1. thanks to all of our amazing sponsors that have made this trip possible and that have brought this tutorial to you. we have plenty more to come.

    first and foremost, thanks to canon live learning for making all of this possible (the bus and all). thanks to manfrotto for being so kind in providing 16 monopods plus tons more gear. thanks to cinevate for the shoulder rigs and atlas camera sliders. thanks to zacuto for the z-finders and DSLR rig. thanks to tiffen/lowel/steadicam for all of their lighting and stabilization support.

    we setup for our first workshop tonight and it almost resembled the show floor of BH at times.

    let us know what you think. we are happy to answer any questions and we look forward to hitting the road and shooting our next tutorial in chicago.

    check out our blog for the road trip here:
    canoncaravan.stillmotionblog.com/

    P.

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  2. When we're first starting out, it's easy to use the same lens over and over again. But putting story first means catering every choice you make to your story and your shoot, and that means picking the lens that works best.

    Here we share five of our favorite Canon lenses with you, and some of the discoveries we've made about them over the years.

    Read more on the blog: stillmotionblog.com/2013/06/27/5-canon-lenses/

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  3. we are one week closer to the launch of SMAPP and as our update of the week we wanted to share a tutorial on interview lighting.

    there are so many different ways you can light an interview and while story is always important, interviews more than anything else often come with the constraints of time, space, and gear. traveling for A Game of Honor we had to be able to light an interview with whatever we could fit into one 70lb suitcase (which inspired a whole separate tutorial on what's in that suitcase). if you've done your share of interviews, you'll be all too familiar with showing up and having a room that would be a tight fit just to hold all of your gear, let alone setup and interview in it. with almost every interview we feel like we could use one more stinger, one more light, an extra five minutes to tweak the setup, or an extra 5' feet to reposition the talent and camera. however, through working within these constraints we can learn to do much more with much less. half the tricks we know about lighting have all come from having to figure something out while on set, and having to do so quickly. the more we understand light, how it works and how we can work with it, the more we can make the most of whatever time, gear, and space we might find ourselves in.

    we hope you enjoy our first lighting tutorial on basic interview lighting. our next lighting tutorial we will be sharing shortly will show how we light the same scene three different ways to create different moods.

    P.

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  4. there is so much you can say with each image but how do you make the most out of it? we often talk about layers in a film and color is a powerful storytelling tool that can completely change the look and feel of a piece. in this tutorial we look at color in camera as we go through white balance, white shift, picture styles along with some tips and tricks on how to use them to say something with your image straight out of the camera.

    there is so much to say about color so we decided to split it up into two tutorials, in camera and in post. all footage shown in this tutorial is straight out of the camera with no post color work. check back soon for part two of the color tutorial, color in post, later this month.

    brought to you by the Canon digital learning center. check out more tutorials there at usa.canon.com/dlc

    want to learn more? we have two education workshops coming up.

    // event cinema workshops
    oct 3-4 chicago
    oct 6-7 boston
    join kevin, joe and patrick for two days of discussion and hands-on filmmaking. it’s a great place to learn about their different approaches to event cinema work and help you discover one of your own.

    // evo
    nov 14-17 san fran
    come hang with the sm crew as we share, shoot, learn and grow together about all things cinema — from the technical to the philosophical, it’s three intense days of filmmaking fun.

    the soundtrack is 'the leaves' by cars & trains, licensed through withetiquette.com

    lil'j

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  5. here it is, a long journey that began with a crazy proposal to Canon well over 8 months ago, culminating in a almost a month living on a bus, touring the country, and meeting some amazing people along the way. our last tutorial is an introduction to stabilizers for EOS cameras. it covers our hands down favorite too, the monopod (answering the most commonly asked question and some tips and tricks), our take on sliders (the atlas LTS 30 by cinevate featured here), as well as a breakdown on stabilizers (featuring the steadicam merlin). i hope you enjoyed the series of tutorials, stay tuned for what's in store in 2011.

    for those of you in the paris area, come and see us on the 14th for an all day seminar on storytelling in both photo and cinema. more info on our education blog
    stillmotionblog.com/author/education

    follow us on twitter @stillmotion

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