Living a dream as a photographer & filmmaker

Looking back at 2012

Another year went by, disappearing into eternity. This time it was 2012. It was a good year. Professionally, it was a year of blog redesign, new cameras, new gear, and short film ideas.

Blog redesign

Many years ago, around 2005-2006, I started blogging. Back then my main topic was photography, as I was not involved in filmmaking then. My blog was titled Digital Photographer Blog. It needed a lot of work and I guess one could say that it got the work it needed and now it is what you see today cineSerge. Click HERE to see what this blog looked like in 2006... Oh my...

In the never-ending search for the right blog design [I don't think I'm there yet, but on the right track], I have changed the design of this here blog several times in 2012.  I hope my readers aren't too angry with me.

You see, I'm looking for the design that represents me accurately.  Some of the designs I tried in 2012 I thought were OK, but later realized were not representative of who I am.  Speaking of who I am, who am I?  I'm a photographer, indie filmmaker, blogger. I'd like to think of myself as somewhat  creative and thoughtful. So, my blog, naturally, should convey those qualities.  In the current design I have finally found the right combination of qualities that represent me, I hope.

There are some things that still need to be worked out and polished, but I'm happy with this design by Clairvo Yance.

DSLR Revolution

In 2012 I have sold my still camera Nikon D200 and my pro broadcast video camera Panasonic HPX300 and purchased Nikon D4 to serve both as stills and as cinema camera.

Ever hear about filmmakers talk about the elusive film look?  Well, the film look is obtained in part by having a large camera sensor.  D4 has a full frame 24X36 sensor, thus providing a shallow depth of field when needed.  It looks filmic! Score!  D200 was not a great camera for me as it didn't have the full frame sensor that I needed, and no video capability of course.  HPX300 had a great ENG form factor and was a great video camera, but it had a 1/3" sensor - why so small, Panasonic? Why?  It would have been an awesome camera if it had a larger sensor.  It is a great HD camera for doing documentary and TV work, but unsuitable for making movies.

So that brings us to Nikon D4: large sensor, 1080 24P, great glass [lenses that I've accumulated since I had the F5 back in the day of 35mm film].  It's capable of outputting a clean signal via HDMI, meaning that I could use an external recorder like the Ninja 2 to record via ProRes codec.  And let's not forget D4 is a fantastic stills camera!

So, after waiting and waiting, and waiting and waiting, and waiting, and waiting some more, I got the camera!  And it is a pleasure to use!  I have used it in the field as a stills camera and it worked great!  I have not yet had a chance to test it as a cinema camera, but soon I will.  D4 will be used for my upcoming short drama "Square One" scheduled for production in Spring of 2013.

Throughout 2012 and into 2013, I'm working on creating a cinema rig that will be suitable for shooting indie film productions: short films, music videos, and features.  I have written a bit on the topic of DSLR cinema rigs HERE. The rig is coming along, so couple of months into the 2013 I will have it done.

'Square One' is born

In 2012 I have decided to make my own film, instead of working on other people's projects.  While I'm continuing to work on 'Products of Influence' written by Evan Taff, I wanted to do my own project.  

I'm not going to go into much detail about this project, I can tell you that I'm very excited about it!  Although it is a short film, I've put in a lot of time into development and preproduction of it.

So, what the film is about?
Its a story about a guy, his wife, and the uncertainty of our existence.
What does that mean? - you might ask. I guess you'll have to wait and see ;)  For now, here's the Production Blog for 'Square One'.

Looking forward to 2013

So, it is 2013 and I am very excited about everything that I have planned for it, professionally and personally.  I hope you guys have a great year!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog!