My boy asks me (ever so innocently).. "Is NAB a Christian organization?" And, indeed, NAB likely contains many Christians at work, but no, NAB itself is not - as you may have noticed with Episode 1 featuring the famous atheist, Penn Teller. So, viewer aware!
It's a good time to re-calculate your software and hardware needs as you work on your next film, short or webisode.
It looks like the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) is going to be THE place where the big dogs hold out for their yearly updates. Iterations may speed up with today's awesome technologies, however, and bring more sizzle to other big shows globally. That'll be fun, too!
Streaming Live from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. PT, April 8 – 11 at NabShow.com
Broadcast Minds™ - Internet Content Creators Talk What's Next Online -
Speakers: Jim Louderback , Bruce Gersh , Tom Green , Penn Jillette , Shira Lazar
Description: Advancements in the television industry are moving more quickly in the last two years than in the previous two decades. The on-going democratization of technology, social media, and access to the Internet through mobile devices is redefining what it means to be a "broadcaster." This trend is pushing content creators of all kinds to think differently about how to develop, produce and distribute online video content. Consumers have unmatched access to the niche entertainment programming they want to watch, and now, they have the ability to influence the outcome of online TV shows through real-time social media participation. This session will explore how today's creative, big-thinking media entrepreneurs are finding new ways to produce TV-quality shows online and build loyal audiences.
Broadcast Minds is a trademark of NewTek, Inc.
Well, who really knows if we'll all be satisfied stopping at 4k resolution. We may even all be happy with 2k and call it quits there.
But, whatever the case, wouldn't it be nice if you could produce video that was all good'n'ready for 2015? In 2013?!
Well, my low-budget friends, your hopes are not to be dashed! BlackMagicDesign has come up with the UltraStudio4k for a mere $1,295 American buckaroos (get 'em while they last - the dollars, that is)! (And cue trumpet fanfare)
I've been looking at the ATEM Television Studio for online "Produced Hangouts" (see image below - a site I run with friend, Josh Wendel), but I'm also envisioning a film set and this product would be the mama's milk for handling the signal flow above 2k!
It's a brave new, inexpensive world, folks. Don't let the technology slow you down! Just go do it, believing what you NEED to make it glorious has already been thought of... because, unless you're planning a holographic projection from a flying saucer, it already has. (Oops... that's been thought of, too! Blue-beam Project!)
A "van" in Italy with the BlackMagicDesign ATEM TV Studio aboard!
Thinking of dropping Final Cut and going with a company that won't leave you hanging while they half-heartedly (and radically) retool (some of) their software?*
I, for one, am a super-happy switcher. I've been using Premiere (instead of Final Cut) for several months now and I haven't been happier as an editor..
And, much more than that, the PRICE! $49.99 per month for the "Creative Cloud" plan gets you EVERYTHING Adobe makes - Photoshop, After Effects (wacky special effects of the tallest order), Audition (Sound design - which I use ALMOST exclusively now in my productions - I do occasionally call upon the superior tools in Apple's LOGIC, I admit. But, in that case, have actually been considering switching to ProTools.), InDesign (page design and layout), Dreamweaver (websites) and many more
Adobe is storming filmmakers (and, consequently, film festivals) with "the change." Here they are at Sundance 2013 -
* Apple once had a little program named "Shake." Shake was a miraculous compositing program (similar to After Effects) used on many big-budget productions (following), but, for some strange reason (not really, it was purely a bottom-line "development-hours-vs-profit" decision, to be sure), Apple dropped it shortly after aquiring the industry-changing software! In 2006 was end-of-lifed. In 2009 it was erased from Apple.com
Many users of the software felt like this -> :(
Shake has been used in such films as Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and King Kong, as well as Harry Potter movies and Cloverfield. It was also used by The Embassy to create a television advertisement for Citroën with a dancing car. Shake was used by Broadway Video for restoring the release of “Saturday Night Live: The Complete First Season” DVD box set. It is also in use by CBS Digital for creating new visual effects for Star Trek Remastered.
Other major productions using Shake include the 2005 adaptation of War of the Worlds, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Fantastic Four, Mission Impossible 3, Poseidon, The Incredibles, Hulk, Doctor Who, The Dark Knight and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. - Wikipedia
And Apple seems to have done the same to producers who depended on Final Cut, leaving us in the lurch for a matter of YEARS while they created a big-profit "iMovie" from the various parts of Final Cut and Motion (a newer, weaker compositor).
So what if Final Cut X works now. Producers still feel jerked around by the stylish, but calculating monolith.
So, THANKS, Adobe!
Food for thought: MMASFY people in the house, you may have noticed our number 1 desire is to inspire YOU to do MEDIA for YESHUA! Well, today I'm especially inspired to share what YouTube is doing to "channelize" their content.. the single most VAST repository of media ever created (besides, of course, the angelic media awaiting our perusal into the ever-brightening future!)... they're building YouTube Spaces all over the world!
What would it look like if a benevolent benefactor (or 2) would fund a director (like me.. or Jacob Izrael.. or both of us!) who could bring together other online self-taught video creators (mostly delivering their products on Youtube currently) and help them "do their YHWH-exalting dreams?"
Would have had an embedded video here, but, due to Youtube's fortuitous (and wise) desire to cross-promote all of their amazing (albeit strictly secular) Youtube Creators, this one's not embeddable!
Let your imagination continue to soar. The One who holds the atoms together (and a really, REALLY Creative Guy) is calling us upward and onward.
King Yeshua will surely sponsor similar projects after we clean up the mess the anti-christ is about to make, but IN THE MEANTIME, wouldn't it be groovy if we could deliver some rockin'-remnant relics for the future to wonder at in amazement?
I can hear them now,
How did they break thru the heavy fog of the prince of the power of the air and make such clear and entertaining statments of King Yeshua's majesty and wonder!?
So many were saved and encouraged by their majestic and fun video projects!
So! Anyone interested?! Call me! Let's do this!
So Dream BIG!
And consider contacting me, Tom Chaffer, to help you get that dream accomplished!
Opening up with Dave Dugdale's interview with Denver CO rental house, 5kinsight.com. In a really accessible and easy-to-understand way, James Drake covers the basics of the RED Epic from a DSLR shooter's perspective. Highly recommend clicking on this one!
Also, as we are ever grateful for The Passion of the Christ by Mel Gibson (pray protection and restoration for that man), a new project has us super excited at the Facebook page - something we see as a challenge to believing filmmakers who can't be silent about their King! The Resurrection! Passion of the Christ, part deux!
Possibly even more challenging to people like me and my friends who constantly talk about "epic Bible-infused feature films" - a fantastic looking epic drama on King David being made in Hawaii by David Cunningham - Day of War - an all-stop-pulled featuring none other than King David!
I'm embedding here, but please consider visiting the website and both learning the model of fundraising they're doing using a custom crowd-funding engine built into their site.. and throwin' a few bucks at it yourself!
Being a Kansas City producer myself and knowing some of the people involved in this classy production, I can't recommend this highly enough! Kansas City, Missouri people in tha house, ya gotta support this one!
1 - Wow Alert! "Shot Designer" FREE on your iPhone, Android, PC & Mac! http://nofilmschool.com/2012/10/diagram-shotlist-and-pocket-block-with-the-shot-designer-app/
Although it does cost $20 to upgrade to "unlimited scenes," it's still awesome in too many ways to count!
2 - Nicolas Cage Pulls The Ultimate Nicolas Cage. The debonaire and pensive actor will reboot Kirk Cameron's Christian drama 'Left Behind'.. http://www.imdb.com/news/ni38770734/
All I have to say is Song of Solomon 4:16. (Matt.21:43-44, Prov.13:2, Heb.12:11, Jms.3:18)
And James 5:7
So, brothers, be patient until the coming of the Master. See, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.
3 - $400 for 4k! (15fps) and for 240 fps 1080! And small... and waterproof! Hm.... http://www.studiodaily.com/2012/10/gopro-goes-4k-in-a-smaller-faster-lighter-camera/
4 - And, for sticking with this post, here's a freebie for filmmakers looking for that perfect storyboard framing tool (on paper - which matters)... this was a remix I did for a friend of mine who teaches film, Mike, uses this to teach folks how to storyboard their movies -
Right-click and download for future use!
And thank Yeshua (Jesus) today for the weighty responsibility He's placed on your shoulders to tell stories that get people saved out of darkness!
It's a big deal!
Today ends a pretty rough 3 weeks for me and for many who watched as the Libyan US Diplomatic Post in Benghazi became a spectacle of abuse by radical Islamist warriors against the "colonialist regime" better known as the United States of Amerigo Vespucci (more on that later). As to whether Islamist militants are more colonialist and exploitative than any other force to reside on planet Earth (America, notwithstanding) - that's another post altogether.
So here's what I've been working on - 4 episodes (use the little "playlist" nav to zip thru the videos) in reverse order of appearance 1. "Dishonorable Disclosures" 2. "O, Jerusalem" 3. "9-11-2012" (Benghazi-Gate) and 4. "Iran: Awaiting a Red Line" ->
It ain't cinema, but it pays the bills and keeps the Republic's heart beating! And it's content that's rather disturbing, I'll admit. Hence, my going deep with YHWH lately.. questioning the depths of my faith in Him. Do I trust YHWH Yeshua to do true justice in the Earth?
Remember, regarding heaven's "scroll" for the judgement of the nations..
Revelation of Yeshua 5:1-7 (WEB) I saw, in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne, a book written inside and outside, sealed shut with seven seals. I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the book, and to break its seals?” No one in heaven above, or on the earth, or under the earth, was able to open the book, or to look in it. And I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open the book, or to look in it. One of the elders said to me, “Don’t weep. Behold, the Lion who is of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome; He who opens the book and its seven seals.”
I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, having seven horns, and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. Then He came, and he took it out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.
So, with the events of late, which have emphasized the rising tide of an "Islamic Caliphate" (global government strictly adhering to Islamic Shariah Law) throughout the Earth, and having recently studied (and recorded a reading of) the book of Zechariah, I'm more convinced - more than ever before - that we, as a planet, will need heaven's justice to save us.
There is no other salvation. Period.
So what would Jesus (Yeshua) film at this time in history? Or, really, if He were alive at ANY time and had a camera in hand and crew attending, what would He film?
Would He not film at all and simply kick back and play video games on His iPhone?
Would He write scripts about romantic comedies with no abiding values communicated (some actually seriously impact - and proclaim with Scripture!)...
Or would He write an epic sci-fact thriller which would rattle the bones and transform lives from the core outwards. (Hint: this is where I'm headed, for what it's worth)
So... I ask you.
What would Jesus Film?
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What's the benefit of having a mirrorless setup?
- through the lense electronic viewfinder
- no mirrors to slow things down
- no variance between what the cmos chip and what the viewfinder see...
- lighter weight
- oldey (but goody) lenses that are "pokey" and would (normally) bump into mirrors.. don't.
- among other things!
And, if it's any where near as sweet as my FULLY HACKED GH2 (apparently the GH3 will come with a 72mps "hack" (dutifully borrowed from Russian hacker, Vitaly Kiselev, to whom we are all grateful)... which is too sweet for words. (Now if Panasonic would only open up their firmware to be open source...)
Enough geek talk!
Complete with BTS! (Thanks, Philip!)
Zacuto (home of the Great Camera Shootout) has give us this little look here -
Wow! 200 Facebook likes is actually a BIG deal to me! I mean you guys have clicked on a REALLY funky named page, you DO know that, don't you!! I believe the movie, Passion of the Christ by Mel Gibson (God, grant him peace) did a LOT to change world perception of the NAME of our Savior, YESHUA (Jesus), but I wasn't satisfied with just one film! Why can't EVERY film made by believers in Yeshua glorify Him, His name, His ways, His book, His future, His past... you get the point...
So I'm not quite sure what this 200 means except that this site and the corresponding Facebook page is PURELY a labor of love.. an overflow.. and this number just struck me as being a significant amount of people interested in seeing FILM that really focuses on Yeshua (Jesus) ... and whatever happens is all good with me.
You see, I'm truly, madly, deeply in love with Yeshuati (my Yeshua - my Jesus). These sites - Twitter.com/MMASFY - Facebook.com/MMASFY - MMASFY.com - are where I endeavor to share both practical and spiritual aspects of making films that GLORIFY Him.
I believe we cannot just mention Him in our films.. but, truly, we should devote our lives to lifting up the grandeur, glory, and grace of His name - Yeshua (Jesus)! His name means SALVATION, you know. Because He IS salvation and there is NONE like Him!
He is Salvation for all of the Earth...
salvation for that broken littel girl who was sold or stolen into the slave trade...
salvation for tiny Israel in the midst of her broken sinfulness and in the midst of a sea of tyranny and hate...
and salvation for you, your family, your neighborhood, your city...
because King Yeshua, the King of the Jews, is MIGHTY to save!!!
If I can inpsire or encourage just one of you to write a script that unveils reality - the reality of WHO HE IS - Sustainer of EVERYTHING... then I have done my work with this "soul sound" (don't like the word, "brand") - the Movie Makers and Shakers for Yeshua!
That's what we're all about - glorifying Yeshua with NEW LIGHT from an OLD BOOK!
We're not about being better at secular films than the unbelieving.
We want to UNLEASH the eternal realm to those who don't yet believe! That's why we make movies.. that's what we long to see! We long to see souls of individuals who don't yet know Him shaken to the core - as they sit and watch our films in movie theaters or watch on their phones while they fly the friendly skies - with the REALITY of WHO HE IS.
Because if you don't know Yeshua (Jesus).. it's kind of a big deal! He who is the King of the Universe is also the friend of Sinners and King over the kings of this Earth.
So THANK YOU - all 200 of you - for hangin' around to find out about filmmaking and YESHUA! He's worth every second of our devotion in this fallen state.. cos our hearts will get a kickstart into the deeper realms of glory for the eternal side!
And please let me know what you think about this vision! The first one to leave me a comment here on this blog post gets the grand prize of a poem of encouragement in my own handwriting! (Wewhew! But, really... seriously.. I think you'll dig it!) (And don't give me your address info in the post.. private message me on facebook, ok?)
Imagine a future filled with the love of the Creator that gives us the innocent children made in His image. It's easy if you crack open the #1 bestseller of all time (the Bible) and read the Gospel of John!
1st Corinthians 2:9 just as it is written, "Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love him."
Trying to get your brain around a lifestyle of better teamwork? (Like me?) This video provides a great starting point for anyone - either beginning film-making or well into the flow of successful storytelling through movies!
Interesting that my last post would be about heros.. and so is this one!
Before anything else... Yeshua is - and always will be - my hero! Make no mistake about that!
But I believe we're meant to soar as humans. Quite possibly literally (without any mechanical help)!
Here you see Shechter doin some sweet tricks.. does take off there towards the end like a bird, gotta admit.
And here are some more humans breaking barriers - interestingly using the same "GoPro" technology -
What really excites me about this video is that the filmmakers are as gonzo as the thrillseeker talent. They get "coverage" more than the old school would ever think of by virtue of the sheer cheapness of cameras like the GoPro HD Hero2 ($299 gets you a camera with attachment kit).
This coverage gives the viewer a chance to see - from just outside the talent's skin - what the actor/athlete sees as well as their expressions from a myriad of views.
Imagine some of these features being put to work connected to your Google Hangout Live-to-Youtube connection:
- Wi-Fi BacPac™ and Wi-Fi Remote™ Compatible (coming soon)
- Long Range Remote Control of up to 50 GoPro Cameras
- Wi-Fi Video/Photo Preview + Playback + Control via GoPro App
- Live Streaming Video and Photos to the Web
Before such small, durable cameras with 11 megapixel 1080p HD wi-fi signals came online - for 300 bucks a kit (!) - indy filmmakers were much more conservative with their wish-lists
As of tonight, seeing these heroic images captured on the Hero2, I've added a few more cameras to mine!
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But speaking of heros...
Heads up on a big possibility for the "strong delusion" - it could be "time travel" - an idea that time is maleable to the individual and you can go back and forth and "fix" stuff (because sin rears it's ugly head - even in sci-fi!).
It's tempting, when you're getting "sucked into super," to want to "cast off restraint" (Proverbs 29:18)
But, like I said in my 2003 album, al Panai, liner notes -
Casting down lofty thoughts and imaginations that raise themselves up - June (?) 2003 from "al Panai" the album I put together as a gift to Israel. Delivered over 70 to ministers of the good news of Messiah Yeshua, Savior of the World, during the first and only Chaffer family trip there later the same year.
There are a number of MYTHS (I’m talking myths that are NOT truth at all!) that are being PUSHED REALLY HARD by the forces of darkness upon the thinking people of our planet. The nature of these LIES is TO CHALLENGE THE FOUNDATIONAL TRUTH THAT HUMANS ARE ETERNAL STEWARDS OF OUR PRESENT TEMPORAL BODIES OF FLESH AND BLOOD AND BONES!!
But we are NOT (just) spirits in a disposable shell! . these evil lying myths come in many different forms but some of the biggest baddest are: (yeshayahu 60)
• the vampire / nephilim myth
• the doppleganger / body double / clone myth
• the reincarnation myth
• the “matrix” virtual reality / artificial intelligence myth
• and the alien-abduction / reprogramming-by-the-CIA myth
All designed in the pit of hell to vacuum your brain and body into the same! See how each and every one can conveniently absolve you of any responsibility for what happens in your body - i.e. “the devil made me do it”?
The big thing is ... if you treat your body right (by basking in the Glory of God in Yeshua and being saved from a lifestyle of constant sinning into a lifestyle of constant loving and promoting what’s true), you could very likely be “caught up” to God ... just like Hanokh and Eliyahu! (B’resheet 5:21-24, M’lakhim Bet 2:9-14, Acts 1:9-11, 1st Corinthians 15:50-58, 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18 and Revelation 12:5 and 14:4, 14-16)
This is the hands-down, absolute-best longevity plan known to mankind - get with the program!
And, since you read thru all that.. a gift!
Saw Avengers last night with friends. Very interesting quote from the Steve Rogers / Captain America character -
Ma'am, there's only one God, and I'm pretty sure he doesn't look like that.
Theme focuses on individual liberties granted to us by THAT God - YHWH of Israel! See how Loki (the bad guy) seems to "borrow" from Islamic rhetoric?
"It's the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life's joy in a mad scramble for power.. for identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel."
Doesn't that just make you mad?
And look at box office opening. It's a "smash" hit!
I recommend it - with a caution. While, I think, there was somewhat of a brilliant mix of traditional heroism with today's popular "anti-hero" by writer, director Joss Whedon, also remain aware of those sneaky, subliminal "Frankfurt School aesthetics" - chaos elements designed to suck your brain into a vaccuum of acceptance of universalist and satanic thoughts.
Thoughts like "The aliens/devil made me do it." YHWH doesn't lie:
"You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor." Psalm 8:5 and "Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life?" 1st Corinthians 6:3
Aliens are demons. Blue beams will create holographic signs and wonders in the sky. And what the blue beam project can't do, zero point energy spacecraft (under developement by multiple agencies since the 40's - BEFORE the "alien" scare existed!) will further "convince" the masses for the soon-coming "War of the Worlds" 2.0 "radio show."
Big topic. But I think it's key for avoiding the "strong delusion" -
"Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness." 2nd Thessalonians 2
So, yeah. Fun... but stay awake, Saints. ‘Avengers’ Now $260.5M Overseas: Could Reach $585M Worldwide Through Sunday With U.S., Canada, Russi EXCLUSIVE: My sources estimate the juggernaut that is Marvel's The Avengers could close in on $160M when it opens in North America this weekend and $425M
Encouragement to seek the higher truth:
Beyond acknowledgement of the soul-salvation of Yeshua (Jesus), seek the detailed implementation of that salvation. "For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, 'Abba, Father.'" (Rom. 8:15) and children EXPLORE! In their deep confidence they rejoice in life and worship (enjoy) the glory of their parents (even in our fallen state!). Be thankful for the little things. Open your eyes like a child for the wonder in the details! Look for the deeper, higher realities of everything in the created order!
Write about it! Film it!
Please read my blog post for all the info you need including how the cameras were set up. Which cameras were used and so much more!
Part 1 is about resolution. Part 2 is skin tones, codecs and low light - www.philipbloom.net/?p=16350
Please remember the C300 is pre-production so may not be representative of the final image
Dear MovieMaker (and Shaker!) for Yeshua,
Today is the first day of your (continued?) unleashed creativity in film. With today's phones (one of which, you're highly likely to have in your pocket or on your desk within reach - right NOW) and with today's inexpensive cameras (like the following), you can scribble some ideas on a piece of paper (or phone) and script, storyboard and shoot a short film, promotional video, commercial, music video or (even) a feature length, Biblically-based sci-fi and then market and distribute that puppy to the world.. from your kitchen table.
That makes for quite a load of opportunity on your lap. Really, the most expensive budget item is your time!
So! Without further ado, I want to share 2 articles for the day -
One which focuses on my favorite 2 prosumer cameras, the Panasonic GH2 (mine) and the Canon 60D - http://dslrhd.com/2010/12/panasonic-gh2-vs-canon-60d/
And another which features the comparing of these types of low-end cameras (my GH2 with the Driftwood 170 MB hack) up against the current crop of higher-end, state-of-the-art professional cameras out there - the Canon C300, the Sony FS100, F3 and Panasonic AF101 - http://philipbloom.net/2012/01/06/christmas-shootout/
SO ... here it is! One hour to conceive, write, locate, hire local police (sort of), shoot and wrap! One hour. Add a BOMB in Motion 5 and this is what you get!
Here is an expert who, although maybe not a believer - who can know what a person believes without an abundant "testimony of Yeshua that distinguishes the spirit of prophecy" at the end of the age of empires and dictators. Perhaps we'll never know...
With a prayer for mercy upon his soul, I urge you to study the insights of this video professional. He is "Video Journalist" of the Photographic Journalist stripe.