Author: Chris

Blackmagic Cinema Camera DNG Samples

Blackmagic Design recently uploaded five DNG sequence shots from their new Blackmagic Cinema Camera.  The clips were shot by John Brawley and are full rez (2432×1366) RAW 12bit.  I’ve only played with them a bit in Da Vinci Resolve and After Effects but I’m pretty impressed by the image quality and the latitude is very impressive.  I recommend at least opening them in photoshop to see the full range of exposure the RAW files supply.

Shot 1
Shot 2
Shot 3
Shot 4
Shot 5 

Here’s the finished product of Brawley’s test footage:

The Blackmagic Cinema Camera has its limitations (tiny sensor size and internal battery) but for a $3,000 price tag it’s a pretty impressive camera.

UFVA Stereoscopy Presentation: Europa

Last August I had the pleasure to present with my colleagues Bruce Hutchinson and Scott Meador at the University Film and Video Association on our experiences in low-budget stereoscopy which culminated in the short film Europa.  To date, Europa has screened at the Little Rock Film Festival and at the 2012 UFVA Conference.  While the project was an incredibly large undertaking for a group of working professionals, we found the process very rewarding.

Many in my field (academia not hollywood) dismiss stereo3D as a passing fad and excessively limiting to the moviemaking and viewing experience.  My experience has been much more positive.  I believe stereo3D has a very important role to play in the evolution of the motion picture and technology has reached a point that 3D can truly add something to the overall narrative experience.

The most important thing I took away from this project is that creating Stereo3D images is much more possible than you might imagine.  Every piece of equipment and software we used we either built ourselves or was off the shelf.  The process was challenging but far from impossible and the result is of high quality.

Here’s our presentation


Strategic Planning Presentation UFVA 2012

This August my colleagues at the University of Central Arkansas and I attended the University Film and Video Association and took part in a panel on strategic planning.

Strategic planning is an extremely effective tool for effectively determining and communicating goals, action plans, and assessment strategies.  Strategic planning is common place in large institutions and companies but I believe it can be a very effective tool for smaller operations as well.

Here’s a copy of our presentation:

On a semi related note, if you use powerpoint I recommend checking out Slideshare. It’s a great tool for sharing power point presentations with the world.

Video Tutorial: Digital Compositing Basics

This tutorial guides you through my process of compositing multiple video elements into a completed shot from the short film Europa. To follow along with me you will need three things; Adobe After Effects 5.0 or later, Magic Bullet’s Colorista Free, and the source footage.

This video is intended to be a look at the creative process, not an after effects tutorial, which can be found in great abundance all over the web.

Tutorial: Digital Compositing Basics from Chris Churchill on Vimeo.

Please let me know what you think. I’d like to do a lot more of these. The next one I will be doing will be to show how to create a Stereo 3D anaglyph of this shot.

Digital Compositing Basics

Last weekend my colleagues and I at the University of Central Arkansas and Reel Arkansas co-hosted a one day workshop with the Thea Foundation.  I was fortunate to spend 45 minutes with eight very gifted and passionate young filmmakers and share with them the basics of digital compositing.  I promised I would upload the project files we used during the workshop. So, here they are:

Digital Compositing Project Files

In the next week or two I will include a brief video tutorial so stay tuned.

This shot is from my most recently completed project entitled Europa. Europa is a Stereo3D short film produced in Arkansas on a custom built t2i camera rig.  I will be posting much more on Europa in the near future including my thoughts on the future of 3D.