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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…

How to Record Good Audio Quickly and Easily

How to Record Good Audio Quickly and Easily

As there are more and more one-man band jobs being able to capture and record audio quick and easy is essential.  What are the real world best practices, tips…

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…

TLCI vs. CRI, CQS, etc.: How do they stack up?

TLCI vs. CRI, CQS, etc.: How do they stack up?

How does TLCI stack up against the other measures of color accuracy? I’ve argued that its testing methodologies might be suspect, but I’ve never actually looked…

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…

Source Four Leko Tips & Tricks

Source Four Leko Tips & Tricks

One of the light fixtures that I often use is the ETC Source Four Ellipsoidal, or leko. If you aren’t familiar with them, this particular type of ellipsoidal…

Seven Steps for Lighting a Scene from Barry Andersson

Seven Steps for Lighting a Scene from Barry Andersson

Barry Andersson has written for PVC before, as well as putting on a few webinars, and now he is taking his training expertise on the road. Barry’s Practical…

Wireless control for Rosco Cube LEDs

Wireless control for Rosco Cube LEDs

Rosco’s CubeConnect system enables eff­ortless wireless control of your Miro or Braq Cubes from distances up to 2000 ‑ (600m), making it easier to place your lighting anywhere you…

Polaroid BrightSaber for video and photo

Polaroid BrightSaber for video and photo

It will not make a Jedi out of you, but the Brightsaber may well become your travel light wand for creative lighting system. It comes in two versions, one of…

Cineo Lighting HS shines at 120 fps

Cineo Lighting HS shines at 120 fps

Filmmaker’s Ang Lee latest feature Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk has been the subject of multiple discussions, about its blend of visual formats, but the use of light…

28 Days of Cinematography Insights Redux – Day 2 – Learning by doing

28 Days of Cinematography Insights Redux – Day 2 – Learning by doing

In what was essentially a combination of Scott Simmons’ #28daysofquicktips and my own AMA, I answered questions throughout the month of September last year on a daily basis. The PVC…

Nashville Filmmakers Guild Lighting Workshop – July 30

Nashville Filmmakers Guild Lighting Workshop – July 30

I’m usually all about post-production here on my blog but our local to Nashville filmmakers group The Nashville Filmmakers Guild is putting on our first hands-on workshop…

Cine Gear Expo 2016: A Closer Look at the SkyPanel from ARRI

Cine Gear Expo 2016: A Closer Look at the SkyPanel from ARRI

Production professionals at every level are used to dealing with gels and manually adjusting their setup to get the right feel and tone. It can be a cumbersome and time…

BULLETX – The C-47 Gets Upgraded

BULLETX – The C-47 Gets Upgraded

The C-47 clothespin is vital to filmmakers and creative professionals all across the world. Just like the airplane, their simple design makes them efficient and reliable. While C-47…

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