Monday, May 16, 2016

Adding Hard Drive Storage

Our bank of hard drives (plus their backups) finally reached near capacity, so it was time to invest in additional on-site storage. It wasn't a difficult decision. We've always had good long-term success with G-Tech and so decided to stick with their drives. We purchased four 3TB units.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Replacing Headphones

It's been over ten years since we last purchased headphones. The Sony MDR-7506 have been the workhorse set for us, but after a decade of use, they were falling apart. So we recently purchased a couple new pair, one for the editing suite and another for on set.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Windmiller Media Documentary Shoots

Tarazod has been assisting Nicholas Wootton of Windmiller Media on a few shoots for his next documentary. Last night, Robert and Nicholas traveled to Janesville WI to interview Krystal Price, who spoke in an impactful way on the issue of body image and acceptance.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

More B-Roll for NGSS Red-winged Blackbird Project

We revisited the "Class of 1918 Marsh" today to shoot more b-roll for the National Science Teachers Association, for a NGSS project that we're currently working on.

The wetland is part of the University of Wisconsin's Lakeshore Nature Preserve along Lake Mendota in Madison.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Principle Photography Completed for 2016 NSTA Project

With a grant from the Disney Company, the National Science Teachers Association hired Tarazod Films last year to produce a series of educational videos on the Next Generation Science Standards. We are continuing our collaboration in 2016 with a 3rd-4th grade NGSS unit about the Red-winged Blackbird.

Today, we finished a week-long shoot which took place inside the classroom as well as on a field trip to a local marsh. Nicholas Wootton of Windmiller Media assisted Robert during the production with additional camera, lights, and grip work.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

GoPro Added to Arsenal

Purchased a GoPro Hero4 Silver today, along with 64GB micro SD card and a spare battery with charger. We have a big gig starting this week and it will be part of the shoot.

Friday, April 15, 2016

"Real Live" Movie in Wisconsin Film Fest

Filmmaker Nicholas Wootton's documentary, Real...Live... will be screening at the 2016 Wisconsin Film Festival this coming weekend. It recounts last year's Madison installment of the World Naked Bike Ride. Nicholas participated in the ride and carried a GoPro with him. Robert shot on a second camera, driving ahead of the group and stopping at various locations along the route.

Screens 11:00am at the Barrymore Theatre, 2090 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

"Don Circles the Drain" to Screen in Cleveland

Don Circles the Drain was recently invited to screen at the Epp Indie Theater, located in Cleveland, Ohio. The public showing will take place on Saturday April 9th at 7:00pm. It's billed along with an independent film from the UK called The Device.

Venue address:
1607 Crawford Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44106

$10 (Discount tickets available at

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Lighting Research

Many of our video shoots would benefit from the use of cooler on-set lights rather than the traditional hot incandescents that we currently own. The alternatives are LEDs and fluorescents.

Color Temperatures:
  • Warm (incandescent) 2800-3400K (average 3200K)
  • Neutral 3500K
  • Cool 4100K
  • Daylight 4500-6200K (average 5600K)

Chart via Lowell EDU.

Color Rendering Index (CRI):

CRI is rated on a scale from 1-100. The higher the number, the more accurate the light will reproduce the full color spectrum. A 90 or above is considered acceptable. If below, a greenish spike may be visible in the video.

Furthering reading on color temp and rendering:


LEDs (light-emitting diodes):

KinoFlo Celeb.

B&H. KinoFlo site.

Zambo (vs. KinoFlo Diva 400 florescent).

Zambo site.

Litepanels Croma Flight Kit.






Came or Bescor.

Came-TV or Amazon.
Bescor at B&H


Article at chessycam.


Fluorescent Tubes:

KinoFlo 4-Bank.


Kino Flo Diva 400 / 200.

KinoFlo site.




General comparison between different styles of lighting.


Compared to traditional incandescent lights, both LED and fluorescents contain much higher amounts of hazardous and rare metals (aluminum, copper, gold, lead, silver, and zinc). In additional, fluorescent bulbs also contain mercury vapor. So when it comes to the end of a bulb's useful life, disposal becomes an environmental issue and special care should be taken to recycle them properly.

Another potential issue with Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) is dirty electricity. Just something to consider.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Edit Progressing on "Snow White Effect"

Post-production on our documentary, The Snow White Effect, continues to move forward. Hours and hours of footage have been logged, construction of the time line is taking shape, and a clear narrative has been delineated. Real progress is being made, even though we still have more to shoot--from reenactments and B-roll coverage to interviews with experts on autism and theme park rides.

Ben and his mother, Sara, wait in line for a ride.