Nick Martini is an accomplished director and DP. While often involved on productions with his company, Stept Studios, Nick also works as a commercial and documentary director for a variety of production companies and agencies. His work has taken him around the globe. From orbiting waterfalls in Iceland to chasing RAM trucks through the desert. He has told stories featuring the world’s greatest athletes, lifestyles, and brands.
A Chimera user since the nineties, cinematographer Charles Papert got his start working in the Los Angeles television industry as Steadicam on the Drew Carey show in 1995. He has worked camera and stabilization for a legacy of modern-day classics like American History X, Office Space, Scrubs, Garfunkel and Oates, and The West Wing, but since 2012, his primary concentration has been head DoP on a number of top notch television episodics and sketch shows, notably the first three seasons of massively successful Comedy Central show Key & Peele. His eye as cinematographer can also be seen on recent seasons of The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, with Rachel Bloom, Mary + Jane, for MTV, and Burning Love, with Michael Ian Black and directors Ken Marino alongside guest’s appearances from several other members of famous skit troupe The State.
A recent project at a nearby boxing studio gave the Australian photographer a chance to go back to the basics, as he employed only a single Chimera OctaPlus 5 foot expandable lightbank, and since has gone on to complete several high impact portraits using only the system as key alongside Chimera Super Pro stripbank as fill.
When I set out to launch my new talk show “MIND & MACHINE: Discussion the Future”, everyone said make it cheap and fast — it’s challenging to sustain a weekly production series as long as necessary to build a successful show online. A complex, cumbersome production will not survive. And on YouTube it’s not necessary — quick and cheap is all that’s expected. This is the viewpoint that experienced web series creators gave me.
Name your favorite adult (or non-alcoholic) beverage and it’s likely that photographer Jens Johnson has captured it. Jens carries the lighting techniques he’s learned as an accomplished stills shooter into motion.
Built as a flexible, electronically-controllable LCD screen that can be utilized with fluorescents or any other cool lights, like LEDs, Zylight’s Active Diffusion panel will affix to gel frames or precisely-sized Chimera softboxes. Available in a variety of dimensions, Active Diffusion is a boon for cinematographers, video professionals and photographers. The adjustable opacity of the Active Diffusion panel eliminates the need for an assistant as operators can instantaneously dial in the diffusion from 0-100% through remote-control handsets. Zylight and Chimera are joining forces on the new technology, with distribution available wherever professional Chimera products are available.
A Brave New World: Feature film, Commercial, and VR cinematographer Andrew Shulkind on the unique demands of lighting for 360 degrees of coverage.
Active Diffusion allows you to control the specularity of your light source. Dailed all the way down, you have a completely specular source with very defined clear shadow detail. Adjusting the power setting on the controller, allows you to slowly soften your shadows or completely eliminate them by choosing the full diffusion setting.
Flashlight Ltd is the UK’s premier supplier of lighting equipment to the broadcast, motion picture and theatre industries. Operating from Manchester & London, they have been satisfying the needs of local and national productions since 2002, and have expanded rapidly now supplying freelancers, productions, studios, and theatres across Europe and beyond.
What drives the passion to become a photographer differs for each person. For New York City based freelance photographer, Kien Quan, it was dance that eventually led him to pick up a camera. But it wasn’t the dance that populates so many sites and blogs these days, of beautiful ballet dancers in classical poses. No, for Quan, it was breaking—a dance form born out of Hip Hop culture and known for its Bboy and Bgirl athletic and physically challenging moves.