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Branded web content, the evolution of online ads

13/10/2009 17:15
A few weeks ago I came across a web show called Critics, where two experienced film professionals discuss and critique videos found on Vimeo.com. The show is beautifully shot, the banter witty and the videos well curated. Immediately I wanted to see more episodes and see what else this company was producing. It turns out they also produce a show called FilmFellas, which is probably one of the most authentic and entertaining talk shows about indie film and video production I have ever seen. I...

Digital Cinema New Wave: Part 2 - The Canon 7D

05/10/2009 23:21
Things are moving very quickly in the world of DSLR HD, or HDSLR as the format has now been termed. It seems that every month a new camera enters the spotlight, and now Canon is fighting back with the new 7D. The Canon 7D is not a replacement for the 5D Mark II, it's a new camera that is even more video oriented. First off, the sensor is smaller that the 5D, which means that it is not quite as sensitive and won't perform quite as well in low light. Second, the depth of field won't be as shallow...

Digital cinema new wave: HD capable DSLRs - part 1

14/09/2009 00:28
The year 2008 marked the beginning of a new age in low cost digital video technology: HD capable DSLR still cameras. The Nikon D90 was the first to step on the scene with 720p resolution. But being the first there were some compromises: the sensor was not designed for video which led to one major compromise: the jello effect. So, the story continued on with the release of Canon's 5D Mark II, a full HD 1080p capable pro DSLR that blew the D90 out of the water. It has a full 4/3 sensor the size...

Tea Tips - The production of a weekly video podcast Part 2

08/06/2008 00:51
In the first days of podcasting you had to have a server to store your podcast on. Usually that was the same server where you had your website, and if you ever got a lot of downloads/views at one time, the server (and your website) would go down until you paid for more bandwidth. Fortunately, there are now dozens of services that will host your media for free! This means that extensive views and downloads of your podcast will no longer bring down your website, and in most cases the podcast will...

New map feature added to "Getting Around"

03/06/2008 23:03
Google Maps has a great feature to draw paths and plot points directly on their maps. You can then take those and embed them directly into your site. We've added some hiking trail paths next to the hiking episodes of our travel series "Getting Around". Check out the updated website: www.urbanexplorerfilms.com

Great article about Web 2.0 film financing

01/05/2008 03:25
Scott Kirsner of the CinemaTech blog has just posted a great article on several unique and interesting ways to finance a feature film using Web 2.0 sites and the power of social networks. Great job Scott! http://cinematech.blogspot.com/2008/04/internet-film-financing-evaluating.html - Posted by Jedrzej Jonasz

HD Video Streaming!

26/04/2008 22:10
I've just started using a video sharing service called Vimeo, they offer great quality and are one of the few video sites that offers HD. Check out the HD stream of my music video "Safe With You" (Click on FULL to get the HD experience):   Safe With You from Jedrzej Jonasz on Vimeo.   I'm going to be adding a few other HD projects to the site and use it to showcase Capital j. Films HD work. Isn't this free world of video sharing great! - Posted by Jedrzej Jonasz

Tea Tips - The production of a weekly video podcast - Part 1

20/04/2008 00:37
  During the filming of our web travel series "Getting Around", we met Mark "Dr. Tea" Ukra at Dr. Tea's Tea Garden and Herbal Emporium in West Hollywood. After we posted that episode on TripFilms, it occured to us that Dr. Tea would make the perfect host for a tea-centric video podcast. He had the energy, charisma and knowledge to make a fun and informative podcast. Now, although Mariessa and I had already been producing a web series, this is my first forray into the world of...

Canon HV20 Review

05/04/2008 23:34
There's independent films and videos of all budgets, in Hollywood independent can mean under $20 million, but to most of us it means credit cards. To the indie filmmaker, who's budget is in the range of zero to a few thousand, finding the right camera can be a lengthy and complicated search. I recently settled on the Canon HV20 as my compact camera of choice. There's a few reasons for this, but the main one by far is 24p recording, and there are very few under $2,000 24p cameras out there. More...
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