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Three Ways to Improve Your Cinematography in 2018

Control Your Light

I feel really old saying it but twenty years ago I started freelancing as a cinematographer. Everything was tungsten back then. I had some 1k fresnels, some cheap hardware store clamp lights, and 3-light Lowel kit. The majority of the light I was working with was hard and at the time my idea of softening it was bouncing it off a wall or a ceiling. 

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The Making of Unpatriotic

UNPATRIOTIC

Roughly a year ago I made a video for NYC artist Timothy Dark called "The Future" which is at the very bottom of this post. I made a ten minute BTS video detailing how we made that video which involved building a prison in my backyard.

Unpatriotic is the continuation of that video but unfortunately we didn't have any extra hands to shoot BTS so all I can muster is this write up with some stills.

If you're interested in shooting and directing music videos or have some questions about the DJI Ronin, C100 Mark II, or Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini Pro you may find some pertinent info here.

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Hudson Valley Music Video Production

In 1998 I made my very first music video - an unofficial video for Radiohead's Exit Music for a Film from the OK Computer album. This was a time before Youtube when the options to upload video for consumption was not nearly as limitless as it is now. In fact, there were very few websites for video and for many there was a lengthy submission process before your video made it online. That's right - a submission process. Like send us a DVD of your film and if we like it we'll put it on the website in a month or two. How times have changed.

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Six Months with the Ursa Mini Pro

It may only be a tool, but it's the best tool I've ever owned. I've really enjoyed shooting with the Ursa Mini Pro, so much so, I've barely picked up my Canon C100 Mark II in the past few months. 

My initial thought was that I'd use my Ursa to shoot narrative pieces and leave the run and gun stuff to my C100, but the more I shot with the Ursa, the more I realized it can handle the majority of shooting conditions I find myself in.

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Two Commercial Lighting Breakdowns (Ursa Mini Pro)

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.

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