Cinematography : Filming on a budget by Rome Mubarak

Rome Mubarak

Filming on a budget

Been sitting on my upgrade for awhile waiting on the Samsung Galaxy S8+ to come out. It has 4k cenimatic capabilities which is now industry standard. Can't wait!

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The Samsung Galaxy S8+ Camera Performance with Beastgrip Gear
The Samsung Galaxy S8+ Camera Performance with Beastgrip Gear
With the recent release of the Samsung Galaxy S8+, all of you in the #BeastgripNation have been incredibly excited to see some sample footage and get our thoughts on its performance. TL;DR: the Galaxy…
Ken Hall

NO phone has “cinematic capabilities” the idea is ridiculous.

Rome Mubarak

Tell me more Ken. Just stating it's not against the article provided above is insufficient.

Ken Hall

All phone cameras shoot in composite HD. They have no raw independent controls in post. The lens is ultra wide and the zoom (if there is one) is digital, not focal. Film is an industry. I’ve been doing this all my life. Shooting a professional film for release on a screen bigger than a 60” TV, needs the highest possible raw image and you need to use and Cine prime lenses to give it the look of a film. In all I recommend Red or Arri, (Because that’s what I use) but I hear that the new 5d Mark iv with 4K video raw is pretty good. I just want to make it clear to all indi-film makers, not you particularly — There ARE NO SHORTCUTS. Shooting a film on a phone is not an option! You have to use the technology of making films. This is taught in film school and is in itself a series of basics. You can’t miss these basics.

Rome Mubarak

Understood and I appreciate the feedback. What's your take on DSLR's shooting "Raw"? ISO1080/ 60sp?

Ken Hall

Most DSLRs are made to be a still camera. The most they can do for video is composite H264, 1080p resolution. The only DSLRs that can do raw video is the higher end Canon models. (I haven’t looked into DSLRs in over a year so that might not be true anymore) Also, remember to think in futures. If you do your homework, the footage you take today can be used again if shot properly and archived in high res. The main thing is that if you shoot a film in low res or low color depth and then want to project that film at a film festival. Say that festival is on a major theater screen in NY or LA? You WILL have a problem. My point is that if you understand color depth meters and dynamic range, the idea of using C4k or H264 is not an option. Not if you want to USE the footage. If it’s just a fun pic of the family? Fine. For a silly YouTube video? Fine. For pro use? No way. You can do it sure but it will take time and money to fix. The two things we don’t have. Lol!

Rome Mubarak

Lol! Word.So what's your honest professional opinion of the film "Tangerine" and other films shot with 4K phone camera? If you haven't seen or read the reviews it's worth it for those among us on a budget. I am using a Canon ESO 80D with Ziess prime lens 1.2 60fps @ 1080ISO. Some filters like chocolate and teals or oranges for richer higher resolutions. I would love to get my hands on a RED or a SonyDF7 but that is too far out of reach.

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