The challenge for this commercial spot was to find a location that could pass for a police interrogation room. The budget for this spot was very small so I decided that with a little elbow grease I could turn a corner of my basement into this set.
The initial problem with the basement is that it has very low ceilings of only 8 feet in height and I guess because I live in a log cabin, there is a lot of wood paneling which doesn't look very police-like. The drywall was also painted this horrible peach color by the previous owner. Read More
So the Ursa Mini Pro is $6000. It comes in a box and is completely useless if you don't spend some more money to get it up and running. Let's just breakdown that cost so you know what you're getting into (I'm assuming you own at least one lens to use with this camera) Read More
Here's the scenario...
A few years ago you decided to get into filmmaking. You purchased a camera and did some shooting. You added some small LED lights and some audio gear to your equipment package. You did some free work (shame on you) and you're ready to jump in and start making some money back on your investment.
Where do you look? Read More
I've posted a few other articles about working with the Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini Pro which I bought about a month ago and immediately used on a feature. I really, really like the camera and I'm dying to use it some more.
I tested the camera by shooting a lot of RAW 4:1 around my house but I'm not planning on sharing any of that because it is boring. Read More
As a preface, I've only owned the Ursa Mini Pro for roughly a month as of this writing, but I spent a week on a feature with it. It only took one day of testing different codecs, frame rates, etc to understand how to use this camera. I've already started to develop some muscle memory of where the different buttons are located.
On the other hand, I've owned the C100 Mark II for over a year, and I use it almost daily. I've shot close to 100 videos with it.
Let's pit these two very different cameras against each other and see which comes out on top. Read More
If you're a lazy bastard then let me save you some time and tell you that the Ursa Mini Pro is the best camera I have ever used. (As reference I have shot films with the following - Bolex 16mm, Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Canon XL-1, Canon 7D, Canon 5D Mark III, Canon C100, Canon C100 Mark II, GoPro 1, 3, and 4, Panasonic DVX100B, Panasonic GH4, Red Scarlet, some Nikon camera I don't recall, Sony A7s, Sony FS5, and some other shitty cameras too shitty to mention.) Read More