The smartphone is one of the best tools you can have in your pocket if you’re going to be on a film set. It can be anything you need from a depth-of-field calculator to a clapperboard – if you’re armed with the right apps, like these five cinematography apps available for Android.
The devices we have in our pockets, the ones that can run these apps, these are the new leathermans. They have everything we need. They eliminate the need to carry paper manuals and enable us to do complex timelapse calculations in a fraction of the time as a paper and pen.
The problem with frame grabs is the intrusion of retrieving them from the camera. Often, a DIT or AC will have to take over the camera to generate the grabs and whisk them away on the SD card. Fortunately, for those who don’t like interruptions and those who don’t like interrupting, one reader has come up with a solution that utilizes WiFi-enabled SD cards.
Knowing which lighting gels do what is crucial to using them properly. So Brian Dailey has created Gel Pocket Guides: a reference for lighting gels that you can put on your phone or in your toolkit to consult in a pinch.
When was the last time you drove a car with $100,000 worth of camera gear in the back? This tutorial is for the down-and-dirty low budget realm — those with grip trucks need not apply.
With walkaways, it’s all about being reasonably paranoid and cautiously careful that anything could happen to it while you’re not there. So by doing these 10 steps, you’ll be able to sleep easy and come to set the next morning ready to go.
It’s tempting to pack away gear as quickly as possible when wrap is called and get home in time to eek a few hours out of your turnaround. But if you can afford five more minutes, you should take the time to clean your camera properly.
When you fetch a lens from the lens case, do you use one or two latches? I fall firmly in the latter group and always — seriously, always — use two latches on the lens case. And here’s why.
As part of the iOS family, all of the cinematography apps available in Apple’s App Store will run on the iPad (and most are universally formatted for it), but there are a handful of iPad-specific apps. These cinematography apps will enable you to watch dailies, make shotlists, diagram lighting schemes, compare depth-of-field, and even control a camera.
At this time last week, I was standing in front of a RED Epic camera watching myself watch myself on an iPad. That meta-moment was made possible by the Teradek Cube, a device enabling a video stream from the Epic to appear on the iPad in my hands with a latency of mere frames.