Meet the All-Female Leadership Team Behind “RBG”

Director's Cut Monday, May 14, 2018
How do you tell the story of an icon of the Women’s Movement and powerhouse behind the fight for women’s rights? You assemble a team of talented, creative, and passionate crusaders in their fields to direct, produce, and edit the documentary. You include professionals who bring a depth of experience as well as newer associates who add cutting-edge technical skills — all women, all impassioned by the inspiration of the woman herself, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Behind the Documentary: The Making of The Memory of Fish

Director's Cut Wednesday, January 24, 2018
We need many more environmental success stories. Communities across the US are struggling with the realities of unhealthy rivers and depressed fish stocks, feeling the impacts of coastal degradation and climate change, and debating both dam construction and removal. The Memory of Fish tackles these themes through the story of the legendary Dick Goin.

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

Director's Cut Friday, January 5, 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.

VariCam 35 Helps Grab Beautiful Images for Financial Spots

Director's Cut Tuesday, June 16, 2015
I've learned quite a few lessons throughout the course of my career in commercial production. And many the hard way. But you live -- you learn, and such is life. Perhaps the most important I've learned is how to surround myself with professionals who work on other high-profile projects all the time.

How to Direct Non-Professional Actors

Director's Cut Tuesday, March 3, 2015
We all want to work on films and commercial productions where we have the budget and the creative that allows for casting calls, talent agents and professional actors to deliver inspired performances. But in reality many creative concepts these days call for "real talent," another way of saying using real people vs. professional actors. After years of experience working with and without professional actors as talent, I have found that despite having non-pros as actors, you can still evoke great performances. In fact, when a good directing job is achieved, you may find the real-person performance is the most authentic, from-the-heart acting on camera. And if anything, directing non-professionals is great practice in a more forgiving environment for your directing skills.