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Advice from the Trenches of Indie Filmmaking


web_400_pre_indiefilmmaking_philtraillandfelicityjonescourtesy-of-cross_day-productionsIn the beginning, it’s all rainbows and smiles for independent filmmakers, but as they descend deeper into the abyss of making a movie, their optimism, rationale and sanity can all cease to exist. Today’s most distinguished indie filmmakers sit at various points in their careers, but all can offer a wealth of advice to peers and up-and-comers alike — and their experiences might help you with your own production process.
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New Support Gear for Cameras Small and Large

camerasupport_k-tek-ktadm_ktekbThere has never been a greater offering of professional cameras — today’s swelling fleet comes in all sizes and shapes designed for so many general and niche applications. By extension, there has never been such a wide range of camera-support gear, including tripods, jibs and poles. In terms of the kinds of cameras being supported, there has definitely been a sea change over the past few years, from a primary focus on larger cameras with mid-sized (2/3-inch and ½-inch) sensors to smaller cameras with larger sensors, like DSLRs and the new class of smallish video cameras with large sensors.

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SIM Digital's Global Reach

Sim Video is now SIM Digital, and Founder/CEO Rob Sim says the name change reflects “a company that has worked hard to be at the forefront of our industry, always evolving.” Now in its 30th year, the international equipment and production service provider is working with top productions, like “Falling Skies” in Vancouver, “The Vampire Diaries” in Atlanta, and the massive Guillermo del Toro film Pacific Rim in Toronto. “Productions see no boundaries on where or how they shoot today,” says SIM Digital CSO Jim Martin. “Our clients need to have access to our equipment and services in any city or country they decide to shoot in, so we’ve made it a priority to be more accessible.”

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Shooting in tight spaces with ARRI Alexa M and Radiant Images

image003Established in 2005, Radiant Images provides leading-edge, high-end digital cinema technology and support to the film and entertainment industry worldwide. Radiant Images’ reputation as the rental house of choice for filmmakers shooting in tight spaces or on the fly has grown exponentially with the arrival of the versatile ARRI Alexa M camera.

Radiant Images has the inovative Alexa M camera system on site and ready to rent, and technicians already are hard at work customizing gear and building rigs to take full advantage of all it has to offer.
The Alexa M is essentially an ARRI Alexa that’s been cut in two. The light camera sensor is separate from the body, connected with a fiber option cable, to allow tighter shots, lightweight 3D setups and greater flexibility in action sequences – without compromising image quality or workflow.

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Vision blue Captures All The Angles

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For over 30 years, producer Danny Grizzle has traveled the country documenting the log home lifestyle for the best known log homebuilder, Satterwhite. Today he shoots with a DSLR package that includes the Vision blue pan and tilt head and tripod system from Vinten, which is a global market leader in camera support technology for broadcast professionals and videographers

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