NEW Macbook Pro (Retina Display) & Some Windows Alternatives…

12 Jun

So, here it is, in its full glory. This is not a post about how amazing this new product is, rather an overview of its specs and what alternate options are out there for you if you want to stick to WINDOWS…….

Apple Macbook pro With retina display:

Specs & Pricing:

The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The 15-inch MacBook Pro is available with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory and 256GB of flash storage starting at $2,199 (US); and with a 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6 GHz, 8GB of memory and 512GB of flash storage starting at $2,799 (US). Configure-to-order options include faster quad-core processors up to 2.7 GHz, up to 16GB of memory and flash storage up to 768GB. Continue reading

The Death of Theatre Film Prints!

9 Jun

Deadline New York reported yesterday that by 2013 the studios will indeed stop creating film prints, instead they are requesting cinemas ‘upgrade’ and update to digital projection. Why?, well a lot of it has to do with the new Hobbit film that has been shot at 48fps, Peter Jackson is really pushing this new concept and after a lot of criticism at the first sneak viewing a couple of months ago (that did not go down very well) I am starting to dislike the concept even more. Why change something that has been working so well and has been imprinted in our minds to look like film. 24fps is cinematic, 48fps is soap opera.

DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor :

Time is running out for theaters that haven’t made the switch to digital projection. Studios’ use of conventional 35 mm prints “is projected to cease in the United States and other major markets by the end of next year, with global Continue reading

2000fps with Twixtor & How I used it for Solvo Curso.

8 Jun

Slow motion (with the new Sony fs700) is likely to become the new shallow depth of field, we are probably going to be seeing it everywhere. I love slow motion and I used it in my own short film Solvo Curso just a couple of months ago so (after a lot of asking)  I though I would go through the entire workflow of how I achieved this, from the canon 550d shooting modes to the post production and how to best use Twixtor. It’s easier than you think and obviously you’re not going to be able to compete with real 2000fps but you’re definitely going to get that vital few seconds of super slow motion footage to create a really cool sequence. Here’s a nice example of what I mean: Continue reading

FINALLY! The new Canon t4i/650D has arrived + NEW LENSES!

8 Jun

The New EOS Rebel T4i DSLR Camera Puts the power and creativity of DSLR Stills and Video at your fingertips
Silent and Continuous Autofocus in Video, The EOS Rebel T4i Lets People Re-Live Magic Moments Through Stunningly Crisp Video and Incredible Stereo Sound

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., June 8, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced a new flagship model in its most popular EOS Rebel line, the Canon EOS Rebel T4i Digital SLR Camera. The new EOS Rebel T4i features incredible image quality with an 18-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, DIGIC 5 Image Processor that helps capture all the action with high-speed continuous shooting of up to five frames per second (fps) and an extended ISO range of 100–12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode) that gives photographers the opportunities to take the EOS Rebel T4i into more shooting situations than ever before. Continue reading

My Top 6 Film Making Tips!

31 May

SHOOT:  don’t do what almost every film maker does when there starting out and start obsessing over gear. ‘Oh I need this to shoot this and I can’t do that shot with out this e.t.c.’ This cycle will never end so its good to snap out of it quickly. If you cant get the gear FIND A WAY AROUND IT. If its your first film then it’s probably not going to look brilliant, get over it everybody starts like that. Take the experience as a practice for that one big film your working towards, the one that’s going to really show of your creativity. Shoot regardless of anything, get the practice and once you have shot, don’t stop. Go out and shoot something random, practice with your camera, you need to get to know it like the back of your hand. STAY PASSIONATE! Continue reading

Top Film making Apps- IOS

31 May

Filmmaking Apps

DSLR Slate

DSLR Slate is the perfect companion for the DSLR Filmmaker. As a Universal App, DSLR Slate runs natively on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Designed for all needs from student to hollywood, DSLR Slate will be just as useful as the traditional film slate, if not more. “Slating” shots has become standard practice on set and helps streamline shot logging and post production. Continue reading

The Exposure Triangle – A must know!

31 May

The Exposure Triangle is important to know like the back of your hand especially in regards to HDSLR  film-making where as the slightest change in sunlight can completely throw out your image. If like me you studied at University its likely you got into your THIRD year before lecturers even started going into this in detail, personally I find that to be a joke. Lucky enough for me my passion for film and the vast amount of online resources meant I learnt this a while ago, but if it wasnt for my intern and venture into HDSLR films I probably wouldn’t have. Anyway, this is a PHOTOGRAPHIC technique that you must know and understand so please read it, it WILL change how you Film forever.

The Exposure triangle is based on three methods of controlling your cameras image – ISO, SHUTTER SPEED, APERTURE which combined create a perfectly exposed picture.

  • ISO – the measure of a digital camera sensor’s SENSITIVITY to the light.
  • Aperture – the size of the opening inside the lens when a picture is taken, essentially how much light is lets in. This is the QUANTITY of light that is hitting the sensor.
  • Shutter Speed – the amount of time that the shutter is open per second, i.e 100/1sec, the will shutter open and close at a hundredth of a second. This is the DURATION of how long the light hits the sensor for. Continue reading