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  1. There are two entry level jobs in film production: "Runner/PA" and "Director" - thats a old joke but you get the point. You can try climbing the "ladder" it will help make you contacts and get know etc... but it won't actually prepare you for the creative task of directing. I would recommend you just start making stuff, maybe videos for friends bands on no budget. keep working gradually get better, build up from micro budget to whatever. Since kit is now easy to access - nothing to stop you makeing stuff and experimenting. Plenty of good music video directors: Dougal Wilson, Hammer and Tongs (sorry dated ref's but google) only ever worked as directors but built up from project to project. Working on other peoples sets will help but only gets you so far, you need to test your own ideas and creativity in practice
  2. I agree resolve is the best bang for (no) buck out there. I used to use Apple Color and it had a really nice work flow and was powerful. Shame they killed it off on the roll out of FCP X. I've had good experiences with Baselight - it works great and the runners bring you food and drinks. I have to get my own drinks when using Resolve at home.
  3. Had a play with it today. They are excellent, the screen is really sharp, they are easy to set up, images out the box look great, good latitude and low light is v impressive. Just pointing it at the office in random lighting looked great. This is going to be the goto budget camera, the ergonomics without flip screen are a bit fiddly but i guess manageable with a rig. Might have to order a few more - I think these are going to be the perfect replacement for our stock of canon DLSR's. Shame they don't do an EF mount since our lenses are mostly EF and the adaptor is an extra expense.
  4. The Film Truthers are the same as Flat Earthers, it doesn't matter you can prove digital is cheaper using numbers and facts. They will still present some theory about shooting ratios and short ends that proves digital costs more. Right gotta go measure the horizon
  5. and perhaps worth the wait. They are very impressive at the price point.
  6. Mine finally arrived last Friday. From being ordered in Sept - glad I held out. But 6 months late isn't great, you'd hope BM learn't their lesson from the delays on the production 4k a few years ago and not announce projects that aren't ready Still got 5 nice new cameras to play with
  7. Nice - looks great, the location was perfect and the edit was nicely paced. The twist landed at about the right time - I only guessed it about 30 secs before it was revealed.
  8. Thanks Bruce will investigate - I didn't know they did a recent 2/3 version I guess the S35mm Varicams don't do a live 2/3" crop for multicam. I know the Ursa Mini does - but its not amazing in 2K mode.
  9. If your doing pack shots - longer lenses work best. Something in the 85 to135mm range works for me. You might not need the follow focus - if your not pulling focus on shot Would probably need some softer lighting - either soft sources or lighting modifiers to make the Arri Frensels soft: e.g poly board or reflector, couple of flags, couple of C-Stands, maybe a dimmer...
  10. Hmm thanks for the comments - I was considering the S35 crop option. But wonder if 2K Beyer crop would look worse then a 3chip 1080p type camera. But good to here Robin had good results with the vari cam. I'm just curious to see if standard 2/3" cameras have improved from the 400ISO of ten years ago. I'm assuming most have moved over from CCD to CMOS - which is better at low light. But as Phil R said stats are harder to find and decode on broadcast kit. The camera position is going to locked off - basically its an event in a venue where the rear camera position is about 50metres from the stage. It can't be forward of that because it will block the audience. But ideally needs to be able to get a mid shot from 50 meters. So using an online calculator gave me 500mm for a 1.2m wide shot and 1000mm for 60cm width at 50m. Hence the canon looking like the goto lens. The venue is a Cathedral so columns prevent putting the camera closer at the side. Has to be square on at the back. I imagine operating will be tricky but its mostly static shots and I've have to spec a really solid head. The thing thats out my control is the lighting and these lenses are slow. Hence the worry about camera speed. I did think of going full broadcast box zoom - like the canon 72X Digisuper - which is a bit faster. But that starts to push the budget. Looking for a mid range option. If this looks like its going to happen - I'll def try and test the Varicam and see if it intercuts with the other cameras. I'll get some quotes on the Grass Valley as well but seems outside of OB companies fewer places carry them.
  11. Hi I'm speccing some gear for a multi-cam shoot. I need an extreme telephoto zoom lens, I think the Canon HJ18ex28B (28mm to 500mm or 1000mm with 2x extender) is the one to go for, I don't need the size or the zoom range of a box lens, but something that can shoot a mid shot from 50 meters. I'm not really current on 2/3" broadcast cams but anyone know which is best for low light? The shoot is going to be in a Cathedral and I may not be able to add much light. The lens is pretty slow F4.9 @ 500mm and worse with the extender (which I think I'm going to have to use). Are HD 2/3" cameras workable in the 2000ASA range, noise wise? Last time I used a 2/3" it was CCD camera and at best could be pushed to 800, but hopefully things have moved moved on in the last 10 years. Any broadcast experienced peeps on the forum? I understand a super 35mm sensor would be better in low light - but would that be problematic marrying with a B4 type zoom lens. Mathmatically I think I need to be able to use a lens in the 500mm to 700mm range on a 2/3" sensor to get the shot size. So am I correct in thinking their isn't an easy way to get this degree of telephoto with 35mm gear?
  12. Like the lighting - has a nice look overall. I don't think the music works - its too upbeat and busy. It fights the voice over, too much going on in the same frequency. Also it feels at odds with the image and VO - they are darker and melancholic and the music is too happy, jars. The images suggest a more Clint Mansell esq track
  13. Agree - I don't think their should be a quota either. But this year their have been quite a few best picture contenders directed by women. I haven't seen "can you ever forgive me" - yet "Leave no trace" is my fav movie of the last couple of years Imagine if they only had a single "Best Actor" oscar, rather then Best Male/Female..... I guess it will just water down its already waining brand.
  14. I'm getting seriously close to cancelling my order - but I still can't match the prices on similar gear. Its def a problem not having the gear - I expected a 3 month wait but 6 months is Extracting the Micheal. Whats getting frustrating is reading the BM forum and seeing that plenty of people in the US ordered in Dec and already have their cameras. They are prioritising some markets over other - the UK seems to be getting minimal stock As a Uni we've probably spent close to £200k on BM gear over the last 5 years - we have 6 multi-camera studio rigs built round their gear. I will be making sure we don't spec anymore BM kit its not worth the stress. So they will miss out on future orders, we also have 100's of Media production students that I can poison against Black Magic.
  15. I did also think "Big LCD TV" and do the shot in camera. If the mirror was held at 45 degrees pointing down the screen could be placed horizontally - in a "peppers ghost" arraignment. The trick would be to make the mirror not look like its held at an angle, I guess if the DOF was shallow enough it would be soft enough. I guess their is more flexibility to adjust the shot in post and you could decide how sharp the mirror is and retime and rack focuses - but that would need some skill on the compositors part. The other thing I would do in this situation is ask the compositor what would they prefer. They will be happy to tell you what elements they need. If your comping it yourself - then I'd spend sometime practising in AE prior to the shoot to see what results your able to get.
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