Next Gen Recoil Review

March 17, 2015 in Reviews — 0 Comments

Last year I did a review of the original Recoil. I liked the rig so much I bought it. And then Zacuto had to make a better version of what they started. You’ve probably heard about the Next Gen Recoil and you may know about all of its features. The purpose of this review is Read More



March 9, 2015 in Inspiration — 0 Comments

The commercial above was DP’ed by Pablo Barron and I’ll say it’s one of my favorite commercials to date. I love the look and the story has depth and emotion. Something that’s hard for find in the commercial world. This past week I had the honor of working with Pablo on a commercial shoot directed Read More



February 25, 2015 in Inspiration — 4 Comments

So my buddy Dave, a successful commercial director, keeps telling me, “you short film people never give the audience what they want.” For the most part he’s saying short films try to be artsy by denying the audience the pleasure of seeing the bad guy get his. The antagonist always gets away with whatever bad Read More


Sony FS7

February 11, 2015 in Gear — 1 Comment

B&H Photo now has the Sony FS7 in stock! It’s been called the C100 killer. Priced at $8,000 I can see why. On paper it’s specs far exceed what Canon is offering in that price range. It will be interesting to see what Canon brings out during NAB this year to compete. Or maybe they Read More


Wireless Monitoring

February 9, 2015 in Uncategorized — 4 Comments

When directing it’s nice not being tethered to the camera. It helps the camera operator and allows the director freedom to move away from the action if needed. I know I’m a day late and a dollar short to the whole affordable wireless monitoring thing. There are several blog posts and forums that cover this Read More

Thunder Son

Thunder Son

February 6, 2015 in Guest Video — 0 Comments

I have the honor of working with my friend Chris Neal from time to time on film projects. Chris has acted for me and DP’ed for me as well. It’s fun to watch him come up with unique stories. He’s a young, self taught filmmaker. He didn’t go to film school. In fact he has Read More



January 5, 2015 in Inspiration — 0 Comments

If you haven’t watched ANOMALY yet, please do. It’s the most visually spectacular independent film I’ve seen in some time. Full disclosure, I did back the film. I say this because as a review I’m sure that has some effect on how I experienced this film. So as you read this review keep that in Read More


Astra Review

December 22, 2014 in Reviews — 6 Comments

The Astra is the second generation of 1X1 bicolor LED light offered by Litepanels. To say the least it’s an impressive improvement from the company that created the industry standard in LED lighting. The Astra is four times brighter than the original 1X1 and this is a huge deal. This allows you to move the Read More



December 11, 2014 in Gear — 0 Comments

Convergent Design announced the new Odyssey7Q+, which will record 4K over HDMI, something it’s predecessor the 7Q did not do. This is good news for Sony A7s users like myself. This will add a second 4K external recording option for Sony users. The Atomos Shogun, priced at $1,995, records 4k when paired with the Sony Read More


Zacuto Gratical HD EVF

November 25, 2014 in Gear

UPDATE! Zacuto’s Gratical HD Mircro OLED EVF is available for pre-order with a $200 $700 discount. Originally the preorder price was $3,600, but Zacuto has dropped the price to $2,900! This is retroactive for folks that have already made a pre-orders. This is a serious EVF that includes features such as: – 0.61″ OLED EVF Read More