Varicam S35

A few years ago, Panasonic showed early prototypes of what would become the 4K Varicam, their S35 digital cinema camera. That model is starting to trickle out into the wild…

Gratical HD EVF Review

Gratical HD EVF Review

The following is my detailed review of a pre-production Zacuto Gratical HD EVF unit. The production version of Gratical HD began shipping this month to pre-order customers. TL…