Notes from Joe Simon spending an hour with the Canon C300, includes an interview and video:
Having shot on the 5D/7D for the past few years it was a bit different finding what button did what on the C300. Once I did find my way around it was great. I do love the way the C300 feels in my hands, the grip is nice. It’s a bit heavier then the 5D but feels super solid. It’s amazing to have all those “Video” features back like peaking , XLR, headphone jack etc. Technically the image looks beautiful, the highlight rolloff is great and coming from the 5D where the highlights blowout, this is awesome. I know everyone keeps say the grain looks nice, but it really does. It looks more organic then the digital noise you get from the 5Ds.
Dolly | Sam Morgan Moore | DSLR4Real
Sam decided most sliders are too small for his needs, and constructs a pretty large home-built dolly:
Now a lot of the slider shots we see in Vimeo Hell have the camera fixed directly to the slider - but in my opinion that doesn't really work. You need to be able to slide and pan at the same time to keep your subject centre of frame (as one would have to do during an interview). Of course one needs to be capable to do all the other schlep of filming an interview too, monitor, sustain focus, keep power and monitor sound too. To get my camera to do all of that I build it up to quite a size
But It’s Just For the Web | Alexis van Hurkman | Blog
How "just a few minutes" can improve an image:
It’s natural, over the course of days, weeks, or even months of editorial, to get used to the way footage looks. You can get so used to it that it’s easy to imagine that there’s nothing to improve. I don’t know how many times I’ve had a client bring me a project and say something to the effect of “we think it looks good the way it is, it probably doesn’t even really need color correction, but I thought maybe you could take a look at a few shots.”
Metabones EF – NEX adapter has firmware fault | Andrew Reid | EOSHD
Andrew receives an email from the developer letting him know the adapter doesn't seem to work with all E-mount cameras:
Sorry! We find some “data transfer problem” on our adapter when use on NEX5N & NEX7 camera.
But no any problems on other model like NEX5, NEXC3, FS100, VG10…..
Sony NEX-FS100 and NEX-VG20 hands-on (video) | Sam Byford | The Verge
A CES booth video looking at the two cameras. If you're already familiar with these cameras, you won't learn anything new, but for those who aren't...
Ira Glass On The Strange Life Of The Producer | Scott Macaulay
| Filmmaker Magazine
Ira explains how little fun there is in the movie business:
When Mike Birbiglia asked This American Life‘s Ira Glass to produce his first feature, Sleepwalk with Me, premiering here at Sundance, Glass thought it sounded like it might be fun. “I’d read a couple of scripts, look at a couple of rough cuts,” he remembers thinking.
Glass’s presumption was far from the truth… very far.
Accounting Tips From Michelle Brown. Shoot, Invoice, Get Paid!
| Wide Open Camera
Don't forget the billing!
Before you get to that invoice, you need to look at your contract. Each job you get should begin with a contract of some kind. Verbal is friendly, but if money is changing hands you want to protect yourself. Make sure you read the language and understand it as much as you can. Pay attention to the payment terms. Standard terms for most companies are Net 30, which means the invoice is due 30 days after the date posted on the bill.
Your Film Festival | YouTube
YouTube announces another film competition:
15 minutes to tell a story. Millions of people to watch it. $500,000 to make a new one for the world to see.
This is Your Film Festival. You have until March 31st to submit a short, story-driven video. There's no entry fee. It can be any format - short film, web-series episode, TV pilot - and any genre. In June, audiences around the world will vote, sending 10 deserving storytellers to open