In today’s video my brother and I have fun recreating an iconic scene from “The Matrix”. The video talks about all the elements that go into creating such a scene – but, of course, doing it the low-budget way. Continue reading “The Matrix: Retired” – recreating famous movie scenes
In my earlier newsletter, I talked about how IR (infrared) light pollution can be a problem on some cameras – especially on new cinema cameras such as the URSAs from Blackmagic. Both the Minis and the full-size URSA don’t have any internal filters that will cut out infrared light. Continue reading Solution to IR Pollution
Today, I am testing out a small run-and-gun audio set-up for doing two-person interviews using one camera and two wireless lav mics. Normally, to do that kind of an audio set-up, you would need a mixer to plug the two mics into. Then you would send the mixed audio from the two mics to a recorder or camera. This requires a second person Continue reading My Interview Setup with two Wireless Mics and GH4 – One-person crew
Download and print out your own Photo & Video Cheat Sheet! Continue reading Photo & Video Cheat Sheet – Learn camera fundamentals!
“Maidentrip” is a well-received documentary about a fourteen year-old girl, Laura Dekker, who attempted to become the youngest person to sail alone around the world. The film was directed by Jillian Schlesinger. It premiered at the 2013 SXSW festival where it won the Audience Award. It is a remarkable film about the remarkable Laura Dekker, but “Maidentrip” is also note-worthy because of the figure of Jillian Schlesinger, who – as a first-time director – had to overcome many challenges in order to make this documentary. Continue reading Sailing into the unknown – the making of “Maidentrip” documentary
Today, I saw the short film “The Answers”, which is currently featured on Vimeo Staff Picks. The film has done a long and successful festival tour (winning eight awards) and is now piling up views online. Short films are great for showcasing talents of indie filmmakers. This well-crafted and entertaining film accomplishes exactly that. It has led me to discover the talents of Colin Pregent, among others. Continue reading From wedding videos to films – the outstanding work of cinematographer Colin Pregent
Despite all the controversy surrounding this year’s Oscar nominations, 2016 saw outstanding work from many filmmakers, including those recognized by the Academy. One of the most deserving Oscar nominations went to the cinematographer of “Sicario”, Roger Deakins (the film also received two other nominations: Original Score for Jóhann Jóhannsson; and Sound Editing for Alan Robert Murray). Roger Deakins is an accomplished Hollywood cinematographer – some call him the best DP to have never won an Oscar (despite his twelve nominations, before this year’s). He is also someone who shares his knowledge freely. Therefore, he is the perfect person to learn from. Continue reading The Cinematography of “Sicario”
I am excited to announce that I will be touring with a filmmaking workshop – the 2 Day Cine School. We have worked really hard to prepare this workshop for you and I really believe that those of you who attend will get a lot out of it. To give you a sense of what to expect, here is the tour trailer. Continue reading I am on a tour!
In this tutorial, I show you how to use natural, available light, like the sun to get sexy bikini beach shots! Continue reading Bikini Shoot with $3 DIY Reflector – Photo & Video Tutorial
Today, I am excited to announce the launch of a new edition of my popular Lighting Dozen cinematography tutorials – Natural Light. As the name suggests, this edition shows how to work with natural light. I will explain how to control and shape the sunlight in order to get different moods and looks. Continue reading Lighting Dozen – Natural Light – Tutorials!