Mar4th

Teradek VidiU Mini: OK, Some Pros Really ARE Going to Soil Themselves

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In this installment of the latest in an occasional series we just made up entitled “This is Sick (But in A Good Way)” we speak with Mike Gailing, Director of Marketing at Teradek, about their brand new sub-$500 wireless video streaming product,[adrotate group="6"] the Teradek VidiU…
Mar4th

Carbon Studios’ Stunning Perspective on San Francisco at Night with Sony A7s

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
Not satisfied with shooting some amazing footage of a lone figure on the beach at night with their Sony A7s, Carbon Studios has gone one better with some absolutely stunning footage shot from a helicopter on a night flight over San Francisco. If anyone still…
Mar4th

“What Color Is This Dress?” or: “Why I Need To Learn Scopes”

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
Or even: why I need to stop watching the “news.” AND use a color chart. It started off innocently enough: our 17-year old traipsed down the stairs, laptop in hand, to ask us what we saw. Really? A gold and white dress. But he saw…
Mar3rd

Last Minute Sale: WPPI Specials

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In this installment of "Whoa, Stuff on Sale," we cull items on sale from B&H like the Panasonic GH4 in honor of The Wedding and Portrait Photography Conference+Expo at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  Call it the WPPI Specials event. [adrotate group="6"] The WPPI event…
Mar3rd

BAM! Canon Drops Prices on 5D Mk III, 6D – Plus Add’l Instant $300 Savings

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
It's always nice when Canon drops prices.  The price for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III body drops $300 from $3,099 to $2,799; for a limited time, you can take off another $300, bringing it down to $2,499. And that’s not all... [adrotate group="6"] If you’ve…
Mar3rd

PocketSKATER²: Are Skaters The Next Sliders?

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
We recently learned about the eMotimo cart, and now close on its heels is edelkrone’s manual take on the same idea, the PocketSKATER². Is this the next hot space for dynamic camera movement?[adrotate group="6"] edelkrone makes uniquely designed and beautifully machined small black things for…
Mar3rd

Carbon-Envy: ARRI Introduces ALEXA Mini, And I Want One

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
The ALEXA Mini provokes the same feeling I had decades ago when I first saw the Rollei 6006 medium format single lens reflex: I may not be good enough for it, but if I just hold it, I’ll learn from it and get better. I…
Mar2nd

$200,000 Worth of Prizes? Holy My RØDE Reel 2015 Short Film Competition!

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
Last year’s inaugural My RØDE Reel competition brought in over 1,000 entries from almost 80 countries. This year, the pot has been dramatically sweetened, making My RØDE Reel 2015  the coolest candy store of motivation for filmmakers out there. [adrotate group="6"] Somebody’s got to win…
Mar2nd

KitSentry Kickstarter Campaign for Massive Breakthrough in Camera Gear Security, Peace of Mind

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
High-end on-location camera bag maker f-stop gear has kicked-off KitSentry, a new concept in smart, secure camera bags, and has announced a KickStarter campaign to fund this exciting project.[adrotate group="6"] I can count on the fingers of two hands the times my film and photography…
Mar2nd

Sony Strategy for Next 3 Years: Big, Hairy and Audacious

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
Sony faces real financial challenges, but their latest mid-term strategy report indicates that they are coming out swinging – which is good news for digital filmmakers like us. I’m excited. OK, let’s get to the proverbial bottom line: Sony lost money last year, big time.[adrotate…
Feb28th

I Wanna New Sit Stand Desk (With Apologies to Huey Lewis and The News)

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
It's been less than 10 months since I thought I was being rather clever by buying an IKEA table for my "edit suite," but sometimes you do get what you pay for -- and I paid less than $70 for the Linnmon/Adils Table. Time to…
Feb27th

Just How Much Better is the Canon EOS C100 Mk II than the Original?

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
The Canon EOS C100 is a bit like Penn State: if you love it, you really love it. And if you don’t, well – there are other options out there. Does the Mark II version change anything? planet5D reader and co-founder of Cloakroom Media Daniel…
Feb27th

eMotimo Cart: Dynamic Camera Motion You Can’t Get with Sliders or Jibs

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
If you haven’t done so recently, watch Hitchcock’s TO CATCH A THIEF and notice how little dynamic camera motion he actually used -- yet still told a great story. Now take a look at the eMotimo Cart intro, and see once again just what incredible…
Feb26th

“DSLR Top Features” Survey Reveals Canon’s (and Others’) Challenges

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
We like asking Kickstarter entrepreneurs what kind of market research they do when planning new products, and that got us thinking about the process used by the big boys – and our own recent survey on DSLR top features. [adrotate group="6"] Back in September we…
Feb26th

Academy of Storytellers: Pearls of Filmmaking Wisdom via Web Shorts

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
We interviewed two of the principals of Story & Heart last year and came away convinced that they were nice, smart, creative, thoughtful,  nice, knowledgeable, low-key, nice, entrepreneurial, and, uh... nice. In the six months since we last spoke, they’ve evolved their model beyond the…
Feb26th

Sony: Who Doesn’t Love a Turnaround Story?

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
Sony is dominating mirrorless sales in Japan. If you want to assume that they are going to focus on their mirrorless E- and FE-mount product lines (and you don’t want to simply take them at their word), their market share numbers in Japan represent another set of data…