Cinematography

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Camera change

Hi guys. I'm thinking about equipment change last days. I have pretty good Canon C100mkII what is really greate piece. But I am really missing some better recording codec there. It's record HD - 8bit - h264 what is not wery well for editing. The external recorder has no value, cause output there is...

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David Trotti

The ability to record straight to ProRes is huge. I hate the Mpeg codec with a passion. I haven't used the Ursa. But it sounds like a solid reasonably priced Cine camera, though I've heard it's not a...

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Jakub Micuch

FS7 can record RAW internaly, so there is no reason to use atomos I think. But also have a SDI outputs, so if you will need attach Atomos there, you should go through SDI to get 10bits signal. But as...

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David Trotti

Thanks Jakub. I appreciate the information. For me using the Atomos with the A7sii is more to prevent overheating and extend the take durations. It also serves as a nice monitor where I can apply LUTs ...

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Jaap Ruurd Feitsma

I'm not a fan of the Ursa Mini 4K camera. The sensor is not as good as the 4.6k and the Ursa Mini Pro (regardless of resolution).

Jakub Micuch

Jaap thanks for answer. So 4.6k is better? Is it a abig difference?

David, this is interesting. My friend photographer also said that he doesnt like sony lenses, he wanted some backup body and looks for an a7sii but because of that lenses he choosed canon mirrorless.

Red Weapon 8K

Anyone has experience with this?

Ken Koh

I will be testing it next month at red hq will send you links.

Andrew Sobkovich

Ken if you are testing it make sure to test resolution in both "8K" and "4K" settings. The actual resolution at the end of the post path is what you have, counting photosites on the sensor is not. As...

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Ken Koh

I'll definitely be comparing 4k vs 8k. But I'm most interested because I was emailed about the low light capability. It won't be a proper full day test, my interest is using it for future documentaries. I'm using whatever lens they got there. They don't have charts? I'll find out.

Andrew Sobkovich

Its RED. If you bring your own charts, meters, lenses, etc, you KNOW what you are using. If you can, bring enough storage for all of your material. Oversee the transfers and note the duration of the p...

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My Top-7 Film Noir

I'll be teaching a class on Film Noir and screenwriting on Stage 32 in January. Here are my favorite Film Noir films.

http://monumentscripts.com/top-7-film-noir/

Anamorphic Adapters

Hi I've been toying with the idea of shooting a short film with the C300 Mark ii and an anamorphic adapter - like the lotus 35or SLR magics. Has anyone had experience with them? Thoughts, suggestions, ideas & opinions appreciated.
Mark Vadik

David Timber

Sounds interesting. I haven't had the opportunity to experience that combination, but I would like to find out.

Royce Allen Dudley

Because you like oval bokeh, or ? Serious question; what benefit do you expect over a mere crop-shoot 2:35/2:40? No need to explain anamorphic, I am curious why you want to stack optics.

DoP rates for Canadian Film makers

Hi everyone. I'm embarking on my first real film project (one I'm not filming myself) and I will need to hire both a DoP and Sound...but I"m having trouble finding rates for the Canadian market. Does anyone have any resource links or information that will help me figure out how much crowdfunding I n...

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JD Hartman

Can't help with rates, Canadian or otherwise. Rates could vary depending on what's required, when you are shooting, how many days, locations, how experienced the person is, etc. Only a DP and a Sound...

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Janet Elizabeth Swainston

Gaffer will have to be a student... in fact...maybe I will approach the students at my local college.

Royce Allen Dudley

DP rates have norms within realms and markets, but even when protected by union minimums, they are still quote-based. Either the specific DP or their agent can answer your question. Knowing your budge...

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Camera stabilizers book

Hi guys, do you know anybody about any book where I can find theory about different types of camera stabilizers? Tripods, rigs, glidecams, gimbals etc.

David Trotti

YouTube's a great resource for this. Based on some videos I saw comparing different gimbal systems, I picked up a Zhiyun Cranev2 for my Sony A7Sii and I have to say it was everything I'd hoped for and...

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Jakub Micuch

Hi David, thanks for post. Yes I know, on youtube is a lot of a great videos describing this items, but my friend is working on bachelor thesis, where he needs to add books as resourses (and in our co...

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Ken Koh
David Trotti

Here's Focal Press' catalog at their parent publisher's website. https://www.routledge.com/focalpress/products/SCAR6525 The link goes to the cinematography section, but there are gems scattered through ...

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Jakub Micuch

Yeah, thanks guys, this is what we were looking for. Great! :)

Wildlife video

Hi guys, just want to ask, is here anybody from eastern europe, who is filming wildlife there? I need footage of wolves there for one short docu. If so, let me know in message. ;)

Jakub Micuch

Thanks Ken, I know filmsupply, but there is not so much footage about wolves. And lot of "wolves" there are dogs by the way :)

Tips for beginners


Oldie but goodie.

10 Tips from Roger Deakins
http://ow.ly/YFzl30g2z3x

10 Tips from Master Cinematographer Roger Deakins
10 Tips from Master Cinematographer Roger Deakins
Top Image via The Film Stage Most film and video pros are familiar with Roger Deakins. We recently highlighted the master cinematographer when we covered the ins and outs of framing a medium shot.
Ken Koh

He is so good.

Sigma Cine Zooms Lens

Hi: I'm thinking of picking up the Sigma Cine Zooms for a low budget horror shoot because of the T2 & because we are planning on using a gimbal (so less balancing time) along with the Canon C300 Mark ii (at 4k raw). Has anyone had any experience with this combination and thoughts on how the tonality...

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Andrew Sobkovich

Haven't had a reason to look at the Sigma Cine lenses, so cannot comment on their quality or image resolution. A zoom lens has moving internal elements that change the balance point of the camera syste ...

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Ken Koh

I like them. They look more natural than the CP.2 in and better images my opinion and very well machined.

Andrew Sobkovich

Found a link to this yesterday. Knowledgeable DP testing the lenses. Interesting results. As always testing by someone else is always prone to being questioned. Read carefully and think about the impl...

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Debbie Croysdale

I wish there was a segment in stage 32 just for camera advice. Many of us are non techies! Websites and shops promote their own goods, and sales assistants are often biased in what they advise we purc...

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Ken Koh

Debbie, you can post here for camera advice.

Cameras crop x fullframe

Lately, I have seen repeatedly, in events that I participate, photographers and videographers, to give an immense value to the question of the camera, to be or not to be Full-Frame. In my opinion, there is an exaggerated appreciation by the professionals of the environment, on this issue. More even ...

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David Trotti

Good points Alfonso. I have a Sony A7sii and am impressed with the amazingly high ISO rating on the sensor, though for me it starts to get noisy passing 40,000 ISO, let alone 409,600. I do wish it had...

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Afonso Motta


Yes indeed, my friend.

THERE IS NO PERFECT CAMERA.

There is a camera that is IDEAL FOR YOUR NEEDS !!!
Only each, one can accurately assess their demands.

A hug!!!

The Camera

History of the camera. Interesting. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_camera

History of the camera - Wikipedia
History of the camera - Wikipedia
The history of the camera can be traced much further back than the introduction of photography. Cameras evolved from the camera obscura, and continued to change through many generations of photographi…
Best Camera for Shooting Reality TV

Hello fellow filmmakers ...i would like your opinios on the best camera for shooting reality TV

Royce Allen Dudley

Most reality shows use a ton of gear in different formats, from GoPro to handy cams to full ENG style cameras to cine-style rigged cameras, all for different applications. 8 to 10 cameras would be con...

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Michael Giordano

I am in the same boat as you. I was told that Netflix won't accept anything less than 4k. So, should we all be thinking 4K if we ever want to submit this type of work for consideration even if its not...

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Andrew Sobkovich

Different exhibitors have different Production and Post-Production requirements. Yes, Netflix is 4K. But not just any 4K. These are their requirements. https://backlothelp.netflix.com/hc/en-us/article ...

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Michael Giordano

Of course its always best to start high and be able to downgrade from there. No argument from me.

Mark Vadik

I really like the Panasonic DVX 200

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