Ryan E. Walters, Cinematographer

Cinematic Excellence at 24 Frames a Second

Three Myths About The Blackmagic Cameras


In case you happened to be living under a rock for the past couple of weeks, Blackmagic Design has announced two more cameras to their lineup. Not only were they able to do what Red wasn't by offering a 4k camera for $4k, but they also introduced a Super16 pocket camera. Once again, the show floor at NAB was abuzz about Blackmagic. At NAB 2013, and in the weeks following, I have heard three myths repeated in casual conversation, and on podcasts, that are simply not true. Here is what you need to know...
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The Letus or OConnor: Which Matte Box Is Better?


If you are in the market for an affordably priced, lightweight matte box, chances are that you have taken a look at the Letus Matte Box and the OConnor Matte box. Both matte boxes are similarly priced and built, which can make the choice difficult. Fortunately for you, I've shot a feature film with the O-Box, and many commercials with the LTMB. Here are my recommendations based off of my real world, long-term use of each of these products.
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The Top 3 NON-Game Changers Of NAB 2013

If I had to describe NAB in one word, it would be HYPE. Nothing like a bunch of manufacturers gathering together to outdo each other, making big promises and not meeting projected deadlines. If I've learned anything from previous NAB's it's that a product doesn't exist until it is shipping and available for immediate purchase. I'm going to push past the hype and share my thoughts on three pieces of kit that caught my eye amidst the sounds of the hype machine called NAB 2013.
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One Battery To Rule Them All (Or How To Simplify Your Camera Rig)

Too many batteries...
Do you ever find yourself caught in the frustrating task of juggling the myriad of batteries and chargers that fill your camera bag? Cameras continue to get smaller every year as they shed unneeded weight. While my back is thankful for the lighter load, the downside is that they are also shedding standard parts like monitors and XLR connections. That means I have to add them back on in order to make the camera work properly. And with each additional accessory comes an additional battery and charger to manage. Here I present my current solution for taking four batteries down to one, which includes a power solution for the JuicedLink Riggy. One battery, forged by Anton Bauer... One battery to rule them all...
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The 2 Things You Need To Know To Break Into The Film Industry

(Filming A WWII Spec Piece)
After publishing my articles on How To Succeed As A Freelancer and How To Determine Your Day Rate I have received emails asking me how I broke into the film industry. As I have been reflecting on how I got my start, I realized it can be boiled down to two simple principles. By applying these principles to your career, you will be able to break into the film industry and grow your career.
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