Five months… man! I didn’t think I would take that long to update this, and yet here we are. School ended a couple months ago, and that prevented me from continuing. So how have I grown and learned since then? Quite a lot actually! Continue reading
I’ve been working for years in film studios. It began as a surprise to me, I was just a cashier at Panera Bread when a friend asked me to help make a short commercial for them. They loved what I made so much that they said, “If you can do video editing like this with no experience or training, then we need to hire you and get you some experience! You would be indispensable!”
So just like that I was hired on the spot. My job in the bakery soon transitioned into a career in film where my whole life was turned on its ear. I moved from my cozy home in Orlando, FL where my family lived, to California with my wife to work at Little Light Studios.
Sports films have seen a renaissance in cinematography, from the AMAZING “The Art of Flight” by Brain Farm, to the series of shorts on Vimeo “A Skier’s Journey”. These athletes show and amazing skill in not only being awesome in their fields of snowboarding or skiing, but in creative camera work and expression of emotion through film. So imagine my delight when a behind the scenes featurette of the award winning skiing film “Into The Mind” is posted online for free. It has an ethereal quality to it, and I always love it when film makers share their secrets about how they do their craft. But this film is special in that they have worked a lot of symbolism and subtext into their finished film, which they all too kindly explain in detail here for us.
[vimeo https://vimeo.com/82163553][vimeo https://vimeo.com/75775481]
My early work was kind of a joke in that I was told to steal music to make some of that film. At the time, I didn’t know any better. I sheepishly just did as I was told and went with the flow, but now I feel such guilt over that. In the end I went back and replaced all my copyrighted music with music that was legal. It took lots of hard work and I basically had to recut all my edits to make it fit and I honestly feel like I did the right thing.
No one likes their stuff stolen. But you can steal in more than one way. You can steal someones reputation, their lively-hood, or if you’re a time vampire you can waste and therefore steal someones time. As a film maker its also not cool when someone steals your work and throws it on youtube without your permission and claims its there’s or does some other tomfoolery. So I can totally appreciate musicians standing up for their rights to defend their work. Continue reading
This image acquisition sector changes almost as fast as the PC industry does. Day in, day out, guy like me who have fallen in love with the craft and art of photography and film making go out looking at what other artists are doing, what the latest great examples of art and film bring to the table, and the latest tools to pull off that ever elusive image we are trying to re-create. We have a dream and an image in our minds we want to achieve, and we keep hoping that just around the corner, maybe tomorrow for example, someone will release a piece of equipment that allows me to do everything with little other gear with me. Just so you know, that will never happen. There will never be a camera that is made for all situations and for all customers. The needs of a Instagram shooter are not even in the same universe as a DOP on the set of Star Wars VII. The similarities almost stop at the point where both shooters camera have a sensor, and literally thats about it! The size of the sensor and the components built around it are so vastly varied in the spectrum of camera equipment that exists that you could never achieve a all-around camera. Continue reading
The year was 1996 in a documentary called “Triumph of the Nerds” when Steve Jobs said “We at Apple are shameless about stealing great ideas.” The champions of the digital revolution had made their empire on the backs of the Xerox by copying the functionality of the mouse, and the advent of the graphical user interface. Many things about the invention of the Apple II and the Macintosh was about doing the same thing the competitor did, just differently. (Thus their slogan “Think Different”)
But then what happened? The evil dragons named “Microsoft Windows” reared it’s ugly head and the Great War began. Many a casualty was had, in fact Apple was almost destroyed when Steve Jobs was ousted. Then years later the second wave of theft from the sacred halls of Apple began, Android raised up and threatened Steve Jobs again literally to the point of him shouting that he would go “thermo-nuclear war” on Google for their crimes.
One second condoning stealing ideas, the next condemning it. Why do we humans do things like this? Well, all art is like that. Click past the break to see how everything is a remix.
The High Overlord of all things color has stopped all production on future modifications to Technicolor Color Assist. A consumer level video color grading app, Color Assist was a decent idea that was made several years too late. I’ve heard mixed reports on it, and I had even worse results with the trial version (which sucked in its own special way.) Read on after the break… Continue reading