Friday, November 29, 2013

Sandisk Ultra SDHC Class 10 Cards On Sale

I know it's "Black Friday" and all, but I really haven't seen many jump-out great deals. The deals that are out there online may be due to the holiday shopping season or just cyclic sales that pop up regularly. Another factor is just the progression of technology and the resulting clearances of "old technology" that inevitably takes place

One (or more) deal(s) that seems to be worthwhile are some SDHC card deals on Amazon right now. It doesn't really matter what camera you are using, most use SD cards to store video files. Here are some current deals we may all benefit from.

Sandisk Ultra 16 GB card, $9.99
Sandisk Ultra 32 GB card, $17.99
Sandisk Ultra 64 GB card, $34.99

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Making of "Collection Day": Day 2

Our second day of shooting landed us in a glass conference room, which was a slight change from the glass office mentioned in the script. One of the visual themes in the film is glass, which also happens to be the last name of our protagonist. I had searched high and low for such an office with no luck. When sharing this frustration with one of my thesis committee members, he suggested a high-tech dental office.

Further investigation put me in touch with the owner, whom I discovered was looking for someone to shoot a commercial for his business. When I agreed to that, I had my location. Scary fact: this location was literally secured the day before we were scheduled to shoot our scene. This was a recurring nightmare that plagued this film. I was constantly looking for hard-to-find locations that would miraculously materialize at the last second. Not fun.

Once we were there (the next morning), things began moving along and we dealt with new issues. Two glass walls opposite each other caused reflection issues. One blank wall that looked so awful, I was determined never to show it (it still got in there a few times). We were in a location I had only seen on the web, and had to quickly assess and modify my storyboard/shot list, and the clock was ticking...

Time to make lemonade, right?

Monday, November 18, 2013

The First "Collection Day" BTS Arrives!

If anyone has been wondering why I fell off the radar over a month ago, you can probably guess. Yep, I started shooting my thesis film and it quickly absorbed my life. I knew that I would not be able to shoot my movie and keep up with my YouTube/blogging duties, so I had someone shooting behind-the-scenes footage that would debut weekly on my channel in place of the content that I would normally create.

Well, it didn't quite work out that way, but some episodes are now complete and will be hitting the channel and blog in a timely manner, interspersed with original content from me. In this first episode, we take a gander at the first day of shooting, which covers an early scene in a moving car.

If you are asking why I decided to suction cup the expensive Sony FS700 to the hood of the car instead of shooting a greenscreen setup, it's because I hate greenscreen setups. The goal was to use as much practical shooting as possible, and I want everything to look as realistic as possible. I really don't like the artificiality that comes from a chromakey, though I fully admit shooting in a real moving car has its own set of problems.

Then again, what shoot doesn't?


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