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Cooke Anamorphic Lenses Bring Class and Character to a Clean Digital World

Cooke Anamorphic Lenses Bring Class and Character to a Clean Digital World

I remember the first time I worked in anamorphic. I’d landed a job as “A” camera operator on a feature film’s additional photography unit…

Three Variations on Lighting a Single Shot Commercial

Three Variations on Lighting a Single Shot Commercial

I love a challenge, as that’s when I get to do my best work. One of these spots was easy, one was moderately difficult, and one was hard…

FiLMiC Pro v6: Log Video on iOS

FiLMiC Pro v6: Log Video on iOS

FiLMiC Pro (US$14.99) has been the de facto video camera app for mobile filmmaking for awhile. Mostly because of its robust feature set which includes manual control of…

Polishing the Talking Head Interview

Polishing the Talking Head Interview

I’m constantly experimenting with common lighting setups and trying to make them better. There is no more common lighting setup than that of the talking head interview. Here…

Flicker: Why On-Set Monitors Fail Us

Flicker: Why On-Set Monitors Fail Us

While working as a young second camera assistant on a film TV series in the 1990s, I noticed the DP set the camera shutter to 144 degrees (1/60th of…

Vintage TV Studios in Modern Film and Television

Vintage TV Studios in Modern Film and Television

Have you ever watched a movie or a television program set in a time decades ago that had a scene take place in television studio and wonder where did they…

King Crimson’s Radical Action: A Fresh Approach to Live Concert Videos

King Crimson’s Radical Action: A Fresh Approach to Live Concert Videos

The art of the live concert video has evolved over the years alongside technology, from film cameras on tripods with the occasional crane, to a cameraman with a “Steadicam…

TLCI vs. CRI, CQS, etc.: How do they stack up?

TLCI vs. CRI, CQS, etc.: How do they stack up?

How does TLCI stack up against the other measures of color accuracy? I’ve argued that its testing methodologies might be suspect, but I’ve never actually looked…

Communications Satellites

Communications Satellites

The year 2017 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the first artificial earth object to orbit this planet. Sputnik 1 was launched on October 4th, 1957, from what is now known…

REVIEW: Ready Rig GS Gimbal Support

REVIEW: Ready Rig GS Gimbal Support

Camera gimbals like the Freefly Movi and DJI Ronin are wonderful tools, but if you pair them with any camera that’s bigger than a DSLR, you quickly realize they…

“Too Much Headroom!” The Joy of “Unconventional” Compositions

“Too Much Headroom!” The Joy of “Unconventional” Compositions

I’m a huge fan of the TV series Mr. Robot. Not only does it have one of the deepest and most intricate storylines I’ve ever seen…

REVIEW: Drone Pilot Ground School for FAA Certification

REVIEW: Drone Pilot Ground School for FAA Certification

It’s very simple: If you want to fly an unmmanned aircraft commercially in the United States (ie, to be paid for your services, rather than flying as a hobbyist…

DaVinci Resolve on a Surface Pro 4

DaVinci Resolve on a Surface Pro 4

Blackmagic Design and Intel loaned me a Surface Pro 4 to test the performance of the Iris GPU and Core i7 processors. I got to see exactly how close we…

Kinescope Recording – Television’s Antique Recording Medium

Kinescope Recording – Television’s Antique Recording Medium

I’ve written about restoration of television programs before. But the master copies were usually on videotape that didn’t start showing up until the late 1950’s. The forerunner…

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