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Evan Luzi

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  1. Thanks for sharing that post Freya! To follow up with everyone else, measuring for focus is best because once you're armed with the distances you can compensate for actors missing marks, the camera missing marks, or any sort of unexpected actions much more quickly. You can do that while pulling off of a monitor, too, but you run a greater risk of losing where in the shot your focal plane is (in terms of depth). Just be sure that you check your backfocus during camera prep to make sure measurements will be spot on. Using 1:1 to confirm your measurements isn't a bad idea either, like Justin
  2. You all might appreciate these memes I made about camera assisting / filmmaking in general: http://www.theblackandblue.com/2012/02/24/filmmaking-memes/
  3. Definitely use Pancro or some other alcohol solution like Adrian said. Sharpie trick is awesome and doesn't just work on the FF disc but also on the slate. It's very handy to write things like the Date on the slate that you don't want to erase until the end of the day. Also good to write everything else if you can't find your dry erase and are pinched for time. Proof that it works:
  4. Hey James! This is Evan (the guy behind The Black and Blue) and I want to say thanks for sharing the site with Cinematography.com! I started the site because I noticed there weren't too many resources about camera assisting on the web -- about the only one I found useful and informative were these forums -- so I wanted to take what I was learning on productions and share it with others. I also was tired of "filmmaking" websites only talking about gear, cameras, etc, so I always try and approach topics that show the real side of filmmaking. Things like craft services, how to dress
  5. There's definitely not an "official way," but there are best practices such as saying "got it" when handing off a lens. I usually remove the caps of a lens (at least the rear cap) at the lens case before bringing it over to the 1st AC. Having all the caps on and removing/exchanging them with the lenses seems like it could get confusing and jumbled up, especially cause the 1st AC's I've worked for usually have the lens almost instantly removed when I get there. As a first AC, I request that my 2nd AC's leave the front cap on because I simply put it in my pocket to have handy once the le
  6. Hi Salil, As far as I can tell through the basic research I've done, the biggest difference is that the PD-42 has an optical sight. That is a nice feature because in bright sunny days, it can be difficult to see the tiny red laser dot and get an accurate measurement. With the optical sight, you would be able to accurately target what you want to measure without having to see the laser dot. When it comes to being a 1st AC/Focus Puller with the two, I don't know if it will make much of a difference. Besides that optical sight feature, they both have substantial ranges of measuring distan
  7. Hey all, I actually just wrote a piece on my blog about "behind the scenes" at NFL Films: http://www.theblackandblue.com/2011/02/06/behind-the-scenes-of-nfl-films/ It is pretty amazing the amount of 16mm film that place has been through and still goes through. THey have some 100 million feet of it in their underground vault. I also linked to some videos in the post that give a pretty nice breakdown of them shooting and delivering the footage into post. They even show someone changing mags! All in all I think it's pretty cool that Ed Sabol got into the hall of fame. He really has he
  8. Hi everyone, I'm sorry if I am re-posting an old topic, but I have scoured everywhere and have come up, for the most part, empty handed. What I am trying to do is calculate the amount of time I can get off different RED media dependent on resolution, frame size and compression. I know there are plenty of data calculators out there -- I have been messing with them -- but most of them only cover 4K and those that do cover 2K or 3K only do so with one aspect ratio. I want to be able to calculate the difference between 2K 2:1 and 2K 16:9, for example. I have pixel resolutions for these, but I
  9. Happy new year everyone! Best to you and your families in 2011!
  10. Hey guys, I've been cruisin around the net trying to find of some good places to buy expendables for shows and I'm trying to reach out beyond the obvious - Filmtools. In the past I've used Expendables Recycler and really been pleased, but I'm just looking for some other options. I know a lot of places have limited expendables, but it's harder to find a place that is comprehensive with all sorts of colored paper tape, chamois, different markers, etc. Anyone have some good suggestions of places I can order from online or through email with a list and have them ship to me? Thanks, Eva
  11. I think you're right - it is slightly misleading - but I think it does depend on how it's read aka if you compare them all individually or take that section as group as I did. To be honest, I didn't even notice the conflict of the wording until you brought it up. I did like the video - the large format stuff really fascinates me and the sheer amount of technology behind it. How could would that job be though? To go to space AND shoot IMAX 3D!
  12. I should also point out that in that section I was referring to IMAX as an acquisition format/camera system and 3D cameras will have mag loads of 2000 feet of film which they go through in 3 minutes (thus half as fast as IMAX 2D for 1000 feet).
  13. I was already aware of that Karel and I did take it into consideration when making the infographic. I will concede that perhaps the language is a bit misleading, but in the sake of making the graphic appear cleaner, I chose not to qualify the IMAX 3D part of that section by explaining that the only reason it goes through 1000 ft half as fast is because it uses twice the stock. In actuality, I think it is a dilution of the statement to pull out of context that statement in comparison to only the 3D and 2D IMAX counterparts. That section of the graphic does not say that IMAX 3D goes faster than
  14. Thanks Mitch. I hope to be doing some more in the future on different topics
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