ON THE COUCH – Zacuto, Rodney Charters, ASC & Bruce Logan, ASC

A really interesting discussion at Cinema 5d from Rodney Charters, ASC, “24” & Bruce Logan, ASC, the original Star Wars films, original TRON,  and Batman Forever, at NAB2014.

Some interesting thoughts on the challenges of lighting for 4k, especially with regard to female actresses and how 4k is taking away some of the DoP’s control as ‘re-framing’ becomes more common.

Another topic was how the lack of a budget for colour correction means DoPs are trying to apply looks with filters etc. while they are shooting.

via NAB 2014 – ON THE COUCH – ep 6 – Zacuto, Rodney Charters, ASC & Bruce Logan, ASC « cinema5D.

Godzilla European Premiere, London

On Sunday I was filming on the red carpet at another Film Premiere in London’s West End – Godzilla

Bryan Cranston, EIizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson were the big draw for the crowd and according to Mr Cranston this film isn’t just a typical summer blockbuster but has a well developed script. With a review of 90% on Rotten Tomatoes I’m hoping he’s right.

Cinema Lens Guide – How to Convert Your Stills Lenses into Cinema Lenses

Caleb Pike at Dslr Video Shooter has posted a really great guide with some simple tips to make your stills photo lenses more usable in a video context – Turn Your Photo Lenses Into a Cinema Lens Set.

Many people are using excellent older stills lenses from the 70’s and 80’s to shoot video on their DSLR cameras as they can be bought quite affordably second hand, they are generally superb quality glass and the key point is that they have a manual aperture ring which will allow the smooth and seamless aperture changes necessary when filming video (once the aperture has been de-clicked).

(I have a set of old Zeiss-Contax lenses that I have gathered over time which give that famous Zeiss look and are very sharp prime lenses for a reasonable price.)

He goes through the process of de-clicking the aperture (removing the little ball bearing inside the aperture ring that makes the ring ‘click’ from one F-stop to another), which can be a DIY process on some lenses, guides available on YouTube etc, fitting an adapter so that lens will mount on your camera and adding lens gears so that you pull focus using an ‘Follow focus’.

Well worth a look….

via Cinema Lens Guide – How to Convert Your Lenses into Cinema Lenses.

WALLEY POS-86 – Walley Films

A really well made video by Walley Films which parodies some of the hyperbole that surrounds lots of the new film making kit that gets announced these days.

A short promo video that parodies the endless production and marketing of prosumer video cameras. Filmmakers Mark and Angela Walley have created a camera that is both a reverse trend in consumer electronics and “the most advanced camera ever built.”

via WALLEY POS-86 – Walley Films.

Reading a Color Temp Meter: Tips and Tricks | Hurlbut Visuals

Another informative article abut the craft of film making by Shane Hurlbut, lighting in particular. He goes through the basics of how to read a Colour Temperature meter and using that information to balance the lights in your scene – making practical lights and even street-lights more usable for your final image.

Several weeks ago, I went into how to read your light meter and why it is so important.  I know that many of you have said the light meter is dead. Well, you are not on your way to serving yourself well as a cinematographer by thinking this way. You have to have the brick and mortar of light before putting together your creative house.

“Snapshots of Your Color Palette”

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