Cinematography Techniques, on set not in post. What a concept.

Behind the Scenes: Three Cinematography Techniques For Creating a High-End Beauty Video

Great article and video from over at fstoppers.com. I’ve seen stuff like this done before on sets, but never been a huge fan of doing things in production that I know I can duplicate in post, especially with the proliferation of lens flares and other flashy whiz-bangs that tend to get over used to the point of cliche in this visual medium. But it is nice to see it explained and illustrated in this way, and of course there are instances were it just makes sense to do things in production, and not aways have to “fix it in post” right? So go ahead, make those lens flares on set. Put things in front of the lens to create blurs and vignettes. Just remember that “effect” is baked in to the shot, and at that point, it can’t be “fixed in post.”

Drone First Flight

Had some fun over the past few weeks getting used to flying a DJI Phantom 3 Pro. This is not for commercial purposes at this time as I do not have a pilots license of any sort, but am getting used to just how this tool works and what some of its high and low points are (pun intended). I can only say, there is an massive learning curve, not to the part of simply getting the thing airborne, but to the control factor for making good images and camera moves. It’s actually ridiculously easy to get the thing in the air, assuming you follow the few simple instructions, but once one starts moving it around and attempting slightly more than basic camera moves with it, that seems to be when all neurons need to be firing in top form. It’s at that point when multiple things with the controls and where ones eyes need to be start to demand attention.

 

 

I know, I’m behind the curve on this drone thing. I know, EVERYONE and their little nephew has a drone and has their own tech news training channel up on youtube already. I’m fine being behind the curve. And I’m also fine taking my time to make sure I learn how to use it and not be one of the multitude of casualties that has crashed the drone into water, people, trees, buildings, etc. So stay tuned, hopefully I’ll be able to post more shorts like this over the coming weeks and months. One thing is for sure, this is one darn fun activity, and no wonder its shot through the roof (pun intended, again) in popularity amongst hobbyists and professionals.

Have one? Chime in, I’d love to hear your thoughts on getting started, how you use it, etc.

The Harrowing Drive to Work in a Blizzard.

For those not from the northern portions of the U.S., here’s what a 50 minute commute looks like condensed via timelapse down to one minute, driving in a blizzard that made the roads pretty slick.

Shot with a GoPro mounted on the dashboard, processed and color corrected in Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro CC.

Music: “Sonata No. 06 in F Major, Op. 10 No. 2 – III. Presto” by Daniel Veesey (http://www.musopen.com/info.php?class=performer&id=44)

Hosting Service Change, Updates to the Site

I recently had to switch from Bluehost to some other form of hosting service due to the site getting hacked and having some malicious code causing the site to be blocked, etc. Not cool all around. Made the switch to wordpress.com for hosting, and other than a few things I simply don’t understand about how the web works (I’m not code guru by any stretch), the process has been pretty awesome. Pretty amazing help from the support people at WordPress, they were ridiculously fast and friendly at getting on the chat and answering questions. Very impressed!

Greetings from the blog. It’s been a while.

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Never very good at publishing anything consistently to this space on my site, but here it is. Another update.
It’s been a busy fall season so far. Video projects have continued, some wrapped up, some getting prolonged, all a new and fun set of challenges. I continue to feel fortunate and blessed that I have a career that offers variety and the ability to work doing what I love, whether producing media or teaching that skill to others.