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All of my applications have been completed and submitted – around 30 written responses, tens of forms filled out, and two versions of one short film all done. Now the hard part, waiting.

In the meantime, quite a bit has happened since my last post.

1. Sweethearts Promo

So Danny from the mac lab was asked by ASB at Valhalla to create a promotional video advertising the upcoming Sweethearts Dance. I was able to assist with some critical on-set decisions as well as monitor Danny with his project (including cutting and sound editing) and I have to say, for his own real first video, not bad at all. It can be found here…it’s kind of like Degrassi now that I think about it haha. His next ASB promo is a dodgeball video set to shoot on Saturday; all should be go much more smoothly on set than the first shoot – I’m expecting some action scenes too :).

2. Video Project

I’m running a bit behind on another video project that was originally intended for Danny. As he got busy, Christian stepped up to the plate to learn Final Cut from me and put this DVD together, and I’m sure he won’t hesitate to tell you how much of a headache it is to sync footage up without the proper tools. Saturday, along with helping on Danny’s shoot, we will hopefully get the bulk of the cutting done.

3. 5D Mark II Firmware Update

FINALLY! THANK YOU CANON! 24p on a full frame camera, along with manual audio control, AND a live histogram. Ah Christmas all over again. I put together a short testing 24p. I will post it as soon as it’s done. Time to start showing these students what video is SUPPOSED to look like. Just in time for Danny’s Dodgeball video too, fantastic.

4. Future Project

Light painting seems to be the new fad in the mac lab, all the cool kids are doing it. I’ve been looking at different mediums for a blowout project on a Solitude scale for the end of the year and this may finally be a viable avenue for it. Thanks to a clever idea Christian had, we might be able to pull off some pretty nifty stuff. I won’t ruin the surprise though, we’ll just have to see what happens because nothing is set in stone. So Danny, Zack, Christian, and the rest of you light painters and mab labbers (I don’t know what else to call you haha sorry) write down ANY ideas you have. The more we have to choose from the better.



  1. If you are planning a massive light painting endeavor, count me in.

  2. Any quick tips for filming at night? The light painting tutorials I am making don’t have to be fancy or artistic masterpieces, they just have to work, so I was wondering if you had any advice for night shooting?

    • 1. If you have flood lights and extension cords, bring them.
      2. Open Aperture (50mm 1.4 would take in the most light from the lenses you have to pick from).
      3. Low Shutter Speed (slowest for video = 1/30)
      4. High ISO – an ISO of 1000 is probably the last region of manageable noise, I wouldn’t suggest going past that unless you really don’t care about the picture quality).
      5. Again…if you have flood lights, bring them.

  3. Unfortunately, no flood lights.

    Thanks for the tips.

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