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Monday, December 16, 2013

Work in Progress.




Its been exactly one year since I created this website, I can tell you because I just had to pay to renew the domain.  As part of this next year, I'll be creating a lot more content to spread my love of cinematography so I updated the template to something more robust to display content better. Things will be moving fast around here so I apologize for the messy look some things have.

I'll also be finally updating my reel and continuing to do photography/cinematography. Thanks for following along.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

My D3200 Kit

Having owned the D3200 for almost a year, I can say I couldn't be happier with it. It has allowed me to do many great things and I have only now just added the last piece to the camera to say I've completed my kit:



Thursday, November 28, 2013

Trailer for "Bird"




Monday, September 23, 2013

Rokinon 85 and 35 1.5 Cine

So I just got these two beauties:
Rokinon 35mm Cine 1.5
http://rokinon.com/product.php?id=203




Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Trailer for Beautiful

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Pani's Box Trailer



Tuesday, May 28, 2013

My color pyramid.

Just something I conceptualized to help my understanding of color and maybe it can help you:

Friday, May 10, 2013

List of cinematography/film related resources


Information to make you better as a cinematographer:

http://www.theasc.com/
No need to introduce this one. The very best information from the most reliable, up to date authority in cinematography.

http://evanerichards.com/
Great stills from movies. Evan E Richards keeps a low profile but regularly uploads stills from great films in good resolution. Great for studying movies without any kind of bias.

http://www.cinematography.net/
Another great professional resource of indepth info on every subject in cinematography

http://www.theblackandblue.com/
Evan Luzi's blog is full of great anecdotes from real experiences and information about film making.

http://moviebarcode.tumblr.com/
Great way to break down the color palate of films.

https://www.facebook.com/Cinemeter
A great podcast hosted by some friends whose opinions on film I respect, give it a listen.

Gear Reviews:

http://www.youtube.com/user/DigitalRevCom
Some fairly thorough reviews of multiple consumer-pro cameras. Plus it's entertaining.

http://www.dpreview.com/
Some actual in depth information and reviews. Great resource for researching cameras and gear.

Technological specs info:
http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2011/08/lens-geneology-part-1
Everything you need to know about lenses.

http://macman860.wordpress.com/
My friend's blog where he discusses great solutions for DIT and post processing tools.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Pani's Box

Here are a few select stills from the latest short film I was lucky enough to work on. They are in no particular order and I've only made slight contrast adjustments to them. You can catch up on further updates at our facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PanisBox

Friday, April 5, 2013

Pani's Box in prep


I haven't had an original post in some time because I've been busy in prep for a new short film and today is our first day of photography. I do have some drafts for new essays that I hope to finish up when I have more time. I'll share screenshots from the film and what-not soon! In the meantime you can learn more about the film here: http://www.facebook.com/PanisBox


Friday, March 22, 2013

Competition



Hello out there, this is more of a personal plea. The model I worked with on my first photoshoot submitted to an upcoming competition to be considered for publication. If you like my work, there's no better way to do so than by voting. Please follow the link and press "like."

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=169944746493143

It would mean a lot to us and of course, you can see the photo and a number of them from the same set by going into the "photography" link on the site.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Cokin P Series filters tests

I recently bought a set of Cokin filters.

ND .3 - 1 stop
ND .6 - 2 stops
ND .9 - 3 stops

Or as they label them here: http://www.cokin.co.uk/pages/colour5.htm


ND2 Ref. 152 - 1 stop
ND4 Ref. 153 - 2 stops
ND8 Ref. 154 - 3 stops

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Screenshots from "Light"

I recently had the chance to work with a friend on a short film he wrote, directed and starred in. Needless to say, it was a very different experience than the standard shoot. Another good friend (who has his own blog here) graded the footage for us using a Kodak 2383 LUT with some adjustments and here are a few stills.

Monday, February 11, 2013

What is art for? and our place in art history.

What is the point of art? Why have millions of dollars, hours and even lives been put at risk for it? Why would anyone bother getting up and ready at the crack of dawn just to paint or take a picture? More intriguingly, why do people readily pay millions and laud some of these as masterpieces? Because art works.

Art -when looked at objectively- is the most primitive form of communication. At least musical, visual and plastic arts are so because they represent a human attempt to communicate a feeling, theme or idea through raw materials into a physical form.(The only thing I excluded then is writing, which is through and through a human invention, made for practical purposes first and artistic ones later.) Ultimately, art's purpose is to communicate these things. It's why an artist must be well in tune with feelings and human experiences, because art that does not relate is not good art.

Art works. Whether the audience is conscious of how it takes effect or not, art is effective at one thing and it is to communicate. This is where a lot of conflict rises, particularly with modern art. Before modern art(during the renaissance,) the perception of art for many was purely decorative. Therefore, it had to be beautiful.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Nikon D3200


I've published some test shots and as promised, I've included here my reasoning behind me getting the camera.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Nikon D3200 DSLR shots

Just got a Nikon D3200 and these are some of the first shots from it. I'll do an update as to why I chose this camera later.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Music videos of note

Below is a list of music videos that I find to be inspiring, noteworthy or otherwise interesting. I really respect artists who take their music videos seriously and get involved in the progress, conceptualize interesting ideas and take advantage of the video medium.

The videos for Mad World, The hardest button to button and Hyperballad were all directed by Michel Gondry. Director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Why Les Miserables is too short and what's wrong with western cinema


I recently went to see the Tom Hooper adaptation of Les Miserables and I didn't think much of it. However, in a LinkedIn group that I am a member of, a few of us had some healthy discussion about it. Seeing the disparity of opinions, I thought it might be worthwhile to share what I had with a broader audience. In the conversation, this review came up: http://badassdigest.com/2013/01/09/film-crit-hulk-smash-hulk-vs.-tom-hooper-and-art-of-cinematic-affectation/ I browsed through it and found not much value to come from it. There was also a discussion regarding the limited color palate used.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Facebook Integration