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Forum: Cinematography & Lighting 02-16-2013, 02:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 244
Posted By SDBenassi
Digital Black and White

What digital camera should I shoot my black and white feature on?
Forum: Post Production 02-10-2013, 01:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 297
Posted By SDBenassi
Digital Archiving

I have all these short films that I no longer have the original files for, just the burned DVD for playback. As far as archiving goes.. did I screw up? I want to jump into making a feature but I...
Forum: Cinematography & Lighting 02-01-2013, 02:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 563
Posted By SDBenassi
Black and White Film?

Is it still possible to shoot a feature on black and white film?
Forum: Cinematography & Lighting 02-01-2013, 02:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 423
Posted By SDBenassi
I wanted to shoot natural lighting, cloud cover,...

I wanted to shoot natural lighting, cloud cover, almost like walking through the fog. Was aiming at shooting the Santa Cruz mountains actually, but most of the time it is bright with blue skies and...
Forum: Cinematography & Lighting 01-30-2013, 05:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 423
Posted By SDBenassi
Summer for Winter?

I am shooting a movie this june and am wondering how I can acheive the look of december? The story takes place in a smaller, mountain-type of town. I am mostly concerned with the lighting being too...
Forum: Pre-Production 01-25-2011, 11:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 578
Posted By SDBenassi
Does 2 locations=1?

I have a story that takes place in a single-story elderly lady's house (and mostly the living room). In the final scene we learn that the main character is insane and that in fact he has been in a...
Forum: Post Production 12-20-2009, 11:50 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,235
Posted By SDBenassi
Final Cut Pro- Log and Transfer goes idle

I just shot a project on P2 cards on the Panasonic HVX200 and now when I'm trying to download my files into Final Cut 6.0 via Log and Transfer it goes idle. I can play the clip in the viewer, but it...
Forum: Pre-Production 12-09-2009, 10:58 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 924
Posted By SDBenassi
Prop- Checkbook?

I'm trying to find a prop for a checkbook, but oddly enough, no prop stores in the LA area that I've tried seem to have one. In my short film, the character flips through the checkbook looking for...
Forum: On The Set 12-01-2009, 08:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 698
Posted By SDBenassi
Sound recording on set!

Recording a dialogue, indoors in a house, between two characters having a direct conversation with one another. Small sound budget but want it to sound good. What equipment should I use?
Want to...
Forum: Cinematography & Lighting 12-01-2009, 08:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 849
Posted By SDBenassi
Lighiting for Home Office

I'm about to shoot a short that entirely takes place in a home office during the day/ dusk. The idea of the film is to show no faces, just hands doing work at the desk and an occasional shot of...
Forum: Cinematography & Lighting 11-30-2009, 06:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,276
Posted By SDBenassi
Lens adapter on Standard Def Camera

So, for reasons pertaining to the difficulties of pre-production and budget restraints, I have a much easier time getting a 35mm lens adapter for a standard def Canon XL-2 than a Hi-Def Panasonic...
Forum: Post Production 07-23-2009, 07:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 465
Posted By SDBenassi
HD- output how?

Hi, I just finished my first short film shot on HD and I'm trying to figure out the best way to output it in an HD format. Being that I'm festivaling it, I would like to find something I could...
Forum: Post Production 07-11-2009, 10:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 950
Posted By SDBenassi
Okay, figured out some important stuff. So when...

Okay, figured out some important stuff. So when I play the DVD on my HDTV or my friends flat screen TV, it plays mono, and one of the stereo tracks is completely left out. But when I play a...
Forum: Post Production 07-11-2009, 09:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 950
Posted By SDBenassi
sorry, left out some important info: The dvd...

sorry, left out some important info: The dvd plays fine on my computer, an IMac, where both mono and stereo tracks are clearily audible. But when I played it on my HD TV or my friend's 4x3 flat...
Forum: Post Production 07-11-2009, 11:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 950
Posted By SDBenassi
Audio-final sound mix

So I just finished editing my first short film and when I finally burned it to DVD, many of the audio tracks were muffled. I was told this was because some of my audio tracks were mono and that to...
Forum: Post Production 06-15-2009, 06:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 729
Posted By SDBenassi
tape?

yeah, my raw files are .mov as I imported them from memory cards. Its also HD. What about saving to tape? Is that uncompressed? And can you do that with HD movies?
Forum: Post Production 06-14-2009, 05:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 729
Posted By SDBenassi
best format

Good to know. Then what would be the best format for the archival? Animation, 8-bit, 10-bit.. what is the difference? Thanks
Forum: Post Production 06-14-2009, 05:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 561
Posted By SDBenassi
Create flash from gun fire

I need to create a flash from a gunfire. Is there an effect like this already in Final Cut Pro 6 or any way to create it? If not, any good place to download this type of optical effect?
Forum: Post Production 06-14-2009, 01:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 729
Posted By SDBenassi
Best output file for archive

I just finished editing a 10 minute short film and wanted to output the highest quality uncompressed file to save as a back-up for my archive. I tried doing an 'animation' in quicktime movie format,...
Forum: Equipment & Gear 03-26-2009, 06:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,138
Posted By SDBenassi
Record audio cheaply

Hi, I wanted to record sound FX separately from my camera and wanted to know the cheapest, most effective way to do so. I mostly want to capture sounds in my apartment and neighborhood, ie. dogs...
Forum: Acting 09-29-2008, 01:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,565
Posted By SDBenassi
Where to look?

I'm directing my first short film and I'm curious as to where I should have the actors look during shot-countershot dialogues. Do they look at the camera? Right above it? Into the distance? The...
Forum: On The Set 09-29-2008, 01:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,069
Posted By SDBenassi
Falling camera

I'm filming a scene where a cameraman is shot and falls to the ground with his camera. We see this only through the lens of the camera he is holding (think the end of Blair Witch project), so we,...
Forum: On The Set 09-27-2008, 11:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 22,019
Posted By SDBenassi
Shooting a scene inside of a moving car

Low budget short film, and I'm wondering how I can shoot a conversation between two people in the front seats who talk as the car moves. I would like to have one set up seemingly in between them...
Forum: HD 08-21-2008, 03:34 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,695
Posted By SDBenassi
Sony FX1 HD- 35mm mounts?

Are there any mounts, like the P+L mount, that allow you to put 35mm film lenses on the Sony FX1 HD? I want to shoot with prime lenses and get around having to use the video lenses that come with...
Forum: SD 07-25-2008, 02:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,876
Posted By SDBenassi
frame rate dilemna

I'm shooting a short for viewing primarily on YouTube and short film festivals. I want it to have a 'film look', as they say, so which frame rate would be the best to shoot in in terms of quality...
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