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Dan Finlayson

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    Cinematographer
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    Los Angeles, Boston
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    Moviecam Compact, Arri 35-3, Sony a7s

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  1. What you lack in variety, you make up for in a cohesive vibe. Excellent song choice for the nature of your work as well! I'd try and cut the reel down a touch, it feels like it loses steam around where the tiger shot shows up. Short and sweet and leave the viewer wondering what other things you've shot
  2. I really like the quality of light in the interiors! There are moments I would have played around with a little more fill - literally just a 2x4 bounce or some muslin. But that's just personal taste. I think some of the operating could use a little work, especially the tilt down at 1:02. This is being quite picky! As far as the film goes - I think you could probably shave 45 seconds off in the edit. LOVE the sound design, especially the warping sound when he puts on the shirt and the camera surfacing in the pool. Great work!
  3. Not sure, I wasn't in a place to spend any money on cameras at all at that moment haha
  4. Came here to say this - I got a call when they were shopping the 416 around. Bought their Moviecam Compact 10 years ago. Cool that they still have a ST though, never knew they owned one!
  5. If I wanted some nice anti-static foam instead of a furniture pad for a camera coffin, does anyone have any reqs where to get source that? I'm thinking similar to the stuff you find in pelican cases but bigger pieces I could cut down
  6. I'd love to know the answer to this too! Is this a photo of a compact mk2?
  7. I might be wrong here but I don't think Dom was responding to the OP, but rather the outright misinformation posted in the thread. I mean we got someone here questioning whether covid even exists...
  8. Totally understand this perspective and I really wish delivery compression wasn't geared exclusively toward smallest file sizes across the board. When I do really want grain though, I usually trial and error a higher grain level for streaming vs my prores output. It's imperfect but I usually end up somewhere I'm happy enough with.
  9. Spectra is decent for super 8. I try to go to Fotokem for 16mm or 35mm.
  10. This happens to an extent with split diopters in front of the lens too, correct?
  11. There's been a few comments addressing the length of your short - I really think this is a major factor here. I shot a "short" that ran 18 minutes. We got accepted to a pretty good shorts festival and I spoke to the programmer about it. It's really important to remember the perspective of the people running the festival - they schedule blocks of shorts, usually tied together with some sort of common theme. They really don't want one short to dominate a screening block unless it *really* matches the theme well. We got super lucky. So making a long short is really stacking the cards against yourself in the festival world. Don't take it personally if it doesn't get accepted - you're absolutely at a disadvantage going up against 5-10 minute films that are easier to program.
  12. This serves a different purpose! The Alexa is 10 years old and has had false color since the beginning. The EL Zones are making the translation from IRE values to stops as your meter would see them. It's a small difference but notable since no one's really taken that last step. It is worth noting that the Alexa false color is kind of in-between. The green and pink levels are telling you stop values while the rest are IRE information. Which is probably why I like that implementation the best
  13. We'll always have to learn each camera. But Lachman is doing something different here. He/Panasonic are calibrating the false color specifically to V-log on the varicam before any creative luts or compression is applied. The point isn't to know much about the varicam's latitude - it's just to make the camera a really detailed spot meter.
  14. How many "bad" lenses check all the boxes the K35s do? Full frame, decent focus breathing control, limited LoCA for their age... The price is inflated but they're definitely unique.
  15. I used one of those 3 bodies shortly after! On my very low budget project with limited accessories - I enjoyed working with it. I was in Abel's LA location in 2019 and asked about the Penelopes - they told me all the bodies had been sold. I can totally see how big feature production could test the limits of that camera. On the other hand I'd shoot a music video on one in a heartbeat... if I could ever find one to rent!
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