Going for the Gold: Producing the Olympics

Exclusive Interviews Friday, January 19, 2018
Is it just me, or does it seem like the Summer Olympics just happened yesterday? In reality, the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are right around the corner. Now more than ever, there is an ever-increasing demand for complete Olympic coverage on every delivery platform. Technical logistics and planning along with perfect execution are taking on a whole new meaning. HD and 4K HDR?

5 Actionable Tips for Creating Your Production Budget

Advice / Tips & Tricks Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Whether you're shooting a low-budget feature, a Hollywood blockbuster, or a commercial for a local business, creating and managing a budget is crucial for your production. It's important to start budgeting your productions from the get-go because it can help inform some of your creative decisions. For productions that have a large crew, it’s especially important to have a production budget so that you can pay your cast and crew in a timely manner. There’s no better way to burn bridges and tarnish good relationships than not paying on schedule.

In Review: JVC GY-HM200SP 4K Camcorder Delivers Winning Shots

Advice / Tips & Tricks Monday, January 15, 2018
It is not unusual over the course of the year to get quite a few different professional camera packages to try out. They range from super high end to entry pro level. But that’s ok by me because I am always looking for the right camera for the program, not overkill. That said the JVC GY-HM200SP 4K CAM was really quite a pleasant surprise. But I’m not really sure why I was surprised. I think I might know. Normally, we only get to hang on to a camera for a few weeks at most. This time however we had a chance to stretch that review period out over a longer time which was some of the local high school football season and couldn’t have been happier with the results. Yes, and the team won some of their games too! But before I get to deep into the games lets get a snapshot of the physical make up of JVC GY-HM200SP.


2018 Launches New Pro Audio Products and Reflections on Audio for Production

Advice / Tips & Tricks Tuesday, January 09, 2018
You know sometimes we make such a big deal out of cinematic production that it has been said we forget about the importance of audio. I don’t think that is true at all. If anything, we should spend a lot more time thinking these days about how the audio plays such a big part in the whole production process. Which mics are we going to use? What sound fx? Who is doing the music? Is it an original score? All those questions must be answered because audio matters.

2018 NAMM Hits the Ground Running

Industry Announcements / Events Monday, January 08, 2018
This year might just be getting warmed up, but one of the largest gatherings of music and audio professionals is ready to get things going. With tons of exhibitors and scores (sorry, another bad pun) of workshops, meetings, and award ceremonies the 2018 NAMM show is bound to have something for everyone under the roof of the Anaheim convention center.

DP Charles Papert Shoots Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Televsion* with VariCam LTs

Director's Cut Friday, January 05, 2018
From Rawson Marshall Thurber, the writer/director of Central Intelligence and We’re the Millers, comes the YouTube Red comedy series, Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television*. In the genre-bending show, the LAPD creates a task force that partners actors with detectives. The series was shot by cinematographer Charles Papert (Mary + Jane, Key and Peele) with VariCam LT cinema cameras.

In Review: Litepanels Gemini — Light Me Up!

Equipment / Tech Reviews Friday, January 05, 2018
When I took delivery of the Litepanels Gemini a few weeks the first thing I noticed was how user-friendly the unit was. Maybe not such a technical consideration (more of those later). But like I have said before, there is always two parts of the review equation, one subjective and one objective. So let's get going and check it all out.


In Review: The Sony FS7II Delivers When It Really Counts!

Equipment / Tech Reviews Thursday, December 28, 2017
First off, let me preface this review by saying nothing brings me more joy than getting a camera to try out and review. Some of the cameras I get are good and others are (in my mind) fantastic, great and all that. The Sony FS7II falls squarely in the second category. The second and maybe the more important set of questions are simple. I always ask myself, what would make me want to buy this camera? Secondly, what would compel (you) want to go out and buy this camera? Lastly, when it is all said and done, does it fit into what I am doing production-wise?