Don Starnes - www.donstarnes.com

Don Starnes is an award winning Director and Director of Photography with thirty years of experience shooting in amazing places with fascinating people. He has photographed a dozen features, innumerable documentaries lots of commercials, web series, TV shows, music and corporate videos. His work has been featured on National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Comedy Central, HBO, MTV, VH1, Speed Channel, Nerdist, and many theatrical and festival screens.

Don believes that movies can reveal our common humanity and ennoble us. This belief has subtle influence on every frame that he shoots.

Preview: the Mini XTC 9250-XL

Preview: the Mini XTC 9250-XL

Just in time for NAB, the 9250-XL is everything that a producer could want in a camera. The revolution has begun…   Don Starnes directs and photographs movies…

Blocking Before Coffee

Blocking Before Coffee

Feature film: first day. The crew and I start to run out of things to prepare; the director is 45 minutes late, despite the nervous producer’s assurances that…

Ask me no questions and I’ll speak in no fragments

Ask me no questions and I’ll speak in no fragments

A sign taped to the door says “Quiet– filming.” This only makes you more nervous. You enter the room: it’s pitch black, except for the…

Keying and compositing in NukeX

Keying and compositing in NukeX

You’ve seen it before: composited people with hair helmets. If you’ve done any keying yourself, you probably notice it all the time. And you’ve seen worse: webbed…

DIY DCP

DIY DCP

You used to hear a whir, the sound of sprockets pulling film from a 15 pound reel at a relentless 90 feet per minute. Then the thpt of a splice…

How to get trained

How to get trained

Almost everyone now seems interested in video or cameras or movie making. Filmmaking has become a popular hobby and even a sport. This is perfectly fine. However, I find that…

Money

Money

Imagine this: It’s the Producer’s Invitational Pancake Breakfast. Large hotel ballroom: happy grips, electricians and DPs are pouring batter and flipping pancakes for their guests. Directors…

Monitors and Filmmaking

Monitors and Filmmaking

The difference between a movie and a video is that a movie is created in the filmmakers’ minds and a video is created on a monitor. Viewfinders on cameras have…