Life in Western Mongolia is an adventure. Training eagles to hunt, herding yaks, and racing camels are just a few of the daily activities of the nomadic Kazakh people. Global nomad filmmaker, Director, DP, and editor Brandon Li spent a few weeks living with the nomadic Kazakh people.  To really understand a culture and people well […]

When it comes to a subject as complex as choosing what particular set of expensive video lenses to use, nothing substitutes for actual hands on experience.  The experience a Professional like Jem Schofield has acquired over his many years of using the various lenses and lens combinations, gives Jem a level of understanding few of us will ever […]

SYNOPSIS FOR “MARRIED YOUNG” David and Talya got married young. They have an 18 month old and another on the way. But life isn’t the way David expected it: they live in a trailer park (true, it’s a luxury trailer park), David uses his artistic ability to create soul defeating corporate websites and to make matters worse, […]

Make no bones about it, making an independent movie is nothing less than war. And to have very little money is to go  into battle without bullets… or guns… or soldiers.    Married Young I am at the tail end of making an Independent movie entitled MARRIED YOUNG. It has taken three years of my […]

The Monday afternoon special this week is a story about long-distance relationships.  The kind where whatever the obstacles in the road of being together, the two of you work it out.  Even if it means going out of your way to do something different.  This is a fine production, quite a clever concept, and beautifully […]

Sony has announced several new α E-mount lenses and converters, building upon the rapid expansion of their popular mirrorless camera system.  The new introductions are highlighted by 4 new ‘FE’ full-frame E-mount lenses designed to complement the acclaimed α7 camera lineup. These include a ZEISS® Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA wide angle lens, an […]

NAB 2015, Las Vegas, USA – April 13, 2015 – Blackmagic Design today announced the Blackmagic Video Assist, a portable, all in one professional monitor and video recorder that can be used with any SDI or HDMI camera. Blackmagic Video Assist adds professional recording and monitoring to any camera and features a bright, high resolution […]

Sony hired Director of Photography Den Lennie several months ago to put a prototype Sony A7S through its paces in Mid March, and to make an amazing demonstration film of just what this incredible A7S Low Light new camera was capable of.  Mr. Lennie was a wise choice for Sony to make, as his work is meticulous […]

NAB 2014: Kessler CineDrive from TheCameraForum on Vimeo. The Kessler CineDrive is a revolutionary multi axis camera motion control system designed by the Kessler engineering team to put the emphasis on filmmaker creativity, solving the how to do it problems.  I’ve never seen any one system with the power,versatility, and multi axis control that is […]

Understand Music from finally. on Vimeo. Music is a good thing. Without it, few of our film projects would work.  Music is one of those absolutely foundational elements in good cinema.  Music can be, and often is, fitted neatly into the background of a film as a trigger to subliminal emotions in the viewer,most often […]

Have you ever seen a TV or stage set of a room? Have you been to a live play?  There are usually 3 walls – the back wall and 2 side walls. The fourth wall is presumed to be there, but it’s invisible – it what the audience is watching the play or TV show […]

Editors Note: Here we have the second installment in how a professional production is conducted using the Atomos Ninja 2 field recorder, told from the first hand experience of Sean Ware, the DP as he shot it.  It is rare to get a look “inside” another’s head and  hear the thoughts that pass through as […]

Editors Note: One of the best things about our move to the Studio City, CA area last fall was the proximity to the action “where the nerds live” in the movie business.  They don’t call it Studio City for nothing…. our apartment is surrounded by all major studios within a couple of miles, six major […]