Archive for November, 2011

Tribute To My Father: Celebrating 60 Years

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

A few weeks ago, we had an early surprise birthday party for my dad, who turns 60 in a few weeks. I put together a video/slide show tribute which was screened during the party. My dad continues to be a hero in my life. He’s a giant of a man, setting the benchmark so high, it will be a struggle to reach its shadow.  For those of you who don’t know him well, this video provides but a brief glimpse into his remarkable life.

It was filmed on a Canon 5DmkII and edited in After Effects and Premier.  It also includes my first experiment with my green screen.  I used Boris ChromaKey, which seemed to work remarkably well.

Disclaimer: it was around 3:30 am when I filmed myself for the voiceover, and I look like I’m a bit stoned.  It was also right on the heels of working a 70+ hour week, so I was just a tad fatigued. Oh well, it was too late to re-record; and I would’ve just been more tired anyway.


Bach Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major by Yo-Yo Ma
Valse Frontenac by George Winston
Sailing by The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
A Mother’s Heart by William Joseph


New Canon C300 compact digital cinema camera a bit disappointing

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Canon just finished its announcement of the first camera in a new line of digital cinema cameras, the C300.  Along with the rest of the film-making world, I was pretty excited to see what Canon was announcing today.  It was clear that they were woken up a bit by the sleeper success of the 5DmkII, and decided to build a camera with the same small form factor benefits but with the pro-video features the 5D was lacking.  Namely, uncompressed video, XLR ins, HDSDI out, reduced rolling shutter, etc.  I had hoped to see these sort of features with perhaps 2K resolution and 60fps at something around the $6-7K price range… a natural extension for the democratized DSLR video market.  But alas, the MSRP is a whopping $20K, and it records no higher than 1080P 30fps.  At that price I would’ve expected at least 4K at 30fps and 2K at 60fps. (more…)