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Previsualization Continues

Getting a script right is not easy. It often feels like the harder you concentrate the more lost you become. Ever since the project’s inception, Joy Division’s song No Love Lost has served as an original inspiration for “The Girl With No Name” and I’ve often returned to it when I’ve felt that the script […]

Learning From the Masters: “Raging Bull”

Last week, Cinematographer Tom Krymkowski hosted the first in a monthly series of screenings called The Craft of Cinematography. Tom’s goal is to start a creative conversation among local film makers about the craft of visual story telling, the emphasis being on “story”. The inaugural event was a screening of the documentary Visions of Light. […]

Pre-production Starts!

Probably one the most difficult things about taking on a big project is figuring out where to begin. Tonight I had my first official production meeting for my next project; “The Girl With No Name”. I met with storyboard artist and fellow Scary Cow member Van Dyke Roth who was a big help in getting the project rolling. To […]

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Studying the Masters

I’m a fairly liberal minded film goer and there’s a soft spot in my heart for drawing room dramas. …But I like myself a good fight scene too. Fight scenes constitute the most basic form of dramatic conflict between characters and are a legitimate means to move the plot forward. David Mamet’s Red Belt is […]

Curse of the Black Lotus 2

After months and months of work, Curse of the Black Lotus 2 is complete! We screened the short at the Castro Theater in San Francisco March 3rd at the Scary Cow screening. It is was a huge relief to complete the movie, and there’s nothing like showing it to an audience. We even won an […]

Color Correction

Just about every aspect of movie making is fascinating, and lately I’ve been feeding the obsession by learning color correction. I have a long way to go before I become a competent color grader, but it’s definitely been worth it to try. Learning any post-production processes will sharpen your skills as a producer or director. […]

Camera Cranes

It wasn’t long after I first got interested in movie making that I got fascinated with building a camera crane.  A good crane shot can create an absolutely stunning shot, and having always been a DIYer I couldn’t resist the urge to build one. Even using my stone-age camcorder from the early ’90s, I was […]

Front Projection vs. Rear Projection: In-Camera Compositing

Why use rear projection? Aside from the retro-novelty look of rear projection, cost and ease of use are most compelling reasons. It’s the cheapest means of in camera compositing. However using a rear projection screen is an exercise in compromise. For any given screen material used in rear projection, the opacity of the screen determines […]