Posts Tagged ‘No Film School’

Ok so in the past I’ve spoken about the importance of a “crew” in filmmaking. Well at least I think I did…so if I didn’t, here is just a tidbit of that information from a wonderful site The Black and Blue. I recently subscribed to them and have been getting wonderful bits of information, tips and knowledge.

Now we all know that the world of film is usually a visual world, right? But with bad sound that can make a good film bad and a bad film unbearable. With indie films we, and yes I said “WE” tend to skimp on things because we either can’t afford it or may not know the “RIGHT” people to get to the do the job. I would venture to say that sound is like 80 to 90 percent of your film unless of course it is a silent film or one without the need for dialogue. We’ve already got the understanding that you have to have clean shots and proper lighting, the basics, but sound is the elusive holy grail. We’ll spend money on the LED light and the new Tokina 11-16 lens but we don’t put anything in the budget for proper execution of sound acquisition. Hmmm that sounded pretty cool.

With people out there like Ryan Connolly of Film Riot, Caleb from DSLR VideoShooterKoo from NoFilmSchool, where by the way you can download a copy of a his DSRL Cinematography Guide, and Dave Dugdale from LearningDSLRVideo just to name a few, I actually watch a lot more but this is to save you from scouring over the entire internet.  I’m actually waiting for my DVD copy of the movie TELL, which I wrote about in a previous blog! Ryan Connolly and his team have me on the edge of my seat and eagerly waiting for the next installment of media mayhem they successfully provide along with a hearty mindful of knowledge for that bootay! The DVD package is something I’m excited about because Ryan is providing some really NICE extra material that I’m dying to see.  Maybe one day I’ll have some thing worthy of him directing! That’s on my santa’s wish list along with my RED camera. But I digress, I was just saying that with these resources online you should be able to get your sound to a level where it need not be CRAPPY (yes that’s a technical word)! And yes it is a learning process, each situation will dictate a different method of working around a particular problem.  We’ve got H4ns, H1s, Tascams, Rodes, I mean the list goes on, so please please pay attention to your SOUND!

Sorry I think I rambled on too much.  Without further adieu

Thanks to Evan Luzi from The Black and Blue for this wonderful video!

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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!