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Lighting Simply for the RED

Lighting Simply for the RED

A while back I posted a Quicktime movie of this project, shot for the California “No on Prop 8” campaign. At the time I promised that lighting diagrams…

The RED Camera and Green Screen

The RED Camera and Green Screen

After working in this business a while (this year was 21 for me) I find that I don’t worry about venturing into the unknown. And three weeks ago…

More Fun with RED

More Fun with RED

I just finished a four day shoot for solar energy company Sunpower where we used the RED for three days of location shooting and one day of green screen. More…

What I’ve learned about the RED in the last three days

What I’ve learned about the RED in the last three days

Tomorrow I finish a project that has shot for three days already on the RED, build 16. Here’s what I’ve learned and discovered: I’m…

After Effects CS4 is Shipping

After Effects CS4 is Shipping

For those who might have missed the news, Adobe Creative Suite 4 started shipping this past Wednesday. Users are already receiving their pre-orders. After Effects users looking to upgrade…

“Conversation”: Anatomy of Another HD Spot

“Conversation”: Anatomy of Another HD Spot

This kind of spot is a natural for film–but we shot it on HD. And unless you’re looking very, very closely, you’ll never be…

Handheld Camera Script

Handheld Camera Script

Introducing a new script that creates an AE camera that not only has handheld motion, but can be easily adjusted to mimic a variety of camera motion effects like running…

The Thorons: Anatomy of an HD Spot

The Thorons: Anatomy of an HD Spot

I shot this spot a few weeks ago and it hit the air in a big way on Sept. 22. Sam and Julia Thoron spoke directly to camera, and we…

Encoding web video in the age of the iPhone

Encoding web video in the age of the iPhone

The last time I looked, Apple had already sold over six million iPhones after just 13 months since its initial launch. I don’t think that there have been…

Photoshop CS4 – User Interface Changes

Learn about important changes to the Photoshop CS4 user interface. – Refined workspaces – Freely rotatable canvas – Greater zoom levels – Enhanced controls with panels – Tabbed documents Want…

Grain Matching

Grain Matching

Hi everyone, I first wanted to say thank you to the PVC team for making me a part of their family. I feel honored to have been asked to be…

What Wired Didn’t Understand about Depth of Field

What Wired Didn’t Understand about Depth of Field

In the Sept. ’08 issue of Wired Magazine, in an article about the RED camera called “A Star is Born,” the author states that the difference in…

The Swing of Things

The Swing of Things

I recently shot a museum project where the style required almost exclusive use of tilt/shift lenses. (We occasionally used a Zeiss 14mm prime, but that was rare.) It was…

Advice to a Camera Trainee

Advice to a Camera Trainee

A film student, who I’ve been mentoring, landed a job on a low-budget RED project as camera PA. He sent me an email saying he’s…

Make the Entrance Pupil Your Friend

Make the Entrance Pupil Your Friend

I’m helping a friend build a three RED camera panoramic camera system that will shoot a 180 image, combining three 60 degree images in post. One of the…