As part of our aim to strengthen the connection between us and our readers, we decided to give our talented audience out there a stage to express themselves and share their success stories in our new weekly TALENT FEATURE. We hope that with time, these guest posts will become a source of inspiration to our colleagues wherever they are. If you are interested in participating, please upload your video to our VIDEOLOG and follow the rest of the submission process by reading the information here. (Intro by Johnnie Behiri) My name is Matteo, and I’m an Italian filmmaker based in Southern California. In October 2013, I left Italy and moved to the USA. My first Visa was denied and I had to go back to Europe, so I moved to Dublin, Ireland, where I worked for a local video production company. In the meantime, I thought I had to shoot a short film. Don’t ask me why. It was one of my goals. After working years in corporate and music videos, I thought it was time to shoot a narrative short film. We shot the film in two days and then we submitted the film to several film festivals. We won in Ireland, Montenegro and USA. It was a great experience. I learned so much and I can’t wait to shoot my next one. I have a Youtube channel where I usually upload my travel videos. People always ask me how I ended up here in LA, working for a marketing agency as cinematographer. I would love to have an answer, but I don’t. I can say something, though: all the video I uploaded on Youtube that people love are personal projects. Whether it’s travel videos, camera tests… it doesn’t matter. Do what you love and what you feel. I realised that of all my videos online, there are only a couple that were paid jobs. All the rest are personal projects and things that I shot for fun, and people love those videos. So if I can give one advice to all young filmmakers out there is to shoot your story, doesn’t matter if it’s paid or not. If you feel it’s gonna be a great story, just shoot it. Cameras? They’re just a tool. I shot my most viewed video on the iPhone 6s Plus. What else? Enjoy life and keep your camera ready! :) Name? Matteo Bertoli Age? 27 Currently based in (country/town)? Laguna Hills, CA Language(s) spoken? Italian/English Occupation? Cinematographer How did you get started in our industry? I started as freelance camera operator and editor for a local TV station in my hometown Brescia, Italy. I was studying to become a DJ, but during the second year of college I came across video editing and I fell in love with the video world. From there, I started editing for a local TV station in my hometown. Then I started directing music videos, but it wasn’t enough. I wanted to be totally independent, so I did a lot of research and started playing with my 5D Mark II. I love to give my videos the film look. Current assignments? I currently work as cinematographer, colorist and editor for a marketing agency based in Irvine, OC, CA. I also keep working as freelance cinematographer and colorist for various projects. What types of productions do you mostly shoot? I usually shoot commercials and corporate videos, but I love to experiment with new things on short films and documentaries. I also love wedding films, and I try to achieve the best cinematic look as possible for all my projects. What is your dream assignment / job in our industry and what are you really passionate about? I’ve always dreamed of being a cinematographer for a major feature film. I also love commercials and TV ads. I would love to travel the world and shoot as many commercials and films as possible. In the work that you are presenting us, now that it is done, what would you have done differently throughout the production? I would love to have been able to plan the entire film better. I think the most important thing for a narrative film is pre-production, although people usually don’t really care about this step. I would love to be able to travel to locations a week in advance and see the places where I am going to film. I think the location is the most important thing for a cinematographer. If you have the right location, sometimes you won’t even need lights or art department. Everything is there. What current camera, lenses and sound equipment do you use? I am in love with BMPCC, Metabones Speedbooster and Sigma 18-35 f/1.8. I also have a Panasonic G7, but I love RED. I think it’s the best camera out there. Can’t wait to own my first RED camera. To be honest, cameras are just a tool. I saw tons of amazing videos shot on a 550D and a lot of garbage shot on Alexa. So… the camera doesn’t matter. If you’re a good cinematographer you will be fine even with an iPhone. What’s is your favorite light equipment and why did you choose that kit over other solutions? I am a fan of natural light. I know sometimes it’s not enough, so I love using Kino Flo. I like fluorescent, tungsten too, but there is nothing as powerful as natural light. It’s simply amazing. I hate LEDs. Do you use drones/gimbals in your productions? If so, what is the most effective way you’ve found in deploying then? No, everything was on a shoulder rig. I think DJI did an amazing job with their gimbal but I am a fan of handheld footage. Of course, it depends on the job, but so far I am pretty happy with my bare hands. What editing systems do you use? I use Premiere Pro at work, but I also use FCPX. Again, it’s just a software, it doesn’t really matter. You can edit an amazing film on your phone. How much of your work do you shoot in Log and what is your preferred way of colour correcting? When I can, I love to shoot LOG because it gives me a lot of freedom in color grading. BMPCC is one of the best cameras out there for the price range because it allows you to shoot RAW 12bit. I grade everything in DaVinci Resolve. I think color grading is one of the most important steps in the film process. Why? Simply because you’re going to give the right look to your film. I am a great fan of color grading and am a colorist myself. How frequently are you traveling and do you have any tips when it comes to packing your gear? I just love traveling. I’m currently based in Southern California, but my dream is to travel around the world and film all the beauty out there. Our planet is amazing and it deserves to be filmed. I think traveling is a very important step for a filmmaker. If you don’t travel, your mind is going to be closed. You won’t see a lot of things. It’s the only thing that gives me inspiration. When I travel to a new city I usually bring my camera with me and I film everything. Why? Because my point of view is going to be completely different from someone who already lives in that city. The first impression is the most powerful. That’s the reason why I keep traveling and filming things. I just love to do that. If you want to learn more about Matteo creative’s work, head over to his homepage. Participate in our initiative: share your talent and creative work by following these steps.Read more
Redrock has released an update to its single op automated motion control system. The One Man Crew Director curved slider gets a new app controller and much quieter in operation. Motion control became a huge hit with the rise in popularity of timelapse photography just a few years ago. Ever since, retailers have looked to simplify systems making them more intuitive as well as adaption for realtime camera moves. One Man Crew Director is Redrock’s answer to an easy-to-use single operator system; plug in your power, connect to your controller app and you’re good to go. Redrock One Man Crew Director decreases the ambient and operator noise meaning greater use in realtime video work, as well as remaining compatible for timelapse photography. As an operator, I’d go out on a limb and state a curved camera track finds more use on set than a straight one. It’s therefore great to see that Redrock has maintained the curved design of the One Man Crew; you can use in both convex and concave form to wrap around your subject, or offer an out panning slide that can be effective for wide angle shots. The remote app looks intuitive and easy to use, setting your in and out points as well as triggering and looping moves. I love the laser point feature to signify start/end points; great feature as a lone shooter if you’re setting up shots and doubling up as a stand in for talent. The physical design remains relatively unchanged, One Man Crew will certainly not win any awards in aesthetics as a big rectangular box. But it remains functional and very fuss free, and that should always take priority. Pricing starts at $2,450 for a complete package, will update with purchase link shortly. Here’s the manufacturer’s page for it.Read more
So here we are, it’s only been a matter of time – there’s a bunch of daredevils in Berlin who are shooting a feature length film entirely with a 5D Mark III using the Magic Lantern firmware hack (click here to read our extensive Magic Lantern guide to learn how to actually deal with it!). Berlin based producers Adrian Topol, Erkan Acar, and Reza Brojerdi have teamed up with creative producer Eric Sonnenburg, writer Arend Remmers, director Adolfo Kolmerer and DOP Konstantin Freyer. The producers have gone so far and founded a corporation solely for the purpose of producing the “5D3 raw feature”, Schneeflöckchen GmbH, and the execution of production will be handled by Lopta Film GmbH in Berlin. Creative team & story Director Adolfo Kolmerer and DoP Konstantin Freyer look back on numerous cooperations in advertisements and image films. With “Snowflake” they are now tackling their first feature film – a genre mix of action, thriller and black comedy set in the near future. The story evolves around two outlaws, Tan and Javid, who are tracking down the man who killed their families. Their hunt is going off-track when one day they find the screenplay to the very movie they are in. Multiple exceptional characters try to survive a vicious circle of revenge and karma, challenging their own personal sense of vengeance. All this is set in a hard-boiled exaggerated world, which at second glance may not be too far out. Crowd-funding The producers have launched a crowd-funding campaign to help fund the production, a way of funding that is still not so common for European cinema, where films are usually funded in cooperation with TV networks and public film funding institutions. But the script might be a bit too over-the-top and politically incorrect for involving such institutions. Not only that, the entire venture really started out as a friend’s project: The script was written to fit many of their actor friends (among them producers Acar, Brojerdi, and Topol), and shooting was done every other weekend with the help of their filmmaking colleagues. Project history Using Magic Lantern proved to be a real winner for the production, even though the decision to use it was based on the small scale on which the project was initiated. After shooting roughly 10% of the film within 6 months, a teaser was edited from the material. The quality of the RAW image and production overall got a lot of encouraging feedback for the team. Some well-known actors agreed to jump on board, and eventually German distributor Capelight Pictures was convinced to sign a DVD/Blu-Ray distribution deal. That’s when the team decided to shift gears, and launch the crowdfunding campaign to finish shooting this summer. Release is scheduled for mid 2015. The Snowflake team has agreed to regularly post video-updates here on cinema5d in which they will highlight certain details and aspects of working with Magic Lantern in production and in the postproduction workflow. So stay tuned for more! And don’t hesitate to shoot them some questions in the comments below. Updated on July 18: There are various comments saying that there have been other feature films produced with Magic Lantern Raw before. The producer Florian Müssener has issued a statement apologizing for the claim that they were the first ones: Dear Cinema5D community,the claim that we are producing the first feature film ever with the Magic Lantern hack is based in nescience of the productions mentioned in the previous comments. It’s by no way meant to downplay the pioneering effort of anyone who is or was involved in making them. We apologize if you felt this article is not objective – and we hope you will understand our intent to promote our project in an effective way. It should be safe to say, that ‘Snowflake’ is one of the first feature films ever to be shot with Magic Lantern. So we genuinely hope ‘Snowflake’ will resonate well with you, as we ourselves have been inspired immensely by this community. If you want more infos on the story and the people involved, please check out our campaign site on IndieGogo.Sincerely, your ‘Snowflake’ TeamRead more
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