May 12, 2016 at 5:02PM

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Film Gear in Cinematography Today

Oh, the dilemma! What film gear should I use for my film? Which camera will give me the look I want for my project? What gear can I afford? Well as I’ve said before:

“Film gear does not make a movie, the story does. No one ever won Sundance or an Oscar® because they used the latest and greatest film gear. They won because of, you guessed it, story.”
With that said choosing the right film gear for your project is important. You need to have the right paint brush and not necessarily the most expensive or newest paint brush to create your opus.

I thought it would be interesting to have cinematographer Ernesto Lomeli on the show. He’s one of the most technical film geeks I know. Ernesto shares a bunch of knowledge bombs with us in this interview and discusses what film gear to get and what you really need to make your project sing!

https://www.indiefilmhustle.com/film-gear-cinematography-ernesto-lomeli/

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There is a quote "Photography is the art of making photos despite the technology."
It's nearly the same in filmmaking.

May 13, 2016 at 8:02AM

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Eric Halbherr
Director, DP, Editor, Creative Storyteller
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Sadly nowadays your work will not get looked at unless you have the right camera. I get jobs taken from me by amateurs because of the camera they have. Most have little to no knowledge, and usually no reel either just the camera. One friend of mine paid $1K a day for a guy with a red, but the guy didn't even know how to use it and broke it during the shoot.

The film industry is moving to a place where talent is last on the list of things you need.

May 15, 2016 at 10:25AM, Edited May 15, 10:26AM

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Can I see your work? (I'm always looking for talented DP's to work with.)

I can't speak to your own experiences, but the LAST thing I look for in a DP is the camera they own. It's dead last. Why? Because I will rent whatever camera is suitable for production. If a producer hires you solely on your camera then run. Run far, far away. I, along with all the professionals I've ever worked with, have never chosen a DP because they owned X. I've found amazing DP's strictly on their reels only to learn they shot a great portion of their footage with DSLR's and sub $1000 dollar cameras. Kendy Ty's work with a T2i puts many DP's to shame -- THAT is the talent producers and directors look for, not what camera you took a second mortgage out to afford.

Sorry to hear you lost work to a camera; I doubt you missed out on anything worthwhile.

May 16, 2016 at 11:15AM

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Ninja's work can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/135745725

He shoots mostly weddings, but has done some other work as well. A camera is not what is taking work away from him.

May 17, 2016 at 3:34PM, Edited May 17, 3:34PM

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Eric Buist
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Haha. Ouch...harsh.

May 17, 2016 at 4:22PM

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Thanks for the link, Eric. I'll check it out ASAP.

As for a camera taking work away from Ninja... maybe I read this part of his post wrong, "I get jobs taken from me by amateurs because of the camera they have."

May 18, 2016 at 9:24AM

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Didn't want to have to reply to this, but you left me no choice beer video dude.

My latest feature is highreliefmovie.com

Would like to see your latest feature film.

You seem to have fun attacking people because they speak the truth. How many academy awards have you won? Your work is amature at best... Good luck with your pack of haters trying to rip me apart.

May 26, 2016 at 11:41AM, Edited May 26, 11:54AM

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Hey Ninja - sorry to pick on you, but a lot of your posts lean very negative, I am sick of it and thought I would help out the above poster by sharing a link to your work.

My beer work has been a great passion project for me and, while you see it as amateur, it has led me to a lot of incredible places, as I'm sure your MJ film will.

Congrats on an academy award, I'm sure it was well deserved. I've had my work featured in many major publications, worked on 5 features (DP/Editor/even crafty), and now am working for a major clothing company as an in-house video producer. We both can drop our imdb profiles until we're blue in the face, but that doesn't change the fact that your posts are attacking far more often than mine. That's fine, but I'm just calling it like I see it. Please try to be more constructive here, I'm sure you have a lot to share, but let's be a little kinder about it.

May 31, 2016 at 3:31PM

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Eric Buist
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Am I 'Beer Video Dude'? I'll take it!

Thank you for sharing your work, NinjaMonkey. As you requested, here is a link to my latest feature film:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0g7E4LjZFc
If you'd like to see my first feature film you can visit eOne Entertainment and search for "Hemorrhage." If any further information is required, please don't hesitate to ask.

After you've watched my link, please feel free to exact any insult you choose as it will actually hold water now that you've actually seen my work before claiming it's "amateur at best." Thus far I have won as many Oscars as David Fincher, Jean Luc Godard, P.T. Anderson, David Cronenberg and Quentin Tarintino... that is to say, none. How many have you won?

Unfortunately, after seeing your work, I have no interest in "ripping you apart" (nor hiring you as a DP, for that matter.) I don't care to hurt a fellow filmmaker, so I'll simply say, "Your work reflects your attitude towards others." Interpret that how you will.

Please don't take any of this as a personal attack. I, too, fight for telling the truth and all of what I've said is exactly that. I hope you take less time to antagonize and more time to reflect so you -- and everyone else on the forum -- continues to grow as filmmakers.

All the best.

June 3, 2016 at 12:39PM, Edited June 3, 12:44PM

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Branden, don't mean to burst your bubble, but I am "Beer Video Dude." I run a company that produces videos for the craft beer market. I would be happy to share the title with you though.

Nice work on that feature, looks fun! Almost Cabin in the Woods-y.

June 3, 2016 at 1:26PM

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Eric Buist
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Well, damn. A moniker like "Beer Video Dude" should only be held by one. Highlander style. I relinquish the privilege to you alone, good sir. Also, good for you on finding such a cool niche. I dabble in the commercial/corporate side of film while I do feature projects -- it's a great source of income and opportunity to hone one's craft.

Thanks for the kind words re: my feature. It's a rollercoaster when you're working with limited means but fun nonetheless.

I appreciate you standing up against the aforementioned. Browsing through his profile activity is like reading a ravenous little trolls diary, chalk full of schoolyard insults and asinine rhetoric.

June 4, 2016 at 12:26AM

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Thanks for attacking my Braden, I would never hire you either...Everyone on this site loves to hate on me for telling the truth. Remember how this all started, and remember both of us would be outhid on any job by someone with a better camera/gear.

Good luck with all your rage you will need it.

June 6, 2016 at 3:19PM

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DP's don't hire directors, silly.

Off to go rage-direct my next feature!

/extendsarmsandfliesaway/

June 6, 2016 at 4:00PM

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I shot, directed, produced, edited, and did all sound on my feature. If you think it sucks, many festivals and distributors would disagree. I would not hire you to direct, even if you paid me. Terrible acting, flat full look, editing looks like one of my assembly cuts. Sound design is very rough, your room tone/transitions are way off.

I saw that production company on another terrible movie called 400 days. So bad I had to turn it off after 5 minutes, everything about it was dull like your movie. I figure you helped out and gave your stamp on it huh.

Good luck with those movies, syfy will always need something to show at 3:30am.

June 6, 2016 at 10:45PM, Edited June 6, 10:49PM

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Thank you for watching my films! I appreciate your feedback. Please let me know when and where I can view your own films. They sound fantastic!

I'm going to go practice cutting that room tone as you suggested.

Thanks again!

June 7, 2016 at 12:21AM

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Hey NinjaFatty, Dumpsters always need something to fill them, they await your doc that no one will care about.

June 7, 2016 at 11:07PM, Edited June 7, 11:07PM

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Thanks Joe, may I see some of your great work? Apparently all the festivals we are getting in don't count? Neither do the distributors dying to buy the film before our world premiere? You are a real asshole Joe, good luck insulting people weight and passions. If you even checked the link you would know the film is about my epilepsy, I hope you feel good making fun of a sick person.

June 8, 2016 at 10:01AM, Edited June 8, 10:13AM

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I do. Does being sick make you a know-it-all asshole? Then who cares.

Enjoy eventually releasing it for free so someone will watch it!

Oh also...who cares about festivals anymore? There are very few worth anything. And I'm sure you paid them for the privledge to show your work, then they charge people to see it and keep the money. What a great businessman you are!

June 10, 2016 at 7:43PM, Edited June 10, 7:44PM

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I don't see any work. Just FYI unless you are a rich kid the ONLY way to get decent distribution is a solid festival run. High Relief has deals in place more than a few people to watch it, but I guess no one watches Netflix anymore right Joe? I forgot iTunes stopped selling movies right...You have no work to show and call me fat? What type of nasty troll did your mother raise? Making fun of those who are successful and pursuing their dreams. You obviously are spitting this hateful speech at me for being much more experienced, knowledgeable and successful than you. But as they say hater are going to hate. I never attacked anyone personally, nothing near as harsh as you. I have reported you for slandering me and my weight. This is no place for that. I am a pretty decent businessman BTW, I run my own business pulling me in over 50K a year. I guess that doesn't count right. Good luck getting kicked off the boards.

June 10, 2016 at 8:44PM

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Wow, 50k! hat puts you right with the average office guy with no talents who pushed paper. Good for you. If you think the only decent way to get distribution is to go through festivals may be why you've failed all this time.

Ha ha, I love the way you compliment yourself. I guess if no one else will say nice things about you, you have to do it yourself!

June 11, 2016 at 12:24AM

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Thank you Joe, I love haters like you please continue I makes my day. You have no work to show though? So sad dude, go out there and shoot something. Yeah and if you make more than $50K working for yourself it is a success. I don't push paper, just footage and I get by. Obviously you aren't doing very well Joe, I'm sorry. Haters will always hate though.

June 11, 2016 at 9:35AM

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In my personal experience, there are dozens of factors that go into a client hiring you, your reel and your work being number one, and your gear being basically dead last. Maybe it's different depending on where you live, but I feel Los Angeles would be the place for clients to be superficial, but that's not my personal experience. My day rate for shooting is $1k/day and I use thousand dollar mirrorless cameras. Definitely not trying to brag, because I know that's not even that great of a rate relative to the big guys. I just wouldn't want any newcomers who don't have a lot of money for gear to get discouraged by the fact that their parents or credit card can't buy them a Red Epic. If you work really really really hard and gain as much experience as possible and seek out knowledge like your life depends on it, and do those things for years and years, your reel will eventually be great and get you great jobs, regardless of the gear you use. From my experience, if you don't do those things and don't put the time in, your reel will always be awful and clients will not consistently hire you. I've seen things shot on Reds and the-like look absolutely terrible plenty of times.
I'm just speaking from my personal experience and trying not to discourage anyone (not trying to get sucked into this waste of time pissing contest).

August 21, 2016 at 2:48AM

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Lol what a troll... Your work is terrible

May 18, 2016 at 7:27PM

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Clark McCauley
Spaceman
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Thanks drone pilot...no work to show on your site like beer dude. The lack of knowledge and taste on this site is ridiculous. My newest feature is highreliefmovie.com

Would love to see your latest feature film.

May 26, 2016 at 11:44AM, Edited May 26, 11:53AM

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Don't have a feature film under the belt, I'm freelance. Feel free to check out my channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0MiTImQLJc

June 13, 2016 at 9:35AM, Edited June 13, 9:35AM

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Clark McCauley
Spaceman
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All this big talk drone guy and that's all you have to show? Pretty weak if you ask me, you don't have a reel and you are freelance? Being freelance is no excuse, I funded my films myself with the money I made freelancing.

Go out there and shoot something instead of making fun of those more experienced than you Clark....good luck...

June 13, 2016 at 10:05AM

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