The Road Ahead: Being Named Event-DV Top 25

Our wedding and event filmmaking company Society Hill Studios in conjunction with our efforts here at Canon Filmmakers to help educate with events like Canon Filmmakers Live were bestowed the highest honor in our industry. We were just recognized by our industry peers as one of the Event-Dv Top 25 hottest and most influential event filmmakers in the world! To say that we were honored and humbled, would be an understatement. We were going to list all of the winners here but we didn’t want to steal the thunder so you have to check that out here. Needless to say, to be listed amongst the talent that won this year is incredible. So, to everyone else who won, a huge and well deserved congratulations to all of you. For those of you who didn’t win, but continue to help others and elevate the industry by producing high quality and innovative work we salute you. Keep up the amazing work let’s make 2011 our best year yet.

Organizing a 12 city educational workshop tour has been an absolutely grueling task. We are finalizing last minute details and getting ready to head out tomorrow. The road ahead for the next 6 weeks is sure to be full of unexpected twists and turns as we navigate ourselves across the country from our kick-off in the windy city of Chicago, to our final destination, at the world center of media and entertainment, Los Angeles. From there we will be headed to NAB in Vegas where the three of us are some of the headliners for an amazing charity poker event called All-In Film. All proceeds are donated to the Red Cross and you have a chance to win a ton of really cool gear.

We hope to meet a lot of you while we are out on the road. If you are anywhere near any of our 12 stops, please, try to make it out. Our incredible journey over the last two years started at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin at a workshop called Re:Frame. It is such a cool venue, and such a part of the story of where the last two years have taken us, we absolutely had to go back.

The thing with these types of events is that you end up making so many great connections and learn just as much, sometimes, from fellow attendees. We have plans in place during this tour that I think will go a long way towards strengthening the filmmaking communities at each stop. That all being said, all of us at Society Hill Studios and Canon Filmmakers would like to extend a sincere and extremely grateful thank you to all of you. Without each and every one of you none of this would be possible. We hope that we can give back as much as we have been given.

Hope to see you out on the road!

Photo courtesy of Gary Nevitt Jr.

Reel World: Eduard Schneider Produces Euro GSM Commercial with Canon 5D

We first met Eduard Schneider while working on the set of the Emmy-award winning Zacuto Great Camera Shootout. He is an extremely talented jack of all trades. He is a producer,director,editor, and filmmaker from Romania.

Eduard just wrapped shooting a commercial for Euro GSM on all Canon 5D’s with Australian director Stuart McBratney.
Here is a very cool BTS shoot and a sit down interview.

DSLR Multi-Cam Workflow in Final Cut Pro

Thank you to Eric Kmetz the winner of the Canon Filmmakers Live contest for Chicago and a great friend of ours for putting together this amazing tutorial. His winning entry can be seen below. This is very helpful for anyone who does multi-cam shoots not just weddings.

This tutorial was originally done for [IN]FOCUS a multiple day workshop/seminar/networking/educational/party/all around good time that Cristina and myself will be attending in New Orleans later this month. If you have not signed up for it yet, definitely check it out. Special thanks to Chris Jones for letting us post this tutorial video and again Eric Kmetz from Epic Motion who is the embodiment of kmawesome.

Audio Sync Issues with FCP

So, over the last two days, I had two friends run into the same problem while editing DSLR footage in FCP. The problem was that even though the sequence settings matched up with the footage from the DSLR,the audio that was recorded separately was mysteriously drifting out of sync. This is a very frustrating problem that I personally lost quite a few hours over. I tried literally everything I could think of. I thought it was the recorder I was using, my sequence settings, etc. I literally checked everything that logically would make sense. To no avail. That’s because the solution defies logic. For some inane reason unknown to mankind FCP ships with a weird “quirk”. Even though when editing DSLR footage there is no “capture” happening, the Capture Settings have to match your footage/sequence settings or you can get Audio that drifts out of sync, Hope that saves you some headaches and helps you get back to editing.

What I am referring to here is that the frame rate in your Capture Settings, not Log and Transfer, needs to match the frame rate of your footage and your Sequence Settings.

Balancing your DSLR on a Glidecam

First off, our sincere apologies on the delay… We initially shot this in Orlando with our good friends Matt Buchman, Michael Buffa, and Ed Ballardt but due to a few corrupt audio files we had to reshoot.

So, we’ve received tons of questions about how to setup and use your Glidecam so we decided to put this together. We’re planning on doing another video that will go more into specific techniques so please let us know if you’d like to see anything else or if you have any questions.By no means do I claim to be an expert on this subject so any comments are welcome.


Glidecam Tutorial from Cristina Valdivieso + Jon Connor on Vimeo.

Quick Review of the Canon 60d

Our good friend JJ Kim from Orange Wedding Films in Chicago got his hands on the new Canon 60d and put together a great review of the camera.
Here’s a little info form him:
“I ordered a new Canon 60D from in Utah.
I haven’t shot any with the camera yet, I am planning on using a lot for 2 weddings this weekend.
I will be surprised if you can tell the difference between 7D footage and 60D footage.
Swivel LCD is definitely the best feature of this camera.
The price is between 7D and T2i, but what this camera has to offer is a lot closer to 7D: having K-Temp WB, Battery info, and same battery as 7D and 5D. I am sure I will find out more about the camera, but as for the 1st impression, I would give 9 out of 10 for now.”

Thanks JJ! We’re looking forward to trying out one of these cameras!

You can watch some sample videos here.

Check it out:

One on One with Jason Magbanua ~ King of the Same Day Edit

Jason Magbanua is one of those guys that you meet and instantly like. He’s one of the nicest, most talented, and more importantly, humble guys you’ll ever get to know. The first time I met Jason was at Re:Frame Austin. I was in a dark theatre surrounded by people I didn’t know and, quite honestly, I was quite intimidated by all of the talented filmmakers around me. I hadn’t had a chance to speak to Jason yet but I’ll never forget my first impression. He showed us a clip from one of his recent weddings, King Gimp. It didn’t take long for me to start crying but what I loved most was how he adapted his style to the story. As someone who’s known for his glidecam moves, he talked about how it wasn’t appropriate for the story  that was being told. I thought about that a lot in Kivalina… how does your camera movement contribute to your story? Jason was one of the first people to inspire me to think about why I shoot the way I shoot and how, if at all, it contributes to the story I’m trying to tell.

To us, Jason embodies what a successful filmmaker should be. He’s talented, willing to share and educates others, remains humble, and continues to educate himself over and over again. What is there not to like?!

Recently we got to sit down with Jason and do a little q+a. Enjoy.

Below is one of the first videos that came out with the 7d courtesy of J. Mag.

Below is the piece I mentioned, King Gimp.

Lastly, one jaw dropping same day edit by Jason.