Neutral Density (or ND) filters are indispensable when you want to get a narrow depth of field while filming in very bright light (for example, outdoors on a sunny day). Sometimes you can’t or don’t want to make the shutter go fast enough to open the aperture up all the way. That’s when you need an ND filter. Unfortunately, these filters are usually expensive. Continue reading Crazy STRONG Variable ND Filter! (11 Stops)
Recently, I shot a film recently where I got to use a bunch of new camera gear. One of the things I tested was the new shotgun mic from Aputure. Continue reading Film Shoot Tested! Aputure Deity Condenser Microphone – Is it good?
In January 2017, my brother and I visited Montañita, a beach town in Ecuador. This special place was the subject of our 2013 documentary “Montañita: Beach Life”. Continue reading Montañita Revisited 2017
We were contacted by Foton, which is a Polish company that produces camera accessories. They wanted us to test out and let them know what we think of their new motorized slider the Varanus VS2.
I was busy at the moment on another job, so I asked a friend of mine, a talented photographer Akash Wadhwani, to help out by testing the kit. You can check out Akash’s website for more of his amazing photos and time-lapse tutorials. Continue reading Motorized slider time-lapse with Varanus SV2
For years, the Zoom H4 has been the workhorse audio recorder on my film and video productions. As good as it is, it is an older model, and so I decided to see what the current portable recorders have to offer. Here is my review of three popular recorders from Zoom and Tascam. Continue reading Portable Audio Recorders for Filmmakers
I decided to do a post talking about how I organize my day because it’s something that is important, but gets often overlooked. As a filmmaker, you have to juggle multiple projects and still complete them on time. What is my formula? Well, I am not sure whether I manage my time well, or whether I work faster than most – I like to think it’s both 🙂 In any case, here is a glimpse into my life – hopefully you find it helpful. Continue reading My Daily Routine: The Life of a Filmmaker
Recently, I had a problem with the threads on my camera – they stripped and eventually came lose. I actually almost dropped my new Ursa Mini because of this. Continue reading How to fix a damaged tripod thread
If you own the BlackMagic URSA cameras or the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, then you know how expensive it is right now to get enough storage. Continue reading DIY cheap storage for the URSA Mini cameras – CFast to SSD Adapter for under $100