Proof of Concept

This will only be remarkable to me: a proof of concept—use the Canon EOS 5dMkII DSLR to create a filmic look. I shot this using a 70 – 200mm f2.8L in native 24fps, ISO 100, f2.8, 1/50th, using the Vari-ND to stop the exposure down, shooting at full 1920×1080 HD resolution using the superflat profile. The short little clip was… Continue reading

Another Philip Bloom Short

Philip Bloom showed a different cut of this short, Above Skywalker, in the Bonner Theater a couple of weeks ago. It looks magnificent on the large HD screen. I especially like the slider shot during the night time lapse about 30 seconds in (and at 4.20). The macro shots are nice too. Well… The whole thing is. Though I wish… Continue reading

This Is Tempting

If you watched the City of Lakes trailer, you probably missed the extensive use of slider and dolly shots. They add so much subtle visual interest while increasing perspective, presence and focus! Here is a do-it-yourself from Friedhelm Fischer to build a camslider for about $100. The full post can be found at Friedhelm Fischer’s blog. The parts include: 1… Continue reading

Gorgeous Cinematography

Be sure to check out the blog post about the movie. It includes more information about the picture and several fantastic stills. And so much a wedding symbolizes. So many questions it tends to raise: What is love? What is faith? It was our hope to explore these themes in a far more dramatically engaging way than we felt possible… Continue reading

Imagine My Delight: The Planets Align Again!

Yesterday was an interesting day for me—most days are, actually. But the planets seemed to be especially aligned, or maybe yesterday was a “rip, a hole in the time/space continuum” that “take us thru the event horizon.” * 1. I got an email invitation to connect with another Tim Tyson on a social network site. What was particularly interesting is… Continue reading

You Meet Interesting People

At the master class last Saturday, I saw many bright, creative people.  Jeremy Ian Thomas, the creative director at RawWorks, was among them.  He wrote, along with Robert Lehman, and shot this short, micro budget film ($3.00) that has a compelling message and is really well executed. Vimeo Link and additional info at the RAWworks blog.… Continue reading

Great Utilities

Philip Bloom mentioned, in his master class yesterday, a file utility I had not heard of before, one that seems brilliant to me:  ShotPut Pro.  This program will copy your media files from their source (camera card) to up to 3 locations simultaneously.  Brilliant! I think that always having an untouched copy of your original media files and a working… Continue reading

Philip Bloom Master Class

Neil Smith, at hdiRAWworks, arranged for Philip Bloom to conduct a Canon HD-DSLR masterclass yesterday here in LA. This was the first time I’ve ever attended such a thing, and I rather enjoyed it and learned a lot too. The little tidbits you pick up are also interesting: like why the Canon 5Dmkii will only shoot video for 12 minutes.… Continue reading