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Mike Washlesky

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  1. I shot this a few years back on the HPX500. Good camera. Dig it.. http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/suchgreatheights/
  2. Forgot I had this montage of some scenes I cut together from a Feature Film from a few years back. Sadly, no one will ever see this film because it was pretty terrible, and its caught in some legal BS. Anyways, take a look!
  3. hey thanks for checking it out Jon. Yeah, zero budget. Did it more as a favor to the artists and to get more Directing experience and material. I think the biggest expense was the ski masks.. Thanks again!
  4. Finished up a rap video recently and was throwing it out there to the world. I Directed, DP'd and Edited. Budget was around $100.00. Seriously, it was.. Thoughts are encouraged. Thanks.
  5. Sure, why not just buy an F3. I havent put my camera through the trenches yet. And of course they are really "hot" right now, but hey if it works, why not right? I agree, using a "real" camera is the way to go, which normally I use be it an HVX, or a RED, but the DSLRs serve a function. BTW, what the hell is "Rainbow Anodizing Syndrome"?
  6. that's cool. Thanks for the link. I partnered up with a buddy and we went with the indiSystem rig with a Ruige 7-inch HD monitor, but had to cough up the cash for the Zacuto Pro3X (man those things are pricey...) Turned out to be a pretty decent rig for around $1,700.00 which isnt bad. It's already been used on a corporate gig in Germany. I havent shot with it yet but monkeyed with it and was satisfied. We'll see how it performs when put through the paces on a short or feature...
  7. No kidding. Havent heard of these guys. Been nosing around some Chinese Zacuto knockoffs around this same price point but am wary of the quality. How does it perform? And negatives about this particular product that you've found? Thanks for the heads up!
  8. Mike Washlesky

    DSLR rigs?

    looking into purchasing a rig for my D7000 and have been looking at the Zacuto rigs. Wondering if anyone has used this or other rigs and if there are any pros/cons to the different brands. These things are4 pricey and I want to be sure which one's to stay away from. Thanks,
  9. So why exactly was it the worst of the bunch? I just purchased a D7000 and have been happy with it so far. Havent shot an extensive amount of video, but what I have shot was great, and I liked it better than when I used a 7 and 5D. But I prefer Nikon glass anyways and have a few from my still background and have accumulated several lenses over the years. Just curious what made it so bad in comparisons.
  10. No dude, I picked up that gig and now own both a black and white Ferrari. I call them Yin and Yang.
  11. Awesome...does it shoot native 16x9? I hear thats the bestest.
  12. Contact GEAR..(http://gearrental.com/)
  13. ZING! Hey Karel, whats the best video camera?
  14. I echo what Phil said above, and one thing to consider The Wrestler was not thrown together, it was made to look like it was thrown together. Its a very naturalistic film, but it was not shot guerilla style in the truest sense. The lighting is very meticulous and deliberate, save for perhaps the butcher/grocery store scenes which maybe used the existing practical light sources, but the point is that it is a big film made to look naturalistic and documentary-esque which creates a sense of realism. The XL1 by todays standards is very sub-par. If you are looking for a camera similar in size, go with with either the Sony EX3, or the HVX200 and get some lens adapters such as the P+S Teknik and some primes. They will be smaller and portable like the XL1 but the image quality is far superior. You can shoot a film with only available light, but generally what will make those conditions really terrible in the final product is the depth of field. Practical lights and shallow DOF looks way better than crappy lighting and a crappy camera. even if you are trying to make it look crappy.
  15. And here's the FB page. Funny stuff. http://www.facebook.com/dpredwizard
  16. Is it worth joining this site? I am soooo socially networked out that joining ANOTHER service really doesnt appeal to me unless I can actually find paying gigs on it.
  17. Times are lean. Looking for work. I'll even do wedding videography at this point sheesh.. thanks.. www.12gaugefilms.com
  18. Times are lean. Daddy needs some work. Feedback appreciated. I know its long, but I am cutting to the song. Any other feedback would be super. www.12gaugefilms.com
  19. I have found they can be kinda buggy. But, once you lock in good settings with HB, it seems to work ok. not the greatest, but workable.
  20. There's 2 apps I use for exactly this. DVDxDV (http://www.dvdxdv.com/) and HandBrake (http://handbrake.fr/) Handbrake is free and works pretty well. I have found strange sync issues in DVDxDV, and it does really wacky stuff sometimes on the timeline in FCP. Give Handbrake a try. as for settings you have several options, but I wouldnt cut in 1080 at all since the material is far from its original source. 720 has been fine with HB, but sometimes I get weird interlacing even when all the settings should check out. It takes a little trial and error, but works out ok. You can check out my reel below. Those files came from multiple format sources.
  21. How long is the shoot? $1,500.00 p/ 5 day week is decent. It aint David Mullen rate :) but it pays the bills and is not basement level either. Start them at $2K a week and negotiate your way down. It also depends on your experience of course. Much easier to sell yourself at that rate with a decent reel. If you only have videos on You Tube of your friends slapping each other..might be a harder pitch. Good luck.
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