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

Upping my Grade – The DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel

Yesterday, at 21:00 (9 pm) Stockholm time Blackmagic Design held a Camera and DaVinci Resolve Press Conference where the founder and CEO Grant Petty presented three new products, the DaVinci Resolve Micro and Mini Panels, and the Blackmagic Mini URSA Pro camera. Blackmagic Design simultaneously announced that a new version of DaVinci Resolve (12.5.5) had … More Upping my Grade – The DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel

Monitor – A Swedish Review of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Searching for well graded Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera footage, I stumbled upon a Swedish test and review of the camera. It was originally written and made for the Swedish trade journal Monitor Sverige, published for professionals in broadcast, movies, sound and light, its November 2013 issue. To my knowledge, this is the only review of … More Monitor – A Swedish Review of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Brought from the Snoopers Market – My Creative Inspire T10 Stereo Speakers

Yesterday I bought a pair of loudspeakers at a flea market. They only cost me 90 SEK; that’s approximately 10 USD. It’s a pair of Creative Inspire T10 2.0 speakers. That particular model has been around for a decade now but is still in production; a pair of new speakers cost 400 SEK (45 USD). … More Brought from the Snoopers Market – My Creative Inspire T10 Stereo Speakers

(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

Pimping up the BMPCC – My Wish List for 2017 and beyond…

To recapitulate the past year. Autumn of 2016 saw a major investment in a new digital film camera, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, plus two SDXC flash memory cards and a dual USB charger to go with the two EN-EL20 spare batteries. I also aquired a brand new workstation that would match up the CinemaDNG RAW workflow … More Pimping up the BMPCC – My Wish List for 2017 and beyond…

Made in Russia – Considering the POOLiCAGE for the BMPCC

I already knew when puchasing the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera that I eventually would need to invest in a protective metal cage which also provided for a full rigging of the camera, with rods, batteries, mics, etc. In my search I have considered the CAME-TV, the Tilta ES-T13 and the CamTree Hunt (a carbon copy … More Made in Russia – Considering the POOLiCAGE for the BMPCC

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 Big Three – The Fraternity of Digital Super 16 Shooters

Recently, a heated discussion erupted on the Blackmagic Forum following a plead to Blackmagic Design to incorporate Bolex Log and Bolex Wide Gamut RGB support as an option in the Camera Raw panel of DaVinci Resolve. The biggest benefit from the implementation of such a feature, the pleader Alex Mitchell holds, is that highlight information … More The Big Three – The Fraternity of Digital Super 16 Shooters

The Logic of RAW – Why it’s better to overexpose (than to underexpose) with the Blackmagic Cinema Cameras

In a previous blog post, where I delved somewhat into the question of over- and underexposure with CinemaDNG RAW, I stumbled upon the topic of the seeming similarites between the flat image of RAW and the Log (logarithmic) profile curve whose exposure f-stop range perfectly emulates the iris of the human eye. Let me reiterate … More The Logic of RAW – Why it’s better to overexpose (than to underexpose) with the Blackmagic Cinema Cameras