From the beginning we exhibit all kinds of raw emotion. We love, we hate, we cherish, we despise all kinds of aspects of our lives. While we have all these emotions we grow at the same time, learning to deal with everything negative that we might encounter. Like the ending of one of my favorite films 500 Days of Summer there is always another beginning. A time for a new relationship. My relationship with this blog has had its ups and down and now it is time to call it quits. For awhile at least. I appreciate all who have read for the past few months and I’m glad I got to interact with some of you.

Anyone who is looking for more cinema content and tutorials for filmmakers, I would strongly recommend Film Riot, Indy Mogul, and Sam and Niko over at Corridor Digital. They all have a lot of knowledge and I have learned a lot from them and with their ideas have been able to develop my own.


GoPro GoWild

I recently used a GoPro for some shots for a video I needed to make for a final project. What I did this time around was use the suction mount to hang the camera from inside of my windshield. By doing this I was able to get a shot of basically the entire interior of my car. So the shots I got looked pretty good but they all start with that fisheye kind of distorting  because of the GoPro’s wide angle lens.  I know I can throw the footage into the GoPro editing program to remove this but I have actually never needed or even felt like using it until now.  Read the rest of this entry

The Pre-Production Blues

Throughout my experiences with the production process the one part I always dread are putting together scripts, storyboards, shot lists, budget, and etc. I always have ideas for new productions but I always just want to get right to the main production and shooting and editing it together. I don’t know if I am the only one that feels this way. But I am a fairly slow writer when it comes to scripts and there is no way I am happy with any storyboard I ever draw. Sometimes I wish I could just skip all the aspects of pre-production but I always have to remember that without the pre-production then the actual production and post will be a lot more confusing and time consuming.  Read the rest of this entry

Cameras for All

Always thinking about cinematography it is amazing how far the industry has some. 2-Perf Mind got me thinking about how easily accessible camera are compared to year ago when movies were made solely on filmstock. Nowadays many people can get just a fairly cheap DSLR camera and take outstanding pictures or videos. You don’t need to be a professional to be able to be a creative. The cost of equipment is still on the expensive side when comparing it to various other hobbies but you put in what you are willing to pay and what you want to capture. I believe this could be what separates pros from semipro and amateurs. When I looks at my future of working on films or perhaps even having my own studio I know I am store for a long line of expenses. Cameras, lights, editing software, sets, props, rigs, computers, monitors, mics, and so on. The list could go on. So while the camera itself can be easily accessible there is a lot that comes into play when thinking about cinematography. Its an exciting but expensive industry. For the time being I am fine with my DSLR, a few lenses, and some minor other accessories. Always looking forward to upgrade though.

I’m Not a Pro, Do I Need a Portfolio?

Some great thoughts about having a portfolio. Working with video I always keep all my projects as a portfolio type thing. I will then eventually create a demo reel.

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My previous article about the advantages of portfolio reviews has created a very interesting discussion. The question was raised “Why would I need a portfolio, I’m not a pro”, and even more intriguing “what exactly is a portfolio”. To clarify a few things, first let me say that having a portfolio has nothing to do with “pro” or “amateur”. I don’t like these terms anyway, because it implies that a “pro” creates better pictures, which – as we all know – is nonsense. It only means that a “pro” pays the bills with photography, no matter how good (or bad) his/her images are.

A portfolio is simply a very small selection of your best work. It’s nowhere written that a portfolio must be public, it can reside on your hard drive in a folder, on your iPad, on…

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A Director in the Field

There are a lot of responsibilities that comes with the title “Director”. Ryan Connolly in the above video definitely exhibits some key traits that I believe should be in a good director. He just seems like a happy go lucky guy who has fun doing what he does and make it fun for everyone else around him. So he has got the fun and loving factor going for him. There is also the fact that he knows all the ins a outs of a good production.  Read the rest of this entry

All Colored Out

1274101_10202168807365431_1143574809_oBanged and battered from a tough 5K. This runner has been blasted with color throughout the race and is now finally off his feet. His head fuzzy from exhaustion, he cannot wait to be leave.

Bring on the Color

1274101_10202168807365431_1143574809_oSitting down taking a quick breather from an exciting 5K, this runner can’t wait to get back up and join in on the fun. He thinks he hasn’t been blasted with enough color through this race. Time to get into the crowd and show everyone what kind of color runner he really is.


1. Could this blog be helpful for feature film makers?

I would have to say no. This blog is basically about amateur filmmaking because that is where I am at currently in my life. I want to share some of my knowledge along with experiences. I hope that I can also learn some new filmmaking tricks from others in the process.

2. Should photographers check out this blog?

It certainly couldn’t hurt! I like to think there is a fine line between photography and videography. Each use many of the same elements to capture images whether they be still or in motion.

3. What is your experience in the field of videography thus far?

Well I am currently a college student looking to broaden my talents. I have done some interning a few years back for a company called New York Sound and Motion where I was basically just a grip but it was a great experience.

4. Where does most of your expertise lye?

Currently I am most comfortable with shooting and editing. And when I say shooting I mean camera work and how the camera is able to move through space. I still am getting used to how to light scenes properly and how to capture great audio for projects.

5. Have you made any videos or short films of your own?

Yes indeed I have. I’m just waiting for the right time to display them. I like to wait until I know I have a video that I think is great and I know that everyone will enjoy. I understand that wont always be the case but I figure that if it is something I’m not happy with then other people would feel the same if I uploaded that video.

6. What is your favorite kind of video to make?

I really enjoy putting shots to music so pretty much music videos. I think its fun to work with people who have such a great passion for music especially because it is one of my passions as well. I also like working on commercial type videos for practically the same reason. People put their heart into business so I like to work in an environment where people enjoy and believe in what they are doing.

7. Any questions left unanswered?

Feel free to contact me via email at I’d love to hear from all you guys.

The Life of a Grip

No matter what the career path people choose it is almost always the case that you need to start at the bottom and work your way up. This is the case for many of us film makers and those who aspire to be involved with production crews. Being a grip is being at the bottom of the food chain basically. You are asked to do all the back breaking work like moving heavy equipment around the sets and setting up all the stands and basically the most basic of basics. Sometimes it feels like it is something a monkey could do.  Read the rest of this entry

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