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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

So Then I Found This -

The shooting is quite fine. What this guy does on a bike, well thats just beyond amazing. Please snow go away, my bike is calling me to go play !

There are several of his videos up on YT including BTS of them. Lots of canon gear... looks like some C300's and mix of dslrs' and a electostabilizer of some flavor. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

4K Shot On Rokinon Glass

If you have a 4K monitor, you can see it on YT in its 4K glory. Even the 1080 looks great. Nice to know these lenses are going to hold up in the 4K world thats coming. I've been pleased with them and shoot on them a lot.... along with a couple of my vintage performers. 

Getting ready to add some new glass to my collection, a 17-55 2.8 IS. Finally my first real canon lens since the 90's when I had the original EOS-1 Film (machine gun) camera. That was an awesome body to shoot with, especially if you could afford to put the motor drive on high and bought film by the case. Alas it was stolen in NYC along with the rest of my camera bag and a bunch of nice EF glass from the era :(.... So it'll be interesting to see how this lens works. I bought because of shoot I'm doing which will be a lot of run and gun and changing primes all the time will be too time consuming or even possible at times. So simply I must ! We'll see how it goes, and of course video review to follow.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Once In A While, Something Very Good Gets Done

The Brain Hack - Short Film from Joe White on Vimeo.

Once in a while, after lots of talk about small crew / budget, have a great script and good actors, you actually see something like that happen. Ok, there where quite a few people involved with this, and it wasn't a $1K budget either. However, I could easily of pictured getting this done for something reasonable with a small group of skilled people, and thats exactly what they did. Well worth the watch.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Just Don't Do It.

Just don't do it. Ok, legit local charity job that helps the local community ? I'm in for one project a year like that. After that, your time, your gear,  your experience is worth something. I knew some one who'd been in the business for 10 years, a good shooter who continued to work for low ball rates and I asked why ? "Well its for my reel"... but you already have a good reel ! and we are not talking about getting something truly spectacular its worth it. All you are doing is leaving money on the table and devaluing the work of everyone. We all loose in the end,  not you got the gig and some one else didn't.

At some point, if you are reasonably skilled you should get paid for that work fairly. Yes I know we all get into the business interning, and on a few occasions working cheap but after 5 years you should be well past beginner unless all you get are a couple gigs a year.  At that point you need to ask yourself some serious questions about what you are doing and can you really make it in the biz. 

I know I've probably posted on stuff like this before, but being a new year I'm looking for some changes. Mostly personal ones in finding some new and different projects. Probably top of my list is to shoot a feature this year. Its been a while since I've worked on one. How long ? well last time we shot S16mm long ago.  I'm looking for a new worthwhile challenging project this year... what do you have ?

Friday, February 06, 2015

The Non-News Of The 5Ds For Video

If you shoot stills and use Canon, the new 5Ds will be on your buy list this year. 50mpxl images should be amazing and might even mean some of your lenses are going to show as not being as sharp as you'd like. F5.6 over 2.8 if you want to see those pixels well used. 

On the video side... there is no 5Dv - a 4K video version with lower res sensor specific for 4K video. Its what Sony has done with their amazing A7 line of cameras offering specialized versions for your particular needs. Smart. 

The price drop of the 1D C to $8K is another puzzlement. Its perhaps their attempt to get into the 4K game with a camera that has a more realistic price for the market. Also quite likely inventory clear out and the camera just wasn't selling to well at the old price point.

Clearly Canon is sliding itself out of the dslr market for pro's. A market it created really by accident by all accounts. Canon is going to cede the low end large sensor market to the other consumer camera makers. Its obvious now. While they will keep 1080HD on their cameras, especially the T series consumer dslr the pro cameras I don't think are going to see a low priced 4K option. There is too much competition in this market. Instead Canon is going to work on making its dslr's, especially the pro level ones back to being best in class products. No more video distractions because thats what the Canon video division is for. 

The C300 and C500 are overdue for upgrade. Here is my wild crazy bets : 

The C100 fulfills very nicely the lower end of the pro market and its users. The Mk2 mostly got everything right except lack of a 50mbit internal codec. $350 gets you a Ninja Star and problem solved.

C300 becomes C400. Full 4K camera, 2K and 1080 options. Basically a repackaged C500 with the hand grip back. The other thing I'll expect is 13-14 stops dynamic range to stay competitive with other cameras out there and beat out the other sub $10k 4K cameras with only 12stops of range. Will they put a 10bit codec on board ? yes if they have brains. RAW may still be left out for the next model up. Competes with Sony FS7.

C500 becomes C800. No not 6K or 8K, but I'll suspect a full frame 5D sensor. Lower mpxl for better light sensitivity. All the features, RAW, ect 14 stops dynamic range. This could be the real enigma camera for having a larger sensor, the full frame vista vision look, ect. Don't expect it to be cheap.

Why are these my bets ? because its what Canon basically has to deliver if they expect to stay relevent. Sony can't make FS7's fast enough. They sell out as soon as big vendors get shipments in. 

Why would I stick with Canon instead of a FS7 or even A7s ? I'm done dinking around with dslr bodies, tiny connectors, all the extras required to make them shootable for real production work. Even lack of basic SDI out, oh another $350 HDMI->SDI adapter to add... I love the look of Canon video cameras. They have very nice color right out of the box with out requiring too much tweaking. I want a couple XLR's or TA3's, manual level controls and usuable in camera audio. I want a hand grip on the top of the camera. I want all the menu controls of a real video camera. I'm willing to pay that up to a point. If Canon thinks they have a $15K and $25K price point for their new models, I'm getting an FS7 or maybe F5. No I'm not so crazy about the Sony look, but with some menu tweaking in the color matrix you can really get them nice. FWIW I always find Canon's a bit too green and take a point or two out.

So there you go. Lets see what NAB brings !

Sunday, February 01, 2015

A Simply Great Peice About Who Makes The Footballs Used In The SuperBowl

While the packers didn't make it to the super bowl this year... the footballs used in the Super Bowl since 1966 have been made by one woman. Here is the amazing story.