Dogma 16 No. 2 – A Curious Day at Snooper’s Haven

This is a presentation of my third official short movie produced by Gorilla Film Studios, referred to as No. 2 being the second film adhering to the Dogma 16 manifesto, entitled A Curious Day at Snooper’s Haven. It was recorded, edited, mixed, colour corrected and graded by yours truly. Music by courtesy of POLYNAUT_, used … More Dogma 16 No. 2 – A Curious Day at Snooper’s Haven

Looking through Spotless Glass – My first impressions of the Zeiss Lens Cleaning Kit

Having experienced stained optics and filters on my vintage Russian glass, the need soon arised to make a thorough cleaning of my lens kit, both the Zenit Meteor 5-1 and the OKS 3-10-1, with attached ND and UV filters. On my last three shoots, both the experimental shorts Mirrors and The Red Stone, as well … More Looking through Spotless Glass – My first impressions of the Zeiss Lens Cleaning Kit

Instrumental Protection – Storing my Camera Rig

Having aquired a rig for my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera for the past few months, both for tripod and shoulder, the need has arosen for a second hard plastic “pelican style” instrument case to store and transport my rig in a safe manner. Yesterday I turned to Clas Ohlson for an affordable purchase. In this … More Instrumental Protection – Storing my Camera Rig

Looking for imperfections – Chromatic Abberations on the LOMO 16 OKS 3-10-1

A commentator was kind enough to point out some chromatic abberations coming from the LOMO 16 OKS 3-10-1 f/2.1 10mm lens, as seen in my Test Movie III: Mirrors. He used one example of a cutout from a window at 0:24 where a blue line on the left and a red line on the right … More Looking for imperfections – Chromatic Abberations on the LOMO 16 OKS 3-10-1

Steadying my Aim – Completing my DIY Shoulder Rig

Yesterday I finally received my SmallRig 1622 Rubber Non-slip Handle Grip, travelling all the way from China since the beginning of April. My original purpose with this purchase through SmallRig’s ebay store was two-fold: 1. To use the rubber grip as an alternative to the alumium threaded SmallRig 1638 Top Handle, to fit the former … More Steadying my Aim – Completing my DIY Shoulder Rig

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

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

Trusting the Force – Introducing the PATONA Dual USB Charger

While ordering the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC), well aware that the camera didn’t come with a separate battery charger, I took care to order a no-name brand single charger together with a pair of spare Li-Ion EN-EL20 batteries. It was a single battery charger which also came delivered with a car charger adapter for … More Trusting the Force – Introducing the PATONA Dual USB Charger