CCW Expo, Low Light Examples

One of our camera backers, Josh Apter of Manhattan Edit Workshop, invited me out to a panel he was moderating on Digital Cinema: Past, Present, and Future at CCW Expo at the Javits Center in New York yesterday.

It was a real pleasure to check out this show, which is kind of like a mini NAB East, and features a ton of cool gadgets and broadcast gear. It’s amazing how much new broadcast technology is aimed at prosumers–small production companies and individuals working from single cameras, laptops, etc. without a studio of equipment to deal with.

The panel itself was a lot of fun. My co-panelists were Jem Schofield of TheC47, Terry Brown from Mega Playground, and Andy Shipsides of AbelCine.

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Online Premiere: ONE SMALL STEP

ONE SMALL STEP is now online!

With the LA premiere of ONE SMALL STEP this past Saturday, we realized it’s finally time to post the film up for everyone to see. So here it is, the online premiere of Digital Bolex’s first film! Let us know what you think here or on vimeo, and share with friends. We really appreciate it!


On Saturday we held the LA Premiere for ONE SMALL STEP at a fun event co-sponsored by Movement Park.

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Yes we Cannes!

ONE SMALL STEP in the Festival de Cannes 2012 short film catalogue.

Back recuperating in Paris and so it’s time to talk Cannes!

The festival was great experience, and completely different than any I have attended due to its overwhelming international presence. It really put into perspective for me that, despite its massive box office earnings, America is only a small portion of the global film market, a market that caters to every story and every culture, popular or minority.

I really came away feeling that if your particular project doesn’t seem to fit the mold of films your country or community is focused on, there truly is an international audience waiting to see your work, if you can only find the right way to connect with them. Continue reading “Yes we Cannes!” »

One Small Step at Cannes

We’re excited to announce that our short film One Small Step will be making its world premiere at the Short Film Corner at the 2012 Cannes film festival.

We think this is the perfect place to premiere the short as it allows industry professionals, fellow filmmakers, and anyone with accreditation to the festival the ability to watch the film “on demand” in a screening room or viewing station. I’ll be on hand for the first week of the festival to answer questions and meet up with anyone who wants to learn more about the camera or learn about the film.

While many of you have now watched the trailer and the BTS video for One Small Step, we haven’t spent a lot of time talking about the people who helped make the film a reality, so I wanted to introduce you all to the extremely talented cast of One Small Step:

Jordyn Lucas (Destiny White)

Jordyn did an amazing job as our lead character, Destiny White, bringing incredible energy, humor, and positive attitude to the set. She lent the perfect mix of gravitas and innocence to an at times heavy script, and delivered a fantastic performance, especially for such a young actor.

Bio: Jordyn Lucas, a native San Franciscan, has spent most of her life in front of the camera both as an actress and former Ford model. Jordyn has starred in projects for Nickelodeon, the California Department of Health, and numerous independent films and commercials. She also appeared in the San Francisco Opera’s productions of Porgy & Bess and Das Rheingold. Jordyn is represented by the Norwood Talent Agency in Los Angeles. Continue reading “One Small Step at Cannes” »

Making One Small Step

Elle and Joe with the Digital camera prototype.
Elle and Joe with the Digital Bolex prototype.

Making One Small Step was quite an adventure. The prototype arrived on November 17th; our first day of shooting was November 29th. Between casting the film, table reads, Thanksgiving, and building an entire 1970’s apartment, we had to learn how to use the camera from the ground up.

Navigating a prototype was more difficult than we imagined and we had all sorts of problems: getting the camera to record at a stable frame rate, to record 12 bits images, rescuing the sole copy of the storyboards from the jaws of a hungry goat (It happened, I swear!).

We couldn’t have done it without the professionalism of our amazing cast and crew. Jordyn Lucas plays our protagonist, Destiny White, a twelve year-old in the midst of an existential crisis. Dawn Alden plays Destiny’s school teacher, Ms. Forster. Shanae Humphrey plays Destiny’s mother. The cast is rounded out by Jordan Wells, as Destiny’s school friend Myrna, and a group of excellent young actors as their classmates.

Post Begins

I am watching Elle and James, our editor, cut the movie, and it’s coming together very nicely.

I was a little nervous about doing color correction since this was the first time anyone outside of my crew saw the footage. Luckily, the colorist loved it! He said that if we hadn’t told him, he would have assumed the footage was from an Arri Alexa or a Red in 2K mode. The uncompressed footage really makes a huge difference.

A note on storage requirements: I purchased a 6TB Thunderbolt RAID to store all of the footage we shot for our 14 minute film!

The Final Scene

We finished shooting the film and it has been such a rush! Our last scene was set in a museum, but we used one of the board rooms of the Biltmore Hotel, which is where they shot Ghostbusters! The scene looked great. I think it is one of the best looking scenes in the film. We had about ten hours of shooting to do, but the actors were only available for six hours! Luckily, we got all of the shots, and I am very proud of what we made today.