It’s been a while since I’ve done a PoTD thing on this site, or even posted a simple set of pictures. Well I’ve come to break that trend here today. I went out and surveyed one of the nicer sides of Queens today looking for something to shoot. I stumbled across this brilliant graffiti artist, whose name I forgot to grab, and got him to pose for two shots. I also screwed up by not having proper business cards on me. How professional and swanky can you really appear when you have to write down your url on a folder… with someone else’s pen! But I digress.
Oh and before you rant about how illegal what he’s doing is know that it isn’t. 5 Points, which is located in Astoria, is one of the few places in NYC where it’s perfectly legal to practice graffiti, granted you ask permission first. The place is full of incredible art ranging from comic book icons to music murals and everything in between.
More pics to come at my 500PX page!
Recently I received a very kind email from a kind fellow named Andrei Butyanko about a particular part of my iPad 2 post. After checking out an example I posted from the CeltX app featuring a snippet of my work, Andrei sent me an email inquiring about how I write and how I sift through my ideas. I decided I’d write a proper blog post to share some of the ideas I shared with him and see what works for some of you guys.
I’ve been writing stories for as long as I can remember. Some of my more grandiose story ideas as a child came from my time sitting in the backseat of my grandmother’s car as her and my mother dragged me from department store to department store. Back then all I had was a composition notebook, a pencil, and my imagination. I didn’t have the technical know how I do now. I couldn’t keep my words firmly between the lines printed on the crisp white pages. I didn’t know what a screenplay was or even what a three act structure was. And you know what? It was better that way. Read more…
Its taken awhile for me to sit down and write this blog post, which am in fact typing on my iPad 2, but it’s finally here. I held out on the iPad one. I wasn’t as negative on it as some journalists who dismissed it as a giant iPod touch. I embraced the idea of such a notion, but I wanted to wait for the app store to develop. There were not enough iPad only apps for me, or at least ones that lived up to the device’s potential. My feelings lasted all of a few months, before I had the burning desire for a tablet device. What sparked the sudden desire you say? The laptop.
As I started to grow as a photographer and cinematographer, opportunities started to come my way more frequently. I found myself going on several meetings a month and I became blind sided with this issue. How do I properly display my work in a simple and elegant way? The laptop wouldn’t cut it, too big and bulky, and how bad does it look to whip out a 17″ MacBook Pro during a meeting with a director and sift through your folders trying to find the latest export of that last short you just shot? It looks atrocious. Another issue I was having was with on-the-go productivity apps. I had left the iPhone in the dust for the T-Mobile G2 and discovered that while Android had it’s advantages at the core of it’s experience, it was seriously lacking on the app front. I didn’t have a proper screenwriting app and the note taking app left a lot to be desired (in the beginning). All of a sudden, I needed a tablet. Read more…
Us DSLR shooters have to put up with some pretty pesky issues in order to deliver proper content to our audiences/clients. We have a wonky, yet sometimes beneficial form factor, there’s no proper audio ports on the device, no HD-SDI, no timecode, live view goes MIA once you plug a monitor in, and last but not least… horrible aliasing! But to me, the biggest problem of all, is the puny color space and lack of latitude. Well Technicolor has answered the call in the form of a new picture profile setting, dubbed CineStyle.
This profile is incredible. The folks at Technicolor are wizards, they’ve managed to pull out a lofty amount of information from not only the shadows, but the highlights. The CineStyle profile is the flattest, most color accurate picture profile available. It’s not going to turn your 2500 dollar 5D Mark II into a RED EPIC, but it makes it a better camera than it was yesterday and that’s all you can really hope for 2+ years after release. Technicolor also provides a S-Curve LUT for working inside Apple Color and other LUT compatible color grading suites. I used Magic Bullet’s LUT Buddy to do my work, but that proved to be a buggy experience.
EDIT: I’ve finally managed to get the video up! You can see the results in action now!
You can grab the profile here, along with the LUT. Enjoy!
Hello universe! Its been a while since I’ve posted on my blog, but I’m back! I’ve been hard at work crafting my reel, working on a few shorts, and prepping for a feature I’m going to lens in July. In the midst of all this work, I managed to take a quick little detour to Los Angeles, CA, a decision I’m happy I made. LA is an interesting place to say the very least. For starters there’s like no one ever roaming the streets…ever. It threw me for a loop when I first got there because in being from New York, I’m used to seeing streets crowded with people at all hours of the day. Not the case when nearly everyone drives a car.
The city of smog certainly lived up to it’s reputation when it came to the automobile traffic. But there are more pressing, or interesting things to talk about. LA was beautiful, even the lower income areas were pretty. High 70s and blue skies every day of my visit. Booming Palm trees, women who were seemingly created by men in operating rooms, and a marvelous selection of tasty food. LA was alright man, it was alright.
While down there I visited my buddy Jared Abrams, formally the face of Cinema5D, who is new site Wide Open Camera is doing all sorts of damage on the web. I helped Jared shoot this quick take video demoing Zacuto’s brand new DSLR rig “The Scorpion”. Lovely little kit Zacuto’s has lined up for people. Extremely well balanced, very robust, and feels rock solid. I also got to check out the EVF, which was very impressive as well. I then got my first taste of Mexico in California at this chill little spot called Tere. Fat burrito, freshly made guacamole, and tortilla chips definitely hit the spot. Oh I also had two little chicken tacos to go with.
BIgger post following shortly. A follow up to my Life After iPhone write up, titled Life with the iPad 2 =)