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  1. I have a Lenovo K450e with an i7-4790 CPU @ 3.60GHz with 28GB, 2TB internal and a 2TB 7200rpm external HD. The graphics card is a GTX960. 

    My most recent 7.5 minute short took about an hour and 15 minutes to render using proxies with Vegas Pro 15. And I'm going to be editing a feature pretty soon. 

    Would upgrading the graphics card or switching to Resolve help with render times? OR is that length of time about what I should expect without a full upgrade to a much more expensive system?

    Thanks in advance!

  2. On ‎5‎/‎20‎/‎2018 at 9:02 AM, mercer said:

    In theatre, actors are trained to project their voice and emote to the back of the theatre. As you know Film is more subtle. The camera is in your face, it will pick up the smallest of gestures and hear the lightest of whispers... if possible for the scene or just as an exercise, have them whisper their lines... it’s almost impossible to overact with a whisper.

    Also direct the speed of their delivery... say faster, or slower to break up their preconceived delivery.

    Or in between a take, read the line back to them the way you want it delivered. Actors usually want notes... good and bad... they want to be directed.

    Also as Kye suggested, explain to your actors what you’re doing and why. Ask what their interpretation of the scene, or line, is. Show them how your shots are going to help to express that visually.

    As you know, movies are jigsaw puzzles put together one piece or shot at a time, so the blocking they’re used to in theatre isn’t the same as blocking... or hitting their marks in film. So just make sure they know their marks and obviously have a bunch of gaffers or painters tape to mark it.

    But probably most important is to show passion for your project. If you have passion, they’ll have passion and they will follow your lead.

    This. Except the part about giving them line readings of how you want it delivered is generally considered a don't, but you may find that it works with some. I don't try to give line readings because if I could do the lines how I wanted them delivered then I would be an actor. Work with your actors and learn how to get what you need from each of them. What works great with one actor might piss off another.

    Sometimes you just need to lighten things up. On All the Pretty Horses, after several takes that he wasn't happy with Billy Bob told Matt Damon to do the next one as though "you're inside of Ernest Borgnine's ass." And that was the final take.

    Generally with theatre types, I remind them that they don't have to project to the audience member on the back row but only to right here. I also find myself asking them to pick up the pace, both line deliveries and movements. 


  3. There is a local one here called The Rocket City Film Festival that has a very low submission fee ($15, i  think) and is only one night with mostly local-ish films. They have a very cool small venue but i don't know if they turn any submissions down. They accepted a couple of mine. The thing they are missing from what you mentioned is discussion. I was pretty disappointed that every one split as soon it was over and the groups there with a film clustered together, not much networking. They didn't even introduce the filmmakers in attendance.

    What you're talking about would be great. Go for it.

  4. 49 minutes ago, Andrew Reid said:

    Had a go of one today.

    They have badly messed up the ergonomics for video.

    The silent control panel is a joke... Touch screen items are way too small to accurately select and the scrolling is unresponsive.

    The exposure comp. button is programmable but you can't assign movie recording to it... there is also no movie record button whatsoever!

    Strangely you can assign slow-mo frame rate options to the button, and select them any time you want... even in stills mode. But you can't shoot.

    The movie mode is on the end of the drive selection lever again like X-T2 and it sucks balls. Finger nail grasping, clicking, takes ages... just horrible. Have to go through about 6 clicks to reach the movie mode.

    Autofocus was poor. Didn't try all lenses though.

    On the bright side... The stabilisation seemed REALLY effective.

    The video AF is surprising because it is excellent on the X-E3. 

  5. 8 hours ago, Clovis said:

    Indeed !

    How come ??  I saw the video has (only) 23,98 fps. I would expect more jitter here and there ...

    I don't know. What usually annoys me is jitter with movement across a static screen. It could be some Fuji magic dust sprinkled in the new 200mbit codec or her spinning across the screen is disguising it. Either way, the image is lovely.

  6. On ‎2‎/‎26‎/‎2018 at 11:17 PM, noone said:

    Not really.

    There is the Olympus 4/3 50-200 2.8-3.5 without even buying into the equivalence thing.


    On ‎2‎/‎26‎/‎2018 at 11:53 PM, webrunner5 said:

    There is Only one camera that is m4/3 can focus it and that is an Olympus EM1. But I guess you would be right it is a hair faster on the big end.

    I'm about to sell this Oly because I've already sold the GX85 that I used it on. It autofocused about the same with the Viltrox cheap smart adapter as it did with the Oly mmf-3, which is to say slow but accurate in AF-S.

  7. 12 hours ago, Django said:

    I beg to disagree.. while every camera will handle things differently, the XT2 is the first camera that consistently nails just about any artificial/mixed lighting i've thrown at it.. inversely, Sony's tend to always have this ugly yellow cast (A7S was greenish) that requires fixing in post. it's no secret and as you know Andrew has made extensive examples displaying zombie skin tones and such in his EOS profile promos.. i don't know another camera brand with such wacked out SOOC color science..

    I second this. When shooting a narrative short with the X-T2, I kept the exposure meter at zero and AWB on and all shots matched (except the one where I accidently turned the comp wheel, the placement of which was the only thing that really annoyed me about the X-T2). That being said, I'm now thinking that the third A7 might beat out the X-H1 as my next camera.

  8. I've always been a bit envious of all of you who do such gorgeous videos while out wandering but I always think stills except when I'm either writing or shooting a script. I love trying to catch the right moment with a single click. Here are three of my favorites (out of the ones I have on flickr). First two are from a 2016 trip to Boston with the NX500 and the last one is from a while back with the Panasonic FZ28 at Venice Beach. 

    Boston aSAM_0983 Labor Day 2009


  9. Damn I want this camera. But I don't need it for the project I'm working on. It doesn't need to look that good and the X-H1 with a couple lenses would be about half my budget. But, damn, I want it. Wait til the next project...just wait...deep breaths...

    (I do wish, however, that they had taken the little toggle switch from the X-E3 to change drive modes instead of that knob under the other knob like the X-T2).

  10. On ‎12‎/‎2‎/‎2017 at 2:55 AM, Cinegain said:

    Dang, that should interest anyone! Holy! Was just scared off by that condition rating of 'E-', I figured it was far far away from being 'A+', but then it appeared they meant 'Excellent Minus' by that. Uhhh... lol, who does that?! If you mean excellent, like all the eBay crowd call it 'EXC+++' or something.

    From experience with them, anything rated E or higher would pass for good as new on ebay. E- might have a little scratch or something. I probably wouldn't go below their V rating which is very good. 

  11. 11 hours ago, PannySVHS said:

    Hey Thomas, Seb is the master of vignettes. He makes every camera shine. Thanks for showing this piece. I would suggest to shoot in Natural -5 contrast and noise, -2 saturation and 0 or -2 for contrast. GH2 has some mojo for sure! I have a G6,G7 and GX85 but thinking about a GH2:) G6 is somewhat a GH2 with a better codec and it´s a great camera if you put some contrast and color curves on the material in the grading:)

    Thanks for the info. I'll give that a try when my g85 arrives. But I can't take credit for showing that one, it was @anonim a few pages back.

  12. On ‎12‎/‎3‎/‎2017 at 12:17 PM, anonim said:

    Good old video sample review from one of the indie genius Seb Farges


    I love the look of this old GH2 nostalgic mode. Do the modern Panasonic's have an equivalent?

  13. If you want to see what the a6500 is capable of (with some work), check out any of @kidzrevil's videos in this thread: 

    And @markr041 has some great looking footage in there pretty much SOOC.

    If you shoot a lot of manual focus, I especially agree with Kidz on the g85. Panasonic's monochrome live view in combination with peaking is a dream for manual focusing. Does anyone else have this?

  14. I had a short script then took that concept and wrote a feature. But I was never quite happy with the feature script, so I did a big re-write and ended up with a script that I and others like a lot. But after all that, you could read the short and the final feature script and not see much evidence that they have anything to do with each other.

    I haven't really had an issue with ending at a middle length. My shorts range from 3-12 pages. When I'm working on a feature, it never enters my mind that I'm finished short of 80 pages. I usually have plenty of story either in my head or in actual outline form that I know it's feature length before I start writing.

    I have a mostly two-character road trip feature percolating now. If you'd like to bat around ideas more specifically, feel free to drop me a dm.

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