Category: Lenses

How a VFX Pipeline Works

These are the steps that take Hollywood films from the green screen to the big screen. Top image: The Jungle Book via Walt Disney Pictures Visual effects are so prevalent in modern cinema that it can be easy to overlook the extensive process involved in every computer-enhanced shot. While behind-the-scenes breakdown videos are becoming increasingly common, few of them reveal what a… Read more →

How to Get RED EPIC Quality Footage from a Canon Camera

Use this filmmaking technique to create beautifully cinematic footage for much less than expected using a Canon Camera This cinematography technique combines a Canon DSLR and the Magic Lantern hack to produce a cinematic image with around 13 stops of dynamic range. The dynamic range produced by this method is comparable to the 13 stops of usable dynamic range found in the RED EPIC.… Read more →

How to Use The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

My name is Bojan Dulabic and I’m a filmmaker from Vancouver. I’m currently in the process of finishing my second feature film Project: Eugenics, which I shot mostly on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. In this article I’d like to talk about some of pros and cons, myths associate with this camera, how I used it to shoot a feature… Read more →

360 Camera Buying Guide 2015

These 360 cameras are perfect for VR filmmaking and video production. Let’s take a closer look at what’s out there. If you’ve ever seen a 360 video in VR, then you know how amazing this emerging technology can be. However, 360 video is in its infancy and it can be confusing to sort out all of the new technologies hitting the… Read more →

24 Tips for Surviving in the Camera Department

  Want to Make a Good Name for Yourself in the Camera Department? Whether you are a new AC or a seasoned Camera Operator, it’s always a good idea to stay on top of your game. Complacency in the work place can lead to your replacement. We took some time to ask some experienced DP’s a few questions about the… Read more →

6 reasons you should upgrade your lens, not your camera

  Should I upgrade my camera body or buy a better lens instead? It’s a classic question photographers ask themselves – or, more likely, post on a photography forum. In the days of film cameras, the answer was more clear-cut: choose a new lens over a new camera. After all, the camera was essentially a box designed to hold a… Read more →

Just How Expensive Are Real DSLR Cinema Lenses?

We’ve rounded up some of the most widely used real cinema lenses utilized on big-budget films. Let’s explore the high cost of high-end lenses. Top Image from RedUser. There’s just something about the look and feel of a studio-backed film. For many filmmakers who have the good fortune to utilize top-level gear, this look and feel is within reach. For… Read more →