Apr 10

The Early Bird…

The importance of being early

It’s always a good idea to be on time and even early. I have found that living in NYC has forced me to be early to my gigs because you never know what sort of train malfunction or traffic situation you are going to be in. I live in Brooklyn and the commute is typically a 45-minute train ride. However, you can count on something always going wrong in NYC. This is why I like to give myself another hour JUST IN CASE. An hour might be overdoing it, but I would much rather be too early on-set than just-in-time. It creates a lot of stress for me, stress that I do not need in this already stressful career. If I can limit that stress in any way I will. Besides, being early is sort of fun! It gives you the opportunity to scope out the location, get a coffee and think about the coming shoot.

A production is a very time sensitive industry. Many people are involved in the scheduling of productions and there is always a push to get everything done in one day. This involves a lot of multiple things working cohesively in order for deadlines to be met. You do not want to be the cog in the wheel that slows everything down. This is especially true if you are just getting to know the crew and make a good impression. People who are late, make a terrible impression and sometimes you are immediately hated/shunned. They won’t tell you in person because they need you for that shoot, but be sure that they probably won’t hire you again. In an industry that relies on a personal recommendation, this could be your death note. Maybe I’m over exaggerating about being so early. I know of certain individuals in the industry who are constantly late and still manage to get jobs. I’m not saying you can’t do it, I’m just saying that you shouldn’t.…..Ever.

Apr 19

Depth of field

I was looking for a good instructional video on what it takes to manipulate depth of field for production. I found this YouTube video that makes it simple to understand this concept.

Feb 03

New Gear!

After spending an incredibly long time  trying to determine what the best 4K solution for me was, I finally caved in and purchased a brand spanking new Panasonic GH4. I know the GH4 is old now (released in 2013) BUT I have to admit that this was the best solution for my budget. I really wanted to purchase the Sony A7S mainly for it’s incredible low light capabilities, but the price point did not seem like it was worth it. After all I was going to stage most of my lighting anyways and at 3,000.00 I could not justify amazing night B-Roll.

For my research on this topic I heavily relied on a Video extraordinaire and Vlogger “Video DSLR shooter”.  He has a great review of the GH4 and in my opinion, it’s the best and most in depth review of them all. I took a long time considering my options and I’m so excited to be receiving this bad boy in the mail shortly.

Jan 11

New Lens

Yes, I kind of went overboard with my Tax money. Along with the GH4 I had to buy a lens. Why did I buy a Nikon APSC lens? Well I figured that the longevity of the lens would be increased if I bought a full frame lens. I figured that when the time comes I can invest in a full frame sensor camera and have the appropriate glass to accompany the camera. I wanted to buy a Micro 4:3 lens with my Panasonic, mainly because of the internal stabilization and auto focus features offered but I could sacrifice these features for a more robust lens with better low light capability. This is why I chose the Sigma 18-35MM lens. Here is the best review of this lens I could find: