Wrapping Up my Rig – Initial impressions of the Petroff Follow Focus & Matte Box

I have recently received three items to complete my camera tripod rig, a Matte Box, a Follow Focus, and a Follow Focus Gear Ring for my Meteor 5-1 zoom lens. After some serious consideration I finally decided to purchase a Matte Box and Follow Focus from Petroff of Bulgaria. I settled for the Petroff P44-01 … More Wrapping Up my Rig – Initial impressions of the Petroff Follow Focus & Matte Box

(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

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

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