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Lens Battle: 50mm EF vs. 50mm FD

This is the first post in a series of lens battles! I take old Canon lenses, mostly FD mount, and pit them against newer EF mount lenses to see which is the best and sharpest for photography and especially video. This is the 50mm, or Nifty Fifty, round. Ready? Begin!

Do you agree with my results? While one lens might “beat” the other, it really just depends on the project you’re doing as to what type of lens you pick. Food for thought!

Have you used either of these lenses? Leave a comment below, or on the YouTube video!

How to Make 3D Work for You

After seeing The Hobbit for the third viewing, I believe it is finally time for me to talk a bit about 3D films. I have always been one to doubt the importance and extravagance of 3D. However, it’s not just the extra price on the ticket that bothers me. For some reason, the majority of times I go to the theater to view a 3D film, the extraspatial element seems to wear off in a matter of minutes.

I remember that happening after the opening moon sequence of Transformers 3, the 3D had no effect on me. I took my glasses on and off repeatedly, trying to see any difference. With the glasses off, everything just looked slightly blurry! What a hoax, I thought. It reminded me of when I saw Spy Kids 3D back in the day with the old blue-and-red anaglyph glasses. That one was so bad that I just took the glasses off and watched the movie in awful psychedelic purple. So, 3D and I go way back.

Anywho, back to The Hobbit. Here’s how they did it:

So far, I’ve seen The Hobbit three times. The first time in 2D, and the second and third times in 3D. Well, I must say, my second time around was so bad that I was very glad that I’d seen it the first time in regular ol’ 2D. The Hobbit is a fantastic movie, 2D or 3D, but an unexciting or painful 3D experience is no fun at all. My third time around, however, I put all of the experiments I’d been doing with 3D film viewing into full effect, and I had the most enriching 3D experience I’ve ever had. Here are some tricks that I’ve learned to take with me into the 3D theater to make sure [...]

The Bourne Legacy

At last, another film review! Well, seeing how much I love the Bourne Trilogy, I feel compelled to write a movie review about The Bourne Legacy (2012).

Let me start by saying it was a fun film with some great acting and action. However, the new Legacy is just not up to scratch when compared to the originals: The Bourne Identity (2002), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007). Everything about these films (not just the first, but all of them) is that they say something about people, about our basest emotions and drives as human beings in danger and peril of morality. All of this is fueled by the superb acting (and action) of each film. The fight scenes are ultra-realistic and down to earth; rarely are there any flashy moves or brawling. Just like everything that the character of Bourne does has a point, so does everything in the films, which are woven together to create continuous (though not streamlined) story which is always adding layers and characters. Finally, I just really like how Bourne was shot and edited, which is a personal preference.

While the new film captures some of this, it is lacking in several areas. Now, I understand that neither of the directors from the original trilogy is a part of the Legacy, although the screenwriter from the first three films is the writer for this film as well as the director. In addition, although a different director of photography was hired than for the first three films, The Bourne Legacy was shot very well. I noticed a few cool shots; one was a continuous 360˚ shot around two people while they had a conversation. I was impressed. Also, the acting was very gripping. Jeremy Renner and co-star Rachel Weisz craft quite likeable [...]

Modern Film Fest

Check it out! “Still Kickin’” won Best Short at the 2011 Modern Film Festival!

YesHEis Film Festival

Our latest short film, “hero,” is now online on the Facebook page of the YesHEis contest.

Please click “Like” on this page so we can win!! Follow the link and click like!

By clicking “Like,” you are voting for our video to win Audience Favorite. Your support is necessary for stuff to happen! Look at the raw power of your mouse click! Click, share, chat, send, and watch away. The power is yours to use or waste.

Avast, it’s here!

Our film is done. Now what?

Our film is done.

The DVD is spun.

We turned it in, and had fun.

Now we sleep, for we have had nearly none.

48 hour is over, and we’re now bums.

Hope we won!


Editing is is progress

48 hours later…wait, it still hasn’t been 48 hours yet! Over the past two days, Team Fizbin has been scrambling to write, shoot, and edit our film. During the launch, we drew the genre of “Pirate” and the fortune “There is no mistake so great as always being right.” In addition, each team was required to include the following elements:

So, with that in mind, our team got underway.

Here is some of what we came up with:

Also, coming soon: Pictures from on set. Back to editing!

48 hours of creative madness has arrived!

It is here! The much-anticipated 48 hour film competition has arrived. We must write, shoot, and edit a short film in less than two days. Crazy, right?

Doorway Films and our team members have dubbed ourselves Team Fizbin, after the eloquent and dizzying game played by Capt. Kirk on Sigma Iotia II. Keep tabs of our Twitter, as we will be posting real-time updates as to our progress, as time allows, throughout the competition. At about 6 PM tonight, we will receive our assigned genre, line of dialogue, prop, character, and fortune cookie.

Fortune cookie, you ask? Well, this competition is called the Fortune Cookie 48, due to the fact that the last element of each film is based on the fortune from a real fortune cookie, and teams will be graded on how well they creatively interpret and incoprorate their respective “fortunes” into their films. Each film must be 5-7 minutes in length, as filled with shimmering awesomeness throughout. Wish us luck–we will need it!

Inception incepted

So, it looks like some dudes broke into the mind vault of Warner Bros., stole the film Inception, went back in time, gave it to Chris Nolan, and asked him to direct it. Then, after the film was released, they took it again and voiced over the trailer a Capella style. Ingenious, no?