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Brett Allbritton

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    Canon 60D, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

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  1. Thanks, Dom! I figured I was probably being overprotective, but you never know.
  2. Hey everyone, I'm currently taking part in a 100 ft of film project and have an issue. I'm very close to the end of my roll and have to get a few pick up shots tomorrow. The problem is my Krasnogorsk is still somewhat wound up and if I allow it to wind down it will use up the last of my film. Will it damage the spring to leave it wound for 24 hours? The manual says to not store it unless it's completely wound down, but is this just for long term storage? Has anyone left their Krasnogorsk wound up for this long without issue before? I'm worried I have to choose between finishing the challenge or breaking my camera.
  3. Thanks, guys. With that in mind I'll likely overexpose a bit to be safe. I don't think anything is scratched or fogged, the camera and lens seem to be in really great condition. It's one of the later models (it actually says "Krasnogorsk-3" instead of using the Russian alphabet interestingly enough) and I even sent it to Bernie O'Doherty at Super 16 Inc shortly after getting it to remove the loop formers and check everything out for me. Granted, I am somewhat guessing that it's losing a full stop, I didn't use a grey card for this test because I was really looking at sharpness. Perhaps I should redo it with a grey card. My big fear is that maybe my light meter is wrong, but it seemed to work fine when I used it with another camera and lens.
  4. Hey everyone, I'm getting ready for a film challenge where our entire short will be made on a single 100 ft reel of Kodak 7219 and shot on a Krasnogorsk-3. In preparation for the shoot I decided to do a lens test with the stock Meteor 5-1 lens on my original Blackmagic Pocket Camera. Surprisingly though, my footage all seemed to be about a stop under exposed. I know that the aperture of a lens doesn't always let in as much light as it should and that T-stops are supposed to correct for this, right? So is this the case here? Have those of you that use the Krasnogorsk-3 encountered this problem? Does this mean that when shooting I should meter for 250 instead 500 to get proper exposure? Any thoughts?
  5. Hey everybody, I'm in the process of putting together a shoulder rig and thought it might be interesting to hear different tips and perspectives on building and using a shoulder mount. I'm curious about things like shoulder mounts where the camera sits in front of the face versus on the shoulder, rosette handles, balancing, shooting techniques, and anything else you think might be helpful or perhaps not so obvious to those of us with less experience. Thanks!
  6. Thanks, Phil! It was a pretty tricky space. This was actually made for a single-take film contest. I guess our approach probably was a bit odd. I think most people tried to do much more impressive long takes whereas we just shot an argument, but after the director had the idea for this she was really attached to making it happen. To be honest, there were times I was a bit frustrated and kind of wished we did it more conventionally, but I guess it served as an interesting experiment and the actors seemed to be really into it.
  7. Hey guys, It has been almost a year, but finally my director made the short film I was referring to in this thread public on Vimeo. I thought I might post it here so you can see how it came out, I'd love to hear any feedback you might have. Thanks again for your help!
  8. Hey everybody, I'm considering investing in a 12mm cine lens for my BMPCC and while browsing I've come across the Kowa Prominar Micro Four Thirds lenses. They don't have geared focus rings, but do feature both F-stops and T-stops interestingly enough. Does anybody have experience with these lenses? All the footage and photos I've seen from them are quite lovely, but would they really be worth the extra money I might spend on them versus, say, a Rokinon or SLR Magic cine lens?
  9. Hey, thanks, Bruce. I wasn't didn't know that Resolve isn't .icc profile aware, which muddies things a bit. I do have access to an i1 Display Pro at work that I might be able to calibrate my home monitor with while working on this project, but unfortunately, in this case, I am on a PC. I'll definitely take a look at DisplayCal. The editor hasn't finished working on the film yet, so maybe I have a little bit of time to study beforehand.
  10. Thanks, Frank. The Resolve Certification materials are especially interesting, I'm definitely going to look into that! I'll tell her I can do it then. I figured that would be the case, but having never owned a 4K monitor and not being a pro level colorist I wasn't sure if there was something I might be unaware of. So out of curiosity then, what benefits does a 4K monitor offer specifically in terms of color grading?
  11. Hey everyone, This might be a question that exposes my ignorance, but recently I was asked if I could grade a 30 minute documentary for someone. I happen to do a lot of color correction for my job as well as just for fun when I want to mess around in Resolve, so I was confident that I could do what the director was asking for (she said she wants it to look true to life, so mostly just primary corrections it sounds like). Then she told me that the footage was V-Log 4K shot on the Panasonic EVA1 and asked if I have a 4K monitor, which I don't. What I do have is an IPS 1920x1200 monitor, specifically a ProArt ASUS PA248Q, and a ColorMunki. I have graded C100, FS5ii, GH4, and even downscaled RED footage on this monitor with good results, but because she specifically asked if my monitor is 4K, I'm beginning to wonder if maybe my monitor wouldn't be accurate enough for her project. As far as I know, the only problems I would have are judging sharpness and noise, but as far as color goes it should be fairly accurate regardless of my monitor's resolution as long as I calibrate properly, right? Or is there something I'm missing here? I'd love to help with her project, but I also don't want to waste her time. What do you guys think?
  12. Hey everyone. I just bought a used original BMPCC, but need to acquire cards for it. Apparently, SanDisk has updated their Extreme Pro Cards and the new version isn't compatible with the camera, so I'm scrambling trying to find the old version. Even internet sellers who have it listed as the old version turn out to be selling the new ones. If anyone is willing to part with a 64GB or 128GB card that they've successfully used with the BMPCC or has the product prefix SDSDXP, please let me know.
  13. I agree about the flat look, I was having a hard time getting more contrast with the china balls. Tonight I'm going to try putting some black paper on the side of the china ball I'm using for fill and get it off the wall a bit. Bruce, what kind of LED lights do you suggest? I might be able to borrow some battery powered video lights from a friend that I can gel.
  14. Hey, thanks for the responses, guys. We ended up going with Chinese lanterns after some experimentation, the director even liked the idea of using one as a practical. Unfortunately the space is so limited I can't follow the actors with one. As for the wall color, the walls are fortunately already a warm tone. Now that I've had a chance to do some tests and get back to this post, I thought I would share the stills I took and get your thoughts (you'll notice the C-stand, just disregard that, I wasn't sure quite where I wanted the China ball it was holding to be yet. Also disregard the mess on the bed...) I'm a bit ambivalent, I kept having a battle with myself of whether to add fill or take it away. In particular I worry that in the shots where she is standing by the bed and sitting down (IMG_3222 and 3225) might be a bit too flat or dark. One thing we agreed on was to put up a few more decorations on the wall so that it doesn't look as boring. One thing I know I'll try is putting some black wrap on the lanterns like Giacomo suggested in order to minimize some of the spill, and I also want to treat the practicals with either ND or Streaks n Tips on the bulbs to take down the blown out look a bit. Does anyone have any critiques or advice for what I have so far? http://s1376.photobucket.com/user/brettz92/slideshow/Flags%20Test%20Stills Password: 123abc
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