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Taylor Russ

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  1. Personally I love shooting with a 16mm - gives a wide and / or intimate feel (depending on use) without feeling fisheye. Wider than that is great fun but also very hard to justify in most contexts outside of necessity (super small locations) or a strong style choice. That said, big fan of barrel distortion and very wide lenses - just gotta know when it enhances and when it becomes overly apparent and breaks the immersion.
  2. The thing is, the factors laid out by Alex are considerations for all environments you're shooting in. There are no catch-all mounting solutions (though there are consistent tools you'll want to be able to precisely position tube lights). Sometimes a C-clamp, a gobo, and a cardellini will work. Sometimes a boom is the best option. Sometimes a light socket to baby pin adapter, gobo, cardellini works best. Sometimes you'll want a single or double tube holder with a baby pin. It's all kind of the same effect. One thing I'd say is definitely don't use tape ever. The tubes get hot, melt the tape, and the last thing you want is a lamp falling on the heads of anyone.
  3. In no particular order: Gordon Willis Bill Pope Robert Richardson Roger Deakins Peter Suschitzky And if I could have a sixth, BenoƮt Debie. Cinematographers that can make big looks that don't distract (debatable amongst the members of this list of course) are a definite personal favorite of mine. Definitely a quite hard thing to master.
  4. Contrary to seemingly everyone, I kind of like the original head cables. The Phoenix connectors are of course a pain in the ass (I've been recommend THESE as a means to end the constant slipping / stripping of the wire), but the cable being lightweight and flat has a lot of uses for hiding in places / running cable under doors, etc.
  5. Hey Twan, In the instance of using PL glass on the Pocket, you'd skip the Speedbooster. The Superspeeds are for 16mm if I'm not mistaken, so the focal lengths will more than cover your range without need for a booster. Wooden Camera has a PL setup that plays nice with their cage. Good luck! Should be a fun combo.
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