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Matt Stevens

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  1. Yeah some of the spaces in which I am being asked to shoot are confining. Unfortunately the folks wanting video have zero clue about how it is done or what one needs to achieve a shallow depth of field. And they expect everything to be easy and fast. *sigh* After waiting a loooong time for the search function to come back I found this lens... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AHZUM5Q/?coliid=IG4RJVNY0FIXO&colid=LVXD2YUUA1T1&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it I wonder how good this would be in my situation. Low light shooting will be a must in many cases over here.
  2. I found it, though it wasn't exactly easy. it's a really odd setting. 50mm is not all that wide to me. I wonder if there is anything a bit wider that isn't fish eye? Searching Amazon from here is ridiculously painful to do. It usually errors out. Searching anything from here is tough. Any recommendations with links is really appreciated.
  3. Hey gang, posting from china where it is VERY difficult to connect to this website. My boss handed me a Sony a6300 and expected me to just know how to use it since "you know video and made short films." Doesn't work that way. I cannot find how to change the shutter speed on this bloody camera. Can someone clue me in? Auto settings are total garbage. Google is blocked here and searching with a vpn has been painful. Hours at it and I cannot get an actual answer. Why is it always so hard to find this one setting on cameras? Also, he just expected to be able to have "movie footage" with t
  4. Never ever EVER pay by anything other than Credit Card or Pay-Pal. You are just asking to be ripped off. You were badly treated and that sucks, but as another said above, if it is not broken, do not try and fix it. My experience with older projectors and cameras is when they break, by another because everyone I have ever tried has been a complete turd on a stick, a liar, a charlatan or worse.
  5. I really cannot understand why Kodak hasn't asked some folks who shoot a lot of 8mm to take the camera and make something impressive. Give them the camera and a boatload of free film. No question I could do something fantastic with that camera were I given the chance. WTH is Kodak doing?
  6. I shot my last Super8 project with mostly 220T and some 500T. We cropped to 1.85:1 in post, reframing as need be. The grain is heavy, but not "thick." Personally I was pleased with the results.
  7. So how LOUD is this camera? That is something I have yet to hear about.
  8. Brutal honesty... Way too long. Needs significant editing. Matte the sides so you cannot see you were flipping frame. Never start with credits in a short film. Ever. In the modern society with limited attention spans 99% will just clock away. I had to skim through some of it simply due to having so little time on my hands. Going from heavy grain to minimal grain was distracting at times. As others have said, the wobble is distracting. That all being said, at times the imagery was beautiful. You had some good sound design in spots (listening through headphones). Just ke
  9. Been a long time since I posted (been busy) but after looking at the footage all I can ask is, who in the hell is in charge at Kodak? This footage is not just unimpressive. It's bad. Everything that makes 8mm look amateurish is present. Blaming the scanner or anything in post isn't acceptable. They are showing us test footage. What we see is what we see. And it's lousy. They can't even clean the damn gate! Should Kodak want success they need to deliver something that is better than the nearly four decades old bullet proof Nikon R10's I have used over the years. That camera has never faile
  10. Update. A friend of mine has a 2015 iMac and she said I can use hers if I upgrade her memory. So I just ordered two 4GB's for her and Amazon will deliver Tuesday. I'll use her system Wednesday. Cutting it close, but I have also ordered ram for my friend's 2011 era MAC to get it to 8GB. That'll be out backup. Fingers crossed. aapo that solution makes my eyeballs and ears bleed. :)
  11. Hey gents. I have been scrambling as I try to finish travel arrangements and pack. Then we had a power outtage here NO REASON WHY! Happens a few times each summer. I am out of time in finding solutions since I have to take my system apart this morning. What will likely happen is we install Adobe CC on my friend's MAC and pray it works. 4GB of ram is positively anemic, but maybe we can get away with it. I'd upgrade the ram in it if we could find it in the NYC area Tuesday. Going without a true viable plan, but I'll pray I can make it all work out. Anybody in NYC area with a MAC?
  12. My head is exploding. I can build a PC no problem, but this techno speak is beyond me. I have a friend in NY with an i5 2.7 GHz iMac (I believe 12.1), but it only has 4GB of memory. I haven't used anything with less than 16GB in years so I have no idea if his system will crash. He doesn't have Adobe CC but we could always download it, get it installed and start the trial. One issue, of course, is budget. I am over-budget and broke. How shocking! It's not like places in NYC are inexpensive. After speaking with a few it's clear I can't even hope to afford them. I'd like to avoid l
  13. Hey everyone, I am having a heck of a time trying to please my sound editing guy who is insisting on a ProRes 422. "That is the only codec that will express every frame." Well I cannot export ProRes from a PC. Period. It is NOT supported. The only way I have found I can solve that is by purchasing some software I cannot possibly afford. I have repeatedly asked him to give me an alternative and he says he cannot because he knows of no other way to have video that expresses every frame. So please, for the love of all that is Holy. Someone give me a solution. I am using Premiere Pr
  14. The Nikon R10 does insanely well at low light. I know this from personal experience with the camera.
  15. A friend of mine in NYC was so into the look of the actual film on my recent (still in post-prod) short that she is toying with the idea of shooting 16mm or Super16 on her third feature. Her first was shot on a DSLR. Her second digitally (I forget which Sony, but it's a good camera and far better than any DSLR). The subject matter and tone would benefit from a film look and she really loves the look she seen in recent 16mm productions. She was able to shoot her last film with an average of two takes due to robust rehearsals. She is thinking a 3:1 ratio for the next feature. I to
  16. I always shoot without the filter engaged and just use a far superior Tiffen filter screwed onto the lens when needed. Sometimes in low light I don't use it at all! It cuts 2/3 of a stop and that is the world at times. Any wonkiness can be corrected in post.
  17. Yes, exactly. if there is a problem it will NOT get fixed.
  18. Agreed. talking about pricing below that level is just ludicrous wishful thinking on another planet.
  19. If they do it for $40 they lose money on every roll. Kodak needs to stay in business. Not go out of business. let's be reasonable here.
  20. Their servers were god awful. Simply unbearable. And it's a contest where he or she with the most social media friends wins. It really is a farce.
  21. Not sure if you were responding to me or not but I made my statement based upon cameras I have actually used. "The R10's viewfinder is the best I have ever used." I have shot with virtually every single Nikon and Canon S8 camera out there. The Leicina, numerous Nizos and Beaulieus, among others. The Nikon is my favorite as it is not overtly dim and I have found focusing to be almost easy. This is all opinion, mind you. We are all entitled. The lack of an optical viewfinder kind of sucks with regards to Logmar and now the announced Kodak. I love having the camera to my eye and am not s
  22. Hunter, thanks very much. I just completed my first rough cut of the full length version. Now the real fun begins. Making something out of what is currently too damn long and unfocused. :)
  23. The R10's viewfinder is the best I have ever used. No issues with it whatsoever.
  24. Oooohhhhh. MMmmmmm.... :) Nice. The image I posted was a super fast color correct by a very very cool member here. I did limited grading on my Kodak contest entry, but am anxious to finish my project and see what a true colorist can do with the material.
  25. Really does need a viewfinder.
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