Education & Inspiration

Opening titles: commercials that sell a series

Opening titles: commercials that sell a series

The art of the opening title sequence is flourishing like never before. The best ones contain clues, “Easter eggs,” as to the theme of path of the series…

Art of the manual white balance

Art of the manual white balance

White balancing a camera is only half the story. Now we have to white balance our lights. Back in my Betacam days I learned that one of the easiest ways…

Three beautiful TV shows you probably aren’t watching

Three beautiful TV shows you probably aren’t watching

I’ve worked on episodic television. I know how fast it moves. That’s why I’m amazed at how good recent TV shows tend to look…

Blackmagic Updates its Video Assist and Video Assist 4K

Blackmagic Updates its Video Assist and Video Assist 4K

Blackmagic Design has updated their Video Assist 4K LCD monitor/recorder. This time they have improved the color reading Vectorscope by adding the much needed 2x and 4x zoom capability…

Filmtools Filmmaker Friday Featuring Nathan Wong

Filmtools Filmmaker Friday Featuring Nathan Wong

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…

Canon Compact Zoom Lens Review: 18-80mm and 70-200mm

Canon Compact Zoom Lens Review: 18-80mm and 70-200mm

When I started this career I was told to never ever, under no circumstances, use a camera’s autofocus. Just do not use it. Back then, this was more…

Halloween 2017 movie recommendations

Halloween 2017 movie recommendations

“Terror is smelling a corpse, while horror is finding it.” Gothic fiction defines these terms as very different things, and until recently I didn’t know how…

Blackmagic’s ATEM Television Studio Pro HD Review

Blackmagic’s ATEM Television Studio Pro HD Review

I sat in my office and stared at the brown cardboard box holding Blackmagic’s new ATEM Television Studio Pro HD switcher. How was I going to test and…

MegaBots’ Giant Fighting Robots Web Series Captured on Blackmagic Micro Cinema Cameras

MegaBots’ Giant Fighting Robots Web Series Captured on Blackmagic Micro Cinema Cameras

I love hearing news about small cameras stepping up into big rolls.  Today, Blackmagic shared a story about Micro Cinema Cameras, one of my favorite little cameras, and a URSA…

Blackmagic’s Cintel Scanner Brings Film From “Water Ski Capital of The World” Back To Life

Blackmagic’s Cintel Scanner Brings Film From “Water Ski Capital of The World” Back To Life

Rolls and rolls of film will be going through a Blackmagic Design Cintel Scanner and DaVinci Resolve Studio for Paul Gerrish, of Cypress Gardens Treasure. Gerrish is expected to scan…