Episodes | Breaking Down

This is my friend Jordan O’Leary’s new documentary web series. I was his Camera Operator/Production Assistant for episodes 1 & 2 Seattle side. Those who kno me might notice my Diamond Back mountain bike &  red & white Brooks running shoes also had starring roles in the piece. The 1st two episodes explores which city is friendlier, Seattle or LA. You may be surprised about what his research reveals. Episodes | Breaking Down.

Breaking Down | Friendly Factor: Seattle vs Los Angeles — Part 1/2 from Think Switch on Vimeo.

Mad As Hell! Kinetic Typography on Vimeo

Mad As Hell! Kinetic Typography on Vimeo on Vimeo

via Mad As Hell! Kinetic Typography on Vimeo.

This is my favorite example of Kinetic Typography. It is set to the “Mad as Hell” speech performed by Peter Finch & written by Paddy Chayefsky for  the 1976 film “Network”. Cudos to Aaron Leming for bringing creating it & sharing it online.

Variety Reviews – The Off Hours – Film Reviews – – Review by Ronnie Scheib

Variety Reviews – The Off Hours – Film Reviews – – Review by Ronnie Scheib.

This nuanced review about an a subtle Seattle based film which premiered this week at Sundance is another example of the vibrance & potential of the local film community here in the Northwest. With costs of some parts of the process becoming more affordable great films can now be made for what was once considered a shoe string budget. I shoot with a Canon 7D & record sound on a Zoom H4N, do my editing in Final Cut Pro & Motion Graphics in Adobe After Effects. All of which can be purchased with a top of the line iMAC for under $10,000. I went to mention before I get to wonky that my friend & former classmate/cast mate Tony Doupe stars in this film. I really haven’t seen him in over 20 years. We were both heavily involved in theater at WWU in he 1980’s. So I can’t wait to see the film. One play I recall doing with him was She Stoops to Conquer, while in Summer Stock in 1986.

What Exactly is ‘HDRx,’ RED’s In-Camera High Dynamic Range Mode? | NoFilmSchool

What Exactly is ‘HDRx,’ RED’s In-Camera High Dynamic Range Mode? | NoFilmSchool.

This post offers some inside information about the brand new High Dynamic Range option on the upcoming RED cameras. This will offer a dynamic range surpassing film as well as motion capture that goes beyond the 1/48th sec  of standard capture. It will be exciting to exploit these camera’s creatively. At least I hope so!

The Science of Email Marketing

The Science of Email Marketing.

I’ve really enjoyed these webinars from Hubspot. They are entertaining in a number crunching kind of way. Also many of us have so much to learn about marketing our business’ online. Which in a sense is the dominant marketing option, at least for small business today.



Yesterday I posted about the new 32 mp camera phone. Upon further research I found that it is a design prototype from this Seattle company Artefact. Their point was to speculate about where pro-sumer cameras may be 3 to 5 years in the future. I think this discussion raises some interesting ideas about the future of film production & professional photography. DSLR’s are now being used for professional film production. This kind of system has the potential for easier remote control of a film production camera. Easy OS updates & the potential  to develop creative/technical plug ins & apps, make this an exciting time to be involved in film production & photography. That said the Artefact Camera Futura is not going to be seen on the market any time soon. Thanks Artefact for starting a conversation.

WVIL – Wireless Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens

WVIL – Wireless Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens.

I saw this amazing camera via Derrick Gibson on Facebook. It does HD Video. It will either become an expensive toy or a valuable production tool. To the latter it could be adapted to becoming a follow focus device similar to wireless follow  focus being developed by Red Rock Micro.

Thomas Thwaites: How I built a toaster — from scratch | Video on TED.com

I don’t know if you are a big fan of  TED. But this video struck me as unique in the ways it combines creativity, technology & communication. That’s something I always aim for at Aesthetica, whether I am working in film, video or photography. Enjoy, Mike Kleven

Thomas Thwaites

via Thomas Thwaites: How I built a toaster — from scratch | Video on TED.com.