There is something in the air. Stirrings and rumours sweeping film and TV shoots worldwide. And it was started by Jim Jannard the founder of Red Digital Cinema posted on RedUser “July 6th. 9am PST. Right here. You need to be online. You need to tell everyone you know to be online. Have your credit card ready. This is a new product category. It does not impact your RED camera.”
Jim Jannard later posted its “Much bigger than a codec and much smaller than curing cancer.”
What is the secret to making a great video? A great cameraman.
While having all the gear you will need on set is always that best option, Gear does not make the cameraman, the cameraman makes the gear. Don’t forget Gear is good, but vision, know-how and creativity is better.
If you know how to properly use your gear, you can produce beautiful work. Does using professional camera gear perform better? Yes. But simply having the best camera isn’t enough you need to know-how to use it.
Cinematography is the art and technology of motion-picture photography. A Cinematographer is also know as a Director of Photography and can be shortened to DP or DOP.
The differences between photography and cinematography are many. A single photograph can be a complete work in itself, where as a cinematographer has to work with the director to craft multiple shots that serve the story and keep a consistent look within the scene.
It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out using lighting in your stills and video or an industry veteran, these tips will help you consistently achieve great results when shooting people. Even with only two or three lights anyone can achieve great looking images on video or stills. A typical starting point for professional camera people is always the basic three point lighting setup. From there you can adapt the light setup to achieve the mood you like on your shoot.
When three point lighting, the lights used are normally Key, Fill and Backlight (Hair light). The Key Light is the strongest light hitting your subject (or Talent), and the main source of light in the shot.
The Fill light is from the opposite side to the Key light and is there to reduce contrast and lighten shadows on the subject. Depending on how much contrast or shadow and definition you want on your subject, the Fill light can be moved closer or further away to vary the intensity (brightness). For a soft Fill light it can be filtered or bounced to diffuse it, or placed further away reduce the light’s brightness hitting the subject.
The Backlight (Hair Light) hits your subject from behind and or above which separates the subject from the background by making the edges of the subject’s body pop.
There are many ways to copy the shoot’s data, but unless you use software with a checksum you may not be copying everything every time.
I have bought and tried many different data transfer software apps and have recently found the best one yet, Hedge for Mac. Some of the others that I have bought and used are DoubleData, R3Data and Offload. While each has it good points they also fail in what I want them to do in some other ways.
The reasons why I think Hedge is the head of the pack is its speed. Basically it does what the others do but it does it faster . Its really only a little slower than using Finder, but does a checksum and writes transfer logs, meaning you have proof of the transfer being 100% correct. The speed of transfers and the ability to do simultaneous transfers to multiple locations is a huge plus!
Does it ever end ? No, when it comes to film and TV gear. So with that in mind I have a bunch of new gear. New lighting frames 10 x 10, 6 x 6 and 4 x 4. Also a new Chromakey green 10 x 10 screen as well as some new new textiles for my other frames.
I also have a new monitor stand setup to make having a monitor on set in the right place easier and faster. This is a combination of a few Mathews products specially designed for onset monitors.
Then there is a load of other new gear, including a heap of Shot bags, C stands and more light stands.
All this new gear comes included with all my existing gear as part of my shooting package which means I can handle any shoot. Check out my gear list to see all my gear.
With the seasons changing and it’s warming up a bit now in Australia and our minds are turning towards healthy salads, succulent roasted meat dishes and decadent desserts.
Luckily Your Local Greengrocer has all the inspiration we need – and Minds Eye has helped deliver it in the form of a third series of cooking demonstration videos.
Tim has previously worked with Your Local Greengrocer to create their first two series of recipe videos. And using the latest Red Dragon, Sony F5 and GoPro camera gear, the team were able to capture the highest quality footage possible.
Minds Eye spreading Active Deaf Kids message
Can you imagine what it’s like growing up in a world without sound? That is the reality for thousands of deaf and hard of hearing Aussie kids every day – but there is an organisation that is helping these kids fit in and be healthy.
Tim from Minds Eye is playing a crucial role in the development of a promotional video for the Active Deaf Kids Program, an initiative of Deaf Sport Australia, the country’s peak body for deaf sports.
Its not just you – Tim from Minds Eye Films is definitely looking like he has been on a vacation somewhere with a lot of sun. But in fact, Tim’s tanned skin is actually a result of days of working in an idyllic location – on water!
And not just any body of water. Tim has been shooting on Sydney’s iconic harbour and the pristine Pittwater for two exciting projects for two separate clients. Minds Eye enjoys the challenges that come with tackling a new location, and shooting on a 50-foot game fishing boat and a 60-foot yacht certainly presents some unique ones!