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Sony FX9: Setting a New Standard for Documentary Cinematography

This week I had the pleasure of supervising a camera test with photographer and filmmaker Alfredo Chiarappa (Instagram!)and his new Sony FX9. As an accomplished visual artist with a scrutinizing eye for detail, Alfredo wanted to explore the exposure...

Skin Tones – The Guiding Star to Good Color

The first thing I look for when browsing the raw media coming from a client prior to a color grade is the quality of the skin tones. Skin tones will tell you most of what you need to know when assessing the technical quality of a digital negative...

Color and the Physiological Response – A Colorist’s Exploration

Colors, generally speaking, are instinctively associated with emotions. Working as a colorist and having to manipulate color everyday – I feel that most directors and cinematographers intuitively ask for specific colors to enhance specific emotions...

Video Noise and The Origins of Our Universe

Approximately ten seconds after the Big Bang birthed our reality, experts tell us that the universe was dominated by a single form of energy: the photon. This period, known as the Photon Epoch, lasted about 370,000 years until the universe cooled to...

Why You Should Talk With a Colorist Before Shooting Your Documentary

Before I started a post-production finishing company, I spent fourteen years behind the lens as a cinematographer. Most of my work was in documentary film and television, although I dabbled in scripted narrative from time to time. One of the...

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