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Ryan Constantino

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  1. Yes I've noticed this so much in the past year or so. Been muttering it to myself when I see people post screenshots of their films around the web. I see this as part of the same "cycle" or downstream movement as the shallow depth of field epidemic (which is still going btw, and getting worse with the popularity of full frame cameras) that started after the introduction of the Canon 5d. Big budget films did it, up and coming filmmakers at home emulated it when they got their hands on a DSLR (yes people were doing it with those 35mm lens adapters for video cameras but mainstream was when DSLRs crossed over). Now it's the same thing over again just with lighting. You can get low key moody lighting much easier now then ever before with the right tools and people are injecting it into their productions. If it's done right, it's done right. But as mentioned elsewhere in this thread, it's also used as a crutch a lot. There has to be some "xerox effect" going on here too, where the people who emulate Hollywood through shortcuts like shallow DOF and super tight closeups have moved up in their careers and initiated a feedback effect todays style. Reference from Steve Jobs talking about Xerox: I like being able to see things in a visual medium.
  2. I believe the answer that you're looking for is that a scene is captured at 21fps and then when edited, it's played back at 24fps and thus makes all the action look like it's occurring faster. In today's digital editing environment when you capture a file at 21fps, yes the file itself is encoded to play back at 21fps. But what you do is bring it into your editing program and "interpret" the footage as 24fps. What that does is tell the computer "hey, make sure you play back this specific file at 24fps" and therefore you have your fast motion look. This "interpret footage" procedure is very common for editors and can be done with pretty much any file. I do this with 60fps files all the time. If you were to do nothing and just drag it into a time line as you suggested.... Let's say it's a 24fps timeline.... The computer will duplicate some frames in order to get it to conform to 24fps, this is usually never desirable. Alternatively there are some cameras now-a-days that can do all of this for you in camera. For example on the gh5, there is a mode called "variable frame rate" and what that does is capture your scene at whatever fps you tell it to, but then it automatically encodes it to play back at 24fps (or 25 or 60 or whatever) which is a nice feature. This is pretty much the same thing as what's present in the Alexa with what you mentioned as the "project frame rate" Hope that helps!
  3. Still available, great condition, also now open to offers or trades.
  4. Selling my extra Bon monitor haven't been using it lately. Used, good condition normal aesthetic wear to paint, screen is in perfect condition. Accepts HDMI and SDI, also loops out and cross converts. LED backlit, does 1000 nits. Tons of integrated tools like frame guidelines, histogram, waveform, parade focus peaking etc. Solid build, all metal construction. Currently configured to use Sony NPF batteries, but you could purchase different back plates if needed. More information on the manufacturers website here: http://www.bon.co.kr/eng/products/models.html?model=fm073sch High res photos here: https://imgur.com/a/91fUM89 Retail brand new for $2,000: https://ikancorp.com/shop/uncategorized/ikan-fm-073sch-7ae-high-bright-3g-hd-sd-sdi-hdmi-on-camera-field-monitor-w-pip-waveform-vectorscope-timecode-audio-meters-bon/ Asking $400. Just trying to make some room in my kit, it's just been sitting on the shelf. Local pickup available in Los Angeles. Willing to ship within USA if buyer pays shipping.
  5. Hello Richard, yes I still have it. I emailed you.
  6. I have a Century Optics / Arri PL 35mm 1.4x extender for sale. Used, in excellent condition. The glass element is pretty much perfect, no visible marks or scratches. Item located in Hollywood area of Los Angeles. Asking 200. comes with cap and cover. image album: https://imgur.com/a/L2967oP
  7. A little while back I noticed that there were not a lot of options with regards to purchasing a focus chart to point my lenses at. The ones that were available were very expensive and pretty boring. After noticing this I decided to start producing my own designs, and along with it created a video that explains how I personally use the charts to evaluate lenses. I wanted to share this with the great community of talented people here and perhaps reach new artists that have never used a focus chart before. (wasn't sure where this post should go hopefully this is an ok subforum) How to use a cinematography focus chart, enjoy!:
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