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.
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’.
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.”
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.