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Richard_Swearinger

Member Since 15 Dec 2013
Offline Last Active Dec 13 2018 05:29 PM
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In Topic: MacBook Specs for Editing

02 December 2018 - 11:47 PM

The one piece of wisdom I can share is that video RAM is becoming more important for some editing and compositing programs so make sure the video card has enough. The minimum used to be 2GB but lately i've seen suggestions that you need at least 4GB of video ram. 

Start by checking the recommended specs from whichever software you plan to use—they will get you to the right ballpark at least. This is only my experience but I followed Blackmagic's recommendations when I bought a computer to run Resolve and it really narrowed down the number of decisions I had to make.  

As for Mac vs. PC, I've always just used whatever my clients use. They're the ones who pay me. Hopefully others will have more logical reasons for picking one over the other, but that's my reasoning. 


In Topic: Top 10 Films to Watch for Cinematographers

02 December 2018 - 11:24 PM

Maybe I missed them, but I didn't see these two on any of the lists, 

  • "The Emigrants" Liv Ulman recalled that director/cinematographer Jan Troell moved "like a ballet dancer" with his handheld camera as he shot this masterpiece.  
     
  • "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" The most beautiful of all the gritty, location-focused crime dramas of the 1970s. Victor J. Kemper shoots the raw underside of Boston with almost hallucinogenic realism.

 

A fairly recent movie that deserved more attention for its cinematography was "The Purge" (2013) by cinematographer Jacques Jouffret—his  fluid, disciplined camera work gives this sci-fi thriller an  organic, elegant look.  

 


In Topic: Canon C100 MKII Tips

21 October 2018 - 12:51 PM

Couple of other things, and this is true with anything involving cameras but especially the C100: If you find yourself saying "it's fine for now, we'll fix it in post" that is a red flag that means something is horribly wrong and you need to fix it before you roll one frame of film. 

Also, since the image won't take a huge amount of grading, I find I get better results if I set a custom white balance with a calibrated gray card for every scene. Either Kodak or WhiBal work for me.


In Topic: Canon C100 MKII Tips

16 October 2018 - 08:07 PM

I own that camera and I get nice footage out of it but it definitely takes some work and you have to be very careful with contrast ratios and exposure. And you only get out what you put in front of the lens. Like if you want colorful images, you have to make sure that your actors are wearing colorful costumes. You can't really punch it up in post. 

 

But what are you seeing that you don't like? 


In Topic: Orange sticks, what did camera operators use them for?

13 October 2018 - 08:12 AM

Amazing. Who would have thought that gate build up would have still been a problem. Thanks to both of you. 


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