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James Steven Beverly

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  • Birthday 07/22/1966

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  1. I actually have an Audio Technical 14 in shotgun that works perfectly and has no discernable issues. I fit it with a faux fur cover I fabricated and have used it a LOT. There good mics. I have several mics but that's my favorite one.
  2. I would try and see what happens. Here, you might want to read these: www.modelshipsinthecinema.com http://minimodelfx.BlogSpot.com/ I also got a LOT of hits for this search " Ships movie miniatures tips and techniques "
  3. A few things I tried that were successful while I was experimenting with miniatures for storyboarding purposes was lighting cotton fibers with gels and or paint to mimic smoke. I also had some success using canned smoke, cigarette and cigar smoke in aquariums where the air inside was not significantly effected by the room's turbulence. It worked best when the ambient temperature was stable letting the smoke just hang in the air. There are ways to make scale models look VERY realistic but 1/35th scale tends to be too small for a realist look in general terms. The detail tends to get lost. I actually prefer 1/6th scale, myself. For a ship, I'd probably look for a model that is close to say 6 ft long minimum as water also has scale issues and you'll want the bow and waves to scale reasonably well. Just my opinion.
  4. Ahh, the glorious pageant and spectacle that is independent film production. The truly messed up part is we're AS HAPPY AS WE WILL EVER BE while we're doing it!! :blink:
  5. There is no free lunch. Here's a site that will help you make a decision about what codec to use: http://video-codecs.blogspot.com/
  6. I don't know, shooting to shoot is educational and quite frankly, essential to the learning curve of production but on the other hand, film is, at it's essence, storytelling, so to me story is the alpha to omega of the venture, and being so, execution is essential to it's understanding. I have at times put up some throwaway footage where execution was let us say a bit lax myself, but in hindsight regretted doing so because it wasn't my best work. Even free content has the price of someone's time to watch it so I'm always most preoccupied with the audience, how I sculpt the piece to make a statement and create the strongest impact for the audience. Maybe I'm being a little melodramatic but I don't like work that's not my best getting out. There doesn't seem to be much of a percentage in it.
  7. I just very recently got back from Palmdale Cal. where I was working on a project as an actor and some second unit camera stuff. Some of the "behind the scenes" stuff was shot on cameras that looked for all intent like a cell phone. The resolution was over 4K and the cameras cost over about 2K. The footage looked surprising good considering . After seeing what can be accomplished with these new, fangled toys, I have to wonder if this is the newest trend in film making. If so, is it coming down to who can find distribution among a torrential flood of product as it very well seems to be at this time? I have embraced to new technology and yet the horizon looks dark and stormy when one looks out across the vast seas of production. The cream, of course will always rise but it does feel like one could be lost amidst the forces of the market awash in overproduction. Any thoughts on this?
  8. You know what they say, the two entry level positions on a film set is production assistant and director. :rolleyes:
  9. http://www.vulture.com/2014/07/when-harry-met-sally-visual-spacing.html?mid=toolab_vulture_slideshow Nora Ephron's script, Rob Reiner directed, Interesting comments on Reiner's use of the proximity of the characters to help tell the story.
  10. http://thescene.com/watch/wired/obsessed-meet-the-cast-crew-of-star-trek-continues-with-vic-mignogna?mbid=marketing_paid_tp_cne_oo_taboola_scene_wired&utm_source=taboola&utm_medium=paid&utm_content=scene&utm_campaign=wired&utm_term=dailykos
  11. Absolutely terrific. Some of my favorite films are on this list, if not most all of them and that's only because there's a couple I haven't seen yet. Good stuff! :D
  12. Honestly, I actually very much agree with you. The point of posting the lists was to strart a diolog on the crafts involved in the film making process. The glaring exclusions you pointed out show the need for such discussion in my opinion. People need to realize cinematography has been around since before 1990 and we can learn from these wonderful examples.
  13. No, just worked out that way I guess. Haven't posted for a while so I'm catching up for lost time. :D
  14. Oh just fodor for discussion. I tried to pick subjects that were craft oriented and might enlighten or inspire film makers but take them for what they're worth. I don't intend to make "carpet bombing" a particular habit unless something comes up that is particularly useful to movie makers. Just FYI, B)
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