Category: 2d

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


2012 UCA Graduate Thesis Screening

Saturday, April 7th, the University of Central Arkansas Digital Filmmaking MFA candidates will screen their thesis films. The screening will take place in Reynolds Performance Hall in Conway Arkansas at 7:30. As a committee member of two of the three candidates I can say everyone in attendance is in for a treat. Here are some trailers of the films that will screen:

Still Life :: Trailer from Allison Hogue on Vimeo.

Trailer for “tree” from Christy Ward on Vimeo.

John Wayne’s Bed Trailer from Sarah Jay on Vimeo.

I’m really looking forward to seeing the finished products from these very talented women. The screening is free, open to the public, and highly recommended.