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Mark Heim

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  1. Hello All, I'm shooting some pick up scenes for a short film this weekend. One of the scenes involves a character watching some old 16mm footage inside a barn at night. I wanted to do everything in-camera, on set. We are shooting with a SR3 on 7219. The projected film is 7285 running through an autoload projector (Not sure what model). The scene is simple, with the character sitting down. We wanted to look over her shoulder seeing the projected image. From what I have discussed with people, it seems I shouldn't have too much to worry about. However, I haven't been given the opportunity to do a test. I was wondering if anyone had any experience shooting a similar effect. Do I need to worry about syncing the shutters? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  2. The Academy of Art University in San Francisco offers a MFA degree in film production with focuses in cinematography, directing, etc. You have to decide your concentration almost immediately and the classes focus on your chosen topic from then on. Yes you have to take a screenwriting class and a film aesthetics class and so on, but for the most part your classes will be in your specific field. They have a pretty decent arsenal of equipment... Arri & Aaton 16 and super 16 cameras, Arri 35III's 35 BL2's and BL3's and plenty of sound stages to shoot thesis projects. They also do telecine on campus. It's an older machine, but it's free so you can't really complain that much. Overall it's a pretty good program, expensive as hell and living in San Francisco isn't cheap, but if you are looking to really focus on cinematography, it's not a bad option to look at. cheers
  3. Hello, I have about 100ft of 16mm film (7205) that I shot randomly one day with my bolex about 3 months ago. For whatever reason, I never processed it and it is still sitting in my closet. I just wrapped a larger project and I figured I'd get that 100ft processed at the same time. I was wondering if this 3 month period of sitting in my closet will effect the film at all. Its all taped up in a can, so no light has gotten in there. I know of course it's best to process as soon as possible, but I'm curious if anyone has had any experience with this. Thanks, Mark
  4. thanks Ralph for the info. I have found the compensation feature on my meter. do i want a + .3 or - .3... i would assume -.3 as I am compensating for a light loss. so if i have my shutter at 135 and a compensation of -.3 that should then allow to meter at 24fps successfully? thanks
  5. So if I'm using an REX 4 with a Sekonic L-558 cine, I should set the shutter to 135 degrees and compensate the prism loss by setting the ISO 1/3 stop slower? (200 instead of 250?) Then can I set my meter to 24fps and have an accurate reading? Thanks in advance Mark
  6. don't worry, USC is pretty overrated... most of the students i have worked with from there didnt even know how to set up a c-stand. nothing against USC, but honestly i havent been impressed with their students at all. there are plenty of other ways to get into the industry.
  7. columbia has all those digital toys, Xl-1,2 XL-H1, Panasonic DVX-100, every spring they get an F-900, i was an AC on a thesis last year using the varicam. they are supposed to be getting some HVXs but don't believe it when they say they're getting new stuff. they mentioned building a sound stage when i first started... yet to see or hear anything. They arent too keane on people taking out equipment for non school related projects. But talk to the right teachers and you can get around it. most students at columbia shoot on digital, i'm not sure why though when there is plently of film equipment provided. SR1 & SR2, Bolex, Eclair, CP-16, and a few classes that offer 35mm equipment to learn, but not take out on projects. if your looking for a school that provides digital cameras, i'm sure you going to be fine. most schools now have moved away from film, which i think is crap. dont get me wrong, i know digital is part of the filmmaking future, but schools that just shoot digital and maybe offer a class or to on shooting on real film are robbing their students in my opinion. anyway, columbia does offer plenty of education and use of HD, HDV, 24p DV and all those other formats. cheers
  8. I am in my last quarter right now at Columbia and while I somewhat agree with what Danielle said, I don't agree with a lot of it. Yeah, its a bit disorganized, the administration sucks and things like siging up for classes can be a pain, cause you have to registar in person, not online. but it really hasnt been that bad. I think if there is any department that has it right, its cinematography. I have to disagree with you on that Danielle. Not qualified? No real world experience? Charlie Rose is hands down the best teacher the school has. He is highly qualified and has loads of real world experience, he has shot like 3 features in the past year alone! The man not only teaches at Columbia, but also AFI, USC, UCLA, and LA Film School. What the hell are you talking about saying not qualified? I agree some of the teachers there were not worth my time, but show me any college where there arent any bad apples. The students are hit and miss, but I've never had a problem finding people to help me on my projects. NEVER! Is everyone a little self involved? yeah, but welcome to fu**ing film school. This business is full of people with huge egos, you think columbia is bad? try heading over to SC for awhile. If you have a passion to make films then you will find the people at the school who share your same passion. Work with them, not the losers who couldnt give a poop. In my opinion after going to Columbia for over 3 years, I'm pretty happy with my experience. I've had access to all the equipment I could possibly want, if not through the school than through professors hooking me up with rental houses. I have had pretty much all the creative freedom I could want. I've found good passionate people to work with. And it didnt cost $30,000 a year. Columbia is the kind of school where you really get out what you put in. If you want to make films without having your hand held the entire time then I think Columbia is a great school. It's a relatively small school and it lacks the true "college experience" although I heard they housed some freshman in dorms this year? Many of the students in my grade are mid - late twenties, but the freshman classes seem to be coming right out of high school now. Sure I have my problems with the school, really only with the administration and the fact it seems more important to them to promote the school rather than pay attention to their current students. To answer the original question... Yeah you can get tons of experience at Columbia. The class sizes are really small, limited to like 10 people or so for hand-on classes (cinematography, sound, editing) You can work on many many many films, anywhere from small DV no budget projects to 60k 35mm shorts. You just really have to put yourself out there a let people know you are willing to work. Columbia also provides many internship oppurtunities to students (NBC, Paramount, Sony, the list goes on) I dont think it really matters which film school you go to. Sure USC and NYU have bigger names but the real world doesnt give a poop where you went to school, nor that you have a degree. Film school is a place to get your feet wet before you go out and make expensive mistakes. Is Columbia the best choice for a film school? No, but it's cheap and can provide you with the tools and education you need to get your feet wet in the industry. oh and by the way... columbia wishes they were in hollywood. they are in an old panavision building, but it's in tarzana, not hollywood. It's about 20min from hollywood. best of luck, cheers
  9. Hello! I'm shooting a music video on super 16 this month and I am trying to decide on my filmstock. I have mainly day exteriors with the exception of the band which will be shot in a studio with large windows. My original thought was to use 7201 50D for the exteriors and 7205 250D for the interiors. But I'm thinking now that I should just use the 250D for everything. My question is what are the advantages of shooting the 01 over the 05? Is the amount of grain in the 05 really noticable compared to the 01? I am planning on scanning the film on a 2k spirit if that makes a difference... Thoughts? :huh:
  10. Thanks Jayson. Yeah, the waiting part isn't to fun, but I'm trying to keep busy. I'm shooting my undergrad thesis right now, gotta finish undergrad before I can do my MFA :) Anyone recieve a call yet?
  11. I dont think I requested it, but I might have. I didnt really look through it, I was more upset it wasnt an acceptance letter haha. I do live about a mile away from the school so maybe thats why I got it before you. Who knows? Best of Luck Cheers
  12. I was just recently accepted into Academy of Arts MFA program. Are there any current MFA students out there who could share their experience? I've heard good things, but I'm curious about what the program really entails. Do the MFA students have plently of access to the equipment? Anyone? Cheers
  13. The anticipation is killing me too. Did anyone else get the large financial aid package sent in the mail last week? What a tease! When do they start making the calls? Best of luck to everyone!
  14. A&I in hollywood processes motion picture stills. It's a new service, only been doing it for a few months so im not sure about price or anything.
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