As filmmakers we’ve all become in some way involved in the crazy run for the latest developments in camera gear. In the hopes to make better films and become better filmmakers many of us are constantly called to catch up with innovation. But sometimes it seems we are missing the essence of what truly makes a filmmaker better and that is not the gear. In the midst of the gear craziness at NAB 2015 and in search for an authentic message I got these 19 terrific comments from professional filmmakers during my last round on the show floor. I hope you enjoy the story despite heavy background noises. This is also a little way to say thank you to everyone who followed our coverage during NAB and a tribute to our friends and colleagues we meet once a year. If you like it please check out last year’s video. Ironically before everyone is asking, here’s the equipment used for the video: Sony Alpha a7S At cinema5D we often use this camera. For this particular job it was ideal. Because of the lowlight strength there was no need for additional lighting. And it was an extremely lightweight package. Unfortunately I shot on a picture profile I’m not used to. Next time I’ll go back to Slog2 which I personally enjoy for accurate grading. Zeiss Loxia 35mm F/2.0 This is a new lens by Zeiss and it’s awesome. It adds virtually no weight to the camera while at the same time being full-frame and offering F/2.0 and a super crisp image. Sony XLR-K2M Adapter This little add-on that routes XLR audio directly through the hot-shoe is very convenient. I set the mono-mic to both channels with different levels, so I had a backup audio. Unfortunately I relied on Sony’s kit microphone that proved to have horrible directional characteristics. It picked up all the surrounding noise. I wish I had used one of our sponsor’s mics. It’s kind of embarrassing actually, but this was a really fast shoot. The footage was graded using filmconvert, as well as a custom LUT and some additional corrections. Music by musicbed.com A. Taylor – Ash and Dust People in the Video: PHIL ARNTZ PHILIP BLOOM CODY BURROWS RODNEY CHARTERS DAN CHUNG BRENDAN GIELGENS CLINTON HARN STEVEN KEITH NINO LEITNER RICK MACOMBER DAVID MALLOURE JOE MARINE EMMANUEL PAMPURI EDUARD SCHNEIDER ELLE SCHNEIDER JEM SCHOFIELD JOHN-MICHAEL SENG-WHEELER ELLIOT SMITH KLYMENT TANRead 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 great to sit and talk with friends from the industry and chat about what’s on our minds regarding production workflows and issues. On this 16th episode of ON THE COUCH, I sat down with Jem Schofield from theC47.com, who is well known for his education and workshop classes in the filmmaking field. Apart from being an educator, Jem is also a producer and much of our talk focused on getting better audio for production – something that is constantly neglected by owner/operators who need to do their own audio. We touched on the fact that a lot of shooters who started with DSLRs were able to deliver great video all of a sudden because of the technical capabilities – while at the same time the level of audio got worse overall because people used the terrible built-in microphones with their low-quality preamps to record location audio. Jem emphasized the importance of understanding the differences between microphone pickup patterns when deciding on a microphone for your production. Many just go with one shotgun microphone for all their purposes, but there is no “one size fits all”. Like us, Jem loves to work with our sponsor Røde’s microphones as they provide some of the best value for money in the industry. My go-to boom microphone for my own smaller productions is the Røde NTG3, a shotgun microphone with a very narrow supercardioid pickup pattern. Jem argues it’s great for exterior recording but he prefers the NT55 inside rooms because it has a broader pickup (ideal when 2 persons are talking to each other) and it doesn’t have the “pickup tail” that the NTG3 has. While being super narrow with its pickup, the pickup tail also makes the NTG3 more susceptible for picking up sounds from behind the microphone (e.g. ceiling fans, air conditioning, …), handling noise and sound reflections – and that’s exactly where the NT55 shines. The new Røde SmartLav+ combined with the Røde Rec app for iOS was another product combo that Jem mentioned – a super easy and super inexpensive way of always carrying a very usable lavelier microphone with you as it records straight into your phone using the app – not a bad value for money considering the SmartLav+ is around $75 and their app another $5 (definitely much cheaper than dedicated sound recorders that are often left in the studio exactly when you need them for an occasional sound bite shot on a small camera or DSLR). We also talked about other subjects including camera stabilization and the discussion MoVi vs. Steadicam and how irrelevant it is considering the fact that both tools have their advantages and disadvantages (and the fact that Tabb Firchau from Freefly and Garrett Brown, the inventor of the Steadicam, are giving workshops together). Before we wrapped the show up, we discussed the fact that like me, Jem quite likes Final Cut Pro X and thinks he is able to work faster with it than with any other NLE. We also touched on the up- and downsides of Premiere and Avid. Lastly, Jem Schofield mentioned that he is going to do another extensive filmmaking workshop in Scotland for a week starting July 27th, 2014. This “Filmmaker’s Intensive” will deal with the science and art of telling stories and people will learn all about lighting, shooting and also getting the right audio for their productions. Head over to their website here to check it out: http://www.thefilmmakersintensive.com To watch all ON THE COUCH episodes so far, click here.Read more
Jem Schofield who runs a successful blog about filmmaking called theC47 is teaming up with Josh Apter (post production) among others to hold a filmmaking Master Class on documentary in Manhattan, New York from August 6th to August 17th 2012. Here’s a brief description and if you want to know more check out their nice website at: thefilmmakersintensive.com This year’s program is designed specifically to allow each person that attends to learn true non-fiction, documentary filmmaking from some of the best documentary filmmakers in the industry. The program will include craft based training and Master Classes from world renowned documentary filmmakers such as Chuck Workman, Susan Froemke and David Zieff. All filmmakers whose body of work is not only widely recognized but also highly regarded. They have all taught their craft for many years and will bring their passion and knowledge of documentary filmmaking to the program.Read more
by Jared Abrams | 5th September 2010
I was flying solo at Canon Expo 2010 and Jem Schofield of The C47 was kind enough to do the intro for me. We hit up Bruce Dorn from IDC Photo Video about his unique rail and follow focus system. He also has this killer yolk for the new Small HD 5″ HDMI monitor. The resolution on the monitor was pretty darn good. It is also powered by Canon LP-E6 batteries. A plus if you happen to be shooting Canon HDSLR’s. The System One from IDC retails for around $600 USRead more
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