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! Watch part 1 and part 2 of episode 20 by clicking here – in case you missed it! In the 3rd and final part of episode 20 of ON THE COUCH, I talked with pro photographers Kamil Tamiola, Tom Barnes and Lucas Gilman about the sheer amounts of data we have to deal with in photography and filmmaking these days, and how to deal with these amounts. Kamil mentioned that he is shooting a lot for Phase One with their own cameras, producing 50 or 80 Megapixels per frame – in 16 bits. After layering changes onto his files in post production, he ends up with photos which are 5 to 6 Gigabytes easily. Tom talks about how he is almost exclusively shooting tethered on his photo shoots – even going so far that his clients get iPad Mini’s into their hands to check out the shots and rate them right after he took them, which of course speeds up his selection and post production process tremendously. On the stresses of photographing new prototype cars for JEEP, Kamil said how he can see Wifi connected cameras are the future especially when you have fast turn around shoots with little time to mess stuff up – clients can get an idea of what’s being shot while they are there, which also keeps them off your back as a shooter. Additionally, an assistant can already do temporary image processing for previews. Finally, Tom showed off his incredibly portable location workstation, a custom built Pelican 1510 Case which houses a MacBook with a large external battery that can power it three or four times over a normal charge, plus a couple of tethered G-Technology G-Drive ev SSDs for instant backups when shooting tethered with a DSLR. For details, head over to Tom’s blog post about his location workstation. In the next episode of ON THE COUCH, we will have representatives from ZEISS, Samyang and SLR Magic talking about their different – and similar – approaches when it comes to lens development, as well as their new products. Tune back in next Friday! Watch all other episodes of ON THE COUCH so far by clicking here! Please visit our sponsors’ websites to keep new episodes of ON THE COUCH coming! Thanks to G-Technology, Røde Microphones, Movidiam, FilmConvert & F&V.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! To see part 1 of episode 19, click here. To see part 2 of episode 19, click here. To see part 3 of episode 19, click here. In the 4th and final part of episode 19 of ON THE COUCH, we talk about the future of filmmaking with Philip Bloom, George Olver and Ryan Burke. We briefly touched on George’s history and how he got into making Movidiam a reality. Then we moved on to Philip’s workshops and how he thinks workshop audiences and levels have changed over the past years – while we have moved on from DSLRs to more professional bigger cameras again recently, a lot people in different countries are still just starting out to shoot on DSLRs. The owner-operator conundrum, “should I buy the latest camera / piece of gear”? was our next topic, and the question if it actually pays off to buy gear in this fast-changing environment. Philip mentioned the Panasonic camera phone with a removable lens that we reported about in this post. Last but not least we also talked about the amazing high frame rate / slow motion capability of the iPhone 6 (Plus), and how we will end up with slow motion footage of the most boring stuff alongside surely amazingly unexpected content shot by the average Joe on YouTube. Watch out for an entirely new ON THE COUCH episode next week, when I will welcome pro photographers Kamil Tamiola, Tom Barnes and Lucas Gilman to our talk show format!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! To see part 1 of episode 19, click here. To see part 2 of episode 19, click here. In the 3rd part of episode 19 of ON THE COUCH, we talk about the importance of audio on a shoot. After all, audio is 50% of a film, but nevertheless, it’s often neglected in shooting environments especially by cameramen who are concentrated on created compelling images by their very nature. Ryan Burke from Røde, Philip Bloom and George Olver from Movidiam.com and I engaged in a compelling conversation about the reasons for this problem and also the difficulties of convincing some clients on smaller jobs that a sound person is actually pretty essential to have. Ryan also talked about Røde’s new Stereo VideoMic X, a new heavy-duty on-camera mic designed to record a very immersive audio experience using a pair of true condenser capsules. We touched on where to actually use it as opposed to a standard shotgun mic, which is usually the go-to mic for many shooters on small gigs, when they have to do the audio themselves. Check back in a week for the 4th and final part of this episode, where we talk about the future of filmmaking!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! We are happy to start a new season of ON THE COUCH! Following feedback from our audience, we have decided to divide the episodes of our talk show series ON THE COUCH in the future into several segments from now on. That means we will release each episode in several more digestible shorter parts, released around once a week on a regular basis. There will also be a podcast link for both audio and video version added later this week, which will also include all past episodes. On episode 19, recorded at IBC 2014, we were happy to welcome my friend Philip Bloom, George Olver, the CEO of Movidiam, a great new platform for filmmakers, and Ryan Burke from Røde Microphones. In this first part of this 4-part episode, we talked about the new Sony PXW-FS7 camera and how Sony is disrupting the market once again with this announcement. Click here to see our exclusive hands on video with the camera in case you missed it. Philip talks about the CNN documentary series he is currently working on, mentioning that he is shooting on up to 5 different cameras – the F55, the A7s and the C300. We also talked to George Olver about his website Movidiam.com, a new web platform made for filmmakers. Here’s a detailed post about what Movidiam actually is, but it is great to hear the thought process behind a tool that will help many filmmakers with their preproduction and production workflow. They are currently accepting pre-signups via their website and will roll out the full feature set soon. In part 2 of this episode, which will be released early next week, George tells us more about the development of Movidiam.com, Ryan Burke talks about the new Røde Stereo VideoMic X (post here) and the importance of using the right microphone for the right purpose – something that is often neglected by filmmakers.Read more
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