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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…

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…

An Insider’s Perspective on the Creative World of Filmmaking

An Insider’s Perspective on the Creative World of Filmmaking

With hundreds of careers and opportunities, the Filmmaking industry can be a unique experience for a Filmmaker. Options include pitching an idea, or a commission through screenwriting, casting, shooting, editing…

Light the background to light the foreground

Light the background to light the foreground

Years ago, when I first lit a shot of an actor, head to toe, standing on a green screen cyc, I learned a lesson that has stayed with me to…

Golf Channel’s Sony PetaSite Storage

Golf Channel’s Sony PetaSite Storage

With the help of Sony, NBC’s Golf Channel can tee up the archive, drive home the petabytes and nail an eagle on the 4K HDR. Okay… I…

VR and 360 Video Workshop In The Nashville Area

VR and 360 Video Workshop In The Nashville Area

When CBS’s 60minutes added 360 video capture for one of their stories I knew we were solidly on the path for everyone to shoot 360 videos… some…

“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…

Blackmagic’s Micro Cinema Camera Captures POVs for Mountain Dew

Blackmagic’s Micro Cinema Camera Captures POVs for Mountain Dew

It’s a small camera. It has interchangeable lenses. It can record 12-bit raw or 10-bit ProRes files. The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is becoming the POV…

Developing An Awareness of Color

Developing An Awareness of Color

Color awareness came slowly to me, but now I can’t escape it. Read on, and follow me down the rabbit hole. This article started out as an analysis…