When Canon released the 5D Mark II in 2008 and then followed up with the 7D in 2009, indie film and video production was revolutionized. These cameras combined great optics with full HD recording. Just as importantly, their cost was within the reach of many indie filmmakers. The Canon DSLRs were all the rave. Continue reading Is Canon Forgetting Indie Filmmakers?
Here’s a short but interesting interview with Francis Ford Coppola that discusses the challenges of filmmaking. The surprising revelation is the fact that Coppola feels insecure about his writing, despite his many great accomplishments. Continue reading Is insecurity intrinsic to screenwriting?
“Russian Roulette” is a short directed by Ben Aston that has been very popular online. In fact, it won the 2014 Sundance London online short competition. It is a fun and clever film that shows once again that it doesn’t have to take a lot of money to entertain an audience. Continue reading “Russian Roulette” – £50 short film with the International Space Station
Due to the exceptional circumstances of the film “The Interview”, this conventional Hollywood production is being distributed in an unconventional way. As those of you in the U.S. have probably heard, the film became available simultaneously online and in movie theatres.
This distribution strategy – called a day-and-date release in industry jargon – has been often discussed, but never attempted on a big Hollywood title. And so “The Interview” has become a great test case for such a strategy. So far, though, the test results point to a failure. Continue reading “The Interview” and the Future of Film Distribution
Tony Zhou has posted a great video on Vimeo analyzing action scenes done by Jackie Chan. The fact that Chan leads a great stunt team is a given, but Zhou makes very interesting points about directing and editing fighting scenes. He compares how Jackie Chan’s fights come out in Hollywood versus Hong Kong films. Continue reading How To Do Action – Jackie Chan Style
This weekend sees the North American wide release of the movie “Wild” starring Reese Witherspoon. The film is directed and DP’ed, respectively, by Jean-Marc Vallée and Yves Bélanger. This is the duo of talented Quebec filmmakers whose work includes the Oscar-winner “Dallas Buyers Club”. Continue reading Shooting With Natural Light: movie “Wild”
I came across an interesting short documentary about an unheralded man who has done some outstanding work. His name is Kenji Yamaguchi and he is a photography technician at the National Geographic. Continue reading National Geographic’s Camera Gear Magician: Kenji Yamaguchi
The long-awaited Atomos Shogun 4K recorder and monitor is finally here. You can now purchase one at B&H Photo Video. Continue reading Atomos Shogun Arrives At B&H Photo Video
Right now B&H Photo Video has a really good deal on the Lensbaby lenses that I reviewed in my earlier post. For those who don’t know, the Lensbabies are tilt shift lenses that allow you to create really cool effects by selectively blurring parts of an image while keeping the rest in focus. Continue reading Lensbaby Lenses On Sale
Recently, I came across a beautiful looking short film “Without You” by the talented Sherif Mokbel. Filmed on Panasonic’s DSLM camera Lumix GH4, this production serves as a great example of how to shoot with little crew and equipment. Continue reading “Without You” – Beautiful Short Shot on GH4