Friday, May 28, 2010

Rodney Charters Straight Talk about Cameras and CInematography

This video is absolutely worth watching.  It's a recent interview with Rodney Charters, ASC (NAB?).  He gives a pretty much dead on state-of-the-art discussion about cameras and cinematography 2010.  The discussion is frank, much to the chagrin of Sony I'm sure.  It's great to see someone in his position not pulling punches.  I think it's part of the new reality for all of us, people are better informed than ever and they have their BS meters on sensitive and don't want to hear corporate propaganda or shilling.  He even talks about something called "film." The only thing I would have liked more of is a discussion of where he sees the new RED's fitting into the picture.  It was only a year and a half ago that I was at HD Expo watching him show travel footage he shot with his RED and Canon film lenses!

His most important point passes so quickly that if you aren't paying attention you'll miss it:  everyone has access to technologically advanced pro level gear.  If you want to stay on top as a cinematographer, you'd better know how to light.  These are really wise words.  Even if you lean heavily on your gaffer, which is a beautiful thing, you have to know when things are right and when they're not.  On indie and corporate projects, there will be times when you're in a hurry and you need to fix things yourself.  Your gaffer may be setting up the next scene or, in the case of corporate, you're wearing multiple hats.  I am really glad that instead of buying a Varicam, I spent my time on sets learning how to light and slinging cable.

Monday, May 10, 2010


I've been busy working on my color grading reel.  I hope to have it online within the next two weeks.