Film Gear

NAB Exclusive Preview: Killer New Sigma Cine Lens Line

NAB Exclusive Preview: Killer New Sigma Cine Lens Line I just directed This is Meg star’s Jill-Michele Meleán new Comedy Stand-Up Special and we shot it using SIGMA’s new Cine Lenses 18-35mm and 50-100mm on the Blackmagic Ursa 4.6k. My cinematographer Austin Nordell just can’t stop raving about them and I can’t tell you how…

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Learn Your Craft & Stop Worshipping Film Gear

Learn Your Craft & Stop Worshipping Film Gear You may be wondering why this article is called Learn Your Craft & Stop Worshipping Film Gear and the reason behind it is that I feel today’s filmmakers rely more on technology than the technique of filmmaking itself. I recently wrote an article on why shot composition…

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Shutter Speed, Aperture (F Stop) & ISO Explained!

Aperture (F Stop), Shutter Speed & ISO Explained! For beginning filmmakers and camera peeps there’s a bunch of confusion about three areas of the camera: Shutter Speed Aperture (F Stop) ISO What is Shutter Speed? Shutter Speed is one of the three pillars of cinematography, the other two being ISO and Aperture (F Stop). Shutter speed can…

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Rokinon Cine Lenses XEEN Test – Are They Worth the Price?

Rokinon Cine Lenses XEEN Test – Are They Worth the Price? I wanted to start breaking down some of the tools of the filmmaking trade. The more information you have on your “paint brushes” the more beautiful the artwork you can paint. Moving forward Indie Film Hustle will be doing reviews on all sorts of…

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Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K – The Great Filmmaking Equalizer

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K – The Great Equalizer Ok so if you follow Indie Film Hustle at all you know that I love Blackmagic products. I shot my first feature (This is Meg) on the BMCC 2.5K (see the complete breakdown of my crazy camera rig here) and edited/color graded on Davinci Resolve. Blackmagic is really…

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Veydra Mini Cinema Primes: Real Cinema Lenses You Can Afford

Veydra Mini Cinema Primes: Real Cinema Lenses You Can Afford If you’re an indie filmmaker and shoot your own stuff, the price of really good glass is generally too damn expensive and cinema-style primes lenses are totally out of reach…until now. Until recently, the most cost effective cinema-style primes lenses have been pre-existing stills lenses, which can create…

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LED Light Shootout: 7 AWESOME LED Lights for Under $50

LED Light Shootout If you have $50, then you can afford some pretty cool LED lights for your next production. Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter tested a bunch of $50 (and below) LED Lights, comparing color temperature, light output, and other reasons you’d want dish out $25-$50 for an LED Light. Check out his video…

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Kubrick’s Lenses – The Ultimate Guide to the Lenses Used by Stanley Kubrick

Kubrick’s Lenses – The Ultimate Guide to the Lenses Used by Stanley Kubrick When you here the Stanley Kubrick you think of images. One of the many reasons Kubrick was such a remarkable filmmaker was that he came to the film industry after years working as a professional photographer for publications like Look magazine. There he learned about composition, light…

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Types of Lenses: Master Class on Film Camera Lenses

Types of Lenses: Master Class on Film Camera Lenses Understanding the tools of the trade is as important as understanding how to tell a compelling story. Camera lenses and all types of lenses can be a total mystery for those who are not trained. Knowing which lens to use at what time is imperative. Yes,…

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