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Chance Shirley

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  1. Another update: the 25mm, 50mm, and 85mm primes still available, along with the zoom. Also, I just found my adapter that allows for mounting Arri-B mount lenses on an Aaton-mount 16mm camera. These seem to be hard to find these days, so make me an offer if you're interested. Photo of the adapter: https://1drv.ms/u/s!AqJuGMR4C7hqkhmuB8UqyrgeWXlX?e=0juFXV
  2. Oh! I hadn’t even thought about it being an artifact to keep things title-safe for CRT monitors, but that totally makes sense. And I have indeed noticed it on some Academy format movies, where there are black bars on all four sides of the frame. So I guess even when we get "original aspect ratio" on our home video releases, it isn't always 100% original. Thanks for explaining, David!
  3. Since we're now blessed with home video releases that are presented in their original theatrical aspect ratio, I've noticed something odd in several older films: title sequences with a different aspect ratio than the rest of the feature. I've attached a couple of examples from Thunderball. You can see the frame from the credits is windowboxed a bit, so it isn't quite as wide as the frame representative of the non-credits scenes. Thunderball is a specifically interesting example because it has a pre-credits sequence. So the movie starts out standard Cinemascope, then the frame narrows a bit for the credits, then it goes back to Cinemascope. Anyone know why credit sequences were formatted this way?
  4. Update on this: I've sold some lenses and the Aaton camera kit. So the remaining items for sale are Optar Illumina 25mm and 50mm primes, the Angenieux 15-150mm T3.1 zoom, and the Zeiss 85mm prime. Asking $1,000 each for the lenses.
  5. A good hat. I like a cowboy hat for summer, but anything to keep the sun off your face and ears will work. And I like a knit cap/toboggan for cold days.
  6. Yes, the Illumina primes are still available. Feel free to email me at chance.shirley@outlook.com if you'd like more details. Thanks!
  7. Hi, David. Yes, the Angenieux is still available and it does fully cover Super 16mm. Feel free to email me at chance.shirley@outlook.com for more info. Thanks!
  8. I’m selling my Aaton LTR 54 camera package and six lenses. I’m located in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. The camera (serial no. 1096) is factory-original Super 16 and features a nice internal black and white video tap, purchased from and installed by Visual Products several years back. In the kit: two mags, three batteries, Aaton charger, right-hand grip, and a solid case. The camera was last serviced in 2010 and hasn’t been used much since then. It is in generally good shape. Only two known issues: the rubber film guides in the mags have dissolved (this is apparently a common problem and can be fixed) and the batteries need re-celling. Also, the wooden right-hand grip was broken and repaired when I first got it, but it’s only a cosmetic problem — the grip functions properly and feels very nice in hand. I’ll sell the lenses individually or as a set. I have four Optar Illumina primes (9.5mm, 16mm, 25mm, and 50mm) in Arri B-mount. Plus a Zeiss 85mm prime that has been converted to Aaton mount, and an Aaton mount Angenieux 15-150mm zoom lens. I’m asking $4,000 for the camera as-is and $1,000 each for the lenses. If you’d prefer me get the batteries and mags fixed before selling it, I’m asking $5,000 for the camera. If you buy four or more of the lenses, I’ll throw in the Pelican case. And if want everything — the camera and all the lenses — I’ll come down on the price. If you have any questions about anything or want more info, just let me know. And if you’d like to reach me off list, feel free to text me (205-427-2850) or email me at chance@crewless.com. And you can see photos of everything on my OneDrive... https://1drv.ms/u/s!AqJuGMR4C7hqkFR0MLBsIabWtMyh?e=PnluVW Thanks!
  9. I find the opposite to be true - the more I learn about filmmaking, the more I enjoy movies. If a movie has a good story and good characters, I enjoy that, while also enjoying the actual craft on display - the cinematography, special effects, costumes, and production design. If we're just talking about plot mechanics, the "Save the Cat" plot points can be overdone. But it seems like I see less of that these days. Maybe I'm just accidentally picking non-"Save the Cat" movies? Anyway, even if a movie uses standard plot points, for me the journey is where the fun is, not necessarily the destination.
  10. I've had a BMPCC4K for a few months now. Bang for the buck, it's an incredible camera. My minor gripes: I occasionally see some strobing with some non-pro light sources (assuming this is because of the rolling shutter), batteries don't last long (I'm eventually going to get a more heavy-duty power source), and the LCD is hard to see in bright daylight (though no harder to see than most other LCDs). Also, last I checked, the raw data recording options aren't compatible with Adobe, so I've been shooting ProRes (which looks pretty great). But you would have some of those same issues with other cameras that cost a lot more. I'd been shooting video on a Canon 7D for years, and the BMPCC4K was the camera that finally got me to retire the 7D and start shooting 4K.
  11. In my experience, ADR isn't that much more difficult than getting good location audio (which is also difficult). But, as they say, your mileage may vary.
  12. > On the low-budget it can be quite difficult. Sure. But everything about low-budget filmmaking is difficult.
  13. You should record reference audio. Even noisy reference audio will be a huge help to actors trying to loop their lines later. I also like to get "wild" audio takes on set. Basically, do a couple of takes with the camera. Then do a couple of dialog-only takes (without the camera running, of course) while the scene is still fresh on the actors' minds. I'm always surprised how well wild takes sync up with picture.
  14. "I personally feel like it's harder for films to impress me after learning all that I've learned about the filmmaking process, but the ones that DO actually hit all of those marks allow me to enjoy them even more. It's like I have higher expectations now, but I can appreciate good films even more because of it." I will only add... when I see a bad movie now, I might dislike the movie, but I have sympathy for the filmmakers. Because I have some understanding of the many things that can go wrong while making a movie. I'm impressed that anybody ever finishes a feature, especially a low-budget feature. So a genuinely great movie is like some kind of miracle.
  15. Not sure about the Alexa, but last I heard, the native aspect ratio of the Red sensor was 2:1. So there is a little cropping done in post most of the time -- either from the sides for 1.85:1, or from the top and bottom for 2.39:1.
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