Controlling Depth of Field with the Canon C300

In this video by AbelCine they show you how to control your depth of field when using 35mm sensor cameras.

When you think of a 35mm sensor camera, what characteristics come to mind? Probably the first is shallow depth of field. It is part of what many consider the “look” of that imager size and a principle defining difference between it and other formats. But while some consider this the chief attribute of the format, others may find it to be a detriment in certain situations. For those shooting documentary, run-and-gun productions, a deeper depth of field may be preferable to maintain focus. Fortunately, there is another major facet to the latest crop of 35mm sensor cameras – a very low noise floor. This means that in a camera such as the Canon C300, a wide range of ISO settings can be applied with little objectionable artifacting to the image. Using the concept of the “variable depth of field camera,” you can adjust the available parameters of the camera to yield the depth of field desired for any given image. Watch the video to see this concept demonstrated.

“Side by Side” – Documentary about the switch from Film to Digital

Keanu Reeves stars in and produced this documentary titled “Side by Side” about the switch from Film to Digital. Here is the trailer.

The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. We show what artists and filmmakers have been able to accomplish with both film and digital and how their needs and innovations have helped push filmmaking in new directions. Interviews with directors, cinematographers, colorists, scientists, engineers and artists reveal their experiences and feelings about working with film and digital–where we are now, how we got here and what the future may bring.

Filmmaker IQ’s Super Bowl XLVI Ads Critique

For years, the game would take a backseat to the lavish and clever commercials that debuted on Super Bowl Sunday… that hasn’t been the case in recent years. John Hess critiques a handful of commercials from Super Bowl XLVI looking at production design and concept from a filmmaker’s perspective.

Episode 36

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Super Bowl Ads featured in this review:

“The Dog Strikes Back” – Volkswagen

“It’s Reinvented” – 2012 Toyota Camry

“2012″ – Chevy Silverado

“Transactions” Extended Version – 2012 Acura

“A Dream Car. For Real Life” – Kia

“Prohibition” – Budweiser

“King’s Court” – Pepsi

“It’s Halftime America” – General Motors

Heart Stop Beating: The Man Who Has No Pulse

March of 2011, Billy Cohn & Bud Frazier, two visionary doctors from the Texas Heart Institute, successfully replaced a dying man’s heart with a ‘continuous flow’ device they developed, proving that life was possible without a pulse or a heart beat.

This short film is directed by Jeremiah Zagar and is part of the Focus Forward Films inspired by GE.

The Following includes shots that may be disturbing to viewers.

Kickstarter campaign for Eye3 Drone Hexacopter Too Good to be True

Ah… the dangers of the internet. Turns out the eye3 drone hexacopter which was being touted as the easiest flying camera platform on earth was just way too good to be true.

Kickstarter pulled support for this project when eagled eyed Helicopter enthusiasts noted that the helicopter in the pitch video was actually photoshopped images of the Chinese built Xaircraft which is currently selling for $669.

Furthermore, the team behind the eye3 Hexacopter, Grayson and Kellie Sigler were the owners of a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) company called Lumenlabs which was selling a computer controlled 3D lathe called the MicRo. But order fullfillment has been abysmal, customers reporting that they haven’t recieved shipment for orders placed 8-10 months ago. LumenLab’s Facebook page and Yahoo Group paint a very nasty picture of a company that simply can’t deliver.

According to a forum message on LuminLab site The company and the Sigglers had to stop production on the micRo due to Grayson Siggler’s recent medical battle with Lupus. In that forum message, Mr. Siggler seemed to indicate that the eye3 hexacopter project was designed to provide funding to keep Luminlabs in operation – a project that was supposedly started before Grayson got sick, but there’s no evidence they ever built or tested a model to begin with before launching the Kickstarter campaign.

In the same post Grayson seemed apologetic to customers who had bought the micRo 3d lathe but it doesn’t look like unfulfilled orders could expect any sort of refund (or product for that matter).

Whether the husband and wife team are just big dreamers who got in way over their heads or a couple of fishy crooks remains to be seen. Luckily a watchful internet community was able to spot a potential fraud and, under the rules of Kickstarter, no money was exchanged because the project had not reached it’s deadline.

But for the budding aviator, there’s still a silver lining. Paul Mather of put together a shopping list of parts that you’ll need to build the aircraft as seen in the picture. What’s not included is the hours of trial and error and fine tuning to get it successfully off the ground. But with a final cost of between $1000-1600, the possibility of flying your own Xaircraft hexacopter isn’t that far off.

And the demo video for the Xaircraft is way more impressive than anything in the Kickstarter Campaign…

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