Wednesday, August 08, 2012

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Big Ass Light Test at EVS | Chris Collins | Wide Open Cameras
Testing different film lights; with example video:
We decided to gather as many edison plug film lights and put them against one another. We tested tungsten lights, LEDs, HMIs, and flourescents. We kept it simple: we lit our subject, Simone, with each light without any diffusion and through a 2×3 silk. Everything took place inside a 12×12 black duvatyne tent. Everything was shot on a Sony Fs100 with Metabones adapter and Zeiss ZE 35mm. Take a look at the results…

Canon EOS 7D Firmware 2.0 Available for Download | CanonRumors
Finally! Manual audio gain for the 7D:
*Note At the time of posting, the firmware was not available if you select Mac OS X Mountain Lion, select Lion instead.

Quick review of the Sony PMW 200 and a ten minute challenge! | Philip Bloom
| Blog
The PMW-200 [$6,299] is billed as the replacement for the PMW-EX1 [$5,899]. Philip seems to like it:
Unfortunately, having never shot with the Canon XF300, I cannot compare. All I can say that as a replacement for the EX1, it’s better in a few ways. The low light is improved. The codec is improved and the lens is better. There are other improvements such as better button placement, and the EVF is pretty good!

SONY NX-70 “Problems reading SDHC cards” | Philip Johnston | HD Warrior
The error code is C:13:01 or C:13.06 both error codes indicate an error reading the SDHC card and no matter what make of card you use the error wont go away. This potentially serious problem only surfaced recently after the chap installed the new firmware which allows operators to record onto both card and internal memory.

SHOOTING WITH A DISABILITY | Jack Marchetti | Filmmaker
Jack Marchetti describes film making - with a visual disability:
If you can’t see in the dark, due to lack of light perception amongst your non-functioning rod photoreceptors, how do you make a dark and gritty crime drama?

Tripping over cables, placing your hand on the d.p.’s shoulder to guide you through the set, or having someone walk you to the bathroom in a dark bar you’re shooting in doesn’t necessarily inspire confidence in your cast and crew.

Welcome to the world of filmmaking with a visual impairment.

Feature-length documentary chronicling the career of acclaimed filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich (2011) | Cinephilia & Beyond
In this interview, he tells the story of his life as a director, reviews his films, their making, how studio choices and films were produced, and his approach as a craftsman, and also fun anecdotes about declining The Getaway, The Godfather or The Exorcist…

Speaking of the New Mountain Lion ‘Save As’ Command | John Gruber
| Daring Fireball
I don't like Apple doing away with Save As..., and this "fix" seems like no fix:
If one edits a document, then chooses Save As, then BOTH the edited original document and the copy are saved, thus not only saving a new copy, but silently saving the original with the same changes, thus overwriting the original.

Modifying Lights: DSLR | Video Skills with Rich Harrington: Adorama Photography TV | AdoramaTV | Vimeo
Richard Harrington has been doing a bunch of videos for Adorama TV:
When preparing for an on-camera, professional interview, it is important to try to get the most out of the lighting you are using. In this episode, Rich demonstrates how to get the best skin-tone, hair light, and background light by using different light modifying techniques. Learn how to use lighting accessories such as gels, dimmers, flags, reflectors, and cookies to get a great-looking interview.

Digital Cinematography with Sony's Super-35mm Camcorders | Doug Jensen
| Vimeo
An impressive reel; pity they didn't say what cameras they used:
This is a highlights reel from my 2012 "Digital Cinematography with Sony's Super-35mm Camcorders" class at Maine Media Workshops. Everything was shot over the course of three days. Nothing has been graded.

Digital Cinematography with Sony's Super-35mm Camcorders from Doug Jensen on Vimeo.

Pixar’s Story Rules, Illustrated in Lego | Alex Eylar | Slackstory
Last year, Pixar story artist Emma Coats (@lawnrocket) tweeted 22 rules of storytelling like ”give your characters opinions” and “no work is ever wasted.” Alex Eylar, aka ICanLegoThat, has illustrated twelve of those rules with Legos. He gave us the chance to premiere them at Slacktory.

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