Thursday, July 31, 2014

Short Film: Super Secret Untitled James Boyd Kodak 8mm Home Movie Project

< Sliding with the Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly and the Canon C100 on a home movie project.

< 8mmmmmm goodness.  These are my family's memories and Kodak moments from 1958-1982.

And then the video camera arrived...but that's a story for another day (UPDATE: See below).

Welcome back, Kodak!  On this day (July 31st, 2014), Kodak decided to just keep making film.  Now we can all be "filmmakers" again.  Thanks, Kodak (and the very powerful filmmakers who made it so).

Saturday, July 26, 2014

#QUADthemovie Buzzes The Aerial Cine Conference at AbelCine Burbank

So #QUADthemovie got the opportunity to head on down to AbelCine in Burbank to witness their aerial cinematography conference.  This was an awesome spectacle of serious camera people and their passion for flying the box.

On display were Hollywood-style drones that can hoist high-end professional cameras.  Safety and education were themes stressed all day long by the conference speakers, like Rich Hanson from the AMA, Lucien Miller from Innov8tive Designs, San Diego-based Aerial Mob and Charles Eide from the FlySafe training program.

Special thanks to Robert Rodriguez, Andy Shipsides and the AbelCine team for hosting us, and putting on such a kick ass conference for aerial cinematography.  I met some very passionate people at this event, and #QUADthemovie is very honored to be working with some great pilots and hobbyists.

< At the aerial cine conference, shooting with Canon C100 with Atomos Ninja 2 external recorder for uncompressed ProRes HQ files.  Our lenses were 14mm, 24-70mm f/2.8L and 70-200m f/2.8L.  Audio was direct to dailies through the C100 via a Rode Lav on channel 1, and a Sennheiser MK-416 shotgun boom mic on channel 2.  We used my Philip Bloom pocket dolly for some cool b-roll on the drone floor.

We shot B-cam on an iPhone 5s for BTS stills, and any quick b-roll video pickups.  We had a rock solid 5DMK3 DSLR on site as a back-up to A cam.

< #QUADthemovie be book leernin'.

Keep on quadding in the free world.


< Aerial Cine leader Robert Rodriguez announced the formation of the Society of Aerial Cinematographers.  Safe flying standards for commercial artists are a must.

Photo: Alex Meza

< Conferring over the c100 and Atomos gear.

Photo: Alex Meza
Photo: Alex Meza

Photo: Alex Meza

< Drones aplenty at the Aerial Cine event.  The passion of the pilots and industry attendees convinced me that the #QUADthemovie documentary was in good hands.

< Test 1-2.  Sipowitz.  Sipowitz...

< Going handheld in the sponsor area.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

#QUADthemovie Quadcopter Free Gear Giveaway - WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!!

 Zenmuse H3-3D Gimbal


• Zenmuse H3-3D gimbal (open box) (JB O)
• GoPro Hero 3 camera (used, excellent condition) (Jason M)
• Black Pearl 7" monitor (new) (Rick V)
• DJI FPV System (open box) (Tobias B)
• Set of Tiger Motors (x4 engines - open box) (Drew P)
• Sandisk Class 10 Micros-SD card (64 GB) (new) (Chuck P)
• Hubsan X4-C Mini-Drone (new) (Ben)
• Polar Pro ND Filter (new) (Jason)
• Getterback Flotation device (new) (Brady K)
• DJI Phantom Propellers (1 CW, 1CCW) (new) (R.L.)
• #QUADthemovie swag

You can enter with email or social media via Rafflecopter.


You can enter by liking my fan page on Facebook, following me on Twitter, or sweetening the deal by sending out special #QUADthemovie tweets during the 3-week entry period (via Rafflecopter entry only).

Rafflecopter Entry System:
+1 = Tweet #Quadthemovie message (x1/per day for entire 20-day entry period)
+2 = Follow me on Twitter (x1 entry only)
+2 = Like me on my Facebook page (x1 entry only)
+5 = Tweet one of the best #QUADthemovie messages ever (x1 entry only)
+10 = Special "secret squirrel" info

E.g. Tweet-enter every day to increase your chances.

For more detailed information on how and why, please CLICK HERE.

Only tweets, likes and follows through the Rafflecopter entry system below will be accepted.  Please follow the entry procedures. All winner data will be double-checked.  All Twitter and FB accts must be valid.

I will announce the winners in a recorded live drawing video on Youtube or Vimeo on Friday July 25th.  The winners are randomly selected by   18+ only.  U.S. residents only.  1 prize per person per household.  Cheaters will be disqualified.  Please follow all local, state, & federal laws for raffles, and Rafflecopter's rules and regs.

 Zenmuse H3-3D Gimbal

All winners have been contacted.  If your name is listed as a winner, and you haven't received notification, then please contact me (Deadline is Monday August 11th, 2014 to contact me for your prize).  UPDATE (8/3/14): If you entered through FB, then your notification email was sent to the email linked to your account.  I still have not heard from some of you regarding your prizes.  You must contact me by the date listed above to claim your prize.

Thank you all for trying.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE: Mike C. - You had the greatest number of entries, but you were unfortunately blanked on every draw.  Just to show you that fate is not as cruel as you think, and to show you that the filmmakers of #QUADthemovie got your back, you win a Hubsan X4-L micro-drone.  Congrats, man.
Mike C. photo used with permission.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

One Person, One Vote: My Comment To The FAA Regarding Drones In Hollywood

The FAA wants to hear from you regarding model aircraft rules.  Under current law, no American can make money from flying commercial drones of any size.

That needs to change.

If you fly a drone (e.g. DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter), please sound off.  You have until July 25th, 2014 to make your comments known about the drones you love to fly.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Happy 4th Anniversary For Blog

Happy 4th birthday to the blog!  Thank you for reading and participating in the DIY filmmaking evolution.

As a token of my appreciation for the support, I'm offering a free raffle for some great quadcopter gear via #QUADthemovie.   Make sure you ENTER TO WIN a free Zenmuse H3-3D gimbal, DJI FPV system and more. Tweet-enter daily to increase your chances of winning.

Details HERE.

And again, A BIG THANK YOU for stopping by.