Archive for August, 2011

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In looking at all the gear out there for DSLRs now, it can be and IS very overwhelming! Rigs, Follow Focus, Sliders, Filters, Lenses, etc. What did I get myself into…Well thanks to sites like CheesyCam.com, DVRebellion.com, NoFilmSchool.com and one of my all time favorites, Film Riot, just to name a few, we as independent filmmakers, cinematographers and aspiring DPs can have a little insight on this game.

I’m not the most mechanically inclined individual but through Emm of CheesyCam.com I made my first fig/rig. I didn’t know what the heck that was. I just saw per his example what it would allow me to do and decided to go for it. I mean come on, it was cheap. Also while on his site I learned about getting an inexpensive battery grip for my camera and even down to the ring light I use. When I say it’s very informative I mean that. Also recently while perusing for a matte box I placed an order for a really cheap one from an eBay dealer that sold me my RJ Follow Focus and after “Emm” review I canceled it and the dealer refunded my purchase. The dealer who was from China, recognized the work of Emm and CheesyCam.com and said he would possibly do modifications in a next version.

Since then Cheesycam reviewed another matte box, which includes a rail system too. I ended up ordering that one and I’ll post about it when I get it. It’s pictured below! Now I’ll be able to put my follow focus on it and have my T2i playing like the big dogs! Oh and if you haven’t downloaded and are using the Magic Lantern Software, what are you waiting for?

So anyway, gear and what to get is a matter of choice and of course budget, if you have it to get the Zakutos, Kesslers, RedRock and the like then by all means. Some of us are working up to that so we have to do the best within our budget or better yet do DIYs! Anyway you decide to do it have fun and remember the only boundaries are what we set. Don’t be afraid to explore!

I have not posted in a while and wanted to share some things with you as I’ve been going through this journey. Being a DP is much more than just operating the camera and getting the shot. It’s more like you are steering the course of what the viewers will see as you are telling the story. It doesn’t necessarily have to be YOUR story but a story. Reveals, angles, movements, depth of fields, all these are just a fraction of the tools that the DP uses to help tell the story.

I was blessed to be a part of some really great projects that taught me more than a few things on telling a story. Since then I’ve been asked to DP on a new project and I’ve been studying the script and the shot list thoroughly to find out how I can bring the director’s story to life and keep the audience engaged! I must admit it’s a litte scary but I’m so up for the challenge! I will keep you posted!

Wanted to share my first official video, directed, shot, edited by me as my own personal project! Enjoy would love your comments as well!