A Helping Hand – My first impressions of the SmallRig top handle and lens support (with the POOLiCAGE and POOLi™ base)

Recently I aquired the POOLiCAGE for my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. However, it was delivered without a top handle. And a camera cage isn’t complete without one. Also, my camera rig requires the Meteor 5-1 lens to be supported, to alleviate the burden from the Micro Four Thirds lens mount. So, yesterday, my parcel from … More A Helping Hand – My first impressions of the SmallRig top handle and lens support (with the POOLiCAGE and POOLi™ base)

(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…

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

A much needed support – My first impressions of the Fancier FC-270A Tripod and FC-02H Fluid Head

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, being so small and weighting less than four hectograms, needs heavy stabilisation. I have used a handheld rig scrambled from my Zenit Krasnogorsk-3 – a simple pistol grip with an attached shoulder support – but that doesn’t stabilise the image enough while shooting, forcing me to do it in post. … More A much needed support – My first impressions of the Fancier FC-270A Tripod and FC-02H Fluid Head