Wise CFexpress memory card & card reader now available

The Wise CFexpress (Type B) memory cards and card reader (WA-CX01) are now available now in limited quantities. They have been specifically designed to work with the Canon EOS C500 Mark II, Nikon Z 6 and Z 7. CFexpress cards are relatively new, but I think we will start to see more and more cameras … Continued

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Shooting TV Drama with Marcus Hides ACS

On the latest T-Stop Inn podcast, Ben Allan ACS CSI talks to Marcus Hides ACS about shooting TV drama. Marcus has been shooting the TV drama Home & Away for more than 10 years. Shooting a TV drama that is on air 5 days a week is no easy task, which equates to 2 1/2 … Continued

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #210 – Mihai Malaimare Jr.

We have a great one today with cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr. on the show to talk about his experience on JoJo Rabbit and more.  We discuss how he chooses the jobs that come in, what he looks for in collaborators and how he likes to work on set to find the right light.

Mihai has an incredible eye and it was a joy to finally get him on the show to talk about how he approaches the work.

Enjoy!

Patreon Podcast – Inside Llewyn’s Grade

What do you get when you mix two amazing director’s with Bruno Delbonnel?  One crazy looking feature film.  This week on the Feature Film Breakdown we go over the Coen Brother’s Inside Llewyn Davis.

This movie provides a great opportunity to see what a cinematographer can bring to a project with two well established directors who are known for their visual preferences.

Lots to take away from this one.

To see the images and listen to the special breakdown podcast click the link below:

The Wandering DP Patreon

Featured Guest – Mihai Malaimare Jr.

Personal Website:  Mihai Malaimare Jr.

Instagram: @jonnymass​​​

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Laowa 12mm t/2.9 Zero-D Cine lens now shipping for $1,499 USD

The Laowa 12mm t/2.9 Zero-D Cine lens is finally available to order for $1,499 USD. The lens was announced almost a year ago and it has taken a long time to get to market. It was supposed to start shipping in the middle of 2019. Laowa claims that the new 12mm lens is currently the … Continued

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How to Supercharge Conflict in a Story

Every screenplay you write needs conflict, but how can you supercharge it for the audience?

At the center of every story is conflict. It’s what makes people go on dangerous quests, chase love, wish to be big, and form a league of their own. Aside from Tom Hanks movies, conflict is the basis for every story told in film and television.

So, how can you supercharge conflict in your story?

Have a lot of shit go wrong.

Yeah, it’s that simple. You can keep reading if you want, but that’s the general thought process.

Today I’ll show you how some movies and TV shows amp up the conflict in their stories and the strategies you can steal from them.

Let’s dive in right away.

How to Supercharge Conflict in a Story

For a conflict to happen, first you need to know how to write a scene. Scenes are built around characters with wants or desires. Conflicts are what get in the way of attaining those goals.

Pretty basic?

Okay, let’s go deeper.

For example, in Raiders of the Lost Ark, the opening deals with Indy trying to grab an idol.

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Can an iPhone Shoot Better Slow Motion Than Kubrick?

The short answer is kinda, but the long answer is open the pod bay doors, HAL.

Take a look for yourself. The FPS game on smartphones is better than ever. With a few add-ons, your footage can rival Hollywood auteur status. As good as the pristine 70mm Super Panavision in 2001: A Space Odyssey? Honestly, you can come close.

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 is quite likely my favorite film of all time. The film gets at that most central question, eloquently asked, about humankind’s relationship to the universe. It’s cinematic genius. So…can I re-create a single shot from Kubrick’s cinematic genius on my smartphone? In slow motion?

Why not? What smartphones can do these days is crazy. Kubrick painstakingly pioneered much of the techniques used in 2001 with his collaborators, including shooting higher FPS than was normally possible on pin-registered 70mm. Today, you can do that with a camera that fits in your back pocket. My goal here was to try it out and then share a few pointers on how to properly shoot slow motion on a smartphone.

How did we get here? It’s the story of 2001 itself.

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5 Fundamentals That Helped Me Make My Feature By Myself

Let us help you make your own movie.

First off, this is a follow-up to the Op-Ed I wrote for No Film School a few days ago that you all made amazingly successful: My Wife and I Made a 3000 Shot Feature Film By Ourselves (And You Can Too).

The response to that has been astounding, so thank you to all of you for reading it, sharing it, commenting, checking out (and even pledging to) the Kickstarter, watching the trailer on my YouTube channel, subscribing, emailing me with your encouragement, and just plain being awesome. I love you all for it!

Understandably, people want more information, so this follow up is all about giving a more in-depth look into my method and our film’s production. This article assumes that you’ve already read the previous one. If you haven’t, the previous one can get you up to speed on what my wife and I did in making this feature ourselves.

This second piece is a deeper dive into the details. Specifically, the gear we used, the budget, and the fundamentals we used that you can use to start your own feature film ASAP!

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Movcam FX9 Cage System

Movcam has unveiled their cage and accessory system for the Sony FX9. The FX9 solution consists of three major modules: • Baseplate & on-shoulder module• Top & Side Expansion• Distribution Box Baseplate & On-Shoulder Module The Baseplate & on-shoulder module uses the VCT-14 standard and can also be used with Movcam’s universal dovetail plate. 15mm … Continued

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