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Lumix GH4 WYSIWIG Mode

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Lumix GH4 WYSIWIG Mode

One of the things I like about my Panasonic Lumix GH4 is the fact that the EVF display reflects my settings for ISO, aperture and shutter speed. I like to think of this as WYSIWIG mode (what you see is what you get). There was just one problem—it was only working that way when shooting […]

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Style Serves Story

| April 20, 2015 | 2 Comments
Style Serves Story

A common bit of advice to new filmmakers is to eschew dissolves, wipes and other fancy transitions. Instead, experts recommend using the simple jump cut for most purposes. I don’t wish to dispute this advice. I think that, in general, it’s sound advice. Inappropriate or excessive use of elaborate transitions can distract and detract from […]

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SmartSound Sonicfire Pro Royalty-Free Music

| April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
SmartSound Sonicfire Pro Royalty-Free Music

Any experienced filmmaker will tell you how important high quality audio is to a film or video. And an important part of the soundtrack is the feeling that music can add. Big budget movies can afford a composer to create a custom soundtrack but most indie filmmakers have to make do with off-the-shelf music. Fortunately, […]

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On Finding Passion

| April 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
On Finding Passion

Passion is elusive. At least, it can be in my experience. I had a grand passion once—it was sailing. One of the things I loved about it was the richness of the experience. I’ve never felt more alive than on the deck of a small sailboat. Another thing I loved was the variety of things […]

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Videos from The Diary of Anne Frank

| March 31, 2015 | 0 Comments
Videos from The Diary of Anne Frank

This week I’ve been editing some footage I shot at the Camino Real Playhouse during the previous two weeks. The footage is from rehearsals of their upcoming production of The Diary of Anne Frank. I’ve started a YouTube playlist for the play; the playlist currently contains four short videos. Each of the videos features a […]

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My New Video, “100% Unemployment,” is now on Vimeo

| March 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
My New Video, “100% Unemployment,” is now on Vimeo

My new opinion/documentary video, 100% Unemployment, is now online at Vimeo. This 7-minute video looks at the increasing trend of displacement of workers by robots and smart machines. This trend is also leading to increased income inequality. But some people see the potential for a new renaissance in a world where no one needs to […]

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Crashed SSD Redux

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
Crashed SSD Redux

For the second time in a month I’ve had an SSD failure. Both times the bad drive was a Kingston 240 GB SSD. The first time  the SSD was completely dead. I returned it to Kingston and received a warranty replacement. With yesterday’s failure the drive was trashed but still functional. I tried booting from […]

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Two Light Stands

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
Two Light Stands

I recently bought a pair of light stands, one of which I like a lot, and another that I’m a bit disappointed with. The one I like is the Impact Multiboom Light Stand and Reflector Holder. The other is the Cowboy Studio Top Quality Aluminum Adjustable Light Stand. I have to say that I found […]

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Trailer for My New Video: 100% Unemployment

| March 22, 2015 | 4 Comments
Trailer for My New Video: 100% Unemployment

I was pleased last week to finish work on a video on technological unemployment. It’s what the N.Y. Times calls an Op-Doc or opinion documentary. It examines the trend of increasing displacement of workers by technology and the associated income inequality. It also looks at the potential bright side of the trend—abundant cheap goods and […]

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My First Video for Camino Real Playhouse

| March 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
My First Video for Camino Real Playhouse

A couple of weeks ago I posted my first video for Camino Real Playhouse, a community theater in San Juan Capistrano. The video features interviews with some of the cast & crew from the currently running play Professor Mack’s Last Train. The video also includes a few snippets from scenes shot during the dress rehearsal. […]

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