Cinematic Naturalism – Using Practical Lighting (and some thoughts about the Lumix GH4)

As a independent and guerilla filmmaker, one often has to do with what is offered at the shooting location. When it comes to shooting exterior scenes, that comes natural and is shared with most big budget productions. But the real differentiation between shoe string budget and larger production involves shooting interior scenes, where the use … More Cinematic Naturalism – Using Practical Lighting (and some thoughts about the Lumix GH4)

Against High Resolution Large Sensors – Why I prefer to shoot in 2K Super 16

Following the official Blackmagic Forum and unofficial BMCuser forum, I feel that there is to much attention being made on the Blackmagic URSA line of cameras. My qualified guess is that there are a lot more Blackmagic camera users that own and shoot with a Blackmagic Cinema Camera (BMCC), a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC), … More Against High Resolution Large Sensors – Why I prefer to shoot in 2K Super 16

The illusion of Film – Blending my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera with Filmstock

I have been told that the closest equivalent of negative filmstock that emulates the image coming from a Blackmagic Cinema Camera, a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, or a Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera, that works best for colour grading and matching with these cameras in DaVinci Resolve, is Kodak Vision3 250D 5207 Colour Negative, the successor … More The illusion of Film – Blending my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera with Filmstock

Mirrors – Camera Test Movie with the OKS 3-10-1 and RafCamera Adapter

Exactly one month ago my RafCamera Kinor-16SX-2 to MFT adapter with screws arrived. I got it for free from Rafael Pankratau of RafCamera, because the bayonet lock version of that same adapter didn’t fit my LOMO 16 OKS 3-10-1 f/2.1 10 mm. But the simpler version with screws fits as a glove! The lens is … More Mirrors – Camera Test Movie with the OKS 3-10-1 and RafCamera Adapter

(Not) Fearing the Dark – Using Available or Natural Light

Professional filmmaking makes a huge affair of using good and enough lighting of a scene, in particular with internal shooting. Availability of light is what separates big budget from zero. This stems from the days of shooting with celluloid film stock. Although digtal filmmaking isn’t as sensitive to darkness as photocemicals used to be, this … More (Not) Fearing the Dark – Using Available or Natural Light

A Short Narrative Documentary – The XmasTree Hunt

Herein below is attached my first official short movie presented by Gorilla Film Studios (formerly MasterPlan Productions), entitled The XmasTree Hunt. It was directed, recorded, edited, mixed and graded by yours truly, Tomas Stacewicz. Music by courtesy of Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) license, and the Jingle Punks. Drone … More A Short Narrative Documentary – The XmasTree Hunt

The Strobe Effect – How to match your Camera to your AC Mains

The other day, I took some shots with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera of our newly decorated Christmas Tree. I only used the light coming from the electric christmas tree LED lights, fed from the mains with 220 Volts, 50 Hz. The scene was shot on CinemaDNG RAW, with the camera set to 24 fps, … More The Strobe Effect – How to match your Camera to your AC Mains

The RAW factor – Is it better to shoot overexposed or underexposed?

Studying Steven Ascher’s The Filmmaker’s Handbook has left me somewhat perplexed and made me reflect on the issue of exposure when shooting RAW. Or rather, what lattitude of error exists in wrong exposure. Is it better to overexpose or underexpose RAW footage? Exact and balanced exposure is of course always the preferrable, but what is … More The RAW factor – Is it better to shoot overexposed or underexposed?

A Dangerous Method – Against deleting footage in camera

Lately there has been a quite heated discussion over at the Blackmagic Forum concering the decision by Blackmagic Design not to implement the feature of deleting footage on the SD card in-camera. Blackmagic Design share this attitude with professional digital camera companies such as Red Digital Cinema Camera Company and Arri. Some argue against this … More A Dangerous Method – Against deleting footage in camera

Lux ex Tenebris – Camera Test Movie I

Herein below is attached my first camera test movie presented by MasterPlan Productions, entitled Lux ex Tenebris. It was filmed, edited, mixed and graded by me, Tomas Stacewicz. Music by courtesy of Chase Rayment (starfrosch.com/hot-100/artist/chase+rayment) used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported Licence (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/). The movie is 17:32 minutes long and it was published … More Lux ex Tenebris – Camera Test Movie I