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

Admission:
$10 (Discount tickets available at Epp-Films.com)

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:

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LEDs (light-emitting diodes):

KinoFlo Celeb.


B&H. KinoFlo site.



Zambo (vs. KinoFlo Diva 400 florescent).


Zambo site.



Litepanels Croma Flight Kit.


B&H.



Ikan.


B&H.



Dracast.


Amazon.



Came or Bescor.


Came-TV or Amazon.
Bescor at B&H



ePhotoInc.




Article at chessycam.
Amazon.


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Fluorescent Tubes:

KinoFlo 4-Bank.


B&H.



Kino Flo Diva 400 / 200.


KinoFlo site.



LimoStudio.


Amazon.


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General comparison between different styles of lighting.




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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.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Mad City Chickens Returns to Canada!

Our feature documentary Mad City Chickens will be screening on March 16, 2016 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Sponsored by the Thunder Bay Environmental Film Network, the movie will play at 7:30 pm at the Maple Tops Activity Center, 24 Court St. South.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Filmmaker Comments at 2016 Wildwood Film Fest

In response to an inquiry about advice for new filmmakers...

Nicholas Wootton--Windmiller Media
Rick Richards--C Side Films
Robert Lughai--Tarazod Films & Media LLC



Filmmakers on stage at the conclusion of Wildwood.

Video and photo shot by Colin Cameron.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

"Don" Wins Best Comedy at Wildwood Film Fest

Our short, Don Circles the Drain, won the "Best Comedy Award" yesterday at the 2016 Wildwood Film Festival.



Nicholas Wootton's 2015 Just God also screened at the fest and received a very enthusiastic audience response; they laughed in all the right places!

From left to right, Colin Cameron (Narrator/Associate Producer--Don; Co-star--Just God ), Rick Richards (Writer/Executive Producer--Don), Robert (Director/Producer--Don; Producer--Just God), and Nicholas Wootton (Assistant Director--Don; Writer/Director/Producer--Just God).

Photo courtesy of Nicholas Wootton.


Filmmakers on stage after the screenings.



Nicholas, Rick, and Robert.



Bryan Royston and Jeff Blankenship of Living Storm Productions won the "Founder's Choice Award" for their short drama, Full Circle.

Photos courtesy of Colin Cameron.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Mad City Chickens to Screen in River Falls

Just 45 minutes east of Minneapolis is the city of River Falls, Wisconsin--the home of a number of citizens looking to get their local ordinance changed to allow for backyard poultry. In an effort to raise awareness of this issue, they will be holding a public screening of Mad City Chickens on Wednesday evening, March 2, 2016. The event will take place 7-9pm at the River Falls Public Library, 140 Union Street.

Image via River Falls Public Library site.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

"Don Circles the Drain" Accepted into 2016 Wildwood Film Fest

With the recent completion of an updated edit, our short film, Don Circles the Drain, will make its official premiere in three weeks at the Wildwood Film Festival. We'll be attending the event.


Date: Saturday, February 20, 2016
Venue: Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Kimberly Clark Theater, Appleton, Wisconsin
Showtime: 8:00 pm shorts block