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  1. Wow, yeah, this looks great man! Heavy grade required for that look? What light/lens did you have on her for the close ups?
  2. Happy new year all! I’ve finally (finally!) made my first short narrative film. I’ve been a full time videographer for 8 years now, writing on and off in my spare time, but never actually got out and turned my writing into a film. So I decided enough was enough and asked my brother if he was up for the challenge of making something in our home village over Christmas. 8 hours writing and pre-production, a single 8 hour day of filming, and 8 hours of editing. Loved the process. Lots of lessons learned. Here’s the result, and would love your feedback. Cheers, James
  3. Jimbo

    New Mac Minis

    I was thinking Mac Mini and Blackmagic eGPU might be awesome combo? I'm using FCP X so think it leverages the eGPU power but hard finding good info online.
  4. Ha! I’m British so my finger swearing approach is slightly different. However... I think 2 x American middles would work nicely here ?
  5. I have to disagree! Panasonic have had an absolute hit with the GH line, culminating in the GH5. If they can bring their incredible video prowess to a full frame body where we get Panasonic video AND 42mp stills with 13+ stops of dynamic range, Varicam-esque colour science, and two card slots for the pros, then they will strike gold. It's basically two fingers up to Canon and Nikon, hence the countdown and 6 month early announcement. Damage them pre-orders... I just hope they excite with the lens lineup.
  6. If I were in the market for an all-in-one video camera, then this looks excellent. I do sometimes get to a point of complete saturation in the pursuit of the perfect camera setup for all my work and think about throwing the towel in and buying something like this!!! I was seriously considering the Panasonic AG-DVX200 at one point. But there was something weird about the image... Image looks great here.
  7. An exciting move from Panasonic. A full frame sensor with GH5 features and I'm sold. It won't replace my trusty GH5, I'll just add it to the stable when it makes financial sense for my work (or when I can't wait a second longer for full frame v-log!) I'm most fascinated by what lens mount they go for, and what inherent advantages it will offer. I think this new and exciting full frame mirrorless war will be won and lost on the mount design and lens options. The Nikon Zed (=P) launch lenses are underwhelming and seem larger than their predecessors, with them citing a new level in optical performance, while the Canon R lenses are incredibly exciting and smaller than their predecessors -- perfect! I hope Panasonic don't got SL... those Leicas are big and heavy. Fingers crossed they go proprietary and lean towards the size/features of the rumoured Canon Rs. If all the manufactures make accelerating fly-by-wire focus rings I'm going to shoot myself in the face... I want Panasonic to knock this out of the park. I think Sony will fear them most out of this new marauding FF pack!!
  8. Beautiful, thanks for the share Zak. The noise looks very organic to my eyes, and them colours!!! Wow.
  9. Great news, Charlie! Hope it goes really well. My main advice would be don't undersell yourself on your day rate. One man band videographer day rates in UK are anywhere between £200-£800 / day. I normally pitch at £500 / day, but model work is a desirable skill in an industry that has money so I'd go higher. It's easier to negotiate down than up! Be yourself and let us know how it goes! (and we' would love to see your work too)
  10. I'm seeing some beautiful colours here. Very impressed.
  11. Great post, @HockeyFan12. Like an arrow to the core. I think we've all gravitated to this site because many of us are in similar boats. We have big, beautiful dreams but on our quest for knowledge we get caught up in the nitty gritty of tech hoping for some panacea (read: magic camera or lens combo) that will solve the heartache of the long and daunting road we have all chosen to stomp along. It's nice not to be stomping alone, hence why this punk's outpost survives in the wilderness, but it's important we don't lose sight of our goals. And if we don't have a goal it's important, like you said, to spend time working out what that is. My goal is to get my work on the silver screen. Something I've written that maybe I can direct too. 6 years ago I setup a videography business to take a step towards that inevitability, scraping a living for many years, and I most certainly got swallowed alive by the tangible allure of tech, until I realised 5 years had gone by and I had bought and sold more cameras and lenses than I had written words. I was pissed with myself to say the least. So for the last year I've been working hard on priorities and most importantly of all building a daily habit of writing, akin to a daily habit of exercise and eating well. It's work in progress, as is life, you never really solve it, you just get up each day and continue the fight. You need laser beam focus and steely determination to achieve your dreams, and as each day passes we have one less day to achieve it. I feel at peace on the days I have written, and that's all the indication I need that that's where I need to keep my focus. Of course I have bills to pay too so this is where the 80/20 rules comes in. 80% of time working on your current business and 20% of time working on the business you want to be in. Great work, Tim. I'm sorry the film was a turkey but that's not your fault. Are you still writing? I hope so. Thanks for sharing, Andrew. Right, I've done my 80% (editing bloody weddings!), had my break (EOSHD and a cup of tea), I'm off home to write for 3 hours!
  12. Yep, I adore mine. The biggest weakness of the GH3 and 4 were colours and lowlight for me. The GH5 is awesome in these respects and adds IBIS (beautiful, precious IBIS) I've always been looking over the fence at the C Line for my business, but since the GH5 I've stopped looking. It does everything in a wonderfully compact form factor which is amazing for travelling gigs, being unobtrusive and getting otherwise impossible shots.
  13. You make it sound like you want him to leave @fuzzynormal ? Do not leave the forum @HockeyFan12, but feel free to drop the mic, and then pick it back up when you next see it appropriate to lend us some more of your knowledge. Thanks.
  14. I have a GH5 and love it. The BM cameras have a lovely image but if I were shooting something "cinematic" I'd probably still pick the GH5 because of its usability. I completely agree with you that the precision of cameras and lenses is killing the magic of images. However, with good lighting and filters you can create fantastic images. I stumbled across this today on a colour grading Facebook page. Really impressed with the look. Shot in VLOG, graded in Davinci, Sigma zooms:
  15. Hello, I normally approach bidding/quoting with a fixed day rate for filming/editing/travelling to keep it simple. If there is 1.5 days of travel, 1 day of filming and 2 days of editing then I quote 4.5 x Day Rate. I think of travelling as lost time where I could have been filming/editing. However, there are always exceptions. At the moment, with new clients where I think there might be more work down the line with them, I'm offering a 20% introductory rate on my day rate on the first job (I'm very explicit in the final invoice that the day rate is at 20% discount) so I can get a foot in the door. This gives me a chance to show them the quality of my work and how easy I am to work with. Also, for a recent quote for a job in Finland with a new client, I quoted 1 day of travel where it was really 1.5, making a point of it but letting them know that I'd love to work with them. I may have got the job without the discount, but I wanted to increase my chances of securing it, especially as there should be more work down the line. Generally I try to give myself a bit of wriggle room with the quote too. A lot of companies, especially smaller ones, will ask if there is anything I can do to bring the quote down. I hope that helps! Good luck!
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