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David Sweetman

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  1. Hello, I used to be a regular here at cinematography.com; I've since moved away from film as a career and gotten into iPhone development. But I'm posting because my first app is a screenwriting app, and it's live in the App Store! For any writers out there, I'd love to hear what you think. The idea behind StorySkeleton is that you don't want to be doing full-on writing on your phone, it's easier to write in short bursts, quick notes, and reminders for yourself. That's the same reason a lot of screenwriters carry a stack of index cards around with them, so they can jot down plot point ideas wherever they are, and eventually have a full script structured out on a small deck of index cards. That index card format is what StorySkeleton tries to imitate. If you do try it out, please let me know what you think, and feel free to send any suggestions or comments either on this thread or through the 'feedback' button in the app. I'm not really trying to spam here, the idea is to improve StorySkeleton as much as possible for the people who use it. Also, if you do like it, positive app store ratings are the #1 thing that help us little guys. Thanks! http://www.storyskeleton.com
  2. Hi Tim, the picture is of the actual camera. It's from the last time I tried to sell the camera, before I had ever gotten around to installing the TXM-27 tobin crystal sync unit. Since then, the camera didn't sell and a music video project came up, and we ended up shooting most of it at 48fps, so I installed the tobin unit, but it ended up being real finicky. The camera would randomly stop working if I started and stopped the camera rapidly, say if I was checking the loop. Then the camera would then refuse to turn on until I took out the TXM and re-installed the original unit, and after a while I could put the TXM back in and continue shooting at 48fps, I just found out that I had to be careful to let the camera reach speed every time I ran it, even if I was just checking the loop. So I decided that it would be better to list the camera without the crystal sync and not explain all that, than to list it with the crystal sync and have to explain that part of the package didn't seem to function as it was supposed to. I should have taken a new picture for the new auction, but didn't have access to a digital camera until recently, and honestly I wanted to try to sell in time to get my wife a new macbook for her birthday in September. Ebay won't let me add them within 12 hours of an auction's close, but here are some new photos:
  3. I've tried to sell this camera before but always seemed to find a project for it right when I was about to sell. Well, now I've gotten married, and I have both no time for movies, and no money for rent. Since this time I need to sell no matter what, I put it on eBay, where it's available for bidding at http://www.ebay.com/itm/170691080751?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649#ht_500wt_1377 If you're LA local, feel free to come by and take a look at the camera. Email me at davidsweetman [at] live.com. -Dave
  4. now listed on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...E:IT&ih=007 need to sell before school starts!
  5. I know I'm a horrible businessman, but personally I think at this stage he should stick to video, and lots of it :ph34r: film is the next step and I don't think he's there yet...Sean I think you should pick up a decent 3ccd miniDV camera, it's the best way there is to start learning today. And while you're learning, tape stock is cheap.
  6. Yeah I've got the glass that goes in front, took it off to see the lens better. The motor I got new off Ebay, still in original box that shipped from Tobin Cinema Systems, still with the instructions and in original wrapping, it's the TCS TXM-27.
  7. I do love that camera (sob,) but I don't foresee shooting more 16 anytime soon, and will start submitting to festivals in the next couple months, and I need a new car, and I'm currently unemployed... I put some pics up here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidsweetman...57606897170122/
  8. selling my arri 16bl - camera body, angenieux 12-120, battery recently re-celled, Harrison pup-size changing tent, three mags, rain cover, shoulder mount, Tobin Crystal Sync ready to be installed, small size Kodak color charts, etc. Very clean, takes great images LA area Asking 2500 dave (818) 809 7858
  9. movies is the best. i'd love to see anyone's photography. goes without saying that cinema is art, but I wanted to see the other stuff. think it adds an extra dimension. notice the "etc." in the original post...
  10. In the past there have been 'what is your other art?' threads, and recently there have been art-inspiration threads; these have gotten me interested in actually seeing your guys' own paintings, storyboards, drawings, sketches, etc. C'mon, bust out the old digital camera and portfolio, it'll only take two seconds. an accident titled this "to be right-handed with two left hands" ink and soy sauce on paper
  11. gallery art vs. street art stuff sucks on both sides, but there's also stuff flat-out amazing on both sides. Why should disgraceful lighting be avoided?
  12. In the past couple days I've become immersed in anything I can find about David Choe: http://www.davidchoe.com/ really amazing stuff...
  13. I don't know, I tend to think rules are overstated; there's something incredibly appealing to me about photographs or video taken by amateur photographers with absolutely no knowledge of the rules of composition. Technically they're "bad," but there's something else in them - photography completely uninhibited by "do this, don't do that."
  14. Well...I'm a relatively inexperienced student, and I'd be wrong trying to talk "above" the answer, so take my pretentious musings with a grain of salt...but composition directly involves the "frame," and as such it is the only necessary part of filmmaking. The audio can also be part of the frame, but a film can exist as a film apart from sound, so it isn't essential. frame is the physical requirement of art, truth is the metaphysical. Anything in a frame can be "art" but it only becomes art in my opinion when the other side is there as well. Because of the highly subjective nature of aesthetic beauty, "good composition" cannot have a physical definition, and in my opinion, what makes it good is its service of truth. This doesn't have to be too forced or too explicit. It doesn't even have to be something the viewer can put into words. Of course you can learn things such as the thirds rule, where not to put lines, where to put lines, etc. But in the end if you keep to all the rules without thinking about them, you're doing yourself a disservice. It may look nice but it may feel empty as well. like the Madman, the question you have to ask is, "what is truth?"
  15. I'd probably start by calling up Kodak and Fuji and asking...have you tried that?
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