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Wireless HDMI for $300

I’ve recently been looking into a lost-cost solution for a wireless director’s monitor and/or AC focus monitor, without the expense and commitment of a high-end / high-price wireless transmitter-reciever set. I do most of my shooting on a Canon C300 that provides both HD-SDI and HDMI outputs, so my HDMI port sits mostly un-used. I […]

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Intelligence Squared Debates

Even though I don’t do a lot of it, I love shooting multi-cam events. I enjoy the complexity of matching cameras, running hundreds of feet of cable, feeding everything into switchers and monitors and routers and … you get the idea. It’s nice to play with all the toys every once in awhile! For the […]

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Tiger Tiger Wrap-Up

After a long shoot in India and Bangladesh for the Tiger Tiger documentary, we have finally all returned home. Yes, the crew has been back for two weeks, but our equipment only just returned home this morning. The camera package of over 40 cases was shipped via freight both to India and back from Bangladesh. […]

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First Shoot Day

The first shoot day was already set to be one of our most complex and potentially chaotic days of the entire trip. The logistics required to pull off the shots needed were quite intricate. We spent the first half of the day in the Kolkata train station. This station rivals Grand Central or Penn Station […]

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Load In and “Prep.” India Style.

The Tiger Tiger team has finally arrived in Kolkata, India! And we certainly got things started on an interesting foot.  Whenever you are on a shoot in an exotic location, things takes a little longer… India is certainly no exception. We were expecting to have all of our equipment waiting for us on the boat […]

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FAA Regulations on Lithium Batteries

While preparing for our departure to India, we came across some startling news. Because of the recent Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” incident, the FAA has tightened its restrictions on the transport and shipment of Lithium batteries. This pretty much includes all of our standard camera batteries. While there have been no official updates to the 2007-2008 […]

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Problems Solved!

In my last post, I pointed out a few things that gave us issues on our first shoot day. There is the sound of the C500′s internal fan, the inability to see if the Codex is rolling while operating handheld, and the issue with the handgrip cable connector. Thankfully, we have AbelCine on our side. […]

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1st Shoot / Test Day

Today we had our first shoot for the Tiger documentary with Alan Rabinowitz. The day proved to be very useful for us, not only in gathering important preliminary content for the film before we ship out, but also to put the camera system through its paces in a working day. It was incredibly valuable to […]

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The Camera Test

After looking over the available options, we came to a decision of what cameras we would test for the project. Working closely with Andy Shipsides and Mike Nichols at AbelCine, we worked out which cameras we could get our hands on to test, as well as which cameras we thought to have the availability required […]

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Filming Tigers in 4K

I was recently hired as the 1st assistant camera on an exciting new documentary project, directed by George Butler and being shot by Tom Hurwitz, ASC. The film will follow the big cat conservationist, Alan Rabinowitz, into the remote mangrove forests of India and Bangladesh’s Sundarbans region in search of the elusive Royal Bengal tigers. […]