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Fix it with Green Screen
Posted by Rocky Wyler on Apr 14, 2014 & filed under Technical.
Fix it with Green Screen

Every DP gets the same feeling when they hear, “client wants green screen”. It starts with the thought of “how small of a room are they going to jam us into this time to do this”?

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Media Managers Working with IT
Posted by Rebekah Toth Burns on Apr 10, 2014 & filed under Technical.
Media Managers Working with IT

Information and technology aren’t dirty words but if you say these two little letters together (IT) to a media manager you may see a grimace that will say otherwise. There is no way around the fact that media managers need IT to accomplish the goals within their departments. Recently, we attended a CMMA regional conference in Atlanta titled “The Value of Partnerships for Media Managers”. One of the topics discussed throughout the meeting was how media professionals can work more...

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Top 10 Funniest Production Terms
Posted by Rebekah Toth Burns on Apr 04, 2014 & filed under Technical.
Top 10 Funniest Production Terms

Being on a film set or part of a video production crew is like being in a football huddle. It sounds like they are reciting inside jokes and spitting out plays from a playbook with all those weird production terms, especially when the crew consists of grips, gaffers, and lighting DPs. We’ve assembled our top ten favorite video production terms to celebrate the video crew’s vernacular.

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10 Tips for Shooting in Asia
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Apr 02, 2014 & filed under Technical.
10 Tips for Shooting in Asia

Shooting internationally can be an exciting and stressful affair, but a local English speaking crew can help you navigate through your video production. Our Directors of Photography in Asia are locals and expatriates from America, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia. They know all the challenges of shooting internationally, especially in Asia. Here are some of their tips.

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When Shooting Abroad Don’t Let Your Production Get Lost In Translation

The video production world is shrinking, but cultural and language barriers still exist when shooting internationally. Not only are major studios shooting globally, but more corporations are utilizing local crews to work with their affiliates abroad. When corporate producers travel for production they should obviously familiarize themselves with local customs, getting a grasp on the language may be much more difficult. For those who are shooting in China the translation app, Hollywood in China,...

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10 Tips for Shooting Video in Europe
Posted by Rebekah Toth Burns on Mar 13, 2014 & filed under Technical.
10 Tips for Shooting Video in Europe

Crews Control has been managing video productions in Europe for 20 years. Over that time we have gained a lot of video production experience and have collected some funny stories along the way. We worked with our Crews Control represented Directors of Photography from all over Europe to compile our Top 10 List.

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Stability For Your Action: The Steadicam Curve For GoPro Cameras

The Steadicam Curve was designed with the action shooter in mind and its features reflect this market. First, the head features a quick-release so that it can be mounted and taken off with ease. The counterweight at the bottom of the rig and the forward and back adjustability of the head balance every tricked out GoPro. Steadicam has also designed the Curve to maximize a video selfie. You can hold the rig by the stabilization arm instead of the hand grip and it maintains its stability.

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Match
Posted by Rebekah Toth Burns on Feb 27, 2014 & filed under Technical.
Match

What makes a great DP? Robert Matzen said it best “As DP’s, we are asked to interpret the vision of the producer or director and transform that into outstanding images on screen with the patience of a saint, the talent of an artist, and the diplomacy of an ambassador. It’s all about understanding the dynamics and logistics of the production while taking into account the restrictions on schedule, budget, personnel, location, and resources. Conditions are never ideal. But the best results...

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Maximizing Space on Your Rock N Roller Multi-Cart with the GripnGaff Bag

Portability is paramount to any good freelance Director of Photography especially in the corporate world. Most clients want more for less money and equipment has followed suit. Cameras are less expensive and smaller, lights are more compact, but the grip gear that was used decades ago is still the same today. When clients want a small crew the first things that are eliminated on your production cart are usually those c-stands and gobo arms.

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10 Tips That Won’t Blow You Away
Posted by Rebekah Toth Burns on Feb 21, 2014 & filed under Technical.
10 Tips That Won’t Blow You Away

We caught up with one of our seasoned hurricane DP’s and Florida resident Steve McMillan to give us his 10 tips for shooting in hurricane conditions. Steve has been shooting during and after hurricanes/ tropical storms for 15 years. He has covered hurricanes such as Floyd, Katrina and tropical storm Beryl to name a few. Steve has been sent from the Atlantic beaches of Melbourne to the Florida pan handle and everywhere in between. Here are some of his “now, why didn’t I think of...

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