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Blackmagic URSA Mini Test Part 1: Overexposure and Skin Tone

May 20, 2019

Recently, my team here at HA have been shooting a documentary over in Memphis and Dallas and have taken with them two RED Dragons and the Blackmagic URSA Mini and it is the latter that I want to return to and focus on this week as it really does have some fantastic specs on it! …

LARGER Than Life – Macros

May 1, 2019

Question: There’s an interesting lens coming out on a macro probe lens 24 millimeter that seems to make amazing techniques but won’t be out for a while. Is there a way to do this kind of shooting or similar shooting? Also very interested in how you approach lighting for studio macro shooting, depth of fields …

Blocking and Matching Coverage (Sample)

April 17, 2019

For this part of our Keyframes focus, I’m going to walk you through an often difficult area – blocking and matching coverage. This is a sample of one of our most popular lessons so if you like it, you can purchase the whole thing, 20 minute video, articles, diagrams and examples from Blocking and Matching …


April 15, 2019

THIS IS KEY! KEYFRAMES AND HOW TO SELECT THEM The best way to shoot is to shoot the wide shot, you shoot the medium, you shoot the overs, and you go for the closeup. Now I’m all about new technology. I’m all about what’s the latest and greatest, but there’s some things you just don’t …

Color Grading the 5D MKII for Case Combines

April 14, 2019

There have been so many great comments on the BTS of the Case Tractor commercial that I wanted to share the 30 second spot with you. I am always comparing the 5D to Reversal Film Stock because you have to get it close in camera.

The Power of the Canon C300 MK II in a Narrative Documentary Format

April 9, 2019

The Canon C300 Mark II has a ton of impressive tech under the hood and is a major advancement over the original C300. It turned out to be a perfect complement to our small production crew for a variety of reasons. Best of all, the images are beautiful and it’s very easy to use.


April 6, 2019

Documentaries should produce fascinating stories while maintaining informative components. Your pitch needs to be compelling to entice the right producer.

Filmmaking Fitness

April 3, 2019

You are a Director of Photography. You work on film sets for months at a time. You’re one of the key roles on set. You have hundreds of crew members who rely on you for direction to make the movie as good as it possibly can be. So what happens when you get sick? Well…You …

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