Bringing Reality Back to Star Wars

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the original Star Wars trilogy used real actors in real costumes on real locations doing real stunts. Sadly, years later, this approach was thrown out the window in favor of copious amounts of CGI in the prequel trilogy. Star Wars …

Uncovering the Freefly ALTA

Ever since its announcement in April of this year, the Freefly ALTA hexacopter has been making waves and inspiring many web searches in hopes of finding more info on Freefly’s first UAV. Since then, Freefly has been steadily releasing more info about the ship, the quality control process they put …

DJI Phantom 3 Professional Review

By now most of you are probably familiar with DJI’s Phantom series of quadcopters. In this video we cover a Phantom 3 Professional review from a filmmaker’s perspective. The three main changes in this version of the Phantom are the built-in camera, integrated HD downlink, and the flight performance. Let’s …

Understanding Bitrate

Bitrate can be a tricky thing to understand. When you start throwing numbers into the mix, technical specs can get kind of overwhelming. So what’s a simple explanation of bitrate? A bitrate is essentially a numerical value of the amount of data contained in each second of audio or video …

MoVi Tips & Tricks Tutorial | HD Downlink

We’re constantly learning new and innovative ways to optimize our aerial cinematography gear. Just wanted to share a few tips and tricks with you all. Remote Triggering Red Camera First tip, is Red Start/Stop cable for remote recording for the Red Dragon/Epic/Scarlet cameras. Now why is remote start/stop so important …

The Importance of Quality Filters

So you just got a brand new lens and you’re stoked to get out and shoot with it. But wait! You know it’s wise to keep your lens protected at all times with a UV filter! So you just get whatever cheapest filter you can find and throw it on, …

MoVi M5 Tips & Tricks | Part 1

We use FreeFly Systems’ gimbals for various reasons as opposed to other gimbals such as Ronin, Gremsey, etc. This doesn’t mean these other gimbals are not worth pursuing, it just means we’ve adapted MoVis to work very well with our workflow. We will be discussing why we use MoVis in …

The Realism of Practical Effects on Set

We live in a film age where CG is the first choice when trying to produce some insane effect in a movie. Whether that effect is an explosion, vehicle wreck, structure massacre, CG is the first choice. In most instances, CG (computer generated) is going to be the cheaper/safer route, …