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Samsung NX1 – Drunk Drive


Bokeh Driver


Sometimes creativity can be triggered by one seemingly irrelevant thing. Sometimes that one thing can be right in front of you…hidden in plain sight. In my case that one thing was a stretch of winding road by my home that has thousands of reflectors on the median. I’ve driven this road hundreds of times. At night, the reflectors whiz by in a frantic blur and it suddenly reminded me of a video game I played as a youth…Atari’s NIGHT DRIVER. Read more…

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The 4 Best Lenses for Amazing Lens Flare

On 28, Sep 2013 | 12 Comments | In Low Budget Filmmaking, Photography, Tests | By vashi

Love them or hate them…lens flares have been trending non-stop over the last several years. You can find them in every J.J. Abrams movie, car commercial, wedding video, print ad or recent independent film. Lens flares are caused by the scattering of light and the reflection/refraction of light within the various glass elements of the lens. Flares manifest in two ways: visible artifacts of various shapes or a haze across the entire image. Modern lenses have multi-coated glass that remove almost every trace of lens flares…and software/CGI is used to add these analog aberrations back into the image.

I love the visual character of old lenses and have chosen my favorite four low budget lenses that create beautiful and dramatic lens flares. These lenses are inexpensive, readily available and can be mounted on a RED Dragon or a $500 DSLR. Take a look at the striking results possible with a Canon 5Dmkii, these four lenses and the sun…

4 best low budget lenses to create lens flares

Pentax, Nikon, Mir and Helios lenses.

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In Editing

By vashi

The Pancake Timeline – 3 New Examples

On 13, Jun 2013 | 21 Comments | In Editing, Tests | By vashi

The original Pancake Timeline

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…

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In Tests

By vashi

DuctTake: Seam-based Compositing
[NEW Disney VFX Technology]

On 29, May 2013 | One Comment | In Tests | By vashi

DuctTake demo

Combine different handheld takes into one video.
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Disney Research in Zurich has released a white paper (PDF) and a showreel video of their new technology DuctTake. It allows for combining and compositing of different takes into one single video…seamlessly. This has been done for over a hundred years with split screens and mattes and locked off cameras. It’s a very simple effect and a staple of trick shots done in camera. The difference with DuctTake is…it is now possible to combine and composite takes with handheld or moving cameras.
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In Tests

By vashi

VisionColor and FilmConvert test at LAX

On 17, May 2013 | 5 Comments | In Tests | By vashi

I wanted to share a quick 30 second shot from the beach next to LAX.
Caught a helicopter, car and plane. Canon 5Dmkii with a Helios 58mm f2 lens.

The VisionColor picture style ( was applied with
recommended settings: Sharpness +1, Contrast -4, Saturation -2, Color tone -1.
The VisionColor picture was not graded or sharpened for this test.

FilmConvert ( was then applied using 3 Fuji film
stock looks (FJ 8563, FJ Super X 400, FJ Velv 100) with identical settings of:
Camera: Canon 5Dmkii VisionColor
Film color: 100%
Film grain: 100% using 35mm full frame grain.

The clip is played 4 times in a row showing each “look” then a split screen
with all 4 shots in it. FilmConvert creates a very pleasing and authentic film
look in my opinion. Let me know your thoughts!

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