Archive for the ‘Gear’ Category

Ok so in a previous post I spoke about the Black Magic Design Cinema Camera. Well on Wednesday the 25th, the Atlanta Cutters had an event which featured some of Black Magic Design’s goodies.  I won’t go into too much details about the camera but you can read more details here. Bob Caniglia, the Senior Regional Manager, said that the camera at the event was the ONLY one in the US at this point.  Still in prototype stage.  There hoping for a ship time in the near future but the date is not confirmed.  At first glance the camera looked great, it was not beefed up with any super accessories as most cameras are.  It had a canon lens, I believe it was a 24-105.  Bob said that some menu items were not accessible at that time.  The aluminum body felt sturdy.  As I peered thru LCD, the image looked like the Technicolor Cinestyle Picture Style for the DSLRs, which means some awesome depth in post.

We all know where to find the specs on this camera so I won’t go into that here. Now it’s been said that some times confidence is what sells an item, not just the specs or the bells and whistles.  I heard many participants of the event say that they were not convinced, there were too many “I don’t knows” and “We’ll have to see once it’s released”.

Now with this open ended platform, they can possibly increase from 2.5k to higher with a firmware upgrade making this camera like the Red, a future proof unit in terms of increased functionality and new menu capabilities.  It was said that the limitation was due only to the media’s capacity or through put.  Another issue is the internal battery system.  The next model will probably have a way to remove the batteries, because in most cases you may not be around a power source the whole and time you are then restricted by it’s use if you run out of batter life and you are not near a power source. The currently in place procedure for replacement of the 2 year life battery is to send the unit in and they would replace it.

As a new comer in the film camera arena, it has lots of support due to it’s expected features and capabilities and of course PRICE POINT! I mean we’ve already spent $3k on the Canon 5D MkII and more for the 5D MkIII, so why not break the 1080p barrier and go into the realm of 2k.

With all that said, it’s really up to you the filmmakers to choose your weapons of mass destruction!

HAPPY FILMMAKING TO ALL!

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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 when we think of Shane Hurlbut, we think of Terminator Salvation – Big TIME! Not truly independent in nature, but as you will see from this post, he is thinking about the indie filmmaker. He’s joined up with letus to create the Master Cinema Series collection that caters to the DSLR Filmmaker! At first looking at it I was like wow this is gonna be a lot of dineros. But it’s actually not as bad as I thought at first.

Vimeo member Tom Guilmette posted a great video commentary about the launch and guess what, some of my favorites were there too. Vincent Laforet and even Ryan “The Film Riot” Connoly. I love it. Why you ask, was Ryan there, well Ryan maintains that his job is to teach us indie filmmakers not be indie all our lives. 🙂 Well something like that in a nut shell! To see him there was awesome! I guess I need to get out more!

Well enjoy the videos

Maybe I’ll be making one soon of my new toys in action…when I get them…

Happy Filmmaking!

Here is the Letus Master Series site http://www.mastercinemaseries.com/

Just a day before the passing of Apple’s innovator Steve Jobs, there was a key note announcement about the iPhone 4s and the new and improved IOS 5 with some of technologies most advanced features. I mean I was sitting in my seat saying, wow I can talk to my phone now…but voice response systems are not new to apple, I remember my first mac had that little HAL voice for telling time and they had a rudimentary type and response system too where you could type in a word and it would respond. So to see SIRI in action during Scott Forstall’s demonstration, was indeed a thrill! Yes it’s BETA but wow, what a BETA…I know there have been many blogs that have already spoken about it and I may be a little late but I take pride in doing a little more research myself, not to mention getting into all this film stuff keeps me busy as well. I’m excited about my soon to be new humble personal assistant.

Ok back to the topic, the iPhone now has 1080p video capability…wow…well there goes my need to get a GoPro…I wonder if they make an underwater case for the iphone yet…lol something to think about for all of you who like to create stuff. Also included for the video function is video stabilization . So you thought people were making movies with their comes back then with the iPhone 4, now wait till you see this. People may be getting rid of their point and shoots and even some of their Canon or Nikon gear….Sorry I’m keeping MINE 🙂

iPhone 4s

Also coming is the new IOS 5 which boast new innovative break throughs in an operating system. Utilizing the full power of the new A5 chip, doubling speed and allowing for some mind blowing graphics. New software integration and the list goes on, I mean you really should go on the Apple site to get all the real juicy specs.

Well enough blabbing, I’m gonna pre-order mine and when I get it, I’ll be able to tell you FIRST HAND how it’s really going down! Maybe I’ll have SIRI post to my blog herself…lol
Until next time, KEEP MOVING FORWARD!

I must say I watch Emm on Cheesycam.com to get the updates on a lot of things. I made my first Fig Rig from his design, got my battery grip and even my circular LED (camp light). Also he’s helped with having me avoid disaster with my “almost purchase” of the $60 Matte Box. So when I saw that he created something new for us independent filmmakers and at a cost point that we would love, I had to post it here! Here is Emm talking about his new baby, the Pico Flex Table Dolly!

I will be putting in an order myself for one of these babies! It looks to be a whole lot of fun!

Check out his site http://www.cheesycam.com for more insights, suggestions and tips!

Stay TUNED!!

Ok so I love checking out lenses from craigslist, especially if I can get a deal. Well just recently I acquired a Super Takumar 50mm Lens from a fellow photographer with the adapter for the canon and man I’m so glad I did! A friend of mine said it feels like a Bentley, so smooth, sturdy, all metal construction, heavy and of course ALL MANUAL!

I’ve never used an all manual lens before so it was interesting getting to know it. It has a great bokeh. I will post some pictures I took with it as well as video. It has a warm feel to it and is sharp! Might turn out to be one my favorite lenses to shoot with! Primes are truly the best! If you can get them, DO!

Received my Matte Box and Rail System from FilmCity! I will be posting a video a little later.

I’m so excited to have it now, and it came well before I expected, so I’ll be ready for my shoot coming up next week!

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!