June 2013 - Blog
The boundaries of the canvas that filmmakers use can take many forms. The Aspect Ratio of the frame size varies from The Kid’s 1.33 to Ben Hur’s 2.67 and everything between and beyond. There is the Academy Standard of 1.37, the HDTV standard of 1.78, Vistavision’s 1.85 and more. I would like to share a plethora of aspect ratios (with examples) so you, as a filmmaker, can decide which one will best serve your story. At the bottom of this post…I’m including a FREE template package that covers just about every aspect ratio ever used. Feel free to use them on your own project or share it with other filmmakers, so they too can harness the power of the frame.
I decided to compile all these assets after seeing the wonderful and educational video posted by FilmmakerIQ that does an amazing job explaining the aspect ratio and its historical context. After watching it, I was reminded of a widescreen template package I downloaded years ago and but now can no longer find on-line. I’m more than happy to keep it alive and inject it back into the interwebz so that any current or future filmmaker will have access to all the geometric framings used over the years. Read more…
Today (June 22, 2013), I shot these photos at the New Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX Appreciation Day. It was opened to the public and to the numerous groups involved in the terminal’s design, construction and installation of the 10 art displays inside the terminal. Here are my photos of the still unfinished Antonio Villaraigosa Pavillion. The New Tom Bradley International Terminal is the largest public works project in Los Angeles City history.
I expect to see an onslaught of 3-axis handheld gimble stabilizers over the next couple months. Rotorview Sweden has one available now for $4000 US. It offers quiet brushless motors and aluminum/carbon construction with a load limit of 3.3 pounds. That’s enough for most DSLRs or the Black Magic Pocket Camera and a prime lens. Check out the video sample below for the ultra-smooth-ostitude!
Download Pancake Timeline for Adobe Premiere Pro 6
Download Pancake Timeline for Adobe Premiere Pro CC
After all the great feedback and responses to my post about “The Pancake Timeline”, I decided to find out the maximum amount of footage that one could place into a Premiere Pro CC sequence. I discovered that the limit is 24 hours. That should definitely be more than enough for most projects! The bigger surprise was that I found that playback and scrolling through the sequences was not the least bit sluggish even though bogged down with so much media. To share with you what it looks like…here are 3 giant Pancake Timelines from my previous and current projects. Read more…
I recently had the pleasure to be interviewed by Twain Richardson for his website Frame of Reference. It’s a peek into the thought process and the actual hands-on editing styles of various Film Editors. I was honored to contribute and share the methods I employ in the craft of filmmaking. If you would like to learn more about what a Film Editor does…please read the article here.