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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

How to choose the right cast & crew for your next video production

Posted by John Schaus on Jul 19, 2016 7:30:00 AM

 

Choosing the right cast and crew for your upcoming video production may not seem like a science, but there are key elements to keep in mind so the end product is successful. Talented people are desirable for both cast and crew, but remember—you'll be spending long hours with these folks, so you also want to hire basically easygoing, positive individuals who have a good work ethic.

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Topics: Techniques, Corporate Video Production, Video Production Techniques, motion picture production, company video production, Video Pre 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

5 Reasons to Shoot Video Production in Arizona

Posted by John Schaus on May 9, 2016 7:28:00 AM

 

Finding a suitable location in which to shoot your production doesn't have to be difficult—all you need is an area that has a wide variety of video-related resources and skilled professionals who know what they are doing. Arizona has the proper resources needed to create excellent-quality video. Here are five ways in which the "valley of the sun" excels at being an assett to the video production community at large.

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Topics: Corporate Video Production, Music Video Production, motion picture production, company video production, Video Pre Production, Video Production Phoenix, Post Production, 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

3 common camera packages & budgets used by industry professionals in today's market

Posted by John Schaus on Sep 28, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Sometimes basic math skills are no help at all. The difference between something labeled “2K” and another thing labeled “4K” is not 2K. Today’s video production means knowing a lot more than the difference between 2K and 4K when selecting camera packages. As with most things in life, the conversation begins with money.

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Topics: Corporate Video Production, Video Production Equipment, motion picture production, Camera crew, Video Pre Production, Camera Packages, video production services

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