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
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?
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
A Director’s Viewfinder is a useful tool for framing a shot in preparation of a scene, without the need of bringing the camera with you, especially if it is a heavy piece, or a smaller size camera rigged up with a cage, rods, follow-focus, mattebox, external batteries, external monitor, etc., or when there is only … More Android Dreams – The Magic Cinema ViewFinder
It all started with my horrific re-experience of Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) back in the early winter months of 2006. I had bought a good Swedish special digibox edition DVD of that film. I believe that I hadn’t seen the film since my first encounter with it in the early 1980’s as … More My first stumbling steps – A Celluloid Love Story