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07.29.15         instagram  

Final preproduction script read through today....


Final preproduction script read through today. Most of the crew leads were there asking questions about anything that came up. I'm no longer 1st AD, Rob says I'm now Producer and will be mainly working with & assisting the DP, Lars Lindstrom on the set, which is exactly were I want to be. Monday is the first day of shooting. We have lots of hustling to do before then. #loveeverlastingmovie @loveeverlastingmovie

07.28.15         photography  

What Canon Gear to Bring When Traveling by Alex Cornell


Travel Gear: The Perfect Rig for Photo and Video in Iceland from Alex Cornell on Vimeo.

This is an overview of the perfect travel rig for shooting professional photo and video. The foundation is two carry-ons that can be easily transported between cars, planes, hotels, and the field. This rig is meant for a solo-operator, in an extreme location, when time, space and image quality are crucial concerns. It is optimized for quick setup and breakdown. This rig is "lightweight" relative to a full pro kit -- it is not intended to replace a hobbyist's backpack.

Here is my complete travel guide for Iceland: http://www.alexcornell.com/iceland-travel-guide/

This is the gear used to shoot Planet Iceland: https://vimeo.com/114108421

The 1DC is the primary photo unit, also used for 4K video when appropriate (weather sealed). The C100 is the primary video unit, thanks to the autofocus and waveform monitoring. Three lenses cover 16-200mm focal lengths and can be used on both cameras. Accessories include ND filters, external SSDs, tripod, and storage. The two storage units operate best when combined with a small shoulder bag or sling, to use when walking far distances with either camera. A note on the A7s below.

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- Full gear list -

Pelican 1510 Case:
- Canon C100 Dual AF
- Canon 1DC
- Canon 16-35 f2.8
- Canon 24-70 f4
- Canon 70-200 2.8
- At anyone time, each camera has a lens attached. Case is customized to fit them like this to allow for quick access.

InCase DSLR Pro:
- Macbook Pro 13"
- Monster Overdrive 1TB SSD
- Gopro Hero4
- Lexar Dual CF/SD Reader USB 3.0
- Lexar CF and SD cards in Pelican 0945 Case
- Extra batteries for C100/1DC
- ND and Polarizing Filters by B&W
- Gitzo GT1542T with Manfrotto RC2
- Chargers
- Black Rapid Curve with FR-T1
- Ikan D5 (duplicative if you are mostly shooting with C100)

There are a number of different options that would work just as well for this rig setup. I personally prefer the Canon image and found that this combination was best for traveling in Iceland and most recently, Antarctica. Obviously a camera like the Sony A7s would be lighter, but in testing, it proved to have worrisome battery life and awkward ergonomics; it's also not weather-sealed. The 1DC is bulletproof, has a better image to my eye, and is shooting 4K internal -- all combined with an absurd photo-platform.

*I did not bring any loupes, like the Zacuto Z-finder, because taking them on/off can be really annoying when going quickly in and out of a case or bag. For the C100 I relied on the waveform to ensure proper exposure and autofocus to ensure accurate image. On the 1DC, when I did shoot video, I did my best to use the LCD and shot a little under to protect the highlights.

If you have specific questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below. Also would be excited to hear suggestions for future tutorial videos.

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07.28.15         instagram  

Got all moved in to my new apartment for the next...


Got all moved in to my new apartment for the next 23 months while we are filming. Adam, my video editor drove 30 hours only sleeping 34 on the way. Director Rob Diamond came to give us a hand. We had a lot of fun trying to remember everything we needed to move into a completely empty apt, then trying to fit it all in my Prius. It's actually a super nice pad. Final preproduction meetings start today. @loveeverlastingmovie

07.27.15         photography  

How to Make a Great Macro Image With Things You'll Find Around the House



07.26.15         instagram  

Long day of driving today. Picked up my car in...


Long day of driving today. Picked up my car in Phoenix and started my way up to Utah. That's one of the few things we don't have on maui...the ability to drive somewhere really far away.

07.26.15         photography  

Photos from 9/11 by VP Dick Cheney Staff Photographer Released


The attacks of September 11, 2001 devastated our nation. Now at the request of the PBS New Program 'Frontline', and due to the Freedom of Information Act, new photos taken by Vice President Dick Cheney's staff photographer have been released. They were uploaded to the US National Archives's Flickr page. The photographs show a somber and serious presidential staff.

You can view all of the images HERE.

Vice President Cheney in the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)

Vice President Cheney in the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)

Vice President Cheney with Senior Staff in the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)

President Bush with Vice President Cheney and Senior Staff in the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)

Secretary of State Colin Powell in the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)

Secretary of State Colin Powell in the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)

Vice President Cheney in the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)

Vice President Cheney with Laura Bush and Lynne Cheney in the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)

Vice President Cheney with Laura Bush and Lynne Cheney in the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)

President Bush with Vice President Cheney and Senior Staff in the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)

President Bush with Vice President Cheney and Senior Staff in the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC)

07.25.15         video  

Samsung 360 GearVR Trailer



07.25.15         instagram  

Many of you will recognize Christina Burke from...


Many of you will recognize Christina Burke from Twightlight, Breaking Dawn Part 2, she played the teenage Renesmee I'm very happy to announce that she will be playing opposite @luckybsmith in our independent film "Love Everlasting". Rob Diamond has done such a great job assembling an all star cast. We have no idea how it will turn out, but are going to put our very best effort into it, and that is all that matters. As p90x says "do your best and forget the rest!". @loveeverlastingmovie (image courtesy Christina Burke, Imdb.com)

07.25.15         instagram  

Leaving Maui tonight to start heading towards Utah...


Leaving Maui tonight to start heading towards Utah for our movie that starts shooting next Saturday. Very excited to get this started.

07.24.15         gadgetry  

Sony Announces Plans for Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles


This week Sony Mobile announced they're partnering with ZMP, Inc. to introduce a new company (named Aerosense) this August.

"ZMP’s stated mission is “Robot of Everything: To create a safe, fun and comfortable lifestyle with robotics technology.” In line with this, ZMP has developed its automated driving technology and put it into use in various fields. To date these solutions have been limited to the ground; with this joint venture, ZMP will take to the skies and apply its expertise in an entirely different realm, as it aims to create new services that were not possible on land."

Sony is getting into the drone camera game. To read more check out the statement HERE and the PetaPixel article HERE.

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