I know it has been awhile since I have posted anything on here. Things have been pretty busy. Just to fill you in on what has gone on since my last post, I graduated from Full Sail and I’m currently working on building up Robert Mack Films presence in Mississippi, Arkansas, and Tennessee. Since I have graduated I have worked on one music video and did some after effects work on a health food video. In the works I also have the Bassmaster Classic in Tulsa coming up in Feb, I have a wedding to shoot in march and “possibly” another one in april.
I have been kept busy between looking for clients, jobs, helping with ATF, and also building a new website, which i’m very excited about! Also check out my new facebook page and youtube channel for more recent updates and videos.
I know I haven’t posted anything in a while but I have been busy with things at school and also obtaining new equipment. So far I have added a number of things to my arsenal of filmmaking gear. I’m working on right now building an equipment list that I’m going to post to the website to show all the gear I have. Here is a quick list to give you an idea.
- Canon EF Lenses (28mm,35mm,50mm,and 85mm)
- Avid Media Composer 6.5 (for Mac and PC)
- Manfrotto 502HD Video Head
- Car Rig for DSLR
- Pelican iM2950 Storm Case Yellow
There is more on the way!! Also I’m getting close to graduation and i’m planning on starting the Online Digital Cinematography Program through Full Sail when I move back home after graduation. So be sure to check my Vimeo and Youtube Channel for stuff that I have worked on!
The Wrong Thing…
Ok I’m writing this because I have come to the realization of something. That realization is the fact that a lot of people are making decisions based on the wrong thing. This is something that is very near and dear to my heart and is basically something that my life revolves around, which is Film. Anyways, I have been working in the entertainment/marketing industry for about a year or two before I came to Full Sail, and since I have came to Full Sail I have fell in love with Lighting (which is in my opinion a key thing in the Film industry, and I’m sure most filmmakers will agree), being a Director of Photography. One thing that I have learned from my experience in the industry prior to Full Sail and during was something that I feel that some filmmakers will disagree with is the fact that as far as a being a DP goes, it doesn’t matter what it was shot on or if it was lit with three lights. I feel that a lot of filmmakers are getting caught up in the “camera race” which is basically who has (or who has access to) the best camera, lens, or light kit on the market. I have been on a few famous DP’s websites and I know for a fact one of the DPs posted a blog on how to put together a low budget light kit from home depot! Honestly I have learned a lot since I have been at Full Sail and in all honesty I know I (and I’m sure quite a few other filmmakers) could make a beautiful film with a T3i or iPhone and a DIY light kit that we built from home depot. I think has turned into who has the “best” gear and the “most” resolution. I myself have a $3,500 Sony Camera (which is roughly about the price of a 5d Mark III or alittle over the soon to come Black Magic Camera) which shoots AVCHD format (Full HD Quality) but nobody wants to use it because “its either to hard to get Depth of Field”, “It won’t match up to the DSLR’s we are shooting with,” or “we can’t change to a different lens”. Well here is what I have to say about that, 1st: If you have a good enough Camera Operator and/or DP(unless a green Cam Op or DP) will know how to get shallow depth of field with any camera he lays his hands on PERIOD! 2nd Goes right back to the Cam Op and/or DP to make sure that all cameras look as close as possible (sometimes to the human eye) to each other and also I know this is bad to say but color correction can match the two cameras up. Finally to the third excuse why nobody wants to use my camera, which is the fact that they can’t change lenses, here is what I have to say about that, I HAVE A 29 TO 590mm LENS ON MY SONY!!!!!!! Which means unless you want a shot wider than 29mm(which honestly is going to make your talent look like they have a face that is stretched and distorted or it will look fisheye) or you want to shoot a safari for Nat Geo then by all means use a DSLR but honestly my sony camera can get the exact same thing that a DSLR can unless you want to one of the options I just mentioned above. The point that I’m trying to get across is the fact that a lot of people are concentrated on THE WRONG THING!
In the filmmaking world to many of the new filmmakers (from what I have seen in film school atleast) want to hire people with the best top of the line gear(who probably don’t know how to operate it cause either it just came out or they are too scared to play and experiment or research it) and then they hire that person just because of what gear they own and not because that filmmaker has an beautiful demo reel and knows how to take something that will be shot on a T3i(which anybody can buy from Walmart by the way) or whatever is will be shot on and communicate with his cam ops and director about what he is thinking of or looking for. GRANTED!!! I do understand that the film industry is all about money, and even filmmakers have to pay bills. FILMMAKERS!!!!!!! READ THIS AND TAKE IT IN!!!! Just because someone doesn’t have top of the line gear doesn’t mean that they won’t provide you a good product and “probably” do it for cheaper than what you were going to pay the person with the top of the line gear. With that being said FILMMAKERS THAT OWN ANY KIND OF GEAR!!!!! Don’t under sell yourself!!!!!!!! If you have a great knowledge of cameras, lighting, etc and you have the demo reel and the call sheets to back up you and your knowledge of whatever it is DON’T UNDERSELL YOURSELF!!! Honestly I have done A LOT of free projects and that is only because it was my first project in that particular position, I really liked the project and they had little to no budget, or it was for a friend. By all means if they are your really good friends and they hook you up with jobs no matter if the pay is 50 a day or 500 a day, hook them up too!! Basically you scratch my back I’ll scratch yours. Whether its giving 200% at being a PA, and buying your friend lunch or whatever. Repay the favor, because in the film industry its not so much what you know (although it does play a big roll if you don’t know anybody) it’s WHO you know. I just hate seeing the industry that I love and spend every single breath that I have working at it being driven to the ground because people want the top of the line gear. WELL I have to say it but gear changes, with a new camera coming out every few weeks the only thing that doesn’t change is knowledge, which honestly in the film industry you should never ever stop learning. I myself learn something new every single time I shoot something even if its just photography. I guess what it boils down to is filmmakers need to focus more on the STORY and the art of filmmaking instead of what new piece of gear is coming out.
Ok its not exactly “NEW”. For those of you that know me personally you know that I have had this camera for about two years. Well the “old” camera had some problems with the memory card slot in the back of the camera due to me buying cheap cards. Basically the card came apart and bent a tiny metal piece in the card slot. Anywho…. I took it to Sony and paid 350 dollars for a brand new out of the box $3,600 camera(same model of course and thank god for warranties)
I haven’t been able to shoot much with it since I bought it. Last year I shot the 2011 Bassmaster Classic with it… will add some videos at the bottom of the post of it. I know when I first bought it I was extremely intimidated by it. It was so fancy, so many buttons that I had no idea what they did.(of course this was before I started film school) Now though, I know the camera a lot better and still learning more and more about it. I think what I need to do is put down my T3i for a little bit and pick up “Bella”(that’s her name) and shoot some stuff with her and maybe just maybe that will let me learn the camera inside and out.
Don’t worry this time since its a brand new camera I made sure to buy higher grade SD cards so I don’t have that problem again. (although I think it might be time to see about an insurance policy for my gear!) :)
As promised here is two videos that were shot with this camera.
I know it’s been awhile since I have posted anything, but trust me I haven’t been just sitting around doing nothing. I have done a couple timelapses only one that I felt ok with uploading and I have been busy with school. Anyways… I’m still working on getting a good astro-timelapse. It seems every time I go out to do one everything is going good and then clouds roll in and stay there and it always leaves me with only a few seconds of timelapse. I’m trying to get atleast a 10 to 20 second one and all I end up with is about a 3 to 5 second one because of the clouds. Don’t worry it’s still in the works! Just have to wait for the right time to do one. Well until then here is some of the work I have been doing.
This is a music video that I was a Cam Op on. !!NOT SAFE FOR WORK!!
Ok, I have been constantly asked by my friends if i’m shooting in Cinestyle when i’m using my camera and my response was always no and that I can’t get cinestyle on my camera. The reason for that was because Canon’s EOS utility didn’t work with Lion. Well recently Canon finally came out with an EOS utility that works with Lion. FINALLY! I can shoot with Technicolor’s Cinestyle Picture Profile on my Canon Rebel T3i, and I was told that you can’t shoot cinestyle and use Magic Lantern too. So I went out and bought two SD cards so I could have two with Magic Lantern and two that I could use to shoot Cinestyle. Also another thing is Canon came out with a firmware update for the T3i. In my mind I said “Sweet!! My camera is gonna become more AWESOME!!!
Sorry for the crappy pic of the camera I took it with my phone.
Once I got home from buying the SD cards, I immediately grabbed everything and started the process of making my camera awesome. First on the list was to update the firmware for my camera.(At this point I had already installed the EOS utility on my laptop.) I went to Canon’s website to download the new firmware put it on the card, loaded it into the camera and installed the firmware update for my camera. Next step was to get Cinestyle on the camera. I opened up the EOS utility and connected my camera and loaded Cinestyle on my camera. Now i’m done with the upgrades to my camera. Here lies the problem. I put my other SD card (the one with Magic Lantern) in my camera and my camera wouldn’t turn on. All it would do is flash the light on the back of the camera. So I removed the battery and reinstalled it… SAME THING!!! I then removed the battery put in one of the new SD cards in and put the battery back in… the camera turn on and worked fine.
At this point i’m getting worried. For some reason Magic Lantern isn’t working with the new Canon firmware update. I don’t know if this is something I did wrong or if Magic Lantern doesn’t work with the new firmware. Luckily the new firmware update isn’t something that is dire to my camera operating and also i’m glad that I had also downloaded the firmware that I had on my camera before the update. So I installed the old firmware back on the camera and Magic Lantern works fine and the camera fires right up regardless of the SD card in it.
I’m now able to shoot with Technicolor’s Cinestyle with my camera and I have two new SD cards that I added to my arsenal. On another note… If anyone tells you that you can’t shoot Cinestyle with Magic Lantern installed on a T3i doesn’t know what they are talking about!
Canon Rebel T3i
A couple of weeks ago I decided to do some timelapses and I ended up doing three in one day. Well it gave me an idea… so sometime in the near future I’m gonna do a series of timelapses and edit them together into a video with music… the works! Right now I have two different timelapses and i’m wanting to redo one of them and do a longer better astro timelapse than my first attempt. I’m really excited about this little project of mine. I have been reading articles fromPhilip Bloom and Shane Hurlbut websites. I posted a reblog on Philip Bloom’s article on RAW workflow in After Effects. I’m starting to use this process for all of my edits and not just RAW timelapse workflow. As the process is really easy and doesn’t eat up my RAM on my laptop. Another thing on my agenda is to get photomatix pro so I can start doing some HDR Timelapses.
Old Timelapse Pic
On the other side of things, I have recently finished a music video with my friend Kyle and as soon as I get the final edit of the video I will post it. I also have another music video that I will be working with Kyle on. I’m going to start putting together my demo reel and will post it when I’m done, so be on the look out!!