Thanks to some help from my friends at Bellevue College I have the privilege of being one of 6 students for the live webcast of Gale Tattersall’s master class on DSLR Cinematography this weekend at creativeLIVE studios on Seattle. If you don’t know him already Gale is the Cinematographer on the hit television series HOUSE MD. Last year he helped shake up the world of network television. The season finale for “House” was shot entirely on the Canon DLSR’s. This award winning episode was noted for it’s outstanding camera work and cinema like imagery. All this on cameras that cost less then $3,500.
At a recent meeting of the Bellevue Film Society we were making plans for the shooting of our short film REMINISCE. After the meeting a few of us got together to shoot a short promo video for creativeLIVE so that I could be in the running to be a student of Gale’s. My video was selected! I’ll be joining 5 other students starting Friday to learn directly from one of Hollywood’s master cinematographers. The class will be available for live streaming from creativeLIVE.COM and later made for sale as a DVD. Check out the videos below. The 1st has some information from Gale about this weeks class. The 2nd one is my winning entry.
So my film Solving the Quantum Riddle: Interrupted premiered at the Local Sightings Film Festival last night. I had a great talk with Adem from NWFF & the DP from Eyes in the Dark about the future of Seattle Alt cinema. Later the discussion moved towards the DSLR & the big screen. I expressed the belief that the greatest impact of the DLSR on indie movies is yet to come. Perhaps 5 years of dominance for these handy little cameras until something more revolutionary, (& at the1 to 5 thousand dollar price point) comes along. For the ultra low budget filmmaker the HDSLR may just be the go to camera for a long long time. The reason being lenses, image quality & cost. Look for small increases in quality with such things as low noise in extremely low light, XLR inputs & perhaps effective auto focus while operating in film mode. Perhaps raw & 4K video will occur sometime soon, (within the next 5 years), as well. The camera companies save a lot of money in development cost when the same camera can be marketed to professional photographers/videographers & serious amateurs.
Going to my first audition since 1996 tonight. I’ve got a nice piece from Glen Garry Glen Ross & Henry V to hit them with. It is for a paying gig in a neo film noir short. Wish me luck!