On this audio blog post we talk about our new documentary film John - The Human Studio I took 10 minutes out to talk about why I decided to make a documentary film about a small town hero called John - The Human Studio that focuses on mental illness.
As independent filmmakers we are all wrapped up in producing our films and ready to share with the world, but we loose touch with a very important part of filmmaking and that is marketing our films. We have a special guess Joe Annechino with us today to share his experiences as a person who has spent many years marketing big budget films. Listen to our conversation here.
Every filmmaker wants to see their film screened on the big screen to be noticed and picked up for distribution, but every filmmaker is not lucky enough to have this happen, so that idea goes out the window. After all who has the time to watch everything on the big screen. Many academy members, TV programming members, and distributors prefer to view these films in their own living rooms. Their is some evidence that attendance at academy screening are way down. In the '80s, and '90s, distributors sent out VHS tapes, then DVDs and Blu-rays to members of the Academy Of Motion Pictures. Now their is no excuse to not have your film screened. Screener Copy Company is providing a way for filmmakers to send their film out to anyone at a very reasonable price. Screener Copy gives the filmmaker and viewer a singular, secure, hassle-free way to send copies of their hard work they have put into making their films. This is a great way to build buzz and secure killer coverage. Using a screening company like Screener Copy let's you safestream and protects your screener through forensic like technology by placing a invisible watermark on each copy with the viewers own unique ID. I personnally use Screener Copy for all my film screeners and I have had great experiences with both viewer and Screen Copy. Sceener Copy also has great customer service. whenever I didn't quite know something or had any issue they were right on it and resolved the problem right away.
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April 9th I did a blog on Blackmagic's New Pocket Cinema 4K camera this camera is very promising for indie filmmakers all over the world. Today we take a look at Z Cam's new E2 Cinema Camera. These are two very different cinema cameras that should produce very good film like footage. Take a look at B&H's video below at NAB 2018. Don't forget to subscribe and share this blog for the latest news on everything filmmaking.
The new Z CAM E2 Cinematic Micro Four Thirds camera replacement of the Z CAM E1 model leaked online prior to the official announcement at the 2018 NAB show next week. The camera specifications are:
Z Cam the relatively new Camera company from Shenzhen, China has announced the Z MSRP $1,999.00 USD. It is not a direct replacement for their ambitious but Z E1 . The new camera is a beast specs wise with up to 120fps 4k and full HD 1080p at 240fps. The codecs will be H.264 and H.265 at 10 bit but no RAW support so far which might be acceptable if the codec is clean enough and their promised Log Flat curve preserves the estimated 13.5 stops of dynamic range.
The camera is still being developed for a June 2018 estimated ship date. It lacks a back screen and relies on a Wifi or Gigabit Ethernet link to their dedicated control application. They intend to support iOS devices and or a PC client. No mention of Android support or Mac which should be included in order to maintain the widest compatibility. We feel lacking Android control is a big deal and should be promised in a future update. It is also unclear if the camera will be possible to use by using a touch screen field monitor which probably will not be the case. Using an iPhone or
Blackmagic are teasing a new 4K Pocket Cinema Camera that we suspect is going to be announced at NAB on Monday morning. A banner was put up outside the Las Vegas Convention Centre today. While it doesn’t show a clear image of what the camera looks like, it is clear that it doesn’t resemble the original BMPCC.
digital film technology into the palm of your hand! The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K has a 4/3 size sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range and dual native ISO up to 25,600. That means you get stunning HDR images and incredible low light performance! The external controls give you quick access to essential functions, while the large 5 inch touchscreen makes it easy to frame shots, focus accurately and change camera settings. Images are recorded onto standard SD/UHS-II or CFast 2.0 cards in RAW and ProRes at up to 120 frames per second! In addition, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K has an MFT lens mount, built-in microphones, mini XLR input, full sized HDMI, 3D LUT support, Bluetooth, USB-C Expansion Port and more!
Filming in tight spaces can be a big challenge when using film gear. With today's tools must filmmakers can buy film gear at a reasonable price. As filmmakers we come into all kinds of situations to film in. Now we have small cinema cameras that can produce a big budget look. Today we take a look at the Z Camera E1. This is a small cinema camera with interchangeable lens system and a Micro four - thirds sensor.
I have always liked the Blackmagic cinema cameras. As it turns out many independent filmmakers & companies, also are impressed with the Blackmagic cinema camera brand. There have been a number of films and TV projects that these cameras have been used in major Hollywood films and independent films. Blackmagic Design gear used to help make more than 20 films this summer. The older model The pocket camera has been used on some of this year’s biggest action films. Such films like “Jason Bourne” and the opening action scene on the “Ben-Hur” epic, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and the new Micro Cinema Camera are natural choices for capturing action scene and to be used as crash cameras. These little cameras are chosen by Hollywood directors, because they are small and can fit in places that the bigger cinema camera, will not saving lots of time, while the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has 13 stops of dynamic range making it able to produce a cinematic look good enough for a Hollywood film. Here is a link https://shotonwhat.com/cameras/blackmagic-pocket-cinema-camera
I shoot independent full feature documentaries for release in theaters and TV shows. When I see Hollywood utilizing all the features that these cameras have to offer, I get very excited. Sometimes you will see the cameras fully rigged out, which looks like something from the future. Almost all the time if these cameras are rigged out you will see a mounted baseplate or shoulder mount. Rods in the front and sometimes in the back to support the large cinema lenses with a follow focus. A matte box or a swing away matte box. These cameras usually have a large brick battery on the back. I all most all the time film this way. You can see a picture of my rigged blackmagic Ursa Mini at top of this page.
Check out the opening scene that was shot on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Yes even Hollywood still likes the look of the Blackmagic Pocket camera
What’s The Big Deal About The Blackmagic Cinema Cameras
The URSA Mini Pro, a professional digital film camera that combines the incredible image quality of URSA Mini 4.6K with the features and controls of a traditional broadcast camera! You get a massive number of ergonomically designed controls on the side of the camera so you can adjust most settings by feel, and without ever having to take your eyes off the action. URSA Mini Pro also features built in ND filters, a status display and a revolutionary new interchangeable lens mount that lets you change between EF photographic lenses or PL, B4 and F mount lenses. URSA Mini Pro records up to 60 fps and features dual C-Fast 2.0 recorders as well as dual SD/UHS-II Card recorders. URSA Mini Pro is lightweight and comfortable enough to use all day, has controls that are extremely fast to use, and image quality that’s far superior to broadcast cameras costing ten times more!
The Blackmagic Ursa Mini cameras use C Fast Cards
CFast cards can perform data transfers at a speed of about 600 MB/s, the same as a high-end SSD. This makes them ideal for 4K video and other bandwidth heavy applications. Especially when compared to SD cards, which max out at less than half of that speed. Even the interface of the CFast cards is becoming useful even if you don’t want the cards, because of its use of SATA bus, making it compatible with SSDs.
I very much enjoyed my time shooting Electronic Crack Film mostly with the BLACKMAGIC URSA MINI AND BLACKMAGIC POCKET CINEMA CAMERA. Shooting 4K footage gives you a lot of framing choices, the images look superb, and the camera is a work of art.The original Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera still holds plenty of value and is one of the best cameras in its price range) with tons of recording formats, RAW, and many more) and a sensor with a micro 4/3 makes a great camera to use many different lenses with an adapter. With the professional quality and price range of the Blackmagic cameras, I will definitely be shooting my next full feature documentary on one of these cameras.
A person on this blog wanted me to go a little further in recording sound. I thought it would be a good idea to show how foley sounds are made and how they are used. I recorded this foley sound from a fan in a house. It would be more ideal to record in a dedicated sound room for foley recording, but I used this simple house fan for the example.The footage is from youtube that had people talking while they were recording the helicopter. I just took the original sound out and replaced it with the foley sound from the house fan. I hope this can shine a little more light on recording sound.
An inexpensive alternative to the Pelican case
The Pelican brand name has made a very good name for itself in protecting it's content once locked up inside. These cases are made very well. For those of us who are on tight budgets, we tend to look for much more inexpensive gear and cases, providing that these items meet or come close to the more expensive items. Here are two case both with the same dimensions is size, but with a different price tag. The blue case is a Porta Brace Hard case Model# PB-2400 Price $69.99 and The Black case is The Apache 3800 case bought at Harbor freight Price $39.99
Both cases are rugged and come with the foam. It is important to protect your gear. I feel very comfortable putting my cinema lenses in the Apache 3800 case. Once the foam was cut to fit these lenes the lenses held up nicely as we have been taking them on film shoots for our film Electronic Crack Film
We would love to hear about your alternative to inexpensive gear or cases.
Today we are talking about establishing shots for your scene. It is generally a long or extreme-long shot at the beginning of a scene indicating where, and sometimes when, the remainder of the scene takes place. In this establishing shot, we used the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City to set the scene in New York. This is only a short clip of the establishing shot.
The Brooklyn Bridge is a bridge in New York City and is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. This Bridge is an icon and has been featured in many films. One such film that comes to mind is John Wick 2.
What is your famous establishing shot and in what film?
It is one thing to get the best visuals & audio that you can get, but just as important is having steady shots in your film if that is what you are going for. We used a few cameras and stabilizing equipment in our film Electronic Crack Film. The cell phone footage of behind the scenes demo straights stabilizing your footage. We have the Z camera E 1 attached to the Beholder 1 stabilizer and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera on the Slider. These cameras were used as b roll and the Blackmagic sometimes as the B camera/ 2nd camera. The Blackmagic Ursa Mini was used as our main camera/ A camera.
This interview was shot with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. We shot in ProRes LT because it was a long interview and we wanted to save space on our SD cards. While ProRes LT saves more space, because it uses more compression, it still manages to produce a good looking image.
Here is a before and after shot once the footage was color corrected.
Today was was all about sound. As we are nearing the end of production on our documentary Electronic Crack Film. We picked up some ambient sounds of the stream to match a b roll shot that we have in the film. Equipment used was the Sennheiser ME66/K6 - Super-Cardioid Microphone Sennheiser MZW 60-1 Blimp Windscreen Tascam DR-701D 6-Track Field Recorder for DSLR with SMPTE Timecode
The recorded sound of water in the stream.
After checking out several different cameras to film our new documentary Electronic Crack Film, we decided to go with the Blackmagic Ursa Mini. We looked at the Red cameras, Sony FS5, and Canon EOS Cinema Cameras. While all these cameras produce a wonderful image, but with our budget , we went with the Blackmagic Ursa Mini. No other reason other than cost.
A 42 Second local car commercial filmed on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and Sony Nex 7. The talking people & corvette was shot on the Blackmagic Pocket and all moving car & truck shots were shot on the Sony Nex 7 using the Fat Gecko Daul - Suction Car Camera Mount. Lenses used on the Blackmagic Pocket for the talking people Xeen 24MM Cinema Prime and the corvette Rokinon's DS 14MM. The lens on the Sony Nex 7 was the kit lens 18-55MM sony lens. both cameras was shot at 24P other equipment used Kessler Slider and Kessler Crane
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I want to talk a little about the filmmaking tool call The Fat Gecko Daul – Suction Camera Mount. I orded this equipment from B&H video to use in an upcoming car commercial. I was a little skeptical about using this being that I wanted to film with my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, now this would be fine with just the Blackmagic camera with no cage or any other gear to rig it out and add to its weight. I also though about using my Canon 5D III, but opted to use my Sony Nex 7. I have to say that I was really pleased with this device. Even with the Rokinon Cine DS 50MM Lens attached.
Dual Suction CupsAdheres to any smooth surface on a vehicle with enough suction to hold an 8 lb cameraDouble Knuckle DesignEnables 360 degree tilt, turn and rotation for the best possible camera angleUniversal Mounting ScrewThe 1/4-20" mounting screw is the standard size for still video and still camerasRemovable Extension TubeThe removable 2" extension tube gives the Fat Gecko clearance over obstructions and offers expanded camera-angle optionsSteel ConstructionSteel construction makes the Fat Gecko rugged enough to stand up to extreme use and at only 1.25 lbs, light enough to take anywhere
The lenses cost $2495.00 almost half the price of Canon’s Cine Primes. These lenses provide a wide apertures and resolution, which will come in handy when shooting 4K footage. At the present time there are 3 lenses 24mm, 50mm and 85mm focal lengths with more coming in the near future. Users will be able to switch from PL, Canon, Nikon, Sony E and Micro Four Thirds bodies, and all have identical dimensions and layout so operators can quickly become familiar with controls across the range. Each lens has a maximum aperture of T1.5 and a minimum of T22 via an 11-blade iris, and elements feature the company’s X-Coating for sharpness and contrast. The series features distance scales and aperture readings on both sides of the barrel and an accessory thread of 114mm. There will be no problem lining your follow focus after changing lenses.
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CINEFOCUS & MEDIA PRODUCTIONS WAS AT THE BLACKMAGICDESIGN EVENT ON JULY 22, 2015 TO GET A FIRST HAND LOOK AT NEW PRODUCTS
CineFocus & Media Productions LLC was at The Blackmagicdesign Event in New York July 22, 2015. Director Joe Piner got to hold and check out the new highly anticipated Blackmagic Ursa Mini 4.6 K. Hear what Blackmagic's spokesperson has to say.