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The simplest interview setup ever: the modern update

The simplest interview setup ever: the modern update

Many years ago I wrote about the simplest interview lighting setup ever. Here’s my modern take on that same setup. The TL;DR version is: I still use…

THE ARRI ALEXA LF and Leica M0.8 Prime lenses In Nashville

THE ARRI ALEXA LF and Leica M0.8 Prime lenses In Nashville

I like to see new cameras, but more importantly, I like getting my grubby hands on them to see if I like them or not. Thanks to Nashville-based Contrast…

Speed lighting: more lessons from the ARRI Academy

Speed lighting: more lessons from the ARRI Academy

The ARRI Academy isn’t only about learning how cameras work. We also teach how to use them. I’ve never seen a class as motivated as the…

ARRI Signature Primes: the conscious design of softness

ARRI Signature Primes: the conscious design of softness

This is a story about a lens family whose soft focus backgrounds were consciously designed, and the lens mount that made them possible. For the last six months I&#8217…

SONY VENICE 3.0 FIRMWARE & EXTENSION HEAD ANNOUNCED

SONY VENICE 3.0 FIRMWARE & EXTENSION HEAD ANNOUNCED

Sony continues to follow their announced roadmap of upgrades and added features to their Full Frame flagship camera VENICE. At IBC 2018 Sony announced the VENICE Extension System and Version…

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K + National Parks = Pattiz Brother’s Films

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K + National Parks = Pattiz Brother’s Films

The Pattiz Brother’s “More Than Just Parks” is more than a short film series showing off United States’ national parks with their stunningly beautiful Blackmagic URSA Mini 4…

A Panasonic EVA1 Camera Review – A Shooter’s Camera

A Panasonic EVA1 Camera Review – A Shooter’s Camera

There I was in my office packing and planning for a network shoot. Before me, sat a handful of cameras and accessories. Do I bring this or that? What will…

On-Set Audio- 28 Weeks of Post Audio Redux

On-Set Audio- 28 Weeks of Post Audio Redux

Editor’s Note: “28 Weeks of Post Audio” originally ran over the course of 28 weeks starting in November of 2016. Given the renewed focus on the…

Sony FS5 Mark 2 Camera Review: Looking At The New Color

Sony FS5 Mark 2 Camera Review: Looking At The New Color

Yes, the Sony FS5 Mark 2 looks exactly like the original with one exception, the filter wheel on the Sony FS5 Mark 2 is a different color (black) from the…

Why ProRes RAW?

Why ProRes RAW?

Apple announced ProRes RAW back at NAB in April. But why? What does ProRes do for production and post production that hasn’t already been done? We’ll take a…

NAB 2018: ARRI Signature Prime Lenses for ARRI ALEXA LF

NAB 2018: ARRI Signature Prime Lenses for ARRI ALEXA LF

ARRI Signature Primes were designed in conjunction with the ARRI ALEXA LF large format digital cinema camera and are meant to compliment with large format camera system. The brilliant Signature…

Moviola Fundamentals: The art of shaping light

Moviola Fundamentals: The art of shaping light

One of the biggest mistakes a filmmaker can make is to throw more light at a problem. Seasoned cinematographers understand that subtraction is often the better solution. As digital cameras…

NAB 2018: Panasonic Shows off AU-EVA1 Firmware 2.0

NAB 2018: Panasonic Shows off AU-EVA1 Firmware 2.0

Since the mysterious shroud of NAB convention 2017, the Panasonic AU-EVA1 has made quite a splash with its high-resolution 5.7K image sensor capable of rendering smooth 4K…

NAB 2018: KINEFINITY MAVO AND MAVO LF 6K CAMERAS

NAB 2018: KINEFINITY MAVO AND MAVO LF 6K CAMERAS

At NAB 2018: Kinefinity, the Chinese camera maker, showed off their entire camera line-up with a special emphasis on the brand new MAVO and MAVO LF (LF means Large…

NAB 2018: Sigma Shows Off 105mm f1.4 and 70mm Macro.

NAB 2018: Sigma Shows Off 105mm f1.4 and 70mm Macro.

At NAB 2018 Sigma showed me their new 70mm macro lens and their new 105mm f1.4 which they are nicknaming “The Bokeh Monster.” Since last year was…