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Michael Kubaszak

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  1. This guy has got to be the angriest canadian ever. relax dude. have a molson and some tim horton's.
  2. you can make your own filters??? tell me more tell more. is it expensive??
  3. From the Arricam DVD: It's a lite mag but shows the film locking mechanism that is also on the ST mags.
  4. If I'm 2nd'ing on a RED job, I'll usually ask the 1st at least once if he checked the gate.
  5. Jesus Christ dude. I DO NOT think DSLR footage is a substitute for 35mm. I don't know why you are on such a crusade. Shooting on a 7D compared to 35mm doesn't necessarily mean you are cutting corners. And honestly I don't need you preaching the benefits of 35, I've shot it, I love it. But it's not a great solution for every indie filmmaker out there that wants to make a short. In TODAY'S world, as a cinematographer, you have to be able to use a number of high-end digital cameras, 16mm and 35mm, prosumer video cameras, as well as DSLR's. Sometimes you have to use camera's you don't like. Am I glad I shot 35 instead of 7D? Yes, but if I shot 7D I'd be able to throw that money towards a feature(which will most certainly be shot on a 7D. If money wasn't a factor I'd shoot film every time.
  6. I'm thinking about getting an equipment cart. I want build up slowly to my ideal cart rather than just get everything at once. I seem to be faced with 3 brands or choices. Magliner: http://www.filmtools.com/geminisenior.html Filmtools: http://www.filmtools.com/libsencarcom.html Global: http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/material-handling/hand-trucks-dollies/hand-trucks-convertible/senior-aluminum-2-1-convertible-hand-truck-with-pneumatic-wheels I've heard really good things about the filmtools version. But I saw a Global model on set recently and the price is definitely intriguing. I do wonder if the filmtools accessories will work on the Global cart, i.e. the handles, nose extension, shelf etc. Can anyone shed some light?
  7. Can you recommend any place in particular? I know raw stock in NY closed. I was sad, I got really good short ends and recans from them.
  8. Not really. Honestly I was joking, hence the smiley. I am a 'film' guy. I've shot all of my films on actual film. 1 on reg 16 and 2 on 35. /film street cred If you have good lenses, say zeiss primes and know how to light for a particular DSLR it assuredly will NOT look like it cost $4. I wish I would've shot my last movie on a 7D, it would've saved my about $1000 of my own money(I could have a really tricked out Magliner for work :) ) You use whatever tools you have and try to make the best images possible, be it a 7D, an HVX-200, or some Lowell tota kits(eww).
  9. I suggest a new user name for K Borowski: The Loader Formerly Known As Karl. Or maybe you can change your name to the shutter symbol.... :lol:
  10. In regards to the topic. I think dropping out of school to shoot a short is a horrible idea. I shot 5 shorts while I was in film school that had nothing to do with any class and we used our school's equipment, which was invaluable. I also shot and directed a short on 35mm that had nothing to do with school.
  11. Gotcha. Portabrace is the only one I know of that does not use velcro. Filmtools, ARRI, Lindcraft, CineBags, and Setwear all have velcro. I feel like a zipper will be too loud. If I were you. I'd get another piece of velcro and cover the flap side rendering it useless. Then I would sew a magnet on the flap side and on the pouch side. Or maybe you could place the magnet(s) in between the velcro. So you'd have male velcro ---magnet---female velcro on the flap & female velcro---magnet---male velcro.
  12. On set my AC pouch is always open. If i'm leaving set it gets closed(especially if I'm running or at crafty). Any reason you need to keep closing it?
  13. Don't freeze your exposed film, send that to the lab right away or within a few days. I've shot on 6 year old vision 500t which was all kept in a freezer. I rated it at 250t and it was still very grainy, granted that's the look I was going for. Do tests.
  14. something similar just popped up on CML
  15. Ouch. i'm thinking about bartending. What do you do when shoots come up? This year has actually been my best so far, lots more jobs. But they are still not as frequent as I'd like them to be. Maybe 1-2 a month. I am really contemplating moving into a bigger market, Chicago or LA. Was just 2nd/loading on a spot shot on film and it definitely gave me the film bug again. My state basically has no film incentives so there are few to no mutli-million dollar features being shot here and one's in nearby states usually require the entire crew to be a resident of that state.
  16. Everything Adrian said. Throw away your masking and painter's tape. You need 1" cloth gaffers tape in multiple colors, also, 1'' paper tape in several colors, plus 2'' black gaff and black paper. I started AC'ing professionally while I was in college and my initial kit investment was around $500. You need the right tools and reference(books) for the job. Here is a starting point: http://www.filmtools.com/acjupokiso.html Make sure you have lots of air, tape and sharpies. On a film job every time you hand the 1st a fresh mag you should have a can of air on you or in the other hand waiting to give to him/her. NEVER write on a slate with permanent marker(especially if it's the 1st's or production is renting it :) ). Anything 'permanent i.e prod title, director camera, should be on a piece of white 1'' camera tape in black permanent marker. Or if you're a pro, printed on a 1'' label from a P-Touch or similar labeler. A word on union and non-union. I've worked on both kinds of sets(I am non-union) The job does NOT change. You are doing the exact same job on both. What production is allowed to 'get away' with does change, amongst other things. But a 2nd never pulls focus, unless the first cannot be there by some sort of extraneous circumstance and they NEED to get the shot now. Sometimes you can't have a frontbox. You need to keep it on you, either hold it patiently during the take or open it and slide it between your belt.
  17. One more BIG question i forgot. How old was the stock you shot? That could definitely be a contributing factor to the graininess. It doesn't look WAY under. But under enough that people here noticed. I'd call call up whoever did the telecine and ask them. Tell them it look underexposed and see what they say. maybe your neg was too thin, etc. What I would do if I were you is to find a lab you like and stick with it. Go there in person or call. Talk to someone you've dealt with before. Same thing with telecine. That was my big mistake in film school. I just sent out my stuff and barely spoke with the people.
  18. 1st off, a half stop is not enough. That's barely recognizable. You need to over-expose by 2/3 of a stop minimum. I'd also argue that your grain is NOT normal for 16 and is excessive, hence people commenting that it was underexposed. When you underexpose the grain becomes much more 'in your face'. 2nd, why are you doing a one-light? Even if you can't afford to sit in you should at least do a best-light. Your film holds everything you put into the production: Writing, casting, camera, film , lenses, acting, art dept. etc. Why skimp on making it look great?! Also what you can do in today's world is take some stills of each scene(lighting set up) or each shot if you want to be anal. Then color grade them in photoshop and send them along with your film(i.e. thumb drive or email them to whoever is doing the telecine). This gives them an idea of what you want without you having to be there. Does your telecine house do Uncompressed 10 bit to a hard drive?? If so you might want to look into that. Also, are the lightmeter(s) you use(d) properly calibrated?
  19. It definitely looks underexposed... I don't really mind the image you get from a 7D or 5D, what I hate is that they are not intuitive at all to moviemaking and all the problems that causes( it's been covered over and over again so I won't be redundant). edit: film, RED, Alexa, 5D, 7D etc. can all look bad if you do not completely understand the format and how to get the most out of it.
  20. The other 2 do not look like dust to me. They almost seem like some chemical or liquid got on the film at some point during loading or downloading.
  21. i've never seen anything like that, but I agree with Adrian, it almost seems like the film itself is damaged, at least in the first example. Perhaps the loader dropped or nicked the roll. I'd give the lab and kodak or fuji a call and see if you can email the stills to them, maybe even the camera manufacturer.
  22. it's a piece of cake. one of my fav mags to load. it's very straightforward and there aren't any 'tricks' unlike a 535 mag. do as stephen says and go to the rental house and practice loading. out of the bag first, then in. the people working at the rental house should be more than happy to help you.
  23. or you could shoot on 7D, that'd bring your costs to like $4. :P
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