Are you a creator, a filmmaker or camera enthusiast? Are you looking for the ingredients it takes to master a creative life and be successful with your craft? Then you are either one of the people depicted in this film, or one of the many creatives that struggle on a daily basis just like them. I recently watched the newly released documentary “MAKE” on Vimeo and I truly enjoyed it. I felt both understood in my endeavour to work in media and also fascinated after being confronted with the reality of my situation as a creator in this industry. Several filmmakers, artists and designers have received a voice in this feature-length documentary and they speak for all of us. It’s no secret that “MAKE” is an elaborate marketing effort by the successful music licensing platform musicbed. And while they might remind us of their existence yet again, this film certainly has much more value than being a mere promo stunt. In its own language, you could say that it could even teach us a lesson about how to create something inspiring and meaningful that transcends its initial purpose. It’s much more interesting to talk about the grey area of things than it is to talk about what you’ve decided is right. Sylvan Esso (Pop Duo) “Musicbed has a unique perspective in the creative industry. Working with both Filmmakers and Musicians, we’ve seen firsthand the traps that artists can fall into when they’re driven by something other than their passion to create. It’s so easy to be blinded by dollars, followers and awards. It’s a pitfall that is more evident in today’s culture than ever, but it’s also an issue as old as time itself.” – The Musicbed (Production) While the merit of the storytelling style of “MAKE” can be debated, there is no question that the philosophical approach they’ve taken gives us a lot to think about. With barely any pauses, its 75 minutes of deep questions, ideas and inspiring thoughts could make a difference for an ambitious artist. If nothing else, the film is definitely worth the discussion about the questions surrounding a creative life path, whether you debate those only in your head or in the comment section of this article. It’s easy to do the right stuff for a lot of the wrong reasons Danny Yount (Title Designer) At times, “MAKE” might be taken as being a little bit too ambitious when it borders the reflection of questions about life itself, laying it on thick with emotional music and slow motion images. I’d say it follows the current popular filmmaking style, and many will probably like that. You could also say the film certainly has the musicbed language written all over it, but it’s enjoyable to watch and the video and sound quality is excellent. If no one ever looked, I’d still be making cool shit with my buddies. You know what I mean? It’s as honest as I can be. Before anyone was interested, that’s what I was doing. I had a great life. Aaron Draplin (Designer) By now you’ve probably guessed that personally I thought this film is really worth watching. It’s a unique piece of documentary filmmaking that goes to the bottom of what it takes to be a “MAKE”R, and listening to the struggles and resulting wisdom of a diversity of successful filmmakers, musicians and designers is inspiring for my own path in this field. It is honest, passionate and true to the questions it takes about. I liked it. You can watch it on Vimeo HERE. No one is going to do it for you. You have to go out and do it yourself. Reed Morano (Director) What drives you to create? If you’ve watched “MAKE”, let us know in the comments.Read more
Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It’s always refreshing to see companies who compete in the same or similar markets sit peacefully together and talk to each other, rather than trying to make others look bad for their own gain. We have this beautiful example here with ZEISS, SLR Magic and Samyang, three VERY different manufacturers of lenses. To be more exact, it’s Christophe Casenave from ZEISS, Andrew Chan from SLR Magic and Joost Wierenga for Samyang (from Disnet B.V. distributor).Read more
This is the last of my videos for NAB 2014. It is a tribute to the people who attended NAB and all who followed our coverage. Thanks for your continued support and friendship. The equipment used for this video was: The camera of choice each year at NAB is the good old Canon 5D mark III. Ideal and compact for nice 720p video and shallow depth of field. I used the Technicolor Cinestyle picture profile. The lens used was the great Zeiss CP.2 35mm T/1.5 Super Speed that brought a very lovely and cinematic bokeh to the shots since I couldn’t control any lighting. This was sitting on a very small rig only equipped with an F&V top-handle so it could be attached to an Easyrig Mini that was sitting on my shoulders and is great for handheld on long shooting days. I look ridiculous with this thing, but hey, the result is more important and I can only recommend the easyrig, especially for gymbal usage. On the camera’s hotshoe I had this affordable Azden microphone that went directly into the camera. Unfortunately it was not ideal with all the background noise, but it was a workable solution none the less. Graded with Filmconvert. Music kindly provided by themusicbed.com: A. Taylor – Unearthed The people in this video in order of appearance: LI-LIAN AHLSKOG HOU www.li-lian.com JAMES LEE www.linkedin.com/pub/james-lee/2b/9a/176 BOHUŠ BLAHUT www.about.me/bohus.blahut PAIGE DENKIN www.goinghomeproductions.com O’CONNOR HARTNETT www.oconnorhartnett.com BRAD WHITE www.squarepictures.tv PAUL GUSTAFSON www.pablogustafson.com DAN CHUNG www.newsshooter.com EDUARD SCHNEIDER www.schneiderproductions.com MATTHEW ALLARD www.vimeo.com/user2932471 JASON MONROE www.facebook.com/pages/Monroe-Media/ JOE RUBENSTEIN www.digitalbolex.com DEEJAY SCHARTON & IAN SNYDER www.dslrfilmnoob.com MITCH AUNGER www.planet5d.com DAVID LEITNER www.linkedin.com/pub/david-w-leitner/ MARTIN RISBERG www.vimeo.com/martinrisberg PHILIP BLOOM www.philipbloom.net JEFF HAMEL www.zylight.com ILLYA FRIEDMAN www.hotrodcameras.com HENRY BOHOLST www.nabshow.com BOB GUNDU www.10framehandles.com HENRY LYNK www.chaosfilms.com/henry.htm DREW JANES www.drewjanes.com CHUCK FADELY www.chuckfadely.com CLINTON HARN www.clintonharn.com JOE MARINE www.vimeo.com/joemarine —Read more
Kessler used to call themselves “Kessler Crane”, but when they really became famous for their very well-made and popular range of sliders – so they dropped the “Crane” from their name at some point, and rightfully so. If there is one tool that adds a lot of production value without a lot of effort, it’s without a doubt a slider. I bring my Kessler CineSlider (3 foot) to almost every shoot (here’s my original CineSlider review video “Awakening” shot almost 3 years ago). I have shot countless establishing shots of documentary scenes, entire corporate films and interviews with it, and clients love the look. If it’s not motivated by the story it at least adds perspective to otherwise dull shots – and that’s something you have to deal with in corporate environments day in and day out.Read more
We thank our sponsor B&H who has made cinema5D’s news coverage of IBC 2012 possible. Get your gear through B&H to support this platform: www.bhphotovideo.com Get ready for the next batch of indie film equipment Once again we’ll provide you with first hand coverage directly from IBC 2012 in Amsterdam, one of the biggest film, video and media tradeshows in the world! You will see lots of new gear and technology in the form of coverage videos over the next days that will be posted on our vimeo and Youtube channels. Long time cinema5D crew member Clayton Burkhart and myself will run the floor and grab all the newsworthy new stuff that might help your production. We’ll try to put more interviews and questions for the manufacturers in there, but like always and above all we’ll be critical about which products we think deserve the coverage. Expect an insight into the next generation of HDSLR & Large Sensor filmmaking over the next weeks and win a 35mm Rokinon Cine lens on the side. Proud to be sponsored by B&H Our coverage stays independent. We’re sponsored by B&H, the international reseller of filmmaking equipment we trust. With their commitment to their customers they have also made our IBC 2012 coverage possible. Please say thanks by clicking the B&H links on our site, so they will make more coverages and giveaways for you possible in the future. LINK COOL GIVE AWAY!!! Oh yes, you can win something again. Just tweet our IBC 2012 articles and we will pick a cinema5D news reader to win one of the new Rokinon 35mm T1.5 CINE lenses. Read more about this lens in our news article from August: LINK Find our previous coverage of NAB 2012 here and make sure you participate in the comments and let us know what you would like to see covered this time. See you in Amsterdam!Read more
This is a big one. In fact the IBC joins NAB as the 2 biggest international tradeshows for cinema, broadcast and other media. It’s a huge platform, endless exhibition space, where all the important companies will show off their (new) products, many of them now targeting HDSLR of course. Yes, we’ll be there this year, and as it’s very close to our homebase (Vienna, Austria, Europe) our crew will have the chance to give you a nice, high quality and extensive coverage of the entire floor. We’ll grab all things HDSLR, large sensor, indie cinema and all other interesting and newsworthy things we’ll come across. We expect to be able to report about lot’s of new and exciting stuff and we’ll be shooting 20+ videos your way over the coming 3 weeks, starting with the nicest things we see at IBC and a surprise C5D video review. When? The exhibition floor will open this coming: Friday, September 9th and will close September 13th. Check back frequently here at cinema5D news to get all the latest announcements that we expect plenty of. We’re glad to announce that our exclusive sponsor for IBC 2011 is B&H! We chose B&H Photo Video to support our coverage as they’ve proven to provide excellent customer services and reliability on top of their extensive number of articles for HDSLR needs. Also they’ve become an international dealer and are providing gear for cameramen around the world at great prices. B&H has provided these exclusive phone numbers for you if you have questions or require assistance: US: +1 877 502 5839 and INTERNATIONAL: +1 212 465 0114Read more
[vimeo width=”640″ height=”360″]http://vimeo.com/21885036?color=bc0b12&title=0&byline=0&portrait=0″ frameborder=”0″ width=”640″ height=”360″> By: Sebastian Wöber Mark these dates: April 10 – 14, 2011 We’ll be covering all things hdslr at NAB 2011 and post them from the floor directly to this page. We have two teams to give you the fastest hdslr news on the show. At NAB many companies use the spotlight to announce new products. Stay tuned and check in during NAB to see the new gadgets for our filmmaking pleasures! Cheers, SebastianRead more
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