Tokyo Dreams – Luis Mora Short Film
2017 Dec 12 By answer 0 comment

Since October, I have been working on and off with Luis Mora on a film he’s wanted to make since he came to Japan for the first time earlier this year. We had planned to try and shoot it in a few weekends, but that drastically changed into all weekends and many weekdays/weeknights. Even with a lot of planning, this was a challenge to get done by his deadline. We only got to see a small part of Tokyo but it still came out huge. Luis’s goal was to tell his story with Japan as a backdrop. I have…

Working with skater/Youtuber Luis Mora, ERASED
2017 Nov 21 By answer 0 comment

I use to watch a lot of Youtube. Use to, as in I have been so busy lately that I am really far behind and had to unsub form a few channels just to keep the backlog down. I found Luis from one of the many skate channels I watch and noticed he was coming to Japan. Checked out his videos, really liked them, and hit him up on instagram to see if he needed any help filming here. He responded and we hit it off well. We started planning some shoots and I met him at his first big…

Filming the Eupholks Live at the Basement Bar in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo
2017 Oct 24 By answer 0 comment

I have know the singer of the band Eupholks, Koike, for a few years now. He asked me to film some of his live shows, so I decided to give it a shot. The first time I tried to do a 2 camera shoot by myself… and it didn’t go well. More people showed up than expected and my b-camera was blocked partially or fully for most of the show. So, I acquired some help for the next one and figured… why not do it in anamorphic? At first I was going to try some kind of 2x/1.33 hybrid,…

JSD Labs: Panasonic GH5, Möller 32/2x Anamorphic, and the Beholder DS2A testing
2017 Oct 04 By answer 0 comment

Full stats: Camera: Panasonic GH5, 60fps 4K, ISO 1600 mostly, SS 100 always. V-LOG, Firmware 2.0 with Anamorphic IS and IS lock. Lens: Pentax Super Takumar 50mm 1.4, used at f/1.4 and f/2.0 Anamorphic: Möller 32/2x 0.5+ and 3.0+ diopters. Filmed near Yokohama Station, Japan. This ended up being a pretty epic combination. I’ve had the Beholder DS2A for a few weeks now, but I’ve been dealing with weather, flaky people, and health issues that have kept me from making this video. I hope to have a full review of the DS2A soon, but I have to focus on…

Yokohama in 8K – A Panasonic GH5 6K Photo Mode Anamorphic Exercise
2017 Aug 26 By answer 0 comment

Becoming impatient waiting for Panasonic to release the firmware update with full resolution Anamorphic mode, I decided to take Friday off and try to get some good shots around Yokohama using the 6K Photo mode. It didn’t end up going as planned, but I decided to upload a few shots anyway. In order, the shots were filmed at Yamashita Park, Osanbashi Pier, the Landmark Tower Sky Garden Observatory, and Ishikawacho Chinatown. As luck would have it, it ended up being one of the hottest, or the hottest days of the summer. It made it hard to move around, focus…

The GH5 Era Begins and the Start of Lots of Updates
2017 Aug 17 By answer 0 comment

So, after a deal with a very dangerous group of individuals, I have finally acquired a GH5. This wasn’t planned to happen for a few more months, maybe even a year… but hey… GH5. Not having a GH5 is not the reason for the lack of updates. I was very sick over the past few months. Last year a had a bout with vertigo that came back with a vengeance this year. Makes it hard to focus on anything. This was compounded by a list of other problems I won’t mention here. I am much better now. That’s all that…

May Showers, iPhone 7 Plus, Mavis
2017 May 13 By answer 0 comment

(Vimeo) Still working on a lot of things at the moment, but I had to go out and film/upload something in the meantime. It was pouring rain today. I have a high-quality camera that is water resistant that does slow motion. Let’s put it to use! The whole video was shot on the iPhone 7 Plus using both cameras. It’s attached to a selfie-stick (I get these things for free from distributors all the time. I have 4 of them) and filmed at 1080p 120 fps using the Mavis app. Edited in Adobe Premier and lightly color corrected. Music…

JSD Labs: Aivascope and Focuser 8 – First Test
2017 Apr 17 By answer 1 comment

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/214292200 I had a full scale review of the Aivascope planned. And then this happened: It was the middle of my shoot day. I was taking off the Magfilter when it slipped out of my hand. Only fell 10 cm or so, but flipped on the way down. Right now it’s on it’s way back to Lithuania to be repaired.  I will continue my tests when it returns. As for the video above, I wasn’t planning to make a video with those shots. But I had to put together something while I wait. It’s not the best, but…

JSD Labs: Anamorphic at f/0.95
2017 Mar 26 By answer 0 comment

(Vimeo) One thing that I learned since getting into anamorphic is that fast apertures and anamorphic adapters do not mix. Most adapters will rarely work faster than f/2.0, with a lot of them going around 2.8-4.0. The fastest full anamorphic lens ever made is the Panavision 50mm f/1.0. Well, I think my 17.5mm f/0.95 has it beat. My anamorphic is an unbranded 1.33x from the 90’s. While it may look like something from the Century Optics line, it’s more similar to the Sony VCL-W169. I have modded it a bit and it now has a filter ring, and have cleaned…

JSD Labs: Zhiyun Smooth II, iPhone 7 Plus, and Mavis in Yoyogi Park
2017 Feb 05 By answer 0 comment

A few weeks ago I got a deal on a new Zhiyun Smooth II, the updated version. I had read, though I forget where, that it has really strong motors that let you use clip-on lenses on big phones. While the DJI phone gimbal seems to have good features, I had also heard that people had issues adding extras on their phone. I jumped on this one while I had the chance. That said, the Smooth II does not lack in features at all. In fact, in this video I only used a small fraction of them, the main…