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Ivon Visalli

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  1. Guy, thank you for your very enlightening explanation. Are you able to share any production stills or frames from the finished film?
  2. Good luck, Samuel. If you ever make it south down Long Beach way, give me a holler.
  3. So, that's exactly the point I want to challenge Rakesh. Is it really your experience that most (more than 50%) of people that use their gear to get work are uninterested in developing their skills? That's not something I've experienced. Most of the camera people I meet tend to be camera and film freaks of one sort of another. Their skills and knowledge definitely vary, but still I see a passion beyond just getting gear and getting gigs. I mean if you just want to make money, there are more straight forward ways than production. I will say I see a lot of posturing on sets, where people tend not to show their cards as to experience or knowledge gaps, but I will forgive that as anytime you're working you tend to do everything you can to keep working. I mean in general, I keep hearing about camera dilettantes, but I have yet to meet one.
  4. Please note that there are some of us that intentionally use gear in lieu of talent because we're not there yet. I hope to be a very talented cinematographer some day, but I am not there yet. Maybe skilled would be a better term as talent often implies innate abilities. So, I hope to be a skilled cinematographer some day. Until then, I must work for free/cheap and give my gear away to continue to perfect my skills. I don't think we should disparage those of us taking this route. An interesting perspective from Matt Workman... https://youtu.be/4KJ5vzxefRw
  5. I also like depron and use it in front of some open face Lowel's (you have to keep it from getting too close to hot lamps as it will melt). It is a bit of a light hog and I see at least a stop of light loss when using it, but it has a very nice diffused quality that I like. I had never seen it used or heard of it until last year. Fortunately I was able to get a few sheets of the 3 mm. I didn't realize they had discontinued selling it. Does anyone know of any other source or if RC will bring it back eventually?
  6. Rather than losing 2/3 stop by covering the zebras in CTO, they began using tigers. I think there was a special position created within 600 for those camera ops.
  7. Thanks for the info, Satsuki. Also just finished the Art Adams article about head room that you posted. Great read.
  8. Can anyone recommend a good shoulder pad for moving a tripod with camera mounted? I have a shoulder pad for hand held work, but it requires getting it strapped on. I'm looking for something that hangs from or is secured to the tripod for quick moves. The tripod legs I'm using are the Sachtler ENG-2.
  9. In some rare instances a distributor will package a number of shorts together and distribute them as a "shorts collection". In general, you need to have been recognized at a film festival or fit the theme of the collection (like horror shorts). Here's one example: http://www.amazon.com/The-Mantis-Parable/dp/B003OUPY1S/ref=sr_1_28?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1460091525&sr=1-28&keywords=shorts+collection
  10. A few thoughts: Polarization - basics of light polarization, polarized reflections and polarizers (circular and linear) and how they work De-bayering Algorithms - advantages and disadvantages of different de-bayering algorithms Lossless compression - how raw compression works and how does it stay "lossless"
  11. Look at the movie "Savate". Although shot in the US, it's directed by one of your countrymen: Isaac Florentine.
  12. Some good suggestions here already. If you do meet with him, I would also suggest making notes after your meeting about what was discussed. I would also make sure you have an e-mail trail that shows that you arranged a meeting and if/when you met with him. I wouldn't be overly concerned about him ripping you off, but it can happen and you want to take reasonable precautions in case something does occur.
  13. Some interesting commentary on the movie "Truth" from cinematographer Mandy Walker. http://variety.com/video/truth-cinematographer-mandy-walker-video/
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