Posts in Cinematography
Do Reels Have Any Value?

I've been cutting reels for awhile now - and I don't usually just cut one.

I'm more of a generalist - I do cinematography, direct commercials, edit, even do some VFX work. I'll usually cut a showreel once a year with that years best work plus a few of my overall favorite clips. At the same time, I may cut a directing reel, a narrative DP reel, as well as a corporate reel so I have all my bases covered.

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Get the Film Look with Your C100 Mark II

HOW DO I GET THE FILM LOOK?

STEP ONE

Let's start with a fact that we know to be true - images with a shallower depth of field look more cinematic. So let's make sure we are shooting with a fast lens and using an aperture that is as close to or is wide open - f/2.8, f/2.0, f/1.8, f/1.4 - is a great place to start. (Don't have a fast lens - buy a nifty fifty from Canon for like $125 - https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1143786-REG/canon_0570c002_ef_50mm_f_1_8_stm.html

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One Year with the C100 Mark II

One year ago I purchased a C100 Mark II to replace my aging Canon 5D Mark III and my under-performing GH4. (Maybe under-performing is a little harsh but in a setting where I needed speed and capability, getting the GH4 rigged and running simply took too much time and effort).

So the following are some thoughts on my purchase, some considerations for the future, and some advice for some people who are planning a camera purchase right now.

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The Biggest Lesson I Learned About Cinematography

Every so often I take a look back at some of my older work, sometimes for nostalgia, but mostly to try and gauge if I'm improving as a cinematographer and editor. For the most part, my ability to create visuals and tell a cohesive story has grown tremendously, particularly in the last four years, now that I do this full-time. But the question I keep asking myself is, where did that growth come from? I've finally found the answer, but before I tell you, let me back up a bit.

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