Education & Inspiration

Quantifying the Large Format Look

Quantifying the Large Format Look

Large format is no longer out of reach of the average filmmaker, but the look is difficult to quantify. Naturally, that means I’ll give it a try. I…

The Faster Together Stage 2019 Lineup!

The Faster Together Stage 2019 Lineup!

In case you haven’t heard, LumaForge is bringing The Faster Together Stage to the Rio hotel on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 during NAB. In January, we received an…

The URSA Mini 4.6K Pro G2 and BMPCC4K: A One Two Punch

The URSA Mini 4.6K Pro G2 and BMPCC4K: A One Two Punch

One camera on sticks. Another camera on a gimbal ready to float. If I am lucky then I have a third camera ready for a wholly different angle ready to…

ART OF THE SHOT: “Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins” DP Kristy Tully

ART OF THE SHOT: “Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins” DP Kristy Tully

With production credentials like these: “Feminists: What Were They Thinking?” “Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA”, and “The ACLU Freedom Files”  is…

Blackmagic Design Announces URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2, a Second Generation

Blackmagic Design Announces URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2, a Second Generation

Blackmagic Design announces the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2, a second generation URSA Mini Pro camera featuring fully redesigned electronics and a new Super 35mm 4.6K image sensor…

Sundance Films Which Used Blackmagic Design Gear

Sundance Films Which Used Blackmagic Design Gear

Blackmagic Design was used on many projects selected for Sundance Film Festival that was created with its digital film cameras, Fusion Studio visual effects (VFX) and motion graphics software, DaVinci…

Blackmagic Design Congratulates 2019 Oscar Nominated Films

Blackmagic Design Congratulates 2019 Oscar Nominated Films

Blackmagic Design congratulates the 2019 Oscar-nominated films and the professionals whose hard work and creativity helped bring them to life. Blackmagic Design is honored that its products, such as…

Automatic grid layouts in After Effects

Automatic grid layouts in After Effects

This article will explain how to automatically layout images in a grid, using expression sliders in After Effects. In the last After Effects project diary, I demonstrated how a simple…

Panasonic AG-CX350 4K Single-Lens Camera Review

Panasonic AG-CX350 4K Single-Lens Camera Review

I was sent a camera. It has a 5170 x 2908 sensor. Records internal 4K at 4:2:2 in 10-bit as well as being able to record 4K…

Behind-the-lens nets: a lost art makes a comeback

Behind-the-lens nets: a lost art makes a comeback

I’ve always been a little different. That’s the only explanation I have for cutting gels out of Rosco and Lee swatch books and putting them behind…

Sony 4K PTZ BRC-X1000 and BRC-H900: REVIEW

Sony 4K PTZ BRC-X1000 and BRC-H900: REVIEW

Sometimes you cannot get a camera and a camera operator in the right position to get the shot. For an undefined number of reasons sometimes a production has some sort…

Chromatic aberration: hard edges, hue shifts, and storytelling

Chromatic aberration: hard edges, hue shifts, and storytelling

Accidents yield interesting truths. This is especially true in lens and camera tests, where it’s hard to know what to test for but there’s always something…

ART OF THE SHOT: “Ask Dr. Ruth” DOP David Paul Jacobson

ART OF THE SHOT: “Ask Dr. Ruth” DOP David Paul Jacobson

Now that the Sundance Film Festival is in full swing I had the opportunity to talk to cinematographer David Paul Jacobson who shot the Hulu documentary chronicling the incredible life…

Three lenses: a look at bokeh, depth of field and geometry

Three lenses: a look at bokeh, depth of field and geometry

Some people take time off during the holidays. I borrow a half million dollars worth of camera and lenses and shoot whatever comes to mind. It’s a sickness…

ART OF THE SHOT: Claudia Raschke, DP for Oscar Nominated “RBG”

ART OF THE SHOT: Claudia Raschke, DP for Oscar Nominated “RBG”

Now that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have nominated the documentary “RBG” for an Oscar for Best Documentary now might be a great time to…