Art Sun, 20 Oct 19 08:02:32 -0600 Art en-CA Flash's Kitchen Mon, 29 Oct 2018 11:02:54 -0600 flash 20768@/talks/discussions Zombie mood. Waterclosets and Stairs are filmed in natural light with GH5S (Vlog) + Panasonic 7-14mm (This lens is better on GH5S than GH5) Color grading in Davinci Resolve Studio15

Next test will be more creepy...

Graphical representation of data - asking for advice Thu, 25 Jul 2019 13:23:10 -0600 RoadsidePicnic 22324@/talks/discussions I'm making a video with the objective to present some regional and macro-economic data info. I'm collecting references of video graphical representation of data, charts, etc. Looking for some input from you people here about what can be a good way or some place were you have seen it done good in any way.

P.S. I'm really focusing on the graphical representation thing alone, apart from the narrative or the facts illustration in broadcast news thing, but discussion of it would also be welcome.


PODCAST: Photography and the Smartphone Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:01:48 -0600 jleo 20449@/talks/discussions PODCAST: Photography and the Smartphone

Smartphones have become the default camera of choice around the world. With the rise of social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Snapchat, we're taking photos of everything from our morning coffee to the evening sunset and endlessly sharing them with each other. It seems like a revolutionary era for the photograph. But is it? ....

...the stereograph. The identical double images were popular in the mid-19th to early 20th century. "They were mostly landscapes, but also genre scenes, pictures of cats, dogs, flowers many of the same types of images you would see on Instagram today, and people [in the late 1800s and the start of the 20th century] -- would enjoy them, and collect them," said Cronin. As for sharing, people had flattering photographs taken and mailed them to each other via little portrait cards known as cartes de visite.

... others believe the selfie shares qualities inherent to virtually any kind of portrait photography, past or present. Everyone wants to present themselves as they imagine they look — whether through a physical posture, make-up or filter effects.

Even photo studios of the 19th century and early 20th century provided backdrops, clothes and props for customers to use. Parents have always chosen baby photos and school pictures that conform to their idealized view of how their children should appear. And who hasn't taken a glance in the mirror before getting a passport picture taken?

We select the most flattering images of ourselves — that's why visual culture expert Thy Phu sees every photo portrait as a kind of selfie.

Nudity? Nudity. Nudity! Mon, 29 Oct 2012 01:05:10 -0600 RBD 5021@/talks/discussions I have made a short video of a naked girl, extremely beautiful, articulate and intelligent, speaking about intimacy.

Presuming I can figure out how to color correct--there's a little color shift--and upload to vimeo, is it appropriate to post here?

Equipment, of course, is the GH-2, 17.5 Nokton, shooting with Sedna, available light in my studio.


8K monitors will open a new market for photo/video Mon, 11 Sep 2017 18:24:48 -0600 apefos 17724@/talks/discussions Imagine a museum, a culture house, a shopping mall, an exposition event.

Now figure out lots of 8k monitors in the walls or in stands.

This will avoid the need of printing photos and allow exibition of photos, timelapses, graphics art, paintings and video; for culture, product sales, and lots of other things.

People can see the image with same or better quality compared to printed photos.

What do you think about this new era? Share your thoughts...

Cinemascope 2,35:1 aspect ratio does not make any sense today Sun, 03 Sep 2017 13:45:03 -0600 apefos 17666@/talks/discussions When television started to make people to stay home instead of going to cinema theaters, the cinema industry developed a bigger screen called Cinemascope, after succeeded by Panavision, with aspect ratio 2,35:1

When digital television was created somebody developed the 16:9 aspect ratio because it was the middle term between the old 4:3 TV aspect ratio and the 2,35:1 cinema aspect ratio. The math is 4:3 x 1,33 = 16:9 and 16:9 x 1,33 = 2,37. So the old tv 4:3 aspect ratio could be shown with pilar box and the cinema 2,35 ratio could be shown with letter box, similar black size for both in the new digital tv screen.

If the Cinemascope and Panavision systems was created to attract people with a bigger screen, so it does not make sense to make films in 2,35 aspect ratio today because the television sets will show a smaller image instead of fill all the screen.

Also cinema theaters today have screens prepared to show the 16:9 aspect ratio and when you see a 2,35:1 film in the cinema theaters today, there are black screen in top and bottom.

So, for TV and Cinema 16:9 is the way to go. If you want the beautiful anamorphic flares and oval bokeh, you can use anamorphic lenses, but better decision is to edit the final movie in the 16:9 aspect ratio.

HandHeld Camera Shooting: Why and When. Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:00:31 -0600 apefos 17221@/talks/discussions Apefos topic number 100: Celebrating my hundredth topic, I decided to post something that can be useful for the forum members:

HandHeld Camera Shooting: Why and When. Technical, artistic and circumstantial reasons to use camera in the hands.

The main goal here is to enumerate the reasons to use handheld camera and the relationship with the message/storytelling/client needs, not to discuss if you like it or not.

So let's go for the list of reasons for using handheld camera:

01 - conveniently sized for travel

02 - greater freedom of motion during filming

03 - small places or places full of people

04 - fast work for camera operator, ideal for news and docs, and low budget cinema

05 - allow more freedom in camera angle and position

06 - good solution for subjective shoots, for show the person point of view

07 - as a variation, can also be fitted in animals, in the nature, in person body, in vehicles, for different effects

08 - shaky camera can be used for artistic reasons (more later)

09 - film sequence gets an ad hoc, electronic news-gathering, or documentary film feel

10 - It suggests unprepared, unrehearsed filming of reality

11 - can provide a sense of dynamics, immersion, intimacy, instability, unease or nervousness, depending on how it is done

12 - It gives a raw, energetic aesthetic

13 - Too much shaky can feel distracted, dizzy or sick

14 - breaks the cinema industry standards, turning into a revolutionary style

15 - the amount and style of shaky camera can be artistic or can be poor camera skills, these two things are different

16 - shaky camera can be combined with camera operator movements and with of the frame shoots

17 - handheld camera is inexpensive and can mean financial freedom

18 - handheld camera can be full of energy and youth soul, even when shooting old people

19 - handheld camera is good for fight, with even punch the camera

20 - the camera can be fitted in supports which extends the arms, legs or body

21 - shoulder mount camera is a type of handheld camera wich can offers a balance between shaky and stable

22 - overhead supports also works good for a balance between stable and shaky

23 - handheld camera is discreet and desired where lifeguards, security guards, authority figures can stop your work if they see a tripod

24 - high end equipment means you are working making money, so people will ask for authorization, handheld camera solves this

25 - handheld camera can be hidden and used for surprises, or to use a surprise even in a film

26 - lens stabilization and sensor stabilization are enough for avoiding a tripod or support

27 - electronic stabilization, lens stabilization, sensor stabilization and post-production stabilization introduces different aesthetics compared to a raw handheld camera

28 - image stabilization can turn handheld to looks like steadycam or tripod

29 - handheld can introduce different kind and level of emotions

30 - can help achieving real time continuity or a long sequence shot

31 - can help tracking a subject or object

32 - its has an "you are there" energy

33 - looks like and amateur film, and amateur films are more realistic and plausible

34 - shaky camera can be combined with short average shot length, jump cuts, and incompletely frame the action

35 - can simulate found footage

36 - can easily do oblique (dutch) angle adding psychological uneasiness or tension, madness, unrest, exoticism, and disorientation

37 - steadycam is different compared to handheld, steadycam looks professional, observational, detached and also dreamlike, supernatural or surreal

38 - introduces realism, much desired in documentaries and indie narrative films

39 - the Objective truthfulness of Direct Cinema style

40 - handheld used with sync direct sound capture brings the true feeling

41 - the camera can be used to provoke and reveal reactions in people (filmed people and audience)

42 - can be associated with productions in the other side of traditional society, ghetto, nich, guerrillas

43 - can be strongly romantic

44 - can be combined with fast or slow shutter speed for different effects

45 - handheld camera can have social, ideological, anthropological and ethical uses and meanings

46 - it was intense used in times with political changes, economical changes, behavior/tradition changes and war

47 - a feeling of real life unfolding before the viewer's eyes

48 - handheld camera can be made when people are aware of it or not. When the camera is present, it must be considered that if the presence of the camera does not substantially alter the recorded event, or if people are already prepared for it

New ideas for using handheld camera are welcome!

Also suggest handheld feature films for our appreciation, and comment about the handheld relationship with the storytelling in the movies you say.

Other topics about handheld in P-V:

Lens discussion, what is possible to do handheld:

Previous discussion if handheld is valid or not:

about that feature film i did with the GH2 Mon, 17 Aug 2015 02:41:16 -0600 rozroz 13561@/talks/discussions wanted to share this with you guys, and anyone who's into making films, or just interested to hear the story.

if any of you remember, a few years ago i filmed a feature film using the non hack GH2, and made this preliminary basic "Shots" clip:

yea it was 4 years ago. and at the time i had to "bury" it because i felt it failed completely, i showed it to some producers who basically thrashed it and said it was worthless. it was very painful and traumatic experience.

well after 4 years, i suddenly decided to confront the project and see what can be done. i understood 2 things: my vital mistake then, was trying to edit the footage as a feature length, not thinking of the possibility it may not hold 80 minutes as i planned, so the first thing i did, was to cut 30 minutes and make it the best edit i could do. even if it's only 50+ minutes atm, it's still considered "feature length" at festivals, and at least now the film is "tight".

the second thing was the music. i tried composing my own ideas back then, and now it seems it was a mistake, a totally misguided feel for this kind of film once i gathered some new reference music (mostly tension drones, more horror feel), the film started to "work" much better, and this new direction guided me throughout the process. it made me produce a much more creative, efficient, interesting and better product.

so now i know exactly what's needed to complete the film. maybe a 1-2 extra scenes, i hope.

i will now start letting people watch it and see where it leads me. my main goal now is the target this to festivals that my have interest. i hope some producers/distributors here in Israel will now "dig" this film (which is kinda weird, dark, "arthouse" horror film) and help me finish it and sending it to festivals. i will even uses a kickstarter if i'll have to get the rest of the money needed.

anyway, i will be glad to hear your thoughts, experience, tips or any other words ;)

P.S - lucky i didn't sell the GH2. i already put it for sale but was too lazy to sell it.

Trends in Opening Credits Sun, 04 Sep 2016 19:46:40 -0600 matt_gh2 15662@/talks/discussions Thought I'd get people's ideas and observations on trends with opening credits for movies. I've noticed that it's much less common to see actors and directors listed in opening credits. I still see studio, production companies, and film title listed in the beginning of movies. Is this trend something new in last few years? I know a few movies have done it in past, but seems that's the trend for most now. Also, what do you guys like seeing in opening credits in terms of who's listed, style and timing of credits, and whether animation and graphics is added or not?

Beyond the Blue Horizon Sun, 10 Jul 2016 18:52:41 -0600 kurth 15337@/talks/discussions

Making Old SDX900 SD camera, Panasonic Dvx100's older brother look like 8mm film Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:18:31 -0600 eddavid 15272@/talks/discussions Here's a link:

Trying to replicate film using a SD camera - something interesting about starting with a SD camera with CCD sensor to get to this effect vs using a higher res camera. Also blooming the highlights

Also interested in seeing what people's favorite film grain is.

Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro Warns of "Major Problem" in the Field Mon, 06 Jun 2016 01:51:46 -0600 caveport 15178@/talks/discussions He stated that a trend that has emerged with the use of digital cameras is that “people want to work faster or show that they can use less light, but they don’t look for the proper light the scenes needs. That isn’t cinematography, that’s recording an image. ... I was never happy in any set to just see available light,” said Storaro, who has won Oscars for Apocalypse Now, Reds and The Last Emperor. "Even in very important films that take Academy Awards, you can record an image without location lighting. But that's not necessarily the right light for the character. We have to always move a story forward, not step back."

It's all about relation chips or layers and layers and layers Tue, 10 May 2016 21:10:33 -0600 maxr 15068@/talks/discussions image

Hi there PV's folks and folkatrinas

What's this thread about?
Easy, preferable AUDIO-VISUAL content that's inspiring, deep (layered/rich in relations/emotionally/etc.), that triggers something, that connects to you, that helps to understand, to appreciate, that humbles, that provokes thunders onto your cones. Personally and as in language I'm also very interested in the possible relations within the image itself, with following images, in a group.

At the risk of maybe sounding snob - but on the other hand I'm already used to going solo and don't really give an oxter - I'ld much prefer if things posted here have a kind of personal "attitude" towards them and are not simply copy pasted from some rainbow making web bordello... nuthin wrong with those. That doesn't mean "intelligent" stuff, or intellectual... more like felt, lived, alive!! =)

Danila Tkachenko


Bill Nighy is there also 'cause he has Dupuytren's Contracture, a hereditary condition which causes the ring and little fingers of each hand to be permanently bent inwards towards the palm.
this one rightfully deserves its own room. The Magical Girl image

I'm a huge fan of Bresson, not only he embodied stories with tremendous scope and never undermined the audience; on the contrary nurturing their capabilities of putting together a whole; but he used film language in a very clever, clear and rich way, also brilliant close ups. In the second part of this video there's some examples regarding his Pickpocket. BTW people producing essays should be more respectful of the film's original title or titles, as it is the case with A Man Scaped... the originals titles are Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut loosely translated as A Man Escaped or The wind blows where it wills =)

See beings and things in their separate parts. Render them independent in order to give them a new dependence

From Bresson's Notes on Cinematography


Nick Brandt - maybe the best photographs ever Thu, 24 Mar 2016 19:11:48 -0600 kurth 14866@/talks/discussions

Editing conventions? Tue, 09 Feb 2016 03:14:22 -0700 suresure123 14552@/talks/discussions Anyone know any good resources for editing techniques. Ive read a coup of books on editing but they always end up being more philosophical rather that practically show you some different ways to edit. Ideally free resources online. I want it to cover exhaustively the different kind of editing conventions that affect the narrative.

I saw this and wondered if there are any similar online tutorials or info, this is great but only a few conventions....I assume there are a lot more.

*Note to forum owner. Why not make a few more filmmaking threads. Editing, Scriptwriting, Cinematography, Documentary? Squeezing everything that isn't about a new camera product into 'Art' needs to end.

Help needed for Galapagos Adventure/documentary Fri, 10 Oct 2014 03:21:57 -0600 Brumbazz 11527@/talks/discussions Not even sure I'm in the right catagory but I'm going to Ecuador in November with my 70 year old mom (she's still tough). We're visiting the Amazonas rainforest for a week then spending a week visiting the Galapagos.

We're both very interested in nature and wildlife, so both places will be great for that.

I would like to make some sort of documentary out of the trip, that's a little more then just an animated postcard. I have little experience in this as I have mainly done extreme stuff like skydiving, skiing and kitesurfing.

I'm bringing my GH2 with 14-140, 14f2.5, 25f1.4 and 45f1.8, a small portable light, a Røde Video mic pro and a tripod with a video head. I'm planning on using the Moon T8 or Spizz T7 and currently not really sure, whether to shoot in 30 or 24 fps or if I should use 30 played at 24 to slow things down a little for nature shots.

I also bring my GoPro 3+ black with various mounts.

I am reasonably capable in editing and colorcorrection, so what I'm looking for is help/advice/tricks on storytelling and getting the shots I need for that.

I know this is a very wide and open question but I see so much talent on this site, so I was hoping on some shared knowledge.

Thanks in advance :-)

Interview with 'Blair Witch' Director Daniel Myrick Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:52:20 -0600 MarcioK 11681@/talks/discussions Very interesting interview about his newest movie, "Under The Bed" - he talks about his processes and thoughts about making the movie.

And talks with a lot of detail about the technical side of the movie - which (surprise) was totally shot with...Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras.

Good looking fonts Wed, 12 Aug 2015 10:47:03 -0600 tonalt 13535@/talks/discussions Don't know why, but it's always hard to find good looking font for movie title text, credits etc.. especially for drama, so funny fonts are out of questions.

Any recommendations? Links to free fonts? Commercial fonts also ok, if not too expensive.

Of course it's also matter of taste, but let's see :)

Directors Series - Stanley Kubrick Sat, 11 Jul 2015 05:56:29 -0600 matthere 13361@/talks/discussions I found these interesting..

support creator:

Art Craft Truth Wed, 29 Apr 2015 13:17:39 -0600 MikeLinn 12891@/talks/discussions

Less Gear = More Creativity - Just do Something... and do not care if it frets... Sat, 04 Apr 2015 17:02:10 -0600 apefos 12745@/talks/discussions People in video/audio production are common known for GAS (gear addiction syndrome) . The videos below has the cure for you ... do not feel humiliated , feel with a new open world for you, a simpler world ... more productive ... more challenging ... (pay attention to the simple and great cinematography also!!! "whatch this!!!..."

The art of shooting on wide lenses: Lubezki Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:43:19 -0700 AlbertZ 12533@/talks/discussions I've found this essay on on the cinematography by Lubezki in Birdman. Lubezki, who is famous for his work with Terrence Malick, here uses essentially two primes throughout the film: a 12mm and 16mm on the Alexa (which are 18mm and 24mm on full frame, very very wide). I was impressed with how natural is the look: Lubezki's style is never "highly stylized", despite of the extreme wide angles. The article is rich of BTS, really glad to share it :)

Storytelling with light and shadow Thu, 15 Jan 2015 19:48:23 -0700 mickos 12184@/talks/discussions Nice selection of cinematographers all in one twenty minute short at

Cassetteboy Release brilliant new David Cameron Rap Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:13:06 -0600 driftwood 11466@/talks/discussions Hilarious! Perfect piss take released during the Tory conference and election season :-)

Let's get them out!

A recent exception to the copyright designs and patents act 1998 (which comes into force today) allows this sort of thing to use copyright material so long as its funny!


I had the pleasure of booking Cassetteboy (versus DJ Rubbish) for Brighton Spiegeltent during our Fringe / Festival 2014 and we had two of the craziest, funniest, bonkers nights of the whole festive period. These guys are great and all you Brits must try and see them if they come to your area on tour.

What's the best "behind the scenes" or filming making documentaries (apart from "Heart of Darkness") Sun, 15 Apr 2012 21:30:46 -0600 azza_act 2877@/talks/discussions Wondering what's out there on the web or DVD/BD special features. In all aspects of filming making. Cheers

Along the Norman coast - shot with GH3 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:11:18 -0600 Odur 11122@/talks/discussions A small video shot during a short trip in Normandy.

SO much better than a Michael Bay film Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:33:12 -0600 rockroadpix 10719@/talks/discussions Awe.some.

Great female directors Thu, 08 Mar 2012 14:35:58 -0700 oscillian 2531@/talks/discussions So who are your favourite female director/s?

Lisa Cholodenko (love her episodes on six feet under)
Susanne Bier (Solid stuff always)
Cathryn Bigelow (Point Break is what got me hooked to cinema in the first place)

Keep em coming!

GH4 4K does Super 8 anamorphic Tue, 17 Jun 2014 02:14:41 -0600 sebfarges 10622@/talks/discussions

Yes I have just received the GH4 this morning :) 1st test : why not put my 60’s baby Hypergonar anamorphic 1.75X lens in the 4K cinema mode ? :) Fast filming, run and gun documentary style, focusing improvisation Doing 4K is for me like in 2006 when I went from SD to HDV. A huge orgasm ! Viva GH4 ! :) Baby Hypergonar anamorphic 1.75X lens on Qioptiq LINOS Mevis-C C-mount lens 35mm f1.6 (most of the shot were taken at f2) No diopter, no CC, variable Cokin ND filter EOSHD guide cineV preset settings 4KC mode 1080P streaming version on Vimeo, 4K version available for download 180° shutter speed 200 ASA

Shorts Shot on Film! Wed, 07 May 2014 08:37:39 -0600 jpbturbo 10330@/talks/discussions ITT, Shorts that are shot on film.

This thread is to remind people what film actually looks like. Funky homebrewed filters that apply arbitrary color curves to your digital footage is not a real film look. Applying too much grain, scratches, and light leaks is not a film look. I have never shot moving images on film but I've shot my share of stills on a Honeywell Pentax Spotmatic that my mom bought back in the late 1960's and the instagram style colour filters that are touted as a film look for stills and video drive me insane.

Feel free to share your own shorts or music videos that are shot on film. 35, 16, 8mm, and even Imax is welcome here. To keep it easy to navigate and discuss lets keep it to one video per post.

Here's the first, Shot on Kodak 35mm with ARRI cameras.