Category Archives: Learning

Posts about my cinematography education.

Warp Stabilizer Doesn’t Always Work

I recently found some film stock LUTs online that I wanted to tryout, so I went to a park down the road and took a few test shots. The problem is that I wanted to travel light, so I just took my monopod.

When I got back I saw how shaky my footage was, so I dropped a warp stabilizer on it… and it still looked like crap! Sure the motion is gone, but the motion BLUR is still there.

In summary, lesson learned. Next time I’m taking my tripod.

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Character Perspective Assignment

Over the weekend I filmed my most recent assignment on character perspectives. The objective of the assignment was to film the same scene twice, each time filming so the audience would relate to a different character.

While it was interesting to shoot the same scene twice and see how much it really does change how you relate to a certain character, the best thing that I learned is that it is actually important to create a shot list. Every video that I’ve done before this one was just flying by the seat of my pants, so it was nice to actually write down a shot list and spend time thinking about why I should use a shot.

Anyways, here’s the video. Let me know what you think.
[vimeo 50684136 w=600]

Script is Almost Finished

I’m about 90% finished with the script for my directing class. I have to admit, having a deadline really does help. Also the fact that a bunch of people that I’ve never met are going to be reading it keeps me motivated to keep the quality up. Even with the deadline and quality of writing, I think the content will probably make a bunch of people start thinking things like, “What the hell is wrong with this guy? He should probably be locked up somewhere. Somewhere with really good medications.”

Besides all that I really do like the script, and a second draft will work out my problems with it.

Taking a Film Class

Wichita CityArtsA couple months ago I found out that my city’s art center offers a few filmmaking classes. This was a complete surprise to me because I had searched several times for classes anywhere in the area and had come up with nothing. I suppose it just took a magical combination of search terms.

Anyways, I signed up for two different classes –one on directing short films and one about lighting. The lighting class doesn’t start until the middle of this month, but the directing class actually started this last Saturday.

I had no idea what to expect when I went to the first class because I am one of only two students enrolled in the class. When I did arrive I was informed that the other student would not be attending because he was sick. So I basically got to check out the equipment that the “Digital Arts Studio” had for most of the class period. I have to admit, I was very impressed with their lighting equipment (it’s an Arri four light kit).

Now obviously with the low enrolment count on this class I was tempted to just drop the class since my main reason for enrolling was to get to meet other filmmakers. So what made me decide to stay enrolled? The instructor told me that I would be able to sign out any of the studio equipment, without charge, to make my short film. This means that I will finally be able to shoot a film with proper lighting!

So what am I shooting? Well I don’t want to give too much away (mostly because I haven’t finished the script yet), but it’s a mystery/suspense short about 10 minutes long. I have given it the title Photographs, and I will be posting updates throughout the production.