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Written by a collection of the best writers in the industry and covering topics ranging from editing to motion graphics to live production. This channel features an incredibly diverse collection of authors and articles.

The US Army’s Syndicated Television Program “The Big Picture”

The US Army’s Syndicated Television Program “The Big Picture”

In 1951, the U.S. Army produced and made available a thirty-minute television show to all television stations in the U.S. and its possessions. In some markets it…

Focus ramping: when T-stops go bad

Focus ramping: when T-stops go bad

Years ago, while assisting on a sitcom, I helped the director of photography shoot exposure tests on all of our zooms. The closeups were darker than expected, and she wanted…

The secret life of behind-the-lens nets

The secret life of behind-the-lens nets

“What’s with the pattern in the headlights?” I asked the first camera assistant, as I looked through “B” camera on a feature film set…

Redshift3D Per Trail Color

Redshift3D Per Trail Color

Redshift3D Per Trail Color Rendering X-Particles per trail colors & creating abstract art…

ARRI Signature Prime and Mini LF Event: Sim Video, Vancouver

ARRI Signature Prime and Mini LF Event: Sim Video, Vancouver

Come see me on June 6th at Sim Video in Vancouver, B.C., where I’ll co-present a session on ARRI Signature Primes with product manager Thorsten Meywald…

Four lenses: a visual comparison, part 2

Four lenses: a visual comparison, part 2

It’s time to name names. I’m going to tell you what lenses you’ve been looking at for the last few days, and offer my…

Four lenses: a visual comparison, part 1

Four lenses: a visual comparison, part 1

We live in an age of lens choice. Because of this, we also live in an age of lens tests. Done properly, such tests are hugely valuable. The best way…

Quantifying the Large Format Look

Quantifying the Large Format Look

Large format is no longer out of reach of the average filmmaker, but the look is difficult to quantify. Naturally, that means I’ll give it a try. I…

Fix a broken X-Particles cache

Fix a broken X-Particles cache

Fix a broken X-Particles cache Learn how to fix a broken X-Particles Cache when copy and pasting it into another project…

Behind-the-lens nets: a lost art makes a comeback

Behind-the-lens nets: a lost art makes a comeback

I’ve always been a little different. That’s the only explanation I have for cutting gels out of Rosco and Lee swatch books and putting them behind…

Chromatic aberration: hard edges, hue shifts, and storytelling

Chromatic aberration: hard edges, hue shifts, and storytelling

Accidents yield interesting truths. This is especially true in lens and camera tests, where it’s hard to know what to test for but there’s always something…

Three lenses: a look at bokeh, depth of field and geometry

Three lenses: a look at bokeh, depth of field and geometry

Some people take time off during the holidays. I borrow a half million dollars worth of camera and lenses and shoot whatever comes to mind. It’s a sickness…

Film lens vs. digital lens: what are the differences?

Film lens vs. digital lens: what are the differences?

I’ve worked with a lot of cameras, and I’ve always come back to ARRI cameras whenever I’ve had the chance. It’s just…

Lens dynamic range: coatings, contrast and color

Lens dynamic range: coatings, contrast and color

There was a time in the distant past when I thought of lenses as transparent glass. Film and digital sensors have dynamic range, but lenses are merely optics. Right? Wrong…

ART OF THE CUT on “Black Panther” with editor Michael Shawver

ART OF THE CUT on “Black Panther” with editor Michael Shawver

Editor Michael Shawver has edited all of director Ryan Coogler’s films, starting with Fruitvale Station and Creed. He’s edited numerous other projects and also worked as…