Monthly Archives: August 2011

Lipstick Camera.

Working on my Final Cut Pro tutorials I came across the fact that sports or reality television productions may shoot some of the program in HD but use DV for smaller lipstick cameras… What’s a lipstick camera?

Below is the best one out there right now!

Found this on Wikipedia:

lipstick camera is an extremely small video camera which is approximately the size of a typical tube of lipstick. They are useful for capturing images that a conventional camera would not be able to capture due to size or weight constraints.

Examples include showing a poker player’s hand, looking inside a hockey penalty box, or providing a “point of view” angle by mounting the camera on a helmet. The camera itself only has just enough electronics to capture the image, typically on a 6mm (1/4 in) Bayer filter CCD. It is connected by a cable to a somewhat larger box where the image is processed into a standard video signal which can be recorded.

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Questions for Reid.

On a bus ride to Toronto I wrote down a ton of questions to ask Reid Coolsaet. Things I’d like to know and I think others would like to know as well. And yes, if you have a question please let us know!

But here are a few questions Paul & I have to ask ourselves:

Do we plan to appear on camera with the interviewees?

Do we make the interviewees to appear to be addressing the audience directly?

Do we want to take a less formal approach to interviewing, asking the subjects questions as they go about their lives or shooting them as they discuss particular topics with others?


Tiff is no doc stiff.

Visited TIFF’s website to see what documentaries are going to be shown. There are 4 of particular interest to me. Going to see if my bro and I can catch one of the following: Undefeated (sports), The Last Gladiators (sports, canadian), Into The Abyss (Werner Herzog) and/or I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful (Jonathan Demme). I haven’t been to the festival since 1984. That’s a long time… anyone want to join us?


Be the audience.

“You can’t cut a film or tell a story with a critic on your shoulder. Don’t second-guess yourself; that’s not what this process is about. Instead, ask yourself every step of the way, ‘Is this interesting? Would I keep watching? What do I care about here? Who am I worried for? Am I confused? Where do I need more information?’ Chances are, if it works for you… it will work for the audience” – Sheila Curran Bernard Documentary Storytelling


Final Cut Pro.

Making an honest effort to learn Final Cut Pro. On chapter 4 in a book Paul purchased (Doing a chapter a day…). I’m finding it pretty intuitive and similar to other software I know. It’s like Illustrator and Photoshop in that there are carry overs from the pre-digital days. Like artboards, dodging and burning for those programs, most users will have never worked with bins, a moviola and/or splicer like I did in film school.

I wouldn’t want to go back. This is far too easy, cheap and fun!


When shooting…

It only makes sense that when shooting, you have to constantly think ahead. Think about camera moves, how shots can be cut together and what it all means. Steve Ascher describes it best, “I’m doing a close shot, I’m now doing a move from character A to character B… People who learn to shoot with video often shoot more continuously” which he sees as a problem. “They don’t stop the camera, they’re not thinking about where shots begin and end, and sometimes that results in uncuttable footage.”


Well done Salomon Running.

Paul came across this terrific video via Salomon Running. At times the editing and camerawork are a bit too franetic. However, the piece looks terrific and is pretty informative. Music is nice and not overbearing. Well done… I know my brother and I will shoot for matching this video level soon. Nice.