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Matthew Rogers

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    Cinematographer
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    Knoxville, TN

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    http://www.macvilleproductions.com
  1. Hey guys, I am looking at selling my set of Schneider Xenon FF lenses with imperial markings and Pl mount. I've had them since June 2014 and love them, but need to liquidate because my lens needs have changed. There are some small scuffs here and there from being used in a production environment, but otherwise look practically new. Asking $10,000 ($12,000 new). Will throw in ground shipping in the US.
  2. Hey guys, looking for suggestions for Grip Trucks (needing a 3-ton) in the Orange County CA area for a two day shoot this October. I found some online, but wanted to see if anyone had worked with a certain company before and had an opinion on liked or should avoid. Thanks, Matthew
  3. The problem is not getting the people to look good, especially if you are going for "Golden Hour" but to have enough light to get the background to match what you've got on the people. Honestly, a 1.8k is great on a cloudy day for some stuff, but outside with the sun it's worthless unless you are fairly close and don't you diffusion-which then normally looks bad.
  4. Hey guys, I have a like new Schneider 4 x 5.65" MPTV Platinum IRND 1.2 Filter for sale. Asking $275 plus actual cost for USPS Priority mail flat rate ($5.25) + insurance (if you want insurance) matthew the-at-symbol macvilleproductions.com
  5. I've owned a set for almost 5 years now and for the price they were impossible to beat-It's a different story now (but everything changes with time, right?) I would agree that the flare is not all that great. I don't think they are bland, just very neutral. The witness marks are dead on if the camera is backfocused correctly, but on digital, witness marks are less useful since it doesn't have the leeway that film has. No, the 18mm doesn't clear anything with a physical shutter. It sticks out quite a bit.
  6. That's what I would rather do, but I think I would somehow have to clean out all the grease that is left and I am not sure how to do it well without a crap load of tear down of the lights.
  7. Hey, does anyone know what kind of grease to use on a Fresnel's worm gear? I have some Desisti's and a Baby that could use a little grease for smoother focusing, but wasn't sure if I can use something like a Lithium grease or what. Thanks, Matthew
  8. Hey guys, I am looking for either a gaffer or key grip for a lower budget shoot (series of short films) that I am doing in Atlanta from Feb 26 to March 5/6 (7 or 8 days total). Really am looking for either position as my current gaffer is talented and happy to be in either department. It is lower budget, so the rate is $350/12 hours with no overtime (we hardly have ever gone into overtime as neither the director or I like working longer than that.) Yeah, the rate isn't that great, but it's work if someone is not busy. It's also a reoccurring job as I have shot 20 of these short films over
  9. So I bought a used HMI off ebay and noticed that on the used lamp that came with it, all the clay/cement/whatever it's called that packs in around the top of the ceramic part where the glass meets the ceramic is gone. Therefore, the lamp is wiggling and, I would guess, could cause the lamp to fail prematurely (lamp doesn't look like it's been run more than 20 hours otherwise that I can tell.) Does anyone know what that stuff is? Where I can buy it? Or a good substitute if it's not reasonably inexpensive/easy to get? Thanks, Matthew
  10. Hey guys, I did a shoot a couple of weeks ago that was on white cyc that when I got the footage into post, the image was quite washed out from what looks like flare. All I can guess is that white cyc was either so bright it flared the lens, or another light hit the lens (which I am pretty sure didn't happen due to my key and fill placement.) It was shot on an Epic-X with 2 Kino Image 80's lighting the wall part of the cyc and 2 650 fresnel's lighting up the floor. Does anyone know any way to light a cyc so you can get nice bright white without bouncing so much into the lens that it flares?
  11. I am looking to buy 2, 4 bank Kino Flo Divas. Looking for units that are in decent condition and have not been abused. Matthew
  12. For some reason I was under the impression you could also use water with a couple of drops of soap in it (soap helps with the surface tension.) Does anyone know how well flat, clear soda sticks gel? Would it be strong enough to keep gel on a car that's on a process trailer? And are there anythings to worry about if the gel is close (like a side car window) to an actor's face...such as imperfections in the gel, how well you applied it, residue from the soda, etc.
  13. Umm I may have written my question poorly if I understand your response. I was wondering more about the quality difference between, let's say full grid and 216, or 1/2 grid and 250. I know the differences between 216, 250, and 251, just not sure how they compare when you match the gel's diffusion quality to the grid's diffusion quality.
  14. So I was wondering if anyone knew the quality difference, if any, between gels like 216, 250, & 251 and "cloth" full grid, 1/2 grid, and 1/4 grid? Instead of spending a fortune on gels, I was thinking of getting 4x4 grid cloth which would be far more flexible in use than gels considering how I normally use diffusion. Just was wondering if there was a noticeable visual quality difference in the softness it produces.
  15. Whoever told you that either hadn't used them or was actually referring to the original 18-50 zoom. The RPP's are extremely well made. The feel of the lenses in general are top notch and so are the mechanics-very smooth and with the right amount of dampening in the focus. Optically in sharpness they are somewhere between Ultra and Master primes according to resolution tests. They are much faster than anything else in their price range (the CP2's 18mm is a T3.6 and the 28 in that set is the first lens going up that starts at T2.1.) The bad things about them are... They are huge lenses.
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