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Filmmaker Friday featuring Filmmaker Drew Ganyer

Filmmaker Friday featuring Filmmaker Drew Ganyer

With hundreds of careers and opportunities, the filmmaking industry can be a unique experience for a filmmaker. Filmtools decided to take a deeper look into the world of a Filmmaker…

Defining “The Cinematic Look”

Defining “The Cinematic Look”

Many of us talk about “the cinematic look” without defining what it is. Here’s my take. For a Mother’s Day outing, my spouse, in-laws and I went…

Lenses: My Likes, Dislikes, and the Return of the Cooke Speed Panchro

Lenses: My Likes, Dislikes, and the Return of the Cooke Speed Panchro

Every lens has a feel and a purpose. Some reproduce the world perfectly, some imperfectly. They all have their place, but I have come to appreciate “imperfect” over…

SmallHD talks Big Production Monitors: NAB 2017 Video

SmallHD talks Big Production Monitors: NAB 2017 Video

SmallHD started with… well small HD on-camera monitors. Now, the North Carolina company has moved up to full-sized HDR Production monitors for on-set viewing, editors, and…

Canon Announces 70-200mm T4.4 Compact-Servo Zoom: NAB 2017 Video

Canon Announces 70-200mm T4.4 Compact-Servo Zoom: NAB 2017 Video

At NAB 2017, Canon showed off the newest member of their Compact-Servo the 70–200mm. The new compact-servo 70–200mm T4.4 EF lens combines 4K optical performance…

Panasonic Press Announcements at NAB 2017

Panasonic Press Announcements at NAB 2017

Panasonic announced a new camera to the VariCam line-up. Will it be at NAB 2017? Nope, you will have to wait until Cinegear Expo in June to get your…

Filmmaker Friday with Filmmaker Alex Orchilles

Filmmaker Friday with Filmmaker Alex Orchilles

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…

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…

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…

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…