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The rise of the camerawoman

Posted by John Schaus on Aug 4, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Video Shoots With A New Perspective

This isn't your first video shoot by any means. You've been around the block more times than you care to count and yet you still find ways to keep your work fresh and exciting. You know what you want and when you want it. Your Public Relations Company has put a lot of faith in you and you do what it takes to justify it.

Your looking for a fresh look for your productions. The best way to find these new looks is by turning things around and moving away from the well-traveled path. New eyes bring new thoughts and ideas. A new perspective is what you want.

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Topics: Corporate Video Production, Music Video Production, motion picture production, Camera crew, company video production, Director of Photography, Video Pre Production, video production services

When and when not to use a DIT on set

Posted by Trenton Massey on Aug 2, 2016 7:31:00 AM

Today’s Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) should not be a familiar face to most production crews making corporate videos, conducting live feeds, or performing static interviews. Spending a lot of production money on a DIT in those cases gets you no better product and saps your budget.

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Topics: Video Production Equipment, motion picture production, Camera crew, Director of Photography, Post Production, video production services

Arri Alexa XT brings “Free State of Jones” to life on the big screen

Posted by Trenton Massey on Jul 11, 2016 4:00:00 PM


Out of all of the film’s that have touched on the war between the Confederacy and the Union, Free State of Jones manages to travel into the grey area of the civil war and stick up for the southern residents that were opposed to the confederacy. It was a breathe of fresh air in a sea of recent films whose settings take place in the south and revolve around racial tension. Part of the success of the film can be attributed to the humble, straight forward cinematography that keeps you engaged in the moment and doesn’t stop to gloat or show off.

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Topics: Video Production Equipment, motion picture production, Camera crew, Director of Photography, Camera Packages

Is it too hot for video production in Phoenix?

Posted by Trenton Massey on Jul 7, 2016 7:28:00 AM

 

Everyone knows that Phoenix is hot, but did you know that it's also the best place for safe flying weather in the country? There's a very good reason why you can find so many flight schools around the Phoenix metro area. Student pilots from all around the world gather here to enjoy the nearly endless number of clear and bright days with beautifully sunny visibility.

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Topics: Corporate Video Production, Music Video Production, motion picture production, company video production, Director of Photography, Video Pre Production, Video Production Phoenix, Camera Packages, video production services

What are common rates for camera operators, dp's, & DIT's

Posted by Trenton Massey on May 4, 2016 7:00:00 AM

 

Common daily rates for camera operators, directors of photography (DPs) and Digital Image Technicians (DITs) vary according to the type of shoot they are hired for. Each job and average salary range will be explored here in detail.

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Topics: motion picture production, Camera crew, Director of Photography, Video Pre Production, video production services

New cameras of 2016: Facts and Rumors

Posted by Trenton Massey on Oct 30, 2015 2:43:16 PM



Every year the video and film production community gather at the biggest nerd event that shan't be named (NAB) to gawk at all of the cool new gear that is being unveiled by all of the top brands catering to the industry. Just like every year, there's a healthy amount of competition trying to get it right for their consumers. Some fall short and others take off like the speed of light, but most have something to offer to all crowds.

It's exciting to see how quickly these companies are turning around new cameras with the improvements that DOP's and Camera Operators are asking for. It almost seems like there's too much to choose from… almost that is.

More and more we are seeing technology get better and more unified while the price point gets cheaper. Right now there's a hot spot between $15,000 and $30,000 that companies are looking to aim for. Don't you worry you $10,000-and-below range people, there are plenty of bones being thrown your way this year.


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Topics: Video Equipment Testing, Corporate Video Production, Video Production Equipment, motion picture production, Camera crew, company video production, Director of Photography

Will the Canon C300 Mark II gain the popularity of it's predecessor?

Posted by Trenton Massey on Sep 25, 2015 3:29:15 PM



Let's face it, the Canon C300 kicked ass for awhile, but it's slowly fading off into the sunset. I am a huge fan of Canon… Sony, Arri, RED, Panasonic, Vision Research, Black Magic, you name it so don't get it mixed up, this is not a biased discussion. 

Having an affinity with all cameras, it's my humble opinion that each one has their place and application. People have different tastes, styles, needs, budgets and it's all relative. It's nice to see so much competition for once, even though it may be getting a little ridiculous. That being said, some cameras definitely perform better than others thanks to their design internally/externally and the consideration their creators have for the DOP's in the preliminary stage of a camera's production. 

Okay, so back to the C300… That camera was going out like hot cakes! But it was destined to meet a competitor that would blow it out of the water. Why, might you ask? Because of it's flaws. 

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Canon C300 Mark II

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Topics: Video Equipment Testing, Corporate Video Production, Music Video Production, Video Production Equipment, motion picture production, Camera crew, company video production, Director of Photography

Breaking the rule of thirds and when it's appropriate

Posted by Trenton Massey on Sep 17, 2015 3:23:00 PM

 

The rule of thirds is ancient, ever since there have been paintings on canvas, humans have almost instinctively been compelled to place their subjects along invisible gridlines (vertical and horizontal) that divide the frame into thirds. From paintings and drawings,"the rule" became a standard in the world of photography. It wasn't too long after photography was born that we saw the advent of motion picture. A lot of the rules for composition, exposure, and lighting applied to this new found art form. The rule of thirds was no exception.

 

Through out the years, we have seen a plethora of films, commercials, music videos, corporate videos, and everything in between, bad and good, amateur and professional. At the end of the day, I've seen a lot of people break the rules and it works out beautifully, on the other hand, I've seen a plenty of productions that failed miserably due to their poor composition.

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Topics: Techniques, Corporate Video Production, Video Production Techniques, motion picture production, Camera crew, Director of Photography, Video Pre Production

Straight Out of Compton's DOP chose to fly with the RED Dragon

Posted by Trenton Massey on Sep 12, 2015 11:35:19 AM

 

I went and saw "Straight Outta Compton" last weekend specifically to see why DOP Matthew Libatique chose to go with the RED Dragon to shoot the film… not because I grew up listening to Easy E or anything. I will say that I have no idea if there were any politics involved with the camera decision, I'm simply assuming the choice was ultimately left up to Libatique. It's an interesting subject though when considering his approach to a lot of his films in the past and the fact that Noah, the film he shot just prior to Compton, was shot on the Arri Alexa Plus. 

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Topics: Video Production Equipment, Video Production Techniques, motion picture production, Camera crew, Director of Photography

What is a director of photography

Posted by Trenton Massey on Aug 21, 2015 8:00:00 AM

History of Film

At the turn of the century, film bore little resemblance to the art form it is today. Once the capabilities of motion pictures became apparent, it quickly evolved from novelty into a powerful storytelling tool. The medium was quickly enriched during the early 20th century with increased creative and technical complexity. As the equipment and capabilities of film evolved, the film crew as it’s known today also began to take shape.

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Topics: Music Video Production, motion picture production, company video production, Director of Photography, video production services