One of my biggest takeaways from NAB every year is what I learn from industry experts and new relationships we make there. Of course, there's a lot of great content that comes out as well and this is one of the best!
cinema5D produced a series of “on the couch” discussions and this is far and away my favorite – it features Rodney Charters, Bruce Logan, and Zacuto. It is a 50+ minute watch, but these guys talk about 4k, Audio, TV production, editing, post production, and of course some products!
This is well worth taking time to watch (or heck, just listen while you do other things)!
NAB 2014 – ON THE COUCH – ep 6 – Zacuto, Rodney Charters, ASC & Bruce Logan, ASC
This is a very special (sixth) 50 minute episode of ON THE COUCH, in which we had the pleasure of hosting my friend Rodney Charters, ASC, best known for his work as director of photography on “24”, “Shameless” and now the new “Dallas”, Bruce Logan, ASC, best known for his work on the original TRON, the original Star Wars films and Batman Forever, as well as the owners of Zacuto, Steve Weiss and Jens Bogehegn – both of them shooters with decades-long experience in production themselves!
Of course we talked about the new Zacuto products, their nice new Gratical EVF (covered separately in an NAB show floor video here), their new tripod line and some other stuff. However, the main topics were more general about where the industry's at and where it's headed now – Rodney and Bruce shared their opinions about 4K and how they can't see it make sense for distribution anytime soon – they talked about the specific challenges regarding lighting for 4K, especially female actresses.
Another topic was color correcting and the amount of control a director of photography has over his images in this day and age – where 4K allows the producer, director or editor to reframe shots without the DP's consent. Also, there is hardly budget for the DP to sit next to a colorist in grading sessions. Consequently, Rodney and Bruce talk about how they often try to apply looks to the footage they shoot (through filters etc.) simply to regain some of that control.
It's one of my favorite shows that we recorded during NAB and I hope you will enjoy it too. Rodney and Bruce are always very honest and direct and don't care about the politics, they just want equipment to work. And the great thing about Steve and Jens is that despite being manufacturers, they know it's not about the gear entirely – filmmaking is a complex process that involves so much more.
Also, check out this article on cinema5D
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)