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! This is a very special (sixth) 50 minute episode of ON THE COUCH, in which we had the pleasure of hosting my friend Rodney Charters, ASC, best known for his work as director of photography on “24”, “Shameless” and now the new “Dallas”, Bruce Logan, ASC, best known for his work on the original TRON, the original Star Wars films and Batman Forever, as well as the owners of Zacuto, Steve Weiss and Jens Bogehegn – both of them shooters with decades-long experience in production themselves!Read more
by Jared Abrams | 5th April 2010
If you are planning on going to NAB this year, why not enter the All In Film Poker Tournament to Benefit Haiti Earthquake Relief? There will be some great prizes and cool characters there. Rodney Charters ASC, Vince Laforet, Philip Bloom and Shane Hurlbut ASC are headlining. Now is your chance to meet, greet and take down your favorite DSLR shooters in a game of Texas Hold ‘Em. The entry fee is only sixty bucks and it’s a good cause. All proceeds go to the American Red Cross For Haitian Earthquake Relief. Click Here For More Info.Read more
by Jared Abrams | 20th March 2010
by Jared Abrams | 6th March 2010
I got a chance to ask “24” DOP Rodney Charters how he likes his new Canon Rebel T2i and his thoughts about the DSLR Revolution. Rodney is very passionate about the prospect of this new breed of cameras that are making their way onto professional film sets.Read more
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