Archive for April, 2012

So while we’ve been waiting for the 5D Mk III and the we’ve been playing with the C300 and the Scarlet by Red, another player has been making a lot of noise in the background! A company named Black Magic Designs have come up with a unit that places a lot of very high end features in a very cost effective package for ALL filmmakers alike.

Please say hello to the Black Magic Cinema Camera

Now this camera impressed me with the stats out of the gate and for such a reasonable price point.  Not to say anything but it’s almost what I expected from the C300 and was hoping for some in the 5D Mk III but that’s another story!

“The Blackmagic Cinema Camera features an amazing 2.5K image sensor with a wide 13 stops of dynamic range for a true digital film camera. You get a built-in SSD recorder, popular open standard uncompressed RAW and compressed file formats, compatibility with quality EF and ZE mount lenses, LCD touchscreen monitoring plus metadata entry, all packed into an exciting hand held design!” This was taken from the site itself.  From what I can tell the industry is a buzz with this new entry into the film world.  It’s compatible with EF lenses and since I’m with Canon already that helps me out.  Although I was planning to get the PL set when I get my Scarlet.  So the only thing I see so far is the lack of more FPS, it goes to 30, there goes my dream of super slow mo’ EFX without using a plugin…but again I digress.

For the money this camera, based on the specs, should produce some very stunning images.  We’ll wait to see the explosion of tests that will undoubtedly start to trickle in as some more people get their hands on this unit.

For more information please see the Blackmagic Designs website for all the juicy tidbits!

From what I can see from the information, it’s gonna be a pretty cool unit that will offer a lot of things to filmmakers! Oh I didn’t mention that it comes with Davinci Resolve and I love the color editing features in that application.  I had to download the light just to see it work!  I’ll tell you more about that later

HAPPY SHOOTING!

Ok, so again this may or may not be appropriate for this blog but it’s my blog and I can post what I want. Now that I have that off my chest and have your attention….

I was privileged to be given an opportunity to be camera guy on a shoot for this band through Turner Studios. Now to be honest I had never heard of them before this. I googled them of course, just to get a background on who they were. Well needless to say I hadn’t heard any of the songs that they had done. But they were very very popular though. Anyway, we have a pre-production meeting with the staff at Turner and another shooter I had met that day as well. Plans were set to shoot an interview and walk to stage on Monday April 2nd!

Man as you can possibly imagine, I’m excited, about the opportunity and about the shoot. Monday couldn’t come quick enough! Finally Monday arrives and I’m going through my mind how the shoot will go and everything will be perfect. I arrived at Turner around 2:45pm and we head to get the cameras we’ll be using and then head to the equipment room where we meet up again with audio “A-Team” Gerald and Chris, to prep the gear and get whatever else we’ll need for the shoot! We are shooting with Sony EX3s. I get tagged as the main camera and Gerald jams me with time code. We get lights and some other gear and head to the Tabernacle. Once there we setup in a room for the interview, getting lighting set and then then interview began.  In walked lead singer GaryLightBody and keyboardist Tom Simpson and they were so energetic and had a great spirit about them.  They introduced themselves to EVERYONE in the room, sat down and after a few minor adjustments, started this wonderful journey through time with them.  They were great, humorous and truly HAPPY.

We were given the opportunity to do the walk to stage and the energy level was through the roof.  We got some great footage and I personally left with a feeling of exhilaration that I was blessed with an opportunity to be a part of this.  I was thankful and put out there that I need more of this! 🙂

Anyway if you don’t know about Snow Patrol check them out here! Special treat for all you music enthusiasts.  They are also distributing their album on Vinyl – Yes vinyl is still relevant in the music world!

That’s all for now folks!