On a recent gig I was introduced to the Riedel Riface. It’s a custom rack-mount chassis for two Motorola GM360 radios, so they can interface with an audio console, intercom system, or even themselves to use as a repeater.
One of the other guys in the company figured he could build one for cheaper than the commercial version. It uses two Icom IC-F6011 base units. Getting audio out of the Icoms is easy, there’s a 3.5mm stereo jack on the back.
ENG lenses are great. They have long zoom ranges, zoom motors, comfortable hand grips, and are more ergonomically friendly than other zoom lenses (especially still lenses.) So it’s no wonder people want to put this glass on their digital cinema cameras.
I recently had the opportunity to shoot VOD callouts for a new Disneynature documentary, “Wings of Life”. Director Louie Schwartzberg introduced the film for several VOD platforms, including Xfinity, FiOS, and TWC. He also did a quick interview with the folks from Disney’s D23 fan club.
We had a huge bank of windows to contend with. I only had a tungsten kit, so we gelled everything blue, except the backlight, which I kept tungsten to give a bit of color offset. The sun kept moving so our flags had to adjust as well. I could talk about all the things I wish I had for this shoot (HMI, 12×12 silk), but we worked around our limitations and came out with a great product.
Look for Louie plugging “Wings of Life” on your cable or satellite VOD channel.
I spent hundreds (if not thousands) of hours shooting for this video. The camp is in East Texas, near the border with Louisiana, which is quite a change from the Northeast climate I’m used to.
The video came out wonderfully, better than I could have imagined. Yes, I could have had a better camera. Yes, I wish I had an assistant camera and an audio person. Yes, I wish there was air conditioning. But the experience and finished video were worth it.
Making your own XLR cables is a great way to ensure you’re getting a quality product built to your exact specifications. One you get good at making standard cables, making custom adapter cables is a piece of cake. I’ll show you how to make a standard XLR cable below. Continue reading →
I have always been a fan of audio. I like hearing stuff. I hate when films (student or otherwise) have bad audio. Using the on-camera mic is right up there with not using a tripod in my pet peeves of films. I have a lot of audio equipment, more than most student film makers probably. Here’s a list of what I have: Continue reading →