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Persecuted Short Film on iTunes

Back in 2013, director Benjamin Bondar and I set out to northern California to film a funding trailer for a feature film script "Persecuted" about the persecuted Christians during the height of the Soviet Union (Not to be confused with the feature film of the same title that came out last year, set in the US). After continuing to search funding, we decided to turn the trailer into a short film, and went back out to film new scenes for the short. After almost a year and a half of on and off production and post-production, we finally finished the short, had a fantastic score done by Robert Elliot www.robertallenelliott.com, and submitted to iTunes.

The film climbed to the top 20 in the Short Film section of iTunes, and we are very proud of the final product. Please show your support for new filmmakers and the short film community by purchasing your copy on iTunes for only $2.99. You can find the film here: PURCHASE PERSECUTED ON ITUNES or PURCHASE ON AMAZON INSTANT VIDEO. We hope you enjoy it, and check out the trailer below!


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Conspiracy or Subjectivity? An In Depth Look at the Color Changing Dress

I know this post is rather long, but it was so intriguing to me that I just had to go into full blown detail as to what's happening with this internet phenomenon of the color changing dress. If you don't really care about all the mumbo jumbo of how your brain, eyes and cameras work as well as color theory, subjectivity and perception, you can just skip to the bottom and have all the answers to life. Actually, I don't have the answers to life, but for some of you who are in a conundrum because of this photo, it may just feel like it.

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Short Film "Shadows" Nominated for Best Cinematography

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Short Film "Shadows" Nominated for Best Cinematography

Early in 2013, I linked up with director Ivan Kraljevic whom I had color corrected a short for the previous year. We set out to shoot a short film that tackles some interesting topics while creating a vast, post-apocalyptic landscape around Los Angeles and its neighboring cities.

We filmed the whole movie in one day on the Red Epic, spent several months worth of evenings assembling the edit, and then color correction, score and sound design. Finally near the end of the year we submitted to a handful of festivals, and were recently nominated for both "Best Short Film" and "Best Cinematography" at the Action on Film Festival in Monrovia, CA.

Although we have already moved on to shooting a feature this summer, which is currently halfway through post-production, it's still an exciting nomination for me personally to get recognized for my work as cinematographer.

Check out the festival at Action on Film Festival and the 2014 lineup HERE.

For more work by Ivan Kraljevic check out his website at http://ivankraljevic.com/.

For more info about the short visit http://www.shadowsfilm.com/.

Also - we would love to see any of you who can make it support us at the festival!



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"Infernal" Feature Film

In July, I embarked on a rather intense journey to Lancaster, PA to DP a feature film "Infernal". It was a great experience on a yet another low-budget film, but I really think we achieved something great with what we had to work with. I'm currently cutting the film, hopefully to release sometime mid-early 2015. I'll be posting stills as soon as I'm cleared to do so!

News article on Lancaster Online

IMDB Page

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First Photo from Red Dress Series on Epic 5K

1:1 Pixel Crop from Epic 5K

After a few weeks of down time during my move, I finally was able to get back to touching up the photos from my shoot with Nadine a few weeks back. In a previous blog post I wrote about my excitements and frustrations with using the Epic for the first time in a fashion shoot environment (read "First Time Shooting Stills with Red Epic").

As difficult as it was to switch off my "cinema mind" when using the epic, the handful of incredible shots I got made it all well worth-it. Next time will be so much better with all I learned from this shoot.

I did a fair amount of dodging and burning since the pose was a bit stressed on her neck and face. I may post some tutorials on my workflow later, but for now enjoy seeing what the Epic is capable of! The top is the full image (slightly cropped on top and bottom) and the bottom part is a 1:1 pixel to pixel crop assuming you're viewing it full-size.

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Soligor FD 28mm f/2.8 Sharpness Test on Epic

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Soligor FD 28mm f/2.8 Sharpness Test on Epic

Up until recently, it was very difficult to use these fantastic old FD lenses on digital cameras. With the EOS mount, Canon changed the Flange Focal Distance (FFD) of their mounts, so even with an adapter, the FD lenses wouldn't work properly. Thanks to Optitek in Thousand Oaks, CA - who have manufactured an FD mount for the Red Epic - we can now see this wonderful glass in action on digital cameras...

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First FD Epic Lens Test

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First FD Epic Lens Test

I finally had a few minutes today to run out and try out the FD mount with the Epic! I had a Soligor FD 28mm f/2.8 prime lens on it.​ This is a pretty nice off-brand lens for the FD mount, and I usually love taking photos with it on my AE-1 Program 35mm film camera. It's sharp when stopped down by at least a third stop, but even wide open, tends to give nice results. It has really pleasing bokeh as well. This is hardly a lens test by any means, but just a sample of a fairly neutral image combining some great old school still photo glass with the Red Epic! Click below to read more and see some images!

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Exciting Day!

The day you pick up your film prints from the lab is always better than Christmas, minus you have to pay for your own presents. Well, today is one of those Christmas afternoons for me and I couldn't be more excited to check out the photos!

Plus, I'm on my way to go pick up a canon FD mount for my Epic! Can't wait to share pics and info! Stay tuned....

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First Time Shooting Stills with Red Epic

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First Time Shooting Stills with Red Epic

After owning the Red Epic for just over a year now, I've had plenty of experience with the cinematography aspect of using the camera. The last two sets of model shoots I did was with a Canon T1i and 35mm AE-1 Program with Kodak Portra film stock. This weekend, I finally was able to try out shooting bits of video to capture stills, rather than one click at a time.

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