Brendan Shick | Freelance Film, Broadcast, & Digital Media

4 Must Watch Director’s Commentaries – Even if You’re Not a Film Geek

4 Must Watch Director's Commentaries - Even if You're Not a Film Geek

4 Director's Commentaries for any sensibility or taste! At least one of these will appeal to you...
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Learning the Pitfalls of HFR

Learn the Pitfalls of HFR

Don't make the mistake of paying more for a lower quality theater experience. Here's a look at what HFR really does to your image straight from a cinematographer's mouth...errr...pen...err...whatever.
Baseball Broadcasts: Behind the Scenes

Broadcasting Baseball

Ever wonder how the game gets from the field to your television set? We're sharing a behind-the-scenes look.

White Balance: Important Tips and Tricks Someone Forgot to Teach You Editor's Pick

White Balance: Important Tips and Tricks Someone Forgot to Teach You

I’ve met a great variety of people, some with graduate degrees in cinematography, perpetuating this rumor (and yes, sometimes I’m even guilty of such). Although it’s good and simple beginner advice, there’s a lot more to the story.

The ‘white card’ tip is only partly true and, quite frankly, is an extremely simplified version of the truth that is probably partly perpetuated by people who don’t feel like spending the time to explain the full story to you.

Assuming you read on, I’m about to put an end to that as best I can.

Project Recap: Olympiad XVIII Editor's Pick

Project Recap: Olympiad XVIII

As a freelance camera guy, there are a number of events that I tend to photograph on an annual basis. In 2009 and 2010, I was paid to produce recap videos for Huntington University’s annual Olympiad (a miniature “olympics” only with stranger events…) as a keepsake for the students.

This year, although I wasn’t officially on the job, I was in the area and couldn’t resist watching some of the festivities – and of course I had to bring the camera along for old times sake.

I wanted to test the limits on using a DSLR for video in the sports world. Again, I’d never given this a fair shot, mainly due to the rolling shutter, lack of autofocus, form factor, and other common issues that people have with DSLRs for video.

This being a personal project, I was able to experiment in some new ways and thought I’d use the rest of this post to share my findings.

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