Very exciting piece of equipment – M4/3 lens on your smartphone

Olympus have released the Olympus Air which is basically a fancy blue tooth transmitter that hooks onto the back of ANY Micro 4/3 lens. It transmits the photo or video to your smart phone where you can use a suite of apps to capture it.

There are some exciting possibilities here.

First, the lens is not physically attached to the phone, meaning that it can be placed (almost) anywhere and controlled from the app. This opens up an exciting array of camera positions (especially for those of us shooting in small spaces like Japanese apartments!)

Secondly, it allows you to use any M4/3 lens, or, with adapters basically any lens out there! I can use my vintage Canon FD lens with a M43 adapter and take video using my iphone.

We truly live in exciting times.

Article and video below. Sorry, Charlie, this is only available in Japan right now (but I’m taking orders!)

The Palette of Bilbo Baggins

The mark of a great film is a consistent ballad…


Over at the exciting Cinema5D blog they’ve got a very comprehensive article on choosing a palette and some fine examples of how a palette can influence the mood (of the film and ergo the audience). It’s a very visual piece that should get you thinking about your colour choices the next time you light a scene.

Make it Count: Visualizing Your Story

Stumbled across the very exciting blog ‘The Client Blog’ and their ‘The Art of Thirty Second Storytelling’. Principally focused on the art of the commercial every last word of this blog post can be applied to short films (and longer works) of any ilk.

It exciting, compelling reading well put together with loads of examples.

It’s all about thinking about WHY you are choosing the shot you are using (and from there, why are you combining these shots into this particular sequence). It should always serve your story.


50 Shades of Orange and Blue

Don’t tell me you haven’t noticed it.

Everything has come up all orange and blue recently. Especially movie posters, but also the movies behind them.

Over at ‘’ Rosie Cima examines the trend and quotes some interesting studies into the phenomenon. It’s a great article that has advice to us as filmmakers (and especially those of us working in post-production like colour grading): there’s a whole spectrum of colours out there. Use them.

Good read. And don’t forget to click through to the other articles she sources.

Amazing editor get nominated for Vimeo award

Maybe you’re not one of the 2.5million people who’ve watched Leonardo Dalessandri’s inspiring ‘Watchtower of Turkey’. Just in case let me tell you it’s a stunning piece of imagery.

But, since this blog is about filmmaking and not just pretty pictures I want to link in this article from – a great site dedicated to Final Cut Pro.

The article is an in-depth look on how Dalessandri made this compelling piece. He claims to have a basic ‘ABC’ knowledge of editing, but, as you can see he made fine use of FCPX and what was available to him.

It’s always great to have real-world examples going from source footage to final edit. Enjoy!

The Cinematography – and Cinematographer – of Wes Anderson’s Films

I love Wes Anderson films. They’re all about people thinking they are special when in fact they are normal (at least that’s my take on it). And they are shot with such an unusual beauty.

Robert Yeoman has been Anderson DP since the beginning – yes, since Bottle Rocket (not counting Mr. Fox). On they’ve put together a colleciton of hallmark scenes and had Yeoman himself chime in on how the scenes were developed.

It fascinating film-nerd stuff!

FilmRiot’s 10 Online Resources

Ryan Connolly is one lazy bastard. For the FilmRiot Christmas Day episode, instead of making an amazing tutorial video like he usually does he decided to give us a top 10 list and spend the rest of the time with his family. I’m personally offended.

The good news is that the Top 10 Online Resources list is pretty amazing. Some of these things I knew (eg I’m a member of the Shane Hulbert Insider site) but some I didn’t. All of them are sites you should be visiting often, as most of them contain great tutorials. Of course, you should also be subscribed to the FilmRiot YouTube channel. Ryan is probably one of the most inspiring filmmaking YouTubers out there.

It’s a great video.

Ryan’s list is this:

Kiana Jones SFX:…


Cinematographer Style Documentary:…

Indie Filmmaker: Lighting Tutorial and Samples:…

Video Copilot:


The Art of Color Correction:

SoundWorks Collection:

Hurlbut Visuals:

Virtual Lighting Studio:

Great tutorial on image composition

Ryan Connolly over at FilmRiot recently recommended this tutorial and it is pretty amazing. In 30 minutes it teaches you pretty much everything you need to know about composing your scenes. It is aimed at 3d/Computer Graphics artists, but, since filmmakers in a sense ARE 3d graphic artists I found everything Andrew Price says in this tutorial spot on.

Andrew breaks down the tutorial into 3 principles – Focal Element (what you are looking at), Structure (where you put it) and Balance (how it fits in with the rest of the scene). Master this – or at least be aware of it – and your images (still, animated, live action video) will be that much more appealing. If I wasn’t so lazy I’d do a matching video with film examples, but, I am lazy.

Director, meet DP. DP, meet Director

Over on the FilmCameraCourse blog they’ve got an article that helps two key creative people – the Director and the DP – understand each other’s perspective.

The DP handles the technical aspects of the shooting the film, the director the ‘creative’ aspects (ok, it’s not that cut and dried, but you get the idea). But, because of the whole left-brain, right-brain thing that the great creator saddled us with, sometimes these two prime movers of a movie have a gap of understanding.

The article gives 6 handy tips that each should remember when dealing with the other.

Now, if you are BOTH a DP and Director then I guess you have to remember these things when talking to yourself.

Amazing Masterclass in Guerilla Shooting (on a GH4!)

Sherif Mokbel has shot a great little short film using a Panasonic GH4.

But, perhaps more important to the world of indie filmmakers than his finished project is his incredible generosity in detailing every aspect of this shoot, from planning to post.

This is a one page on-set masterclass. I truly learned a lot about process and technique from this post!

Thank you Sherif!

Oh, and the film looks great.