15 06, 2011

The One Man Band’s Essential Toolkit

June 15th, 2011|

So... it's inevitable that at some point in a videography career, one will end up doing a complete shoot by themselves.  Camera, lighting and audio, all inclusive.  Now, for most, the goal becomes to condense the kit down to something manageable, while still having the necessary pieces for a production. Of course, everyone's going to have variations and their own preferences... it would actually be pretty cool to see many of those listed here, in the comments section. But, having my own preferences, I decided to post the primary load-out I use when shooting with my Canon 7D.  The kits [...]

1 06, 2011

Tip of the Week: Build A Lighting Kit

June 1st, 2011|

ID-1000's in service on-set. As promised last week, I am serving up a few more BTS pictures of the music video shoot from the third week of May.  And as with last week's tip of the week, this one centers on some of the gear we used for the shoot. Now, I am sure that there are a great many folks who will read this article and will feel that tungsten lamps or HMI should be a go-to choice rather than LED.  And in some cases, I would tend to agree. However, having both tungsten and HMI instruments [...]

19 05, 2011

Tip of the Week: The ILED-144 On Set

May 19th, 2011|

This week, country came home for me when I DP'ed the first music video for a new country singer, Neil Austin Imber. Today we wrapped shooting after a very brief two day shoot that incorporated a 'General Lee' replica (remade as a souped up big-wheeler), a brief stop at the Firehouse Saloon in Houston, TX and a leisurely stay in LaGrange, TX. It was a smaller production, with a crew of 5, so staying lightweight and affordable in the gear we carried was high on the priority list.  For instance, the largest lighting unit we went in with was an [...]

18 05, 2011

Top 10 Video Making Resources

May 18th, 2011|

Everyone loves a 'Top 10' list, right?  Well, let's throw just one more onto the pile, with our listing of the Top 10 Pro Video Resources available to professional content creators, right now.  These are all resources that I have personally used or have had several trusted people recommend to me. So, without any further ado, let's move right into the list! 1) NoFilmSchool.com - So, what makes this blog stand out from the rest?  More than just a news aggregator, this blog provides whole sections devoted to subjects like DSLR Cinematography (actually, an entire E-Book exists for this one) [...]

10 05, 2011

Tip of the Week: Elements Accessory Platform

May 10th, 2011|

ELE-PT and ELE-15QRDA with the Sewell HDMI Splitter and custom "AA" battery pack. The Elements from ikan. For many, they signify a series of kits that are made up of various parts from a larger ikan catalog, not really meant to be considered as individual parts, but rather as kits to choose from. Coming out of a production background in which customizing your rig to suit your exact needs is a way of life, the Elements have appealed to me for quite some time.  With their continued evolution, the ability to mix and match parts is invaluable for [...]

16 02, 2011

ikan’s FG Follow Focus–For the Pro in You

February 16th, 2011|

Maybe you've had a chance to hear the rumors==the answer is YES! ikan now has a fixed gear Follow Focus for your cinema rig. We are now accepting pre-orders. Our Press Release, thanks to Brian Upchurch, follows: Marketing Department 3903 Stoney Brook Dr. Houston, TX 77063 Phone // 713.272.8822 Fax // 713.995.4994 New Product Announcement: ELE-FGK Get Focused Introducing the highest quality geared follow focus in its class. ikan’s FG Follow Focus offers precision machined aluminum construction, light weight design, beveled dry erase marking disk, and is compatible with all ikan Elements kits and/or any 15mm rod-based camera support system. Driven [...]