Category Archives: Video gear

Ramp It Up (and Down)

Link and Video-heavy. Scroll down if you want to skip the exposition/explanation of terms. Filmmaking blog site Story & Heart had a little piece on Speed-Ramping that reminded me of a post I’ve been meaning to write for a few months now. It’s a popular gimmick in screen action these days – a rebirth of the […]

Old things put out to stable

I dream of a time when not every job has to be a rush job, while I also suspect such a time may not come for decades… when old age will add its own sense of urgency. In the meantime, that remains the status quo, whether it be a crossbow prop that gets used in […]

Pro[se] & Con[ference]

That’s actually not all that far from describing academic theatre conferences, although the cosplay is far less creative and the panel presentations frequently more obtuse. I greatly enjoyed ATHE 2013 though (no link right now, as their page was recently hacked), milking it for all I could; I presented in five sessions, plus a couple […]

Claim your Domain

A birthday present from my wife (who also designed this blog and gives me yet another online home, The text is a constant work in progress, as all job application materials are, but it has been acquiring some sense of completion this week. Designed to help me find the faculty work I’m looking […]

Camera Changes

Some day one of my kids might do something in the movies, and add to their list of ‘ways to make their old man feel older’ “Gee dad, you were on FILM sets?” Film cameras are no longer being made. It’s been a good run, but it’s just not going to be practical to continue. […]


Another drive-by post I’m afraid, as I’m now in class 9:30am-noon and 1-3pm and teaching 3:20-5:15 every weekday for a while, with 100+ pages of homework to read this first night… plus a weekend intensive this weekend which they overbooked despite explicit request (in answer to a question on their proposal form, even!)  but I […]

GearTalk: We Live in the Future

Okay, enough with the heady concepts and societal observations: let’s talk toys. Christmas having come and gone, I’m sure I’m not the only one who got some nifty gadgets to play with. Several family members latched on to the idea that I was doing a lot more teaching, presenting, etc. and got me presents that […]

Nikon enters the DSLR/HD Video market

As someone who’s DSLR is aging, who loves DOF control and has gone to great lengths to accomplish that in a limited fashion with his HDV camcorder, and who is on a budget, this was very interesting to me. The vast majority of projects I’ve worked on this past year were shot on the Canon […]

3D- Different ballgame?

Caught part of this on the radio yesterday, about the new wave of live-action filmmakers who are having to learn how to deal with the exploding demand for 3D live action films. 3D Boot Camp: A New Dimension for Live-Action Film For the filmmakers this is a new challenge in how they compose the visuals, […]

Amateur Video

Honestly, most video of productions that were staged to be live shows is lousy.