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  1. Quick heads up about mounting a GH5 to a car: The floating sensor for the in body stabilization gets messed up by strong vibrations. I experienced it using a tripod on a large ship, but the Top Gear guys described the same problem with their car rigs. If you buy a panasonic make sure to get the GH5S.
  2. What are y'all'ses thoughts on uniqueness? High-end production values are nice (and that's why I usually get hired, to make something look "good" or "professional"), but that's not a unique skill in Los Angeles. How does one stand out from the crowd? Is there any way (other than personal relationships) for an individual cinematographer to be so integral to a production that it would be impossible to replace them with someone else?
  3. I do free stuff all the time in the name of ART, but I have to have some kind of creative control. Free projects are the perfect place to try insane ideas that "clients" would never agree to.
  4. Yeah, seems like a faulty unit. I used a pair of the 5" transmitter/receivers last month and it worked great.
  5. Even with all of Red's proprietary 1st party accessories, their cameras are awfully glitchy....
  6. The tokina vista primes are T1.5. They seem pretty nice. Probably a little cheaper to rent if you can find them.
  7. In that case, please disregard my craziness.
  8. When I do DIT gigs on big shows, I like to: 1. Have enough media to make it through a full day. Most productions I've been on don't do this, but it's nice to have the cards as a third backup while the transfer to post happens. 2. Shotputpro with a checksum to two drives simultaneously for an instant backup. The nice thing about shotputpro is that it can transfer to two drives in the same amount of time that it takes to transfer to one. If you go from card to drive1 and then from drive1 to drive2, that will take twice as long. Most shows will have a big raid on set for the whole show, and then portable drives with enough space for one day of shooting, which get driven back and forth to the post-facility. Most post houses have some kind of big fancy media server, so once footage gets into their system and verified, I consider it safe. But we still keep that on-set RAID just in case post's building burns down or something. As far as verifying transfers go: shotputpro will verify that what's on the card is now on the hard drive. It does not verify that the footage on the card is right and proper. Every once in a while, a clip will get messed up if the camera shut off in the middle or something. Sooooo, after a transfer is done, I usually dump all the footage into tentacle sync studio and scrub through everything real fast. I find tentacle sync to be the fastest way to do that, with the added bonus of being able to check timecode real fast on multi-cam shoots. For personal projects, I never do DIT in the field. I just make sure to have enough media for a full day. Then I have a 16TB RAID in RAID 5 at home, dump to that and call it a day. If it's an extra important project, I'll buy a cheapo USB 4TB single drive and double it to that. I've also set-up some media servers for small production companies, and in that situation, the I've found the cheapest way to do it is find an old iMac or something that they're not using anymore, use that as the server using apple's built in file sharing system (you'd be surprised how well that works). Then get a pair of identical RAID drives, something big, like an 8-bay 32TB. Share one of the RAIDs on the LAN, then do scheduled nightly backups to the other RAID. I used a program called carbon copy cloner for that. It's nice because it will hang onto old files for a while until the backup drive fills up, kinda like how Apple's time machine works. So if someone accidentally deletes a project file or something it can save your ass. There might be a more turn-key solution for that out now-a-days. I set up those systems a while ago, and at the time, that was the cheapest way I could figure out.
  9. I agree with everything Robin said. One thought: Does something seem off about the contrast curve? It looks a bit unnatural to my eye, like you pushed and pulled the levels around a lot in the grade. Overall, love the look and texture.
  10. Yup, you're making it too complicated. It's just key to fill (as far as I've always understood it). Key 100FC : Fill 100FC = 1:1 Ratio Key 200FC : Fill 100FC = 2:1 Ratio and so on.
  11. I will take these critiques of the cinematography reel as an artistic medium as a sign that I shouldn't overthink it.
  12. That's good enough for me. Thank you kind sir.
  13. Do you think this goes too fast? I did it with the music, but it might be too chaotic. I've watched it too many times to tell for myself. Thanks!
  14. It looks good. I would start with a different first-shot. I think you have stuff in there that would make a better first impression.
  15. This is cool. They definitely go all out with the light show. Quite the spectacle.
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