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Nathan Walters

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  1. I like to do what I call a "Cinematography Scheme" for each scene. Granted, I've never talked to anyone else who does this. But basically it is the logline for the cinematography of the scene. So that if someone asked me about the cinematography for a certain scene, I could almost just recite the "cinematography scheme." It covers: What's the color temp? Quality of light? Lighting motivation sources. Weird phrases to describe the feel of the scene (e.g. "land of the dead"). Will there be extra elements such as haze? Camera support. Color palette. Mood. etc etc etc.
  2. I'm in the same boat, looking to soon upgrade my laptop for data wrangling purposes, or being able to edit smaller projects on the road when need be. I've been a Mac guy for a while now, and am a bit scared that they are going down the tubes. One thought of input. Aren't HFS+ formatted cards only compatible with Mac, and thus could have troubles when trying to offload onto Windows? Assuming you had an AC that assumed to format the card to HFS+ without asking first.
  3. I started on a T3i but haven't used it in quite a bit. I may be COMPLETELY wrong, but I think those settings are in reference to taking photographs and not video. Video, you pretty much have 720p or 1080p. All of it is recorded to H264 which unfortunately, doesn't leave you much to work with in color grading, though you can still do a good bit in practice. The t3i cannot record Raw. Although I think if you install Magic Lantern, you can record raw as well as have numerous more frame rate options. Plus more option in audio. But installing Magic Lantern voids any warranties you may have. The biggest thing I can recommend is to install a flat picture profile. I always used Technicolor's Cinestyle, though there are a few others out there. It records a much flatter image and increases the dynamic range significantly. It definitely saved me in being able to get enough detail in situations that would have been unacceptably dark otherwise.
  4. I was actually paid from a "deferred payment" gig a couple months. I had no real expectation of actually being paid, but was thrilled and honestly shocked when I was. The project didn't make any money but they decided to pay me out of pocket later, which was greatly appreciated. That being said, I think the safe bet is that when you see "deferred payment," to assume it means "no payment." Though maybe I'm just cynical.
  5. I think virtual reality has huge potential. Obviously right now, it's used primarily for gimmick purposes. But people said the same thing about film. It will take a long time, possibly even decades, but I think it could be a viable new technology for story telling. Starting out, it will probably be used heavily in the gaming world. But upon maturation, I think it could be much more. Though the scariest implication for cinematography, I feel, is the lack of being able to frame an object, since the main point of VR is for the viewer to be able to look anywhere they choose. Will take some experimentation, I'm sure.
  6. Very nice and a major congrats. I saw Kiefer perform music a couple weeks ago and heard something about this. Hugely excited to watch this.
  7. I was looking into cameras on a similar budget and went with the Blackmagic side of things. Only thing I should note is it won't do nearly as well in low light as Canon DSLRs or from what I've heard, the a7s. Other than that, it's a pretty phenomenal camera for lower budgets. Note, I got the Blackmagic Production Camera 4k right before they announced the Ursa/Ursa Mini; so maybe they've adjusted things since then.
  8. I'd say it's all about story. The first shot, you're at the kids perspective, on the floor, and seeing things as he would see them (not that it's an actual POV or anything). The second shot, you're looking up at the characters, making them appear larger than life. I've heard a lot of people say the camera should always be at eye level and I kind of hate that notion.
  9. Pretty much every film on this list: http://www.afi.com/100Years/movies.aspx
  10. Red Giant has a really nifty plug-in called Instant 4k that does a pretty good job at upscaling images; as it sharpens certain details to give, what appears to be, a higher quality image. Doesn't have to be to 4k I don't think, but can be used for any upscaling I believe (though I'd check first before buying it). It's not Avid compatible though. May have to throw the clip into something like After Effects first, if it's available to you. https://www.redgiant.com/products/instant-4k/
  11. I'd recommend going for a low level DSLR (maybe Canon t5i, t6i or whatever they're on now) instead of the Vixia. It will allow you to shoot in manual which is essential for doing professional level video. And I think it's about the same price now.
  12. I feel it's not worth it, but that's just me. Part of the benefit of owning your own camera is to be able to use it whenever you need it, instead of having to go through the rental process. It's likely you won't be making enough money for the benefit to outweigh the cost. Though obviously that's a huge matter of personal opinion.
  13. What he said^^^ As far as being able to have a second team with a medium to low budget. I've been a part of and seen numerous low budget films that were able to acquire a second team/stand-ins. If the film looks promising enough and you have good people in charge of casting, it's definitely possible. There's a ton of actors looking to obtain credits and simply be on film sets/locations.
  14. I posted a similar thread a couple weeks ago, though I'm not coming from the photography side. Only thing I can really add to the conversation here is to recommend David Elkins' book "The Camera Assistant's Manual." It has some great insight on the actual threading of film into the camera and best practices. Great knowledge if you find yourself in a situation without an assistant and where you have to do it yourself.
  15. I recently bought the Blackmagic Production Camera 4k and have had great results with it. It's definitely a bit simplistic on the settings side, but has suited most of what I need it for. The only issue I've really had is overheating (though only when shooting in 90 degrees farenheit and hotter). It also helps that it comes with Da Vinci Resolve, which is nice as I do a lot of color work on the side. Also been shooting in Cinema DNG Raw. Using a pretty powerful system and Adobe Premiere can play the raw files without any trouble, though I still use a proxy based workflow as I'm sure once the timeline begins to get more complex, things could begin to get a bit sluggish. Being somewhat who has shot mostly on DSLRs in the past, it's definitely been a huge upgrade.
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