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Transcend the technology

Filmmakers have warned of the “death of film” for a long time, even before I got started in the business. Rather, I think back then, film wasn’t dead, or dying, but it was certainly a grim outlook. These days, I’d … Continue reading

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What is a camera operator?

I think I started in film school wanting to direct. As time went on, I realized I was missing a great many skills required of a director, most of which were not technically specific to the title of Director. Love, … Continue reading

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Indie film and Kickstarter: Survival in the time of the celebrity pet project

In the 1994 movie “With Honors”, Montgomery Kessler (played by Brendan Fraser) decides to completely rewrite his senior thesis after realizing the negativity and cynicism with which he’s conducted his academic career. After his girlfriend (played by Moira Kelly) reads … Continue reading

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Who will be left?

I promise, I’ll write my next blog post about operating camera. However, for this one, it’s about the Oscars and the industry. Today, social media is abuzz with the drama surrounding the Oscars for Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects … Continue reading

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I do not fear technology. I fear reluctance to adapt. I fear those who use fear.

“I think the time of overlap between theater and home television viewing of entertainment is near it’s end.” -Me I’m working on a project on the side right now that I hope to introduce sometime in the next few months, … Continue reading

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Assigning emotions through the camera

In filmmaking, we experiment a lot with the audience’s emotions. In less daring instances, we safely assign emotions to each scene, almost like paint-by-numbers: the couple finally gets together, paint scene #31 red, music swells, increase audio mix to emphasize … Continue reading

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Rates and the industry: favors, loyalty, and conjuring numbers.

I work a lot of non-union gigs, and while I am gathering my days to join Local 600 (hopefully by October, I’ll be in), I hope that I can remain steadfast in future rates negotiations. I expect to use my … Continue reading

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Daggers in my eyes: 3D spectacle and human evolution

Yesterday, I attended the SOC General Meeting at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where we had 2 guest speakers: a doctor at CHLA discussing stereopsis from a medical/human standpoint, and a rep from 3ality discussing 3D camera rigs. I found the … Continue reading

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Are we dreaming? Imagination and cinema

When I first decided to get into filmmaking, I was first drawn to the notion of helping people dream. As filmmakers, we help bring our director’s vision to screen, aiding them in shared dreaming with the audience, but not in … Continue reading

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Favorite shots: “Michael Clayton”

When people discuss Steadicam, they often go straight to the iconic shots that define our craft without going any further. They talk about Larry’s “Goodfellas” shot without acknowledging the incredible oners performed in “Raising Cain” or “Bonfire of the Vanities”. … Continue reading

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