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•September 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

One of my favorite go-to sites on what’s happening in the world of horror mentions Super Death Kill. Check it out here.

Plus a new teaser to check out.


•September 12, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Here’s the trailer for Super Death Kill, the indie flick that was shot on a Canon 5D and directed by DM Pelley that I mentioned last month.

Lloyd Kaufman stars in it. (and I happen to make an appearance as well in it!)

Macro LED ring light

•September 9, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Close encounters of the bright kind.

I was looking for a decent but cheap reflector on ebay the other day, and I stumbled upon this LED ring light.  I was immediately curious as to how I could incorporate this into video, so on an impulse, I bought. (Should have searched around more, oh well.)

The way it works is that it comes with 6 different step-up rings to attach to your lenses. Sizes are 49,52,55,58,62 and 67mm. (no 77 which leaves my Tokina 11-16mm out of the game. Boo-urns) Once the ring is on, just slide the light on to it, attach the power source (battery or AC) to the hot shoe and connect the light and you’re set. A switch on the light allows you to have the full ring blaring or just the left or right side on. Pretty nifty.

I’ve seen devices like this used on high-end cameras for something like a rap video which gives the artist a bright kicker as they’re performing close up. I could technically use this as an on-camera light, but downside is that it adds more weight to the camera and no real way to diffuse the light other than just having one side of the ring on to tone down the brightness.

So here are some quick and dirty test shots. Nothing fancy. I used the Sigma 30mm during the entire shoot. I had it at 1.4 during the day shots (everything before the smurf) And I switched between 1.4 and 2.8 for the night stuff.

Bonus! Here’s a short video with the light on. I was still shooting at 2.8 with the Sigma (remember, I can still open that sucker up to 1.4) Only half a ring is on too.  As you’ll see at the very end, I engage the entire ring. This is not a trailer for next the Fincher movie….or it could be.

LED Light full ring on.

Side note: I rendered this out on Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Holy crap is it fast. It also handled my original file footage like buttah. I may have to start using it more than FCP since it’s running at 64 bit. /nerd speak.

Overall verdict: not bad. Definitely not top quality build, but then again it’s not $100-$200 for something of a higher brand. The light slides a little too freely while it hangs on the ring, but the light isn’t heavy at all to way down on the front of your lens. If you’re looking to photograph miniatures, figures, plants, etc. I think this is great entry LED ring light for the price.

Where to buy: My mistake is your gain. Instead of paying $57 like I did you can pay around $39 which is what this light is worth.

Check out ebay here or Amazon here

The Stead-DSLR

•September 6, 2010 • 2 Comments

A stabilizer that becomes a steady cam. Looks pretty solid.

$347 here.

A mini-Red Rant

•August 26, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I’ve been a fan of Red ever since they announced their intentions to enter into the film world. I knew I’d never be able to afford the Red One, but it was something I dreamed about working with on a set one day. When the Scarlet with the “price-I-know-I-can-somehow-swing” was announced, I became even more excited about what Red was doing. Shooting 3K Raw up to 120 Frame Per Second is something I’ve been pining to do for quite some time. It still doesn’t have a release date (and the delays have been excruciating to say the least), but I think Red will still deliver a product.

Scarlet fixed lens and removable lens cameras.

My big issue is with some of Red’s hardcore fanboys who seem to feel the need to knock on any type of DSLR filmmaking. The comments on the Red forum seem indicate that anyway who dares to use a DSLR to shoot something while the mighty Scarlet is waiting to be unleashed should be flogged repeatedly in public. The comments are usually something like: “No raw capability? Poppycock I say!” or “No 3 Thousand lines of resolution? Fiddle-y-prick!” and so forth.

An unfortunate Canon 5D user.

There was a comment that stated that they wouldn’t shoot a feature on a DSLR in a million years. Uhhh, okay….while you’re still waiting for Scarlet to come out to shoot your feature, others, like myself will be taking our chances to shoot our own projects because the technology is available now (more affordable than ever mind you) to get outstanding moving pictures. Yes, these cameras have to be outfitted to be usable, and they are by no means perfect video cameras, but once you know their limitations and how to work with them, you’ll be treated to some incredible looking footage. The idea that these cameras are not great filmmaking tools for those on a budget is childish and ignorant. In the words of Patton Oswalt: “You’re gonna miss everything cool and die angry.”

Panasonic AG-AF100

•August 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Panasonic AG-AF100 website is now live. Clicky on the pic.


T2i/550D Short

•August 22, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Pretty polished-looking. Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L was used. Read their youtube page to find out more of the details.