Thursday, December 29, 2011

DIY Windscreen / Deadcat from $6 ~ $9

Hello everyone, here is my latest DIY for a windscreen / deadcat for your shotgun microphone.  The best part is there is zero construction involved!  How you ask?  Well its simple, as I came up with the idea of using a furry seat belt pad as a windscreen itself.  All for only $6.30 at Meijer.  Now I did find one like this on for about $6 in case you are unable to locate a local piece.  Below I have a video demonstrating it on and off in high speed winds so you can hear the difference!  I hope this becomes a popular alternative for some folks looking to film on the cheap.  Please make sure to comment on the video with any questions.  Thanks!

This video has also been posted on, and!

Check out there sites too as they have a ton of great information!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

DIY Camera Stabilizer Shoulder/Fig Rig Cage - First Look

I have finally built it!  Well for the most part anyways.  (Pics below) I must still glue everything together and paint it black, but its together.  Once I finish gluing the pieces and they dry, I will get out and do a test run to see how it performs.  Maybe even go all out and create a dinky action short!  Ha!  But back to business... I have designed this rig to allow for multiple applications.  With this you will be able to use it as a over the shoulder rig, but instead of some awkward one sided setup, it will put the camera directly in front of you and allow for easy adjustment of the focus ring.  I have also made it possible to remove the shoulder handles/weights so it becomes a cage shaped fig rig.  Allowing you to get your steering wheel shots.  But not only that, since its a cage you will be able to turn your cage to the left or right and run along side your actor in a forward direction instead of having to side step.  Assuming you have an oscillating screen or small mountable monitor...Or you are just that good and can run and "know" your actor is in frame ;).  Now I do not have them myself, but if you so choose you could install rails as well and within the cage.

What are the benefits of a cage over just open on top?  Well there are a number of them.  With a cage you will be able to mount your shotgun and portable audio recorder in convenient places for yourself, and even lights!  A cage will also give you the ability to add light deflectors for your lens on the front by simply attaching it to the front rods or do the mounting deck.  Protection!  If you drop your camera with other rigs, most likely your lens is sticking out beyond the rig it is attached to and will result in nearly instant destruction.  But with this you will at least know that your camera is completely surrounded by pvc, which will take most of the punishment assumably with at least flat surfaces.  Weather elements:  Something I hope to test out, is making a rain over that will drape and attach over the cage with possibly a plexiglass window for shooting out and a large cover extending from that to protect the operator as well.  I would love to actually be standing In the rain and snow and not have to worry about damaging my camera, yet getting cool weather shots. 

Another little thing I added was the thread screw for the camera.  I have created it so the screw will stay as part of the rig without falling out but you can turn it form the bottom instead of spinning your camera in circles to tighten it.  Plus its really easy to attach with how its setup.  You will see soon enough though how I did it.  For now though, here are a few pics of the rig with my camera attached.  Once I figure out what the best method is to glue the pieces together, I will record a video of the basic DIY portion so I may share it with the rest of you.  My guess as to how much it will cost is kinda dependent on how far you yourself want to take it.  But the very basic design should be just under $20 and that is without the weights attached and simply having pvc rods with foam rest on your shoulders.  This is doable but may make you tired faster holding your camera and how much gear your attach.  With everything I have it might be more like $35.  Thanks for reading and feel free to share this post with others.  I will do a second posting when I actually create the DIY video.  Merry Christmas everyone!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Dogman - World Premier

So here in Michigan, or at least Northern Michigan there is a song that gets played around Halloween every year, simply called "The Legend" by Steve Cook.  After man years of being on the radio it has finally been turned into a movie by Director Richard Brauer, titling it "Dogman."  I was actually able to attend the opening event to this movie, which was a first for me and a great experience.  Here below is the video I had captured of the red carpet event they had before heading inside.

While I was there I had the pleasure of meeting Benjamin Busch, who was secretly standing right behind me while I was taking pictures of inside the theater!  He seemed like a great guy, and was very entertaining for the part he played as well.  To bad I failed to mention my YouTube channel to him...But anywho, perhaps I will meet him again and maybe the others as well as my filming takes off and start to become a little more noticed.

For the movie I would say overall it was good, acting was great, there was just one thing that bugged me...Muzzle flashes!  Rich, if you somehow read this, those bad boys need fixing.  Other than that I found myself laughing half the time at the great humor of Larry Joe Cambell!  Here is a few images I snapped while there as well.

Tom Cilluffo

Stacie Hadgikosti

After attending this event it definitely got me pumped about making my own movie!  Time to start planning!

For more information about the actors and movie here is a great resource I found.

Link to the song's website for Steve Cook.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Girl Upstairs

I have finally completed my latest little short.  Just in time for Hallow....Christmas!  :D  Anyways, this was quite a task to complete.  But first watch it, then read the rest below.

What made this so difficult was I had shot my actress and the rest of the short in two completely different locations, times, and with obviously different lighting scenarios.  On top of that, I found myself trying to figure out how I would accomplish a few of the effects I did.  Such as the faucet shutting off (harder then you would think it should have been), attempting to attach a reflection of the girl in the moving/tilting spoon, bloody drops/footprints, moving shadow on the wall, the ghost girls head spinning around, and attempting to mimic a falling shot.  Anywho, I hope you enjoy it for the most part and feel free to share and subscribe!  Thanks!