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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Art of Lens Whacking

I liked the look of the video so much that I was thinking about it for a few nights and then started to explore to find out how Hugo could have achieved it. Now I am very confident that he has used what is called the "lens whacking" technique. But he has really mastered the art because his video looks so very nice and dreamy!
Simply put it is to detach the lens from the camera body and keeping it closer to the mount when recording so as to allow light leak and achieve some kind of tilt-shift effect.
See here for some write-up on this technique:
Let me know if you have employed this technique to shoot your videos.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Audio for film making with DSLRs

A few days ago it dawned on me that I have been making videos with poor audio quality - actually I dont know how to capture better audio!
So I started searching the web for ways to capture better audio and found this good post:

Next - Hugo has produced a wonderful music video with a Panasonic GH2! check it out here:
He has used a Zoom H4N to capture audio. He has recorded the guitar  in stereo with the H4N and has recorded vocals with a Cardioid Condenser Microphone Studio Projects B1 attached to H4N. Okay I have to figure out if I can start with these...
Here is another pointer to capturing audio in H4N:

Wondering why I cant capture audio directly in my laptop (instead of H4N)... I will keep looking.

Any DSLRs that can Shoot at 4K?

You might know this but I was trying to figure out if there were any DSLRs that can shoot at 4K. Finally, the find: Canon EOS-1D C can shoot videos at 4K. But that comes with a hefty price tag of $12K. :(

Here is what Vincent Laforet shot with this camera:
Damn! that stedicam gadget is expensive!!

Let me know if you know of any other cameras that can do 4K.
(Not DSLRs: I know Go-Pro can shoot at 4K but I was told that under low light the video quality is horrible. The other one is of course Blackmagic Production Camera 4K at $4K)

20 Filmmaking Tips For Filmmakers

Here are some tips:

Anything else you care to add?