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Justin Hayward

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  1. My seven year old son and some neighborhood kids make little movies with an iPad and they call it "filming" a movie. The other day I heard a young medical student in her early twenties refer to someone shooting her with an iPhone to stop "filming" her. I think the term "film" or "filming" regarding shooting any format is going to be around for a while.
  2. That's a good point, thanks Bruce. So if there were an operator there that was paid, then it might be okay for me to jump in, but since no one got the job, I shouldn't have touched the camera. The MC operator is a computer guy and has never touched a "manual" camera, so he wouldn't have done it if I wanted him to. It's a tough situation for me, because I want to be hired by them again and it's hard to explain to people that want a simple close up with very simple camera moves, that they can't have it because the production didn't hire an operator before I got there and nobody other than a hired operator can touch the camera... I'm not sure how to explain that without sounding like I'm telling them they can't eat the dinner they payed for at at my restaurant because I didn't pay someone to pick up their fork. I have to find a good way to explain this kind of stuff if I'm in this situation again. Thanks again.
  3. Last week I was brought onto a commercial fairly last minute to direct the live action portion of a table top commercial. This was a union job, but since I was basically second unit, I had a gaffer, but no DP. There was a motion control set with a MC operator and a dolly set that was supposed to all be locked off, so just one AC. On the dolly set there were several different focal length locked off shots of actors doing different things. The commercial agency story boards included extreme close ups of mouths and eyes, but with the actors still slightly moving around. With the camera locked off in those close ups, the actors quickly moved in and out of frame and it obviously didn't work. We had no operator and the AC was very busy trying to hold these extreme close ups in focus, so I jumped on the camera and operated to keep the action in frame. Again, I was brought in last minute on this job and didn't even know what I was shooting until I arrived in the morning, so the idea of hiring an operator wasn't even something I could have considered if I wanted to. Anyway, later that day I was read the riot act from a camera union guy that I shouldn't have touched the camera cause of the union issues. What was the right thing for me to do in that situation? Thanks.
  4. To further your point, if you're already windowing the area you want to sharpen, then it would likely help to de-sharpen (or pull a little out of focus) everything else even more to make what you want to sharpen "appear" more in focus?
  5. A friend of mine shot a commercial with anamorphic lenses on the Alexa mini framing for 2:40 of a six person family spread out across a big couch watching TV, but he had to shoot 1x1 safe. So the entire family was crunched into the center of the 2:40 aspect ratio And everything outside of the 1x1 was just set dressing. He sent me a screenshot of the monitor. It was hilarious.
  6. I tell people all the time that if I were to shoot a movie now, it would likely be something the majority of people would see on their TVs, laptops, or phones. So as much as I love compositions in the widescreen scope format, I would have to take into account the image real estate, and shoot 16 x 9 for the largest image possible for home viewing.
  7. I totally agree. It seems weird when an artist tries to pigeonhole a specific approach to any part of the craft.
  8. I'm often reminded of Jay Leno on "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" when he's talking about how he loved the movie "Gravity" but how so many people online were complaining the space science was all wrong and he said, "You know, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney aren't astronauts either..." Or when Robert Zemeckis was questioning Dean Cundey about where the light was coming from in the cave in "Back to the Future 2" and he said, "Same place the music is coming from."
  9. Of all the categories in the Oscar telecast, cinematography is the only category that literally makes movies exist.
  10. Flickering lights background...
  11. If I'm honest, I have a hard time watching any of these new comic book movies. I've seen maybe a handful of them and I don't remember which ones. As soon as they get to one of the all CGI battles, I feel like I'm watching one of my kid's cartoon shows and I completely tune out. So in that sense, I understand not wanting to watch something you find boring. Also, back when the movies we're talking about were made, the collective attention span wasn't nearly as short as it is today. So, movies were allowed to take their time setting everything up before really getting into the meat. Nowadays you really have to jump right into it and grab people before they have time to check their texts.
  12. I totally understand not wanting to do stuff I don't like. I don't like crowds, so I don't go with the family to watch fireworks on the fourth of July. I figure I'm a grown man and I can choose not to do something I don't want to do. What I don't understand is wanting to make movies, but not wanting to watch the movies that shaped modern movies. It's like being an architect who lives next door to a Frank Lloyd Wright house, but actively won't look at it. I don't understand how you wouldn't be curious.
  13. Copy that. Well, I look forward to your very original pizza and I promise I won't stop eating after 30 minutes. ;)
  14. But you want to make them? Edit: Both my mom and my step mom don't like watching movies, so it would be weird if they told me they wanted to make one. Who says they don't like pizza then opens a pizzeria?
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