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Mitchell Priebe

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    Rochester, New York
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    BMPCC 4K, Zeiss CP.2 18mm T3.6, FSI DM240, Arri 650 Plus, DaVinci Resolve Studio
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    Focus pulling, lighting, color correction, operating

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  1. Do you recall the type of light you were using for these shots? Also did they have gels on them to give that steel blue color?
  2. IMAX recently certified the Alexa LF/Mini LF, Alexa 65 IMAX, Sony Venice, Panavision Millenium DXL2, and the Red Monstro for their "filmed in IMAX" program, which suggests IMAX has a future ahead of it. It looks as though they're trying to give cinematographers multiple choices when it comes to selecting cameras for IMAX productions.
  3. Yes, I was very surprised by the weight! The stands I see these on in pictures look like they are very heavy-duty.
  4. The extra resolution of 4K matters more if you're sitting closer to the screen. Plus, the resolution of a traditional film print (not an original negative) is not exactly "4K." Also, there are 4K UHD blu-ray's available now with HDR. Depending on the display you're watching these on, you should get brighter highlights and a deeper black level than you get at a theater, unless it's a Dolby Vision theater.
  5. Yes, I should have mentioned that in my post. Thanks for pointing it out. A lot of the house locations where I've worked have 20a circuits, but I'm sure there's lots that still have 15a circuits. Always good to check before plugging anything in.
  6. The Arri M18 (an HMI) is one of the most powerful lights that can be plugged into a standard household outlet. Mole Richardson is producing some very powerful LED lights, including a 20K LED which can be powered through two standard 15 amp household circuits. I'd have to see more photometric data in order to compare it to other HMI or tungsten lights such as the M18.
  7. I'm from the Rochester, NY area (Kodak's headquarters) and have been hearing a lot about this on the local news. Hopefully this helps them out.
  8. I'm looking to get started with remote color grading and would like to know more about how I would get the media from my client for the color grade and then send the completed grade to them once I am done. I've been researching this topic and one colorist wrote that he recommends using a cloud storage service to transfer media for shorter projects with less footage and having the client mail the colorist a hard drive if there is a lot of footage, such as in a feature film. I would like to know if there are any colorists here who do remote grading and if so what cloud storage services you use to send and receive media and what your general workflow looks like in terms of sending and receiving media for remote projects. I anticipate most of the work I will be doing is grading short films. For reference, I am running the current version of DaVinci Resolve on a PC workstation. I would greatly appreciate someone sharing their knowledge on remote grading with me.
  9. If I were to move to LA or NYC how would I find these jobs? Mandy Crew, Production Hub, etc.? Thanks for responding.
  10. AJ, thank you for this information. I'm in a similar position and am not sure if I should stay local or eventually move to a larger market such as LA or NYC. I'm located in Upstate New York in a small town between Rochester and Syracuse. I'm currently working as a freelance cinematographer and camera crew member on local micro-budget short and feature films on weekends and nights, as I have a main job during the day Monday-Friday that is unrelated to film. Whenever things (hopefully!) get back to normal with Coronavirus, I plan on leaving my day job and freelancing full-time, as long as I feel I can get consistent work. I also want to try and find work as a camera PA on larger-budget productions to get experience on larger sets. A local professional told me I could find enough work locally without moving to a larger market such as LA or NYC, but I'm not quite sure. New York State also has tax incentives for film production and there have been some major studio films shot here, but I believe a lot of them bring in their own crew from outside. There aren't a ton of indie films shot around here and a lot of local indie cinematographers shoot weddings as well for additional work. Moving to a larger market would definitely be a major decision I would have to think carefully about. Did you know other professionals and/or have jobs lined up when you moved out to LA? Mitchell
  11. Arri has a certified pre-owned program where they sell all different models of Alexa cameras. They come with a one year warranty and are refurbished and inspected before shipping out. Personally, I'm considering this as an option in the future to buy an Alexa camera. Yes, the Classic is ten years old, but it's still the same Alev III CMOS sensor in the more recent Alexa cameras and it's still the gold standard of digital sensors in my opinion.
  12. Thanks for the Portkeys suggestion Tom. I looked this monitor up and it seems well built and the blue tooth model may be useful for me.
  13. Thank you Phil. Yes, the BMPCC 4K's screen is sharp and I also like the focus assist feature, which is very helpful. I have a SmallHD monitor attached to the top of my camera and use that for monitoring because I have a large battery attached to the 15mm rods behind the built in monitor, which makes it hard to see. This setup generally works fine, however sometimes it is hard to judge precise focus on my SmallHD when outside on a bright sunny day, so measurements are a big help in this case.
  14. There doesn't seem to be a sensor plane marking on the BMPCC 4K from which to measure when pulling focus. Has anyone else encountered this issue and/or come up with a solution for focus pulling in the absence of a sensor plane marking?
  15. I would like to know if there are any good tripods under $2,000 that would support an Alexa Mini rig consisting of the camera body, matte box, lens, battery, cage and viewfinder. I know the Alexa Mini body with a lens mount only weighs about 5 lbs., but I've had trouble finding a weight measurement for a full rig. I've used the Sachtler FSB 8 (which supports up to 20 lbs.) with my BMPCC 4K rig (with matte box, lens, battery, monitor) and am wondering if this will work with an Alexa Mini rig.
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