I am an award winning film Director. I write, direct, shoot, and edit video. The film "The Farm," written by Rocky Karlage and made by Ghost Walk Productions is the film I directed, shot, and edited which won "Best Horror Short" at the 2012 Indie Gathering International Film Festival. It was also an Official Selection at 8 other festivals and is currently in distribution through Continuum Motion Pictures. I am currently shooting a documentary feature to be released in 2016 and developing my own documentary to be shot this winter, as well as a comedy feature to be shot in 2016.

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    09-19-2017, 03:03 PM
    You're welcome. Steve
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    09-19-2017, 02:53 PM
    Have you ever seen a scene where some shots have DoF and in others everything is in focus? Do you think that would give the scene a weird feel? In a weird scene that could be beneficial. I have pulled focus on my Glidecam knock-off. It was a shot in a park, starting with a tilt up in the trees, then tilting down and panning to the side as a car pulls up and...
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    09-17-2017, 06:25 PM
    In my experience actors expect to do at least 3 takes. Sometimes you end up having to do 4 or 5, sometimes 6, but those instances should be the exceptions (exceptions are also expected with experienced actors). In a simple enough scene 3 takes is what I found works well both for me as Director and the actors. As far as focus goes, if you shoot 3 takes of the...
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    09-16-2017, 06:46 PM
    So that means the actors have to perform the entire scene for up to 16 times. This will not make them happy, and their performances after the 6th take or so would start to diminish as they become bored with it, and maybe even perhaps impatient. I would suggest a combination of the two styles. That's pretty much what I do: Do 3 takes from the two different...
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    09-16-2017, 06:24 PM
    Steve Olander replied to a topic Teaser documentary in YouTube
    Pretty interesting. Turning on the CC helped me out too. I like the quick cut/jittery effect footage. Not sure exactly what to think of it but it is intriguing. Steve
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    09-16-2017, 06:04 PM
    Mara hits on good points there. You will find more DPs who prefer shallow DOF because this is what audiences are used to seeing. Deep focus is typical of a video camera and is therefore viewed as "not cinematic." When you see movies in theaters today there is DOF. If you want your movie to have a feel like it was shot in 1941 then that is your artistic...
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    09-15-2017, 05:38 PM
    Steve Olander replied to a topic Irma in Off Topic Chat
    Glad to hear you came through it ok, Mick. Steve
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    09-13-2017, 06:51 PM
    If you have an ASP-C sensored Canon DSLR then Tokina makes some fixed aperture lenses. Again, you have to look into these things. Steve
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    09-13-2017, 06:40 PM
    Yes, a business card does seem to impress. "Here, let me give you my business card." It even sounds professional. I can't tell you how many times I ask people if they have a business card. I always keep some of mine on me. Facebook is just a better form of the old MySpace. I can't imagine referring someone to my MySpace account as a contact. After making a...
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    09-13-2017, 06:28 PM
    I think VR will be an amusing option, but even though 3D has evolved to a very impressive level most movies are still shown in 2D. Besides the viewing experience there is also the impact on the audience due to the viewing method. Many people report eye strain and headaches when watching 3D movies and many people yet cannot even watch them at all because of...
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    09-13-2017, 06:17 PM
    No need to make it much longer, just another 30 to 50 seconds would do it. That would give you the chance after introducing the concept of the bluetooth hose, then using it in an even more impressive situation. That would take it over the top and improve your chances to go viral. The notion is good, but the demonstration could be more amusing with a more...
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    09-13-2017, 06:02 PM
    Then that is peculiar because I watched a couple videos on YouTube and they say that's all you have to do is install the fonts in Windows and then they will show up in Hitfilm. Weird that you are having such problems. Sorry that I can't be of more help. Steve
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    09-12-2017, 06:53 PM
    Did you only download, or drag and drop the text, or did you actually install it on your system? What OS are you using? Steve
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    09-11-2017, 08:26 PM
    As Walter said......you need some Google skills. I found the answer to your question, according to google, in 0.73 of a second. I did a search with these words: osmo camera shutter speed manual control Take a look at the results. The very first page of results shows a couple YouTube videos, and the first one is titled "DJI OSMO: How to adjust your shutter...
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    09-11-2017, 08:07 PM
    Research a number of them, chose one as best you can, and then work with it. Practice balancing it. Shoot with it. Tweak the balance some more. Then shoot some more. Try walking up and over a picnic table to really challenge yourself. You still won't be perfect with it, but you will know infinitely more about it than just wondering about it. With time you will...
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    09-11-2017, 07:58 PM
    From what I have seen, and I am sure this is not 100% consistent, but in many cases, your body of work is more likely to open doors for you. If you can show what you can do in a matter of seconds they know exactly what you are about. I'm a Toolmaker. When someone new would come into the shop to work as a Toolmaker nobody is interested in your education or...
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    09-11-2017, 07:31 PM
    I like the idea and your execution is pretty good. You should make a more elaborate video of this. Steve
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    09-11-2017, 07:23 PM
    Steve Olander replied to a topic Irma in Off Topic Chat
    Thank you. After the devastation in Texas and Louisiana from hurricane Harvey resources here to cope with everything are stretched thin. I live in Ohio, far north of Texas and Florida, and there were 900 Electrical workers and their trucks from my area headed toward Florida a few days ago to be prepared to start restoring electricity after the storm. This is...
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    09-11-2017, 07:08 PM
    Sounds nice. Thanks for the sample. Steve
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    09-11-2017, 07:02 PM
    I have not shot commercials like you are looking to do, but one thing that is consistent in both styles is that everything is in focus. There is no depth of field. This way the viewer sees everything at once. This can easily be done with your phone. If you have enough light then you can use your D3300 with a small (numerically high) aperture to get the same...
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    09-10-2017, 05:24 PM
    YouTube has hundreds of videos on stabilizers. Do your homework. The questions you are asking here would make one wonder how ANYONE ever makes a film. Again, you are looking at why things won't work rather than looking to understand how they do work. Millions of people are out there making films with stabilizers. Apparently, they work. Go learn how. Steve
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