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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

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

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

ENG and CINEMA Video Camera: Different Equipment for Different Shoots

Posted by John Schaus on Jul 8, 2015 9:00:00 AM

 

Ever since the first film camera was patented in 1888, this gateway to the world of entertainment has continually evolved. From that first celluloid device, movie cameras have seen the continual addition of many features and enhancements.

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Topics: Corporate Video Production, Music Video Production, Video Production Equipment, motion picture production, Camera crew

Is the redcam appropriate for my video production?

Posted by John Schaus on Jul 6, 2015 10:00:00 PM

Today's videographers and film makers have access to technology that only a decade ago was out of reach for most. One of the current and most advanced offerings for video production is the Redcam, a digital camera capable of mega-budget results, at a considerable savings over cameras of years past. This camera is a very powerful tool, but before you rush out to buy one for your video production, several questions need to be asked to ensure the Redcam expense is worth it for your situation.
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Topics: Music Video Production, Video Production Equipment, motion picture production, Camera crew, company video production

Top 3 digital cameras used in feature films today

Posted by Trenton Massey on Apr 19, 2015 8:00:00 AM


It can be difficult at times to keep up with the ever changing world of digital cameras... Not only that, knowing which camera is the best and most current solution. As it stands right now in 2015, most feature productions have preferred using one of these three camera companies for the past few years now, marking these as the current champs in the world of cinema. 



The 3 most used cameras in feature films to date are:

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Topics: Video Production Equipment, motion picture production, Camera crew

The benefits of a video camera rental for industry producers

Posted by John Schaus on Jan 15, 2015 9:24:00 AM

 

We all know that offering gear on craigslist for low rent does not pay the bills, and forces you to come across some pretty shady gigs. Video camera rental companies have competitive rates that keep them in business for a reason.

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Topics: Video Production Equipment