The Dillon Markey story: In 1989, Nintendo released the Power Glove for its Nintendo Entertainment System.  In 2015, Dillon Markey modified a Nintendo Power Glove, turning this humble Nintendo relic of a bygone generation into the most awesome stop motion animation tool ever made. Dillon Markey is an animator for Robot Chicken and PES, among other […]

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 […]

When the a7S was released just over a year ago, it completely shook up the photo-video industry. I was there at NAB 2014 for the surprise announcement.  Artists like myself and my friends were now going to be able to record still photographs and video footage in almost complete darkness – even with kit lenses!  The hype at the […]

I looked it up, the United States has faced 178 weather and climate disasters since 1980 according to the National Centers for Environmental Information.  These 178 severe enough weather events to be classified as climate disasters have inflicted more than $1 trillion in directly measurable economic costs, and have been accompanied by incalculable costs in human suffering. […]

The Sony A7R II introduction at Samy’s Camera in Los Angeles, California on August 22, 2015 was a couple of weeks after the A7R II introduction launch held in New York City on August 5th.  From what I saw of the postings, Brian Smith did his usual exemplary job of sharing what he knew about the […]

Press Arrow Above To Play Video You think you have it tough as a freelancer bringing in enough money to cover your monthly bills?  The life of a freelance artist looks easy when your name is Shauna McClure and your job is as the Executive Director of the Hollywood Arts Council.  I’ve had the pleasure […]

Not since the “YMCA Video” has such a defining moment occurred for gay culture as what took place on Friday, June 26, 2015.  On this date now etched in history, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) voted in a split 5-4 decision to declare Gay Marriage legal under the laws of the United […]

Unlike the inspiring words Brian Smith has on offer later in, the beginning of this recorded “Live Stream” video is blank for nearly the first hour. We are sorry for the inconvenience of having to ask you to do it, but please move the play head forward on the video manually to 55:00 where the […]

[aesop_image imgwidth=”930″ img=”http://thecameraforum.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/DSC04251.jpg” align=”left” lightbox=”off” captionposition=”left”]   Cosplay is literally a contraction/combination  of the two words “Costume” and “Play.”  Cosplay can mean dressing up and pretending to be a fictional character (usually a sci-fi, comic book, or anime character).  Or it can be used to describe the costume itself.  Noun: Making that cosplay only took me 5 hours. […]

FAIR USE AND ONLINE VIDEO Contrary to popular belief, United States Copyright and Patent Laws were not put into place to protect creators; they were an attempt to legislate creators to share some rights in their creations with others. The cultural value of copying is so well established that the United States Congress has written it […]

  Boney Island visionary creator Rick Polizzi  doesn’t like to be scared.  Neither do his two daughters.  In his own words, “I’m basically a chicken and I have raised two chickens.”  Unfortunately, when it came to Halloween entertainment for children in the Los Angeles area back in 1997 there were pretty slim pickings that didn’t scare. So […]

One of the oldest memorial parks in Los Angeles, Hollywood Forever  was founded in 1899, and rapidly became an integral part of the growth (and deaths) of early Hollywood. Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the final resting place for many of Hollywood’s great studio pioneers, as well as writers, directors, and performers. The annual Dia de Los Muertos Festival […]

The Santa Monica Pier from TheCameraForum on Vimeo. a chuck jones film Background Beautiful sonny Sunday afternoon.  Sony A7r.  Sony 55mm f/1.8 & Leica 35mm Summicron non-ASPH.  Add magic and stir. History Santa Monica has had several piers over the years; however, the current Santa Monica Pier is actually two adjoining piers that long had […]

Looking for something different to photograph? Need a mobile platform to photograph from? How about a self driving electric car?  Keep your eyes peeled on the streets of San Francisco, where you will surely see several of the test versions of the Google Self Driving electric car. Nothing is quite as unsettling as seeing the […]

Other People’s Money from TheCameraForum on Vimeo. One of my clients is the LA band “Cats With Class.”  I guess you could say I sort of live with this band, since my wife Suzanne is one of the band members.  Suzanne wrote and sings this original work “Other People’s Money” in a secret Burbank, CA […]

One of the wonders living near Hollywood is the number of opportunities that come up to see first class, top drawer creative  works.  The real deal, too, works from the world’s top creative artists.  Much of it is surrounded by a lot of pomp and pageantry, and yes, much of that is quite pretentious.  It is, after all, […]