First… about the title of this entry. I know it’s a mouthful. In my defense… I’m an idiot.
Variable ND Comparison: SLR Magic vs Tiffen
When I set out to do this comparison, I thought I knew what to expect. I thought putting the Tiffen Variable ND next to the SLR Magic Variable ND would produce similar results with minor differences. I typically use these during the day to cut a substantial amount of light. So in this test, I have the Panasonic GH4 shooting 4K with the Natural profile, set with an ISO of 200. Without ND the 25mm’s aperture is at a T/8 and I’m cutting 5 stops with each ND to bring the aperture to a T/1.4.
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About a week ago, I received a package from SLR Magic containing their new (and as yet unreleased) Anamorphot 2x. also included was their new +1.8 achromatic diopter which brings the focal range within a couple feet of the camera.
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As we prepare to transition to 2015, I thought I’d post about transitions in storytelling. A few months ago I saw Jeff Garlin interview Steven Soderbergh live on stage at Largo. Steven was asked, “What is the most important part of the filmmaking process?”
Continue reading Are You Thinking About Your Transitions?
Here are some gift ideas for the writer, director, editor, cinematographer or producer in your life. Each of these I use a lot. Some almost daily.
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I’ve started assembling an animatic to pre-visualize a new short film I’m developing. I’m using storyboards from Chuck Forsman, who turned my stick-figure scribbles into presentable artwork evoking the intended tone beautifully. I also have to thank the supremely gifted actors, John T. Woods and Ellie Araiza, for providing the characters’ voices.
Continue reading Pre-Vis! You Magnificent Bastard!
The title of this article is misleading. Intentionally so. It’s baiting you. Running a crowdfunding campaign is fraught with uncertainty. This makes claims of a short cut to success hard to ignore, right?
Continue reading This Crowdfunding Short Cut Is A Sure Thing