Have you ever wondered what it would be like to actually shoot a feature length motion picture using only a Sony mirrorless body?  Wonder no more, The movie is called Three Days In August! This first feature film shot exclusively in 4K on a Sony Alpha mirrorless camera premiered on the big screen April 19th, 2016 at the […]

Every lens has a personality and a usage. Certain lenses are good for close-ups, certain lenses are dynamic for emotional moments and certain lenses work for action. I have even had an Executive Producer who encouraged me to use the “funny” lenses – in his world, anything that was a short/wide lens was built for […]

At the core of Western Narrative Filmmaking is an unspoken contract that filmmakers make with the audience. It is called “A Willing Suspension of Disbelief.” What that means, is that I, as a filmmaker, am going to do everything possible to make the image look natural. I will do everything possible to create and further […]

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 […]

In my last installment, we completed the color work grading our movie.  Unfortunately, as I have learned the hard way, nothing in life is free. It is not that Paul or Mark or Michael were anything but the kindest, most generous people – they are. The issue is that at that point no film had […]

  The Boy With A Camera For A Face is the superb online premiere of the multi award winning short film from writer/director Spencer Brown. The Boy with a Camera for a Face is a satirical fairy tale about a boy born with a camera instead of a head, whose every moment is transformed by […]

As I discussed in an earlier installment, the problems with the movie I am making weren’t discovered  until after we had finished shooting, and for the most part boiled down to the animated character. 1.       The character had a big presence in the beginning and end, but goes away for a long time 2. […]

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, […]

Leave it to Ray Collins, a one time coal-miner turned fine art photographer to bringing some new and radically different angles to oceanic imagery. The coal-mining town of Bulli, south of Sydney, is not regarded as a repository of high art, nor as a vibrant and pulsing beehive of life and color, and yet there was Ray Collins. […]

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 […]

Most big budget movies made today all seem to have a pretty extensive budget for VFX production.  It has sort of become second nature to use VFX in place of very expensive mechanical action or dangerous stunts for actors to perform.  Much better to do with a computer… But what parts of the movie was […]

WALLEY POS-86 Promo Video from Walley Films on Vimeo. On the lighter side today for those who haven’t seen it yet, Walley POS-86 is a short promo video that parodies the endless production and marketing of prosumer video cameras. Filmmakers Mark and Angela Walley have created a camera that is both a reverse trend in consumer […]

“What is a Colorist?” from icolorist on Vimeo. Color grading is the magical artistic process of either electronically, photo-chemically or digitally changing and enhancing the color in a motion picture film, video image, or still image. The photo-chemical process is also called color timing where chemistry adjustments and temperatures are manipulated for differing color effects.  Typically these manipulations are performed at a professional photographic laboratory, in the film development chemistry […]

Fremont, CA – July 16, 2014 – Blackmagic Design today announced an exciting Summer Special discount for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera for the low price of US$495. With a normal recommended retail price of US$995, this Summer Special represents incredible value and is available for a limited time and will end on the 31st of […]

Rodents on Turntables – @LiveNation from Division of Labor on Vimeo. Sometimes I come across things that are so outrageous I just can’t help myself but laugh.  Not everything in life needs to be about cameras.  Nor does life have to be always so dang serious.  As we get older, we think we forget a […]

Published on Apr 25, 2014 How many times do you need to be told that the real Social is the social of meeting people face to face.  That is why they call them “Socials.”  Or we used to, I probably should say.  Sadly, the days of being truly social are at an all time low, our […]