So in a world with 4K, 6K, and even 8K cameras, why do we hold such a special place in our hearts for the Canon C300. Yet, it is 2019, where 4, 6 and 8K are becoming more and more prominent and we still love a camera that is over 5 years old.
A camera is a tool for the craft of filmmaking and videography. You can use a $50,000 dollar cinema camera or you can use a cinema camera at the fraction of that cost. The main difference between these two tools is the filmmakers behind them. Your experience and technique can carry you further in filmmaking than the price tag of your camera. Now that is an important lesson for those getting into this field, you may think that in order to get into production, especially as a cinematographer or doing corporate films that you need to advertise yourself as a RED or Arri owner. This is NOT the case, you can build up a body of work and let your skill shine for you. You can still get incredible image quality and production value out of the Canon C300 no matter the situation! I can be shooting outdoor nature footage, interview footage, or even in narrative production settings and still be incredibly pleased with how well this camera performs.
When it comes to creating a consistent workhorse cinema cameras, Canon, in my opinion takes the cake. Honestly this camera can take a beating, I’ve dropped it a few times (don’t try to drop it) this thing has taken dust storms to the face while we were filming in Africa, and after travelling all over the world with me, this camera still performs beautifully. The camera feels great in your hands and it can either be the perfect run ‘nd gun camera or if you want to fully deck out the camera with all the bells and whistles you can do that too. When I’m looking at a camera one of the most important things for me is the versatility.
Where this camera really shines is in documentary production. The 2019 Oscars just happened and I was incredibly pleased to see that the Canon C300 was used in parts of filming documentaries nominated at the Oscars. If you are the type of person that constantly questions whether your gear is good enough, all you need to say to yourself is, that it is good enough. If a camera that is over 5 years old is still used to this day for Oscar nominated films, then the lesson to take from all of this is to practice. Learn your camera in and out so that when you’re showing your work next to a camera you think is better (Like the RED Raven) that you won’t even be able to tell the difference. It is all a matter of choice and I think the most important lesson is to just keep learning.
So even if you are just starting out, or are a little bit more advanced in your filmmaking careers, you can really see that its much more important to keep learning in your craft no matter what gear is thrown your way. It’s super tempting to upgrade your gear at any chance you get but I think its more important to just create, and when you feel that you are ready to upgrade you should. For now, we will still stick with our beast of a camera, the Canon C300.Read More
People often complain about winter because of the cold, dreary weather. They’ll stay inside their homes on the dark days and try to stay cozy while binge-watching a television series or having a movie marathon. The occasional snow-day is something that I look forward to, but that snow day cannot last the entire winter season.
If I had a snowed-in season… then nothing in my life would get done. I spend most of the year traveling and being outside - why would I stop that trend just because of the snow and cold weather? If I halted my hobbies, then everything else in my life would halt too. Therefore, I force myself out of my comfort zone and go on a hike on the coldest day. If I can overcome the elements, then I can overcome any challenge that the new year can bring.
For some reason, I’ve always loved this time of year. Why? You see, winter time can be a season of reflection; a time to better yourself and plan for the upcoming year. Many others do this too, usually once the new year begins people do that whole “new year, new me” thing… but then everyone kind of falls off that bandwagon once February rolls around.
Why not just start the moment the winter months begin?
The moment it begins getting cold outside, I begin the process of preparing for the new year. I reflect on the previous months and begin working on a budget.
I have a mental checklist for things I want to figure out:
Places to travel
Once I’ve thought about it, then I put the goals and ideas onto paper. I often to refer to that paper throughout the year. One important thing to note is that even though almost anything can be planned out, sometimes life can throw a curve ball. This is often why I usually don’t create a time-frame when it comes to travel ideas or even hiking challenges. I love to be spontaneous and adventurous… and I love discovering new places that I stumble across on my travels. Those kinds of days can never be planned out, they can only be discovered.
That concept alone is how this video, “Looking For You” got created to begin with.
Jesse and I literally just pushed ourselves out of our comfort zones to film on the coldest, wet days to capture some amazing stock footage. Our friend, Paden Dickinson, tagged a long for the ride and we hiked the Litchfield Hills together.
It was random, spontaneous, and adventurous.
My three favorite words and two of my favorite people.
Click the image below and check out our adventure!
*This video was not planned and was filmed on different days; it’s literally just ironic that Paden and I were wearing the same jackets and hats.*
Stay tuned for my next blog post,
Center of Hope (2018) - Trailer #1
Our trip to Uganda was one of the most wonderfully life changing experiences we have ever had. It was such an honor to hear stories of the people of Masese and their lives. It is our pleasure to share with you the very first trailer for our documentary, Center of Hope.
Thank you all for watching. We look forward to sharing more footage and clips of the documentary in the future! We’re so excited for this project and we hope you love it just as much!
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