Here is a liitle behind the scenes of our camera prep for a short film tilted "Someday Hero" written and Directed By, Darcy Fray. We are using both a Canon5D Mark II and Canon 7D. We are also using Zeiss ZE Primes a Canon 70-200mm and a Tokina 16-50mm. Following focus with an Arri MMF-1 Mini Follow Focus. We are using a mix of Red Rock Micro and Zacuto accessories on the set. I hope they play nice. Marshall monitors for monitoring and a bevy of other gear supplied from Birns and Sawyer, Hollywood. Thanks for all the support. We will try to shoot "BTS dailies" to document our process. Thanks for checking it out.
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Richard Schleuning of Zeiss explains the difference between t-stos and f-stops.
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Here is a short demo showing the location of some of the video functions, how it differs from the Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 7D. A Big THANK YOU to Birns And Sawyer in Hollywood for letting me use their camera and shop to shot this demo.
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Here is a quick take on some accessories from Chrosziel for HDSLR work. The Baseplate itself has a little lip attachment that prevents the camera from shifting. The camera tie down is a huge blue knob for easy access. The matte box has a great rubber bellows that will work with multiple lenses. It's a carbon fiber look which is strange but true. It's not really carbon fiber. Chrosziel makes some great stuff for HDSLR work. Thanks for cheking it out.
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Here is the Legend Howard Preston explaining the new Light Ranger 2 system. This man invented the wireless follow focus! "You Don't Want To Buzz shot." Awesome! For more info check out www.wideopencamera.com Thanks!
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I got the chance to play around with the Hot Rod Cameras PL Mount Canon 7D at Birns and Sawyer, Hollywood. I ended up using Really Right Stuff Base Plates to prevent the camera from shifting with the Big Ass 25-250mm HR lens and Arri FF4 Follow Focus. I used a 7" Marshall HDMI monitor and it all worked just like a 35mm Motion Picture setup.
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Here is a quick look at the new Halo wireless follow focus system from Redrock Micro. Pretty Cool! For more info go to wideopencamera.com
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Dave Aldrich from D Focus asked us to come down and help out with a hang gliding camera rig he designed. I grabbed a Canon Rebel T2i from Birns and Sawyer and slapped a Tokina 11-16mm Zoom with a Schneider Polarizer and off Zippy went. The rig was just a simple arm with a ball mount head. I decided to use the "Landscape" Picture Style on the rig to get as much as possible out of the sky. The hang gliding footage is badass. Chris Collins shot "B" cam and Dave shot some of the landing footage with a Canon Rebel T2i and 70-200mm Zoom. I had to climb down the side of the hill to get the overhead shot of the takeoff. It was a really fun day of shooting. Zac was one of the coolest people I have ever met. A big Thank You to Dave Aldrich for asking us to join this adventure.
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I got the chance to ask Matthew Duclos a few questions about their new Cine Mod 70-200mm Nikon Lens. Duclos is one of the best lens shops in the world and they have been doing a great job of modifying still lenses for cinema use.
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I caught up with the man himself Garrett Brown to talk about how HDSLR's and other small form factor cameras have enabled him to fulfill a 35 year long dream of shooting from the floor to the ceiling with a steadicam.
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The good folks over at Hot Rod Cameras are offering a kick ass warranty with the new Back Bone GoPro C Mount Mod for the Hero 3/3+ Cameras. The whole kit will set you back around nine hundred smackers, camera included! A Big THANKS to Kevin Barsky at Hot Rod Cameras for the demo! Check them out at www.hotrodcameras.com
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Here is a little taste of the Hang Gliding movie we are shooting with Dave Aldrich. The pilot is Jeff O'Brien and we were shooting at Point Of The Mountain in Utah. Thanks for checking it out!
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Here is some awesome knowledge from Richard Scheluning about 4K sensor variations and lenses. This brother breaks it down like no one else! For more info go to www.wideopencamera.com
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Here is a first look at the new ZEISS Batis Lenses in the wild. The OLED display works well in bright sun and should kill in the dark. This is a world's first OLED display with depth of field info. For more info go to wideopencamera.com
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Here is a little side-by-side comparison of the more popular follow focus units for HDSLR work available today. We show Arri, Chrosziel, Zacuto, and Red Rock Micro. Check it out.
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Here's a quick take on the Paralinx Arrow+ and Crossbow HD-SDI converter box.
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Here is a quick take on the various ways to mark an actor for focus and framing. The most common mark is a T shape in between the actor's feet. We show a few more variations and explain the possible use for each one. We recommend using 1/4" paper tape with tabs for easy removal. This is primarily for interior use. Exterior marks can be done with chalk or sticks, golf tees, anything that will work etc. Please check us out at wide open camera dot com.
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Kim Heat had this amazing hot head on a pole that works much like a sound boom pole. This is one super cool rig. He used it on the upcoming film Secretariat. This rig can be used almost anywhere you can place a boom pole. Now with the new HDSLR's he can even use it at interior locations.
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Here is a quick look at the new Sumo Light Sumo Space. A Bi- Color LED that puts out around 6K and has a bunch of options. These could be great for studios and larger sets. They only weigh around ten pounds and draw about 500W. For more info got to wideopencamera.com
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Dennis Wood from Cinevate Inc. was showing off his brand spanking new monster Cyclops Viewfinder for HDSLR's at Canon expo 2010. The viewfinder is a pretty cool option for those looking for a two eye system to operate the camera. The Cyclops can also double as a 72mm Macro adapter when attached to the front of the lens.
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I got the chance to check out the Marshall Electronics Factory in El Segundo, California. They are dedicated to quality. Everything is made here in the U.S.
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We got the chance to ask Richard Schleuning from Carl Zeiss Lenses about auto focus lenses. He as usual breaks it down for us in this interview.
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Here is a quick take on the new Carl Zeiss Lenses Compact Primes. The new CP.2's are available in either Canon EF, Nikon or PL mounts. They have a small baffle in the rear of the lens that helps control lens flare. They are not cheap at around $3500 each but they are well worth the price. The glass is hand picked in Germany and they are uniform in size. Currently they are some of the few Cinema Style lenses that will cover a full frame digital sensor.
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Zeiss National Sales Manager Richard Schleuning does a great job of justifying the wacky T-Stops of the Zeiss Canon Mount ZE Lenses.
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I hijacked this Canon 7D powered cage from Viewfactor when they came to a show at Birns and Sawyer. The cage works flawlessly. I only had time to power up the camera and a Marshall 6.5" on board monitor.
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Here is some BTS from our third day of shooting "Someday Hero" Written and Directed by Darcy Fray. This scene is a fight between a husband and wife interior kitchen set. I wanted a "Magic Hour" feel to the interior lighting so I used two little 200W Kobold HMI's. They were just enough to expose the room and still gave us the hard light we wanted. One of the best features of HDSLR is their low light capability. We were able to match exposure to within one stop from the exterior to the interior with only two 200W lights! The Kobold's are awesome. They stay cool to the touch and can be adjusted without gloves. I found this feature super handy.
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The Letus Helix is the best three axis brushless gimbal for around five grand. It has a nodal system with a power 360 degree rotation. We really like this system so we deemed it Best Gimbal at Cine Gear 2014! A dominos pizza is on the way to the good folks at Letus! Check them out at www.letusdirect.com For more info go to www.wideopencamera.com
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Atomos CEO Jeromy Young had me sold at 995. The Atomos line of recorders range from around three hundred bucks for the Atomos Ninja Star up to two grand for the soon to be released Shogun. Check them out at www.atomos.com For more info go to www.wideopencamera.com
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I got the chance to interview Curt at his shop. he is one mad scientist film maker. He shows off the new follow focus system that works with the existing focus motor on the lens. Cages galore.
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Here is a quick take on the Sennheiser MKE 400 mini shotgun microphone. It is a great tool for HDSLR work. We beat the crap out of ours and it always performs. The only downside is no real indication of battery life. There is a small blip when it is turned on but then it goes away. We have to turn it on and off throughout the day to make sure the battery is still good.
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Here is a quick look at the Walter Klassen Slingshot gimbal rig at Cine Gear 2015. For more info go to wideopencamera.com
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Here is a first look at the Aluminum prototype Combat Cage for the GoPro Hero 3 from Wide Open Camera. The finished version will be anodized flat black. This is just the first prototype for real world testing. A HUGE thanks to Dave Aldrich from D focus for helping us out with this project. We will be taking this bad boy out for a spin to shoot our kickstarter video this week. Stay tuned for final pricing and availability. Hit us up at www.wideopencamera.com for more info. Thanks!
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I shot this with a Canon Rebel T2i strapped to the Jockey. The camera is so lightweight that I was able to literally tape it to the Jockey's chest. I used a Sigma fisheye lens T5.6 at 100 ISO with a 1/160th shutter at 24fps. This is pretty close to how I envisioned the shot. Jose the Jockey for Mike Mitchell agreed to operate the camera. The rigging was done by our Gaffer Chuck Linkes. The Lens was borrowed from Philip Bloom. The color grading was done by Jeremy Ian Thomas of Hdi RAW Works.You All Kick Ass!
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Here is a badass quick take on the brand spanking new Teradek Cube HD wireles transmitter. This thing is so cool. Wifi to a laptop, iPad or iPhone. The Cube held up very well to our motorcycle madness.
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Jared talks to David about their Russian Arm gyro controlled camera control system.
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Here is another quick take. This one is on the badass Arri MFF-1 Mini Follow Focus. The mini is by far one of the best follow focus units for HDSLR work. There are mechanical hard stops that work very well with Canon glass. There is also a reversible gear drive that works with Nikon Glass. Arri makes some of the best professional cinema equipment in the world. The MFF-1 Follow Focus is a perfect example of that.
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