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Cinematography
Rodney Charters, ASC, CSC Brings Blackmagic to Dallas

Rodney Charters, ASC, CSC Brings Blackmagic to Dallas

Rodney Charters, ASC, CSC is probably best known for his work as cinematographer on the groundbreaking international hit 24. The most recent of his many jobs since then is TNT's Dallas, where he has shot 36 episodes so far, and directed three. Creative COW Contributing Editor Debra Kaufman spoke to Rodney about his work on both sides of the lens, including his use of the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera to complement the production's ARRI Alexas.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
History of the Film Lab

History of the Film Lab

A closer look at the history of film labs shows that business has been getting tougher for quite a while, and offers some insights into the specifics of what's coming soon.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Technology 2014 | Production, Post & Beyond: Part TWO

Technology 2014 | Production, Post & Beyond: Part TWO

What were the big technology trends in media and entertainment over the past year? What's going to be significant in the coming year? Those are questions that many of us are asking, so we went to some of our savviest Creative COW contributors to ask their opinions of where we've been and where we're going. Here in Part 2, our conrtibutors offer in-depth insights. (See Part 1 for a broader industry overview.)

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Technology 2014 | Production, Post & Beyond: Part ONE

Technology 2014 | Production, Post & Beyond: Part ONE

What were the big technology trends in media and entertainment over the past year? What's going to be significant in the coming year? Those are questions that many of us are asking, so we went to some of our savviest Creative COW contributors to ask their opinions of where we've been and where we're going. Here in Part 1, we offer an overview of their perspectives. (See Part 2 for their additional insights.)

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
DSLR Video
Wilfred: A Sitcom Shot Entirely on DSLRs

Wilfred: A Sitcom Shot Entirely on DSLRs

Wilfred, the FX Networks quirky comedy about a manic-depressive man who sees his neighbor's dog as a man in a dog suit, is shot entirely with DSLR cameras, including greenscreens. Randall Einhorn, a cinematographer turned Executive Producer/Director, and Director of Photography Kurt Jones talk here about some of the innovative production set-ups they use for this unusual series.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Indie Film & Documentary
With Paul Mazursky, It's All Crap!

With Paul Mazursky, It's All Crap!

When Paul Mazursky decided to create a series of intimate conversations with Mel Brooks, Leonard Nimoy and his many other industry friends, Cinematographer Bill Megalos came on board to produce. In this article, Bill talks about the choices he made with regard to camera, lighting and direction to make compelling interviews with a limited budget.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Bill Megalos
Field Production
“Before I forget: don’t wear any underwear.”

“Before I forget: don’t wear any underwear.”

Before coming to Creative COW, before his lives in product marketing and product management at Avid and Boris FX, Creative COW Editor-in-Chief Tim Wilson ran a video production company. In one especially memorable adventure, he found himself quite literally up to his armpits in alligators. He had no idea that this was going to happen when the day began. At the time, he was focused on a brand new fear: getting sliced in half by burning underwear.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
Cinematography
The State of Cinematography: Insights From The Rental Houses

The State of Cinematography: Insights From The Rental Houses

Rental houses, which have existed since the 1920s, have all experienced the evolution from film to video to data. Today, the trends that rental houses experience -- from technology to business practices -- are a lens for understanding what's going on in the bigger ecosystem of the film/TV industry. In Part 1, we look at the challenges facing rental houses in today's production environment.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
NAB 2013: Day Three With Ryan Salazar

NAB 2013: Day Three With Ryan Salazar

Wrapping up day three of NAB with Ryan Salazar finds a look at GoPro, Blackmagic 4K Production Camera, Adobe, Pelican Cases, Induro and more.

Editorial, Feature
Ryan Salazar
NAB Expo
NAB 2013: Day Two With Ryan Salazar

NAB 2013: Day Two With Ryan Salazar

Ryan Salazar fills Day Two of NAB Show with interviews. Ryan spoke with Marc Hamaker, Senior Product Marketing Manager of Creative Finishing at Autodesk, with Vince Pace, co-founder of the Cameron | Pace Group, and stopped by the Panasonic, Canon, GoPro and Camera Corps booths.

Editorial, Feature
Ryan Salazar
NAB Expo
Tips for Attending NAB From A Convention Veteran

Tips for Attending NAB From A Convention Veteran

Walter Biscardi tells us, "Once again, springtime is upon us, so of course, it's time for the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention. Last year y'all seemed to like the before you go tips, so may I present the 2013 edition of 'Tips from an NAB Veteran to make the best use of your time'."

Editorial, Feature
Walter Biscardi
Broadcasting
The Future of Television-HPA Tech Retreat Unites Techy Types

The Future of Television-HPA Tech Retreat Unites Techy Types

A who’s who of the country’s broadcast, film and TV post production industry convened in Indian Wells, California to listen to tech presentations on everything from Ultra HDTV to Mobile DTV and chew over the latest conundrums. Next year’s HPA Tech Retreat will take place Feb. 17 through 21.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
The Camera Is An Eye - Not A Vacuum Or A Gun

The Camera Is An Eye - Not A Vacuum Or A Gun

This article is intended to be a friendly guidepost for all shooters who wish to improve their craft. At the highest level, you, the shooter, are involved in one of the greatest art forms the world has ever known. At the lowest level, you, the shooter, are still involved in one of the greatest art forms the world has ever known. Find out how to channel your "Inner-Welles" and create the majestic poetry we all crave from your art.

Editorial, Feature
David Allison
Blackmagic Cinema Camera
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera: In Production and Comparison

The Blackmagic Cinema Camera: In Production and Comparison

Calling the Blackmagic Cinema Camera "eagerly anticipated" is an understatement. This camera priced at only $2995 has offered the promise of something truly special since it was announced. OneRiver Media owner Marco Solorio has spent 20 years living just ahead of the curve for both technology and creativity, and here puts both to work in the most comprehensive overview of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera to date. He takes the Cinema Camera through its paces, including some less-than-ideal conditions. There's a neutral grade to keep things fair, and Marco also intentionally left in the rolling shutter and vibration artifacts he found so that you can see what the footage REALLY looks like. Marco even offers comparison footage taken by the Canon 5D Mk III. You definitely don't want to miss this one.

Editorial, Feature
Marco Solorio
Blackmagic Design
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera: Can It Run with the Big Boys

The Blackmagic Cinema Camera: Can It Run with the Big Boys

Marco Solorio of OneRiver Media takes another look into Blackmagic Design's new Cinema Camera to see how this camera further excels. With the camera sporting 13 stops of dynamic range through a 12-bit RAW data structure, there's one aspect of production where it truly might be able to hang with the "big boys."

Editorial, Feature
Marco Solorio
NAB Expo
Zelinizing NAB 2012! Bob Zelin: The Future is Wide Open

Zelinizing NAB 2012! Bob Zelin: The Future is Wide Open

Industry leader, visionary, and wielder of baseball bats and shotguns Bob Zelin takes a look at the world through NAB-colored glasses and sees that, from now on, anything goes.

Editorial, Feature
Bob Zelin
Film History & Appreciation
Depth of Field: Gregg Toland, Citizen Kane and Beyond

Depth of Field: Gregg Toland, Citizen Kane and Beyond

Whenever somebody equates "shallow depth of field" and "cinematic look," it's good to remember that the opposite is sometimes true. Gregg Toland, ASC was the first master of extreme depth of field, and movies like Citizen Kane and The Grapes of Wrath forever changed what it is possible for humans to do with cameras. Here's a look at what that means for YOUR shooting.

Editorial, Feature
Tim Wilson
Cinematography
NAB 2012: Schneider Optics

NAB 2012: Schneider Optics

Lens and filter designer/manufacturer Schneider Optics introduced a range of new products at NAB 2012, including the 77m True-Match Vari-ND thread-In filter; iPro Lens System for iPhone 4/4S; S2000 Century/Canon 17mm T4 Tilt-Focus Lens in PL Mount; and the Schneider Kreuznach Cine-Xenar III prime lenses.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
NAB 2012: Blackmagic Design's Dan May Talks about The Camera

NAB 2012: Blackmagic Design's Dan May Talks about The Camera

While at NAB 2012, Debra Kaufman sat down with Blackmagic Design President Dan May to talk about the Blackmagic Cinema Camera as well as other news from the company, including Teranex 2D and Teranex 3D Processors, a new family of high-end broadcast standards converter processors, and a release of the Desktop Video 9.5 software update with support for Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 video software using Blackmagic Design's DeckLink, UltraStudio and Intensity capture.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
DSLR Video
Is the New Blackmagic Cinema Camera the HDSLR Killer?

Is the New Blackmagic Cinema Camera the HDSLR Killer?

Marco Solorio of OneRiver Media dissects Blackmagic Design's new Cinema Camera to see if it is in fact, the much-anticipated HDSLR-killer everyone's been waiting for over the years. But with a comparatively smaller sensor size and radical body design, does it fit the bill as the killer we all want?

Review, Feature
Marco Solorio
DSLR Video
Plan It Like a Bank Heist

Plan It Like a Bank Heist

A DSLR shoot -- wait, make that two shoots including a couple of Panasonic AF100s -- that is a reminder to both plan for everything, and be ready for anything.

Feature, People / Interview
Stephen Menick
DSLR Video
Shane Hurlbut, ASC: Master Cinema Series DSLR Rigs

Shane Hurlbut, ASC: Master Cinema Series DSLR Rigs

Cinematographer Shane Hurlbut, ASC (Terminator: Salvation, Act of Valor) partners with camera accessory manufacturer Letus to release a line of rigs for DSLRs, designed to turn them into true motion picture cameras.

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Canon Cameras
Canon's New EOS 1 DX

Canon's New EOS 1 DX

The Canon EOS 1 DX is their new flagship DSLR aimed at current Mark III/Mark IV users. It features a completely new 61-point autofocus, fast shooting up to 12 fps, 18-megapixel full-frame CMOS Sensor, full HD video recording and much more.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
DSLR Video
DSLR: Essential Gadgets

DSLR: Essential Gadgets
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DSLR video training with Robbie Carman and Rich Harrington: This episode examines the essentials for DSLR video, including the BlackRapid R-Strap, a calibration target from PhotoVision, LED on-camera lights, hot shoe splitters or adapters, a mountable mini bi-directional level, hard cases for small items, and more.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Richard Harrington
DSLR Video
DSLR: Get Steady with a Monopod

DSLR: Get Steady with a Monopod
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DSLR video training with Robbie Carman and Rich Harrington: This episode takes a look at the possibilities achieved in camera stability with monopods for DSLR use.

Tutorial, Video Tutorial
Richard Harrington
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