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Vertical video: new opportunities for filmmakers

Vertical video: new opportunities for filmmakers

Different categories of video and advertising have embraced the vertical format since 2013. If you can adapt to work with the format, vertical video may be a way to expand…

DSLRs are still alive, DSLTs may be dead

DSLRs are still alive, DSLTs may be dead

Introduced in 2006 to solve a problem DSLRs had at the time, the Single-Lens Translucent family of cameras, from Sony, may have had its last moment with the Alpha…

Blackmagic Design URSA Studio Viewfinder Review

Blackmagic Design URSA Studio Viewfinder Review

Red, Blue, or Green. Sometimes just monitoring in a primary color helps a cameraperson nail the shot.  In the past year, Blackmagic has pushed consistently to developing their products for…

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…

Blackmagic Announces URSA Mini Pro and Accessories

Blackmagic Announces URSA Mini Pro and Accessories

In a youtube live streamed press conference Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty displayed a few new items. Yet, this was not just a show-and-tell style press conference. This time…

Review: edelkrone Wing 7, a portable slider and dolly

Review: edelkrone Wing 7, a portable slider and dolly

The edelkrone Wing 7 is a portable solution to investigate if you need a slider extending to 40cm and also want to have a dolly. It’s a manual…

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…

Small Camera, Big Picture – Producing a Dream with the Sony a6300

Small Camera, Big Picture – Producing a Dream with the Sony a6300

Being a filmmaker who primarily produces international documentaries, both long and short, I know the pain of traveling with large kits and dread the idea of bringing my full package…

Shooting With Fujinon’s New MK18-55mm Cinema Lens

Shooting With Fujinon’s New MK18-55mm Cinema Lens

Well well… it appears Fujinon is jumping onto the affordable cinema zoom bandwagon. Today the company announced two new cinema lenses: the MK 18-55mm and the MK 50…