FilmFellas Cast 8: ASC Cinematographers

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Webisode 35 – Let There be Light.

Our award winning ASC cast kicks off the series discussing how DSLRs are creating a new wave of indie film and democratizing the filmmaking process. They discus lighting, story, and talent behind the lens.

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142 Responses to “FilmFellas Cast 8: ASC Cinematographers”

  1. Hilmar Darri Flygenring on May 31st, 2010 1:29 pm

    Hook, line and … sinker.

    Refresh button … get ready to be abused :)

  2. Gert Kracht on May 31st, 2010 2:56 pm

    The best stories always start on a boat. Me being one of the few pirates left, saying so. 
    I am really looking forward to this series. May you all sail well.

  3. Susan Rapp on May 31st, 2010 4:11 pm

    Gert ~ You are my favorite Dutch Pirate Ever! See you here on the 16th! Big Twitter hugs, ~Sue

  4. Susan Rapp on May 31st, 2010 4:12 pm

    Hilmar ~ So it’s you that crashed our server? Cheers, ~Sue

  5. Carl Olson on May 31st, 2010 4:44 pm

    Awesome trailer! Great lineup. Looking forward to the show.

  6. Rob Imbs on May 31st, 2010 5:16 pm


  7. Susan Rapp on June 1st, 2010 10:33 am

    Rob ~ where’s my T-shirt? I sent you hats!! Twitter hugs, ~Sue

  8. Susan Rapp on June 1st, 2010 10:34 am

    Thanks Carl ~ see you here on June 16th! Cheers, ~Sue

  9. Gary Nadeau on June 1st, 2010 6:15 pm

    Looks and sounds epic. Looking forward to it!

  10. Susan Rapp on June 3rd, 2010 4:18 pm

    Big Thanks Rodney…it’s going to be an amazing Cast. Hope all is well. Cheers, ~Sue

  11. Kalani Prince on June 4th, 2010 11:19 pm

    haha, E P I C !

  12. Sean Christopher Vergara on June 5th, 2010 4:26 pm

    This entire website is honestly an internet masterpiece!

  13. Zacuto on June 7th, 2010 5:01 pm

    Sean ~ big thanks. We are so excited about our launch next week on the 16th. See you then, ~Sue

  14. Osvaldo Budet on June 11th, 2010 11:25 am

    This and the AMAZING Great Camera Shootout 2010 is more that a webisode is a service for the internet and cinema community.  Thanks Zacuto guys!!!

  15. Susan Rapp on June 16th, 2010 12:50 pm

    [ IT’S COMING ] FilmFellas Cast 8: ASC Cinematographers ~ Let There Be Light Premieres Today April 16th! Come listen to our award winning ASC cast discuss how DSLRs are creating a new wave of indie film & democratizing the filmmaking process. You don’t want to miss this!!!! ~Sue

  16. Dirk on June 16th, 2010 3:58 pm

    Good episode. Started off by covering a lot of the same tired material (you still need to light, you still need to tell a story) that has been said a bazillion times, but then got better when some new insights arose. Click play to find out what they were!!

  17. Michael Buffa on June 16th, 2010 4:09 pm

    So happy to have FilmFellas back. Good episode, can’t wait to see the rest of them.

  18. Rob Imbs on June 16th, 2010 4:33 pm

    I enjoyed hearing Stephen speak about how camera specs on Arri’s and DSLR’s are tedious because they’re not really talking about the “main event”, that being the 2 actors, a director and DP.

    I still think DSLR’s are exciting because of the cost and ease of use, but I like the perspective that these guys brought to the conversation.

    Thanks Jens and the whole Z-team!

  19. Alexandros Maragos on June 16th, 2010 4:37 pm

    Great work, great episode,
    really interesting as always.
    Well done.

  20. Matthew Lee on June 16th, 2010 5:08 pm

    Fantastic video, my favourite yet! I was lucky enough to see Rodney Charters at the London seminar he mentions in the video. Very much enjoying the rest of the cast also! Looking forward to more :)

  21. Steve Weiss on June 16th, 2010 5:11 pm

    Thanx for watching, glad you enjoyed! Stay tuned there are more webisodes coming.

  22. Anonymous on June 16th, 2010 5:12 pm

    What an education! There is so much to learn from this dinner conversation that the mind (for newbies) ….boggles.

    You cannot absorb every bit of invaluable advice from this conversation: lighting…narrative…cameras…ect.

    I need to walk away with one basic fact: if you are at all gifted in the HDSLR world and are able to DP a small bit of work using actors, do not use non professional people in the hope that your talented shooting, lighting and editing capabilities, will hide your talent’s lack of experience.

    It will not! And your piece will be dramatically flawed.

    Narrative and talent trumps lighting and editing.


  23. Steve Weiss on June 16th, 2010 5:20 pm

    FilmFellas is not a show about equipment.  We did delve into the DSLR’s a bit in this webisode but the show is about filmmaking regardless of what equipment you use.  When we get people of this caliber we want to hear more of how they approach the art, craft & psychology of what they do.

  24. Susan Rapp on June 16th, 2010 5:36 pm

    Matthew, thanks for the kudos on our new cast. Yes, Rodney is an amazing DP in the industry and we were very lucky to get him. Cheers, ~Sue

  25. Susan Rapp on June 16th, 2010 5:44 pm

    Kevin ~ We are very excited about the launch of this FilmFellas!! Having Rodney + an all-star ASC cast with Stephen and Nancy really elevates this web series. The FilmFella club is growing. Big hugs, ~Sue

  26. Susan Rapp on June 16th, 2010 5:48 pm

    Rob ~ It’s great that the cast moves beyond the equipment and discusses the importance of the craft, story and talent of the DP. You will love what comes next. Big hugs, ~Sue

  27. Susan Rapp on June 16th, 2010 5:48 pm

    Thanks for the kudos Michael!! Cheers, ~Sue

  28. Darren on June 16th, 2010 6:32 pm

    Love these sages and their pearls of wisdom!  I’m 38 years old, and I find listening to my elders so fascinating and fulfilling especially when they can save us time and energy to choose shots wisely, or avoid mistakes they have made etc.

    Great Job

  29. Phil Jackson on June 16th, 2010 7:41 pm

    Another great talk. I’m glad they kept it focused on the overall production and basics of shooting. Those will never change. Always happy to see a new FF show go up.

  30. Steve Weiss on June 16th, 2010 8:47 pm

    once all of the tests and experiments are over, narrative and non-fiction programming is what it’s all about.

  31. RebelPhoton on June 17th, 2010 12:38 am

    Great one… it felt so short! Can’t wait to see how much more deep insights those DPs share.

  32. Leonard Caspari on June 17th, 2010 6:50 am

    Best FilmFellas episode so far. Looking forward to the next episode…

  33. Curt Edwards on June 17th, 2010 7:24 am

    Another great and thought provoking episode, for us Newbies, thanks for the effort!

  34. Susan Rapp on June 17th, 2010 11:00 am

    Curt ~ thanks for the support of our new cast!! Cheers, ~Sue

  35. Susan Rapp on June 17th, 2010 11:01 am

    Leonard ~ thanks for that. We were very lucky to get this ASC Cast together in one place. Next webisode premeries July 14th. Cheers, ~Sue

  36. Susan Rapp on June 17th, 2010 11:02 am

    Chosei ~ I hope this means you loved the show?? Cheers, ~Sue

  37. Susan Rapp on June 17th, 2010 11:03 am

    Rebel ~ we will release 5 webisodes of this series, so you will get even more insights about being a DP in this industry and the road to the ASC. Cheers, ~Sue

  38. Adam Daniel Mezei on June 17th, 2010 2:28 pm

    Agreed! I found it to be the most intelligent of all the casts put together. Very very highbrow — each and every one of the participants!

  39. Adam Daniel Mezei on June 17th, 2010 2:30 pm

    So I presume that’s going to be the content of the next five episodes you’ll be airing — I suppose we were just warming up here?

  40. Rob Imbs on June 17th, 2010 3:49 pm

    As always I’m looking forward to it :)

  41. Tomas Vokün on June 17th, 2010 4:52 pm

    I think the discussion started off on the wrong foot, with Jens suggesting that people shooting with HDSLRs think they don’t need to light…that just got the old timers all riled up about the good old days, and how kids these days don’t know what they’re doing.  Boring, guys…we’ve heard it before. I used to write and mail letters, too, but now I use email.  This discussion, for my ears, was below the true calibre of life and career experience actually present at the table.


    I did think there were a few gems amongst the chatter, but this meeting of accomplished minds bemoaning the lack of experience in a new generation of hopeful filmmakers…was pretty blah. 


    Yes, the price of these cameras has made them more accessible, and logically, there will be more shite out there when there are more participants…instead of getting annoyed at the amount of terrible stuff out there, stop for a moment and realize that without these people trying to be like you, your “art” would in fact be lost.  Usher in a new generation with open arms instead of turning people away.

  42. Allister Whyte on June 17th, 2010 6:05 pm

    This is so informative,really proud of Mr Charters,fellow Kiwi making it out there gives me hope,finally we get to see and hear about the people who make the stars shine.

  43. Gordon on June 17th, 2010 9:33 pm

    I am curious what camera(s) was used to to shoot FilmFellas Cast 8: ASC Cinematographers. The detail in the glasses, clothing hair and skin tone is all amazing.

    Thank you for taking the time and effort to bring the GA Shootout and FilmFells to the rest of us. <!–[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Template>Normal</o:Template> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>5</o:Words> <o:Characters>33</o:Characters> <o:Lines>1</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>1</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>40</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>11.1280</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG /> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]–><!–[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:DoNotShowRevisions /> <w:DoNotPrintRevisions /> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:UseMarginsForDrawingGridOrigin /> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]–> <!– /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:”Times New Roman”; panose-1:0 2 2 6 3 5 4 5 2 3; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:50331648 0 0 0 1 0;} @font-face {font-family:Times-Bold; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-alt:Times; mso-font-charset:77; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:auto; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:””; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”;} table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-parent:””; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”;} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} –> <!–StartFragment–>


  44. Gordon on June 17th, 2010 9:33 pm

    I am curious what camera(s) was used to to shoot FilmFellas Cast 8: ASC Cinematographers. The detail in the glasses, clothing hair and skin tone is all amazing.

    Thank you for taking the time and effort to bring the GA Shootout and FilmFells to the rest of us. <!–[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Template>Normal</o:Template> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>5</o:Words> <o:Characters>33</o:Characters> <o:Lines>1</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>1</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>40</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>11.1280</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG /> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]–><!–[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:DoNotShowRevisions /> <w:DoNotPrintRevisions /> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:UseMarginsForDrawingGridOrigin /> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]–> <!– /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:”Times New Roman”; panose-1:0 2 2 6 3 5 4 5 2 3; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:50331648 0 0 0 1 0;} @font-face {font-family:Times-Bold; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-alt:Times; mso-font-charset:77; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:auto; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:””; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”;} table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-parent:””; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”;} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} –> <!–StartFragment–>


  45. Gordon on June 17th, 2010 9:34 pm

    I am curious what camera(s) was used to to shoot FilmFellas Cast 8: ASC Cinematographers. The detail in the glasses, clothing hair and skin tone is all amazing.

    Thank you for taking the time and effort to bring the GA Shootout and FilmFells to the rest of us. <!–[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Template>Normal</o:Template> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>5</o:Words> <o:Characters>33</o:Characters> <o:Lines>1</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>1</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>40</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>11.1280</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG /> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]–><!–[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:DoNotShowRevisions /> <w:DoNotPrintRevisions /> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:UseMarginsForDrawingGridOrigin /> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]–> <!– /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:”Times New Roman”; panose-1:0 2 2 6 3 5 4 5 2 3; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:50331648 0 0 0 1 0;} @font-face {font-family:Times-Bold; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-alt:Times; mso-font-charset:77; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:auto; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:””; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”;} table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-parent:””; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”;} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} –> <!–StartFragment–>


  46. Steve Weiss on June 17th, 2010 9:48 pm

    Jens was just joking of course about lighting and HD-DSLR but he has a valid point.  We feel that the art of lighting has been lost to image sensitivity and post process work.  We are welcoming in the new generation but their is a process to becoming a DP and it starts at the bottom and the upcoming webisodes will tell you what this amazing cast had to go through to get where they are, in the ASC.

  47. Shane Webb on June 19th, 2010 4:50 pm

    Once again you have gotten together a interesting group together and I can’t wait for the rest.

  48. Andrew Howe on June 21st, 2010 3:43 pm

    Got to speak up for the old timers a bit here.  I had the pleasure of meeting Rodney at the event he mentioned in London.  I don’t think you are going to meet many people who are more encouraging to the inexperienced or more interested in new tools.  After all, it his pioneering use of the DSLRs in the production of a high profile TV series that have made him so sought after as a speaker at such events.

    What I took away from the presentations at Converge was that for the professional film makers there is a constant balance between the aesthetic and cost.  In TV especially, there is a big emphasis on productivity.  The tools of the trade are not viewed sentimentally, but each one must prove its worth to earn its place in the toolkit and the experimentation is always ongoing.

    I think what the cast was saying, with Jens’ tongue-in-cheek provocation, is that less experienced film makers shouldn’t fall in to the trap that having enough light to shoot with was the same as having the right lighting.  I think the message the cast were promoting is that you as an aspiring film maker you have a tool which can emulate much larger cameras for comparatively low cost.  However, if you truly want the “film look” you need to emulate the care given to lighting too.  A DSLR’s sensitivity will allow you to do this quicker and cheaper but you can’t skip the theory.

  49. Steven Carubia on June 25th, 2010 6:48 pm

    Great episode. Heavyweight cast. Very disappointed that this wasn’t longer. It ended aprubtly as if there was more meat to the conversatoin. I think I speak for many when I say that a lot of people were excited about this one.

  50. Steven Carubia on June 25th, 2010 7:49 pm

    It seems my criticism was a bit premature. Information on this site implies that there will be more webisodes feautring this cast. i was not informed enough, and I apologize for my haste. Can’t wait to watch the follow ups! Thank you for doing this.

  51. Susan Rapp on June 28th, 2010 12:04 pm

    Steven ~ Yes, you won’t be dissappointed. We will have 5 total webisodes featuring this ASC Cast! Also, we are rotating the shows every 2-weeks for Cast 8 & Cast 7: Documentary Filmmaking. Thus, Cast 7: Webisode 2 will launch here this Wednesday June 30th! You can catch Cast 8: Web 2 on July 14th. Thanks for being a fan of the show. Cheers, ~Sue

  52. Cliff Etzel on June 29th, 2010 11:28 am

    Outstanding insights.  Too many DLSR Fanboiz miss the foundational elements of what it means to light.  Would have to say one of the most intelligent conversations on the democratization of film making and revitalizing the indie film industry.

    Kudos to all at Zacuto for this episode. 

  53. Peter Lyons Collister, ASC on July 3rd, 2010 11:05 pm

    Really want to thank everyone involved. I finished watching and wanted more. Appreciate it all. Thanks……

  54. Rob Imbs on July 14th, 2010 11:39 am

    DP’s don’t like to shoot comedies, that makes sense. Cool to hear that Kiefer’s input affected how 24 was shot. <3 FilmFellas

  55. Anonymous on July 14th, 2010 11:46 am

    This is a must see for so many of us as I really appreciate hearing from so many years of experience!

  56. Cliff Etzel on July 14th, 2010 12:06 pm

    Another insightful and thought provoking episode – the lack of gear fanboism is refreshing. To hear it’s about lighting is something I’ve believed in – without light, it doesn’t matter what camera you shoot with.

    Thanks again for this series.

  57. Phil Jackson on July 14th, 2010 1:01 pm

    I hope they continue the talk about the DI and the difference between digital and film. It’s really interesting to see in current films that are shot on film or digital and seeing the DI work. I always wonder how much of that image looked like that when they captured it and how much was added in.

  58. Susan Rapp on July 14th, 2010 5:23 pm

    Cliff ~ Yes, if you speak to Steve & Jens, lighting is always at the very top of the list for any shoot. We will also be coming out with a lighting series too. As always, thanks for your support of our shows. Cheers, ~Sue

  59. Susan Rapp on July 14th, 2010 5:26 pm

    Rob ~ I agree, this was a great show in terms of getting to know the real “behind the scenes” scoop of shooting for TV & Features. Look for your present in the mail too. Big hugs + see you in Twitterville! ~Sue

  60. Matthew Mann on July 15th, 2010 12:02 pm

    In my experience it’s always been a big group of people crowding around a monitor trying to put in their two cents.  I agree, lighting needs to be a director/DP collaboration not everyone else!  We need to get back to the “trust us, we got it” days!

  61. Rob Imbs on July 16th, 2010 8:12 am

    I got the UPS confirmation email, can’t beleive I’m excited for a Zacuto neck strap! ;)

  62. Anonymous on July 16th, 2010 5:51 pm

    So wonderful to learn that the “terrorist actress in 24″ was so stricken to learn that she would (could) not be lit to her liking. 

    Also, that film still (and maybe forevermore) over ‘shadow’ the digital world.

    These insights are worth their weight in gold. At least for those of us who love film.


  63. Sam Morgan Moore on July 17th, 2010 4:57 am

    On one side they are moaning that they are questioned on their experience with certain cameras then they move on to talking about the DR of the different cameras – film/dig

    Demonstrating the need to have experience on certain cameras and understand its DR

    ‘Seeing’ tight digital DR is easy – squint and examine the shadows

    Having shot digital stills for years I would suggest this lot need to learn a simple lesson

    Digital is fine if you know how to light it inside its DR

    On occasion this can push up the lighting budget (lifting shadows in the sun)

    Simple really, even simpler with instant playback on set

    It would seem that a requirement for tons of post work on digital is purely a function of shooting it wrong in the first place

    Anyone who thinks they can take their film lighting knowledge onto a digital set is wrong !

  64. Susan Rapp on July 19th, 2010 10:09 am

    We like to make are FilmFellas fans happy ;) ~ big twitter hugs, ~sue

  65. Tony Reale on August 6th, 2010 3:44 pm

    This is definitely one of my favorite episodes of Film Fellas.

    I always enjoy hearing how Rodney Charters’ mind works and Stephen Goldblatt is such a wealth of wisdom.

    What I wouldn’t give to be around them on set for a day…

  66. Gert Kracht on August 11th, 2010 6:44 pm

    These days the budgets for movies and series are pretty huge. That brings up the pressure on the core of the production team.

    Hiring people you know who are good and experienced is pretty easy. But not all people are the best and the best may be not available at the time you need them. So, new guys have to be hired. Some of them may be fresh out of film school and have almost no experience at all. How can you built a team like that?

    We had interns for 15 years in our company. Some of them we could trust almost 100%. We gave them the tools and they could do the job immediately. And if they had a question they would not hesitate to ask us. They had no problems to communicate! I find that very important….

    On the other hand we also had guys who were ‘not the right person for the job’. And in many cases we had to test them before we could decide if they were right for the job. We got new guys in every six months, so we developed a test to see what they were capable to do.

    Many schools don’t have that. A test to see if people are right for the job. I mean: they might understand a lot of the theory, but in the field they fail to tie all the stuff together to get things working. Sound, light, camera people…all of them have to learn their stuff by doing it. Reading a book about it works for 25%, after that they have to ‘see and feel’ the work they have to do.

    It might be a very good idea to spend a very small part of every film budget to educate the man and woman who are still in film school so they have the chance to built up their experience. That way the DP can also see which people are the best to hire for future film projects.

    It also brings more positive things: the younger people are more experienced with the new media and hardware. Children grow up with computers, iPhones, iPads and other stuff which they can use on a daily basis. That was not there 10 years ago!

    Technology is changing fast. And I think that right now all the party’s in the film industry should come together to learn, built and produce with each other. That way the cost of productions will go down too.
    One is NEVER to old OR experienced to learn things.

  67. Steve Weiss on August 11th, 2010 9:05 pm

    Very true Gert.
    I’ve said this before but after every project I try to do a little reflection and see what was good and what was bad and try to create a learning moment from it.  It’s tough because you learn but the next project is so different from the last that each time you learn something new.  But like you said, what’s lacking today are the general skills that need to be there and I truly believe that you only get those from doing 100’s of productions.  We were just talking about that yesterday at Zacuto.  After you’ve done a 100 or 200 projects you’ll understand.  My advice, get out there and make as many projects as you can.  Doesn’t matter what it is, a wedding, corporate video, short, music video, 2 minute doc. you will learn from each one and your speed will pickup as your knowledge and confidence grows.

  68. Steve on August 29th, 2010 3:22 pm

    Man, I’ve been getting chewed out over my comments on this forum – “Blind Director: Let me know your thoughts?” -

    They don’t like my thoughts! lol – Anyone wish to help me out?  I could really do with some Film fellas muscles on this one.

    In a nutshell, I believe a ‘film’ director, needs to be able to SEE!

    Am I wrong?

  69. Susan Rapp on August 30th, 2010 12:11 pm

    Hey Steve ~ I went to the thread and read some of the comments. Yes, that’s a tough, delicate PC call. I personally get a lot of inspiration from people with passion to live their dreams dispite any disability, such as blindness. I can’t imagine the world of music with out the deaf Beethoven… ~Sue

  70. Susan Rapp on August 30th, 2010 12:12 pm

    As always Jon ~ thanks for your support of our series. See you in Twitterville. Hugs, ~sue

  71. Rajiv Mudgal on September 16th, 2010 7:30 pm

    Really Liked the episodes. Rodney Charters, Stephen Goldblatt & Nancy Schreiber they were just great.
    Rodney is superb.

  72. Hilmar Darri Flygenring on November 4th, 2010 6:52 pm

    Let there be more … 

    pretty please :)

  73. Steve Weiss on November 4th, 2010 10:16 pm

    There are still 2 more.

  74. Anonymous on November 9th, 2010 6:21 pm

    steve are there 2 more episodes to series 8 or better yet two more series!!

  75. Francis Coral - Mellon on November 12th, 2010 2:22 pm

    I do love myself some filmfellas! 

  76. Susan Rapp on November 12th, 2010 4:05 pm

    Francis ~ Thanks for the love and I do so love your comment!! More FilmFellas coming soon! Cheers, ~sue

  77. Jurgen Taylor on November 19th, 2010 6:29 am

    I was completely unsure about Zacuto jumping into the internet to indirectly market itself to film makers.

    All i can say is, I love you guys. If i could afford your equipment i would buy it just to say thank you for all your web content.

  78. Jondi Whitis on December 3rd, 2010 3:38 pm

    Nice stuff!  Great idea!  Sorry I was late seeing all these.

  79. Anonymous on December 5th, 2010 6:30 am

    Why do they have to be eating?  To me, it doesn’t matter what they are saying, I hate listening to people eat. 

  80. Steve Weiss on December 5th, 2010 7:03 pm

    That’s an interesting point.  In past casts people berated us for not having people eat but I agree with you I hate listening to people eat.  We are muteing the mics of the people who are eating and not talking.

  81. Steve Weiss on December 5th, 2010 7:14 pm

    And that is totally understandable Jurgen.  

    I’ve been a Director for 28 years, far longer then a product designer (only 6 years).  I love all things creative but my passion is creating all kinds of content.  Yes, some might construe my content as a marketing scheme but my intentions are to create real content that has absolutely nothing to do with my brand.  That’s actually the key to my marketing scheme.  This way my content will not be construed as advertising but instead real content  I’ve never mention my brand in my shows and my shows are hardly ever about equipment.  Really what I’m trying to highlight are issues that can better us as filmmakers as well as giving content that can educate us on the filmmaking process and distribution.  

    I invest a lot of money into creating these shows and yes I do premiere them on but without Zacuto where would the funding come from.  I understand that their is a huge marketing benefit to creating our content but the content itself is real and not ADVERTISING!  I think most would agree with us on that.

  82. Susan Rapp on December 6th, 2010 11:24 am

    Jondi ~ Well thanks for finally finding us!! See you here tomorrow for the new Cast 8 webisode!! Cheers, ~sue

  83. Darren on December 7th, 2010 12:50 pm

    Again, great, great information to be found in these sages.  The experience and passion in recounting stories and the entire scope of bringing a film together is priceless.

  84. Susan Rapp on December 7th, 2010 1:08 pm

    Darren ~ thanks for listening in on our FilmFellas dinner convo! Those guys have so many great stories to tell and that Stephen Goldblatt is so full of wisdon it’s insane!! Cheers, ~sue

  85. Andrew Howe on December 7th, 2010 2:04 pm

    I think I have found the secret to these shows.. You need to have your meal while watching.  It feels like you’re pulling a chair up to the table.

    My son Alex is currently applying to universities to study Film and Television Production so this topic is of particular interest.  With so many schools of courses, most of which get over subscribed and such a big financial commitment required these days (for the UK anyway in historical terms), I have wondered if there a viable alternative route into filmmaking.  For example, Alex’s interest currently is in editing.  I see lots of ways you can learn how to use a particular NLE but less opportunity to learn about editing itself.

  86. Rob Imbs on December 7th, 2010 5:11 pm

    Aww, how I have missed FilmFellas, so inspiring!

  87. Anonymous on December 8th, 2010 4:00 pm

    This inside talk is such gold, so as not to be believed, for anyone at all interested in the art of movie making.

    There are to many moments here: to even begin to know where to begin. I loved the “hiding the mole” from “24”.

    But for me the moment to always remember here, is when Ms. Schreiber said “….just turn the sound off “.

    So much can be learned from the whole process of movie making if only the most powerful element of the entire project (audio) is “turned off”.

    All film people (students and pros) should have the chance to view this wonderful ‘dinner’ footage. 


  88. Steve Weiss on December 8th, 2010 4:50 pm

    Thank you, guest.  Please sign in next time so we know who you are.  We want you in our conversations.

  89. Susan Rapp on December 8th, 2010 5:19 pm

    Dan ~ Thanks so much for your insight and we are lucky to have an amazing following of students in the film industry. Out of all our FilmFellas Webisodes, this is by far my favorite too. It’s like a front row seat into a personal conversation by such pros who have truly mastered their craft. Cheers, ~sue

  90. Anonymous on December 8th, 2010 5:51 pm

    Steve & Susan

    I am so impressed by the openness of this little conversation to just anyone with regard to what it takes to create the art of the movie.

    Being able to listen in and overhear such honesty (concern about being fired/concern about offending powerful talent) from such immense talent themselves is just priceless….not to mentioned unexpected!

    To realize that successful and noted creative behind the scene people are also worried about their own careers…. is a stunning insight. 

    Film students should stop worrying (for just a minute) about DOF, and view this free dinner invitation to understand what is really happening behind the scene of that red carpet lens.


  91. Steve Weiss on December 8th, 2010 6:57 pm

    Thank you Dan, my passion is and always has been on creating content that can move, teach and entertain us.

  92. Alias.Heart on December 8th, 2010 9:36 pm

    I have learnt so much about the industry and film making in general through FilmFellas. Hearing these talented people talk about the realities and the art of film making is an amazing experience. On top of that it is free!! I can’t thank you enough for these. 

    Thank You again for these amazing insights!
    P. “J. Heart” Gurung

  93. Steve Weiss on December 8th, 2010 10:13 pm

    You’re welcome P.J.  I’m glad you enjoyed our show.

  94. Josue Molina on December 8th, 2010 10:39 pm

    Wow, Webisode 38 opened my eyes. I have a lot of work to do. 

  95. Susan Rapp on December 9th, 2010 12:18 pm

    Dan ~ come join the conversation anytime and check out all the casts (1-8). If you want to share any of your projects, feel free to email me at Also, love this from your post: “…view this free dinner invitation to understand what is really happening behind the scene of that red carpet lens.” Cheers, ~sue

  96. Susan Rapp on December 9th, 2010 12:19 pm

    Thanks Josue ~ Yes, we all do!! Those DPs are rock stars and we are lucky to have them at our dinner table. Cheers, ~sue

  97. Josue Molina on December 9th, 2010 5:52 pm

    No doubt they are. I never knew who they were, till now. I have to do my research. Really dedicating this new year to watch some classic films and read some more on shaping my craft. 

  98. Josue Molina on December 9th, 2010 5:54 pm

    FilmFellas Rock! Is there anyway these webisodes can be downloaded?

  99. Susan Rapp on December 9th, 2010 9:05 pm

    Josue ~ right now we just have them on our site, Vimeo and various other video sites. We have some of the shows available on iTunes (previous casts). Thanks for watching. Cheers, ~sue

  100. Susan Rapp on December 9th, 2010 9:07 pm

    Josue ~ watching the classics is my kind of holiday!!! Once again, thanks for your support. Cheers, ~sue

  101. Susan Rapp on December 9th, 2010 9:13 pm

    Alias/P.J ~ we really do enjoy showcasing the talented “true” indie filmmakers and sharing their insights with the entire community for “free.” Steve, Jens, Scott, Dan, Karen, Joe and the entire production staff do an amazing job putting our series’ together and we appreciate all your support of our shows. Keep watching, ~sue

  102. Andrew Sampson on February 6th, 2011 2:33 am

    Nice episode. 

    One thing I’d like to comment on is the “What is going on?” mentality of young people not being as in touch with old cinema, like Hitchcock. While it’s definitely important to be aware of what’s been done before, and learning about (and appreciating) how the masters of the past did things… it shouldn’t be looked as wrong that some young people aren’t interested in old cinema. 
    Some people are forward-thinking. Some people are more interested in what’s happening now, and what could or might happen in the future, than what happened in the past. It’s not wrong to not know Hitchcock’s work just because a lot of other people like his work. 

    If you want to have a full knowledge of the film landscape, then yes it’s important to learn film history. But there are those young people out there who have more modern and forward-thinking ideas that could actually be damaged by getting too obsessed with perpetuating the art form as it’s always been. 

    These guys here are from an older generation, so I understand where they’re coming from, but I think it’s a fallacy to assume that just because young people might not care what Hitchcock or Lean or Wells did way back when, that they are somehow doing something wrong or don’t know what they need to know. Modern cinema is for them what old cinema was for these guys. Let young people do things differently. It’s not a bad thing. Times change. Let them make their own mistakes. Let them form their own vision of what film is and what it could be. 

    As much as people like to think there is such a thing as “required knowledge” for something like filmmaking… that’s really just conventional thinking. Nothing is “required”. What we don’t know is just as important, if not more important, than what we do know. 

    Hitchcock was indeed a master. But that doesn’t automatically make him more important than filmmakers of today. No less important either, but it is for people to decide for themselves what kind of filmmaking their interested in. Don’t go getting on someone’s case just because, “Oh my god! They haven’t seen a Hitchcock film!!!”

  103. Steve Weiss on February 6th, 2011 11:48 am

    I would agree with you Andrew that nobody is saying to go make a film like Hitchcock; Although, his films do stand the test of time.   What concerns me is the non collaboration in filmmaking today.  You have a lot of one man bands who think they can write, produce, direct, operate, edit and I believe that is a problem.  Film needs to be a collaborate art form, that way you get the masters of each discipline.  Young filmmakers are not collaborating with writers and script Dr.’s and hence I think that the stories on the internet and in the indie film world are not great.  There are formula’s that are necessary for story telling Shakespeare knew them, Hitchcock knew them and so did Lean.  People need these formulas (and there could be new ones coming) but the basic models are there.  So far I’ve only been able to pick about 25 pieces on the internet (in my Steve’s pics section) that I think are exceptional.  Collaboration is key.  There are real writers killing to get their scripts made and indie music composers killing to score a film, etc.  I believe the reason that a lot of what is out there is bad and not marketable is because of the lack of collaboration and one man bad thinking.

  104. Richard van den Boogaard on February 15th, 2011 3:57 am

    Hi Jens,

    Love these episodes; helps you to get an inside look into the industry…

    However, I wonder if you guys at Zacuto could do us all a favour by making a behind-the-scenes version of the show:
    – How many and what type of cameras?
    – Is this a multi-camera recording with live switching or is everything done in post?
    – What are the in-camera settings in terms of F-Stop etc.
    – What type of lighting?
    – What type of dolly tracks do you use?
    – What type of Zacuto gear is required?

    Thanks very much.


  105. Steve Weiss on February 15th, 2011 12:51 pm

    We have had some promos like this, I think if you look in cast 6 or 7.  But it’s a great idea Richard especially since we are coming to our final episode in the next few weeks.  

  106. Susan Rapp on February 15th, 2011 1:08 pm

    Richard, we have some BTS videos which discuss lighting, cameras and production. See FilmFellas Cast 4 “Behind the Scenes” video (scroll down to bottom of player) and FilmFellas Cast 5 BTS video Hope that helps answer some of your production quesitons. Cheers, ~sue

  107. Rob Imbs on March 2nd, 2011 2:44 pm

    I wouldn’t even know about Zacuto if it wasn’t for FilmFellas.

  108. Susan Rapp on March 2nd, 2011 2:55 pm

    Rob ~ Thanks for all your support. Sue sad too. :(

  109. Steve Weiss on March 2nd, 2011 4:53 pm

    We are going to have one special episode that will happen a week after the final episode that is the producers and editor of FF who sat at the table to reminisce about all of the filmmakers, issues, etc.  Tears will be shed.

  110. Richard van den Boogaard on March 3rd, 2011 4:20 am

    I can’t thank you guys enough for this wonderful series. I’m surely gonna miss it…! Is there a remote chance of getting a behind-the-scenes episode in which you guys share the production techniques you used (camera setups, moves, lighting, audio, multi-camera editing, etc.).

    PS: what’s up with the guy in the blue shirt – cat caught his tongue? ;-)

  111. Oli Kember on March 3rd, 2011 6:47 am

    I’ve really enjoyed this series. Thank you for all the hard work, for taking the time to put these together so people like me can sit back and lap up what seasoned professionals have to say about our art form. It’s been a very informative couple of years, and I’m looking forward to seeing what new form of content distribution Zacuto will come up with next.

  112. Steve Weiss on March 3rd, 2011 9:59 am

    Thanks Oli,
    We won’t let you down.  We will have new web series’ that you will love.

  113. Susan Rapp on March 3rd, 2011 12:18 pm

    Richard ~ You can see some behind-the-scenes on the making of FilmFellas which includes lighting, set-up and cameras. Cast 4: + Cast 5: *NOTE: you must scroll down on each player to the first video and select. Hope that helps and thanks for all your support of our shows. Cheers, ~Sue

  114. Susan Rapp on March 3rd, 2011 12:26 pm

    Graeme ~ thanks. Our last show from Cast 8 will be on Mar 9th and then we will have “After The Dinner Special” on Mar 23rd where Steve, Jens, Scott and Dan sit around the table and discuss the last 8 seasons of shows… See you then. Cheers, ~Sue

  115. Susan Rapp on March 3rd, 2011 12:44 pm

    Oli ~ If you want a sneak peek at our new web series called “bts” – check out the trailer here: + Big thanks for your support of our shows. Cheers, ~Sue

  116. Cliff Etzel on March 9th, 2011 4:56 pm

    I am saddened to see this series end.  Bittersweet with Webisode 8’s final thoughts – it was a difficult reality check for me.

  117. Susan Rapp on March 9th, 2011 5:38 pm

    Hey Cliff ~ I know…I’m sad too. It’s amazing how much support we’ve received on the series from all the indie filmmakers. We have new shows coming like bts and The Great Camera Shootout 2011. Thanks for watching these last 2 years. Cheers, ~Sue

  118. Andrew Howe on March 9th, 2011 7:25 pm

    Can’t believe that’s the end of FilmFellas.  Still, it has a suitably end of term feel.  I would like to thank the Z Team and all the cast members for their contribution to my film education over the last couple of years.

  119. Oli Kember on March 10th, 2011 9:52 am

    Epic ending, it’s been great listening to professionals give their opinions and share their philosophies. My thanks to all involved for educating and inspiring.

  120. Susan Rapp on March 10th, 2011 2:32 pm

    Andrew ~ thanks for the support over the last two years + we have new web series’ coming soon!! Cheers, ~sue

  121. Darren on March 10th, 2011 7:59 pm

    This ending in of itself is such a great treasure to watch unfld and be personal.

  122. Anthony Brown on March 11th, 2011 3:51 am

    Guys it been a really great series, a first for the web in my eyes, very professional and informative i have loved every one of them.

    Thank you ;0)

  123. Susan Rapp on March 11th, 2011 11:56 am

    Anthony ~ thanks for support our series and belieiving in the power of Web Television! We have more to come with bts and “The Great Camera Shootout 2011: a documentary about the SCCE” See you then. Cheers, ~Sue

  124. Susan Rapp on March 11th, 2011 12:41 pm

    Oli ~ thanks for the support and we appreciate all the feedback we’ve received from the true indie filmmakers. New web series’ coming soon. Cheers, ~Sue

  125. SH Cone on March 12th, 2011 5:08 pm

    Thanks for such an informative series, Zacuto.  I’m a big believer in learning from the experience and wisdom of those around you and before you.  Film Fellas is invaluable in both respects.

  126. Susan Rapp on March 14th, 2011 4:10 pm

    Hey SH ~ I’m glad you got so much out of our series. More to come! Cheers, ~sue

  127. Richard van den Boogaard on March 15th, 2011 3:27 am

    Thank you, Zacuto. What a wonderful series! This was by far the most emotionally laden episode I’ve seen… the score helped, but Stephen Goldblatt was definitely emotional.

    Also, I loved the remark from Rodney Charters at the end that DSLRs have really changed things – following years of mediocre innovations (safe RED), Canon has – unintentionally at firts – propelled movie making into a new era in which there are no more excuses for making great things.

    Now let’s get back to work.

  128. Rob Imbs on March 15th, 2011 7:53 pm

    I’ll be honest, I got teary eyed watching this, and not because it is the final episode, but because I found it very profound and moving.

    I’ve watched every episode of FilmFellas at least once and I’m so proud for the Zacuto team. You’ve all put togeather something truly wonderful and I’ve gained so much entertaininment, understanding and solace over the years.

    Thank you all so very, very much!

    PS. This series NEEDS to be released on Blu-ray!

  129. Steve Weiss on March 15th, 2011 9:23 pm

    Don’t be sad, the real emotional one comes next week with the final final FilmFellas where Jens, Scott, Me and Daniel the editor sit down for dessert and and talk about our all of our 39 episodes and and 27 guests.  That was a nice conversation.

    You know we won’t leave you hanging.  We have BTS coming real soon plus we have a new web series in development that is really going to be incredible, extremely entertaining and educational.

    Don’t worry, we are not going to leave you hanging.  We love creating entertainment and we are going to do a lot more of it.


  130. Rob Imbs on March 16th, 2011 9:05 am

    Steve, are you able to release FilmFellas on Blu-ray or is there alot of red tape?

  131. Steve Weiss on March 16th, 2011 9:25 am

    We are noodling the idea, but it would be a big expense when we really want to put those resources to other new shows.

  132. Susan Rapp on March 16th, 2011 11:08 am

    Rob ~ I started at Zacuto the week we shot Cast 4 & 5…what a learning experience that was for someone never having been on a set. Thanks for being a huge supporter since day one and always one of the first to comment and help promote our web series. Hope to see you again here in Chicago at the crazy Z-house! Hope to see you at NAB? Cheers, ~Sue

  133. Gary Nadeau on March 18th, 2011 1:58 pm

    I remember stumbling upon FilmFellas on Vimeo the first time. I couldn’t stop watching. I can’t remember which episode – but it spoke to me on so many levels and was completely in sync with how and what I was thinking at the time re:social media, web videos, movies etc… It also led me to Zacuto (the brand) unbeknownst to me three years ago –  but soon I was a fan of the gear as well.

    Today I am in post production on a “cultural movements in advertising” piece I produced and directed for an NYC agency. And it strikes me that Steve and Jens really get it – They were way ahead of the curve on this new strategy of engaging the market place.  That is, engaging “like” minded people who share their passions and are motivated by Zacuto to get involved by using content and social media to spread the word and engage new & old fans. 

    It fails if the content is lacking, insincere, or the product doesn’t live up to the hype. Of course this is not the case here. The content is thought provoking and the quality of the shows are second to none (like Zacuto gear). 

    Sad to see the series go away – but I am looking forward to what comes next!

  134. Steve Weiss on March 18th, 2011 3:06 pm

    Thanks Gary, your bringing tears to my eyes.  I’m sorry to see it end to but all things need to end and it is time to move on to new programming.  Our new programming is going to be amazing.  Be sure to watch the wrap up episode of FF where the producers of FF sit down to reminisce, I brought your name up in it.

  135. Steve Weiss on March 18th, 2011 3:07 pm

    Thanks Rob, it’s tough to let it go but I hope our new content will be even better and more informative.

  136. Anonymous on April 12th, 2011 5:12 am

    I don’t see any mics at all.  What are you using because everyone sounds fantastic.

  137. Steve Weiss on April 18th, 2011 11:43 am

    we are using body mics, tietacs, you can see them on our shirts.  It’s the only way to mic for this type of show.

  138. Jack on May 10th, 2011 7:56 am

    Why do these take so long to load?! I love watching them but it takes for ever to load. I load Vimeo at HD way faster than these (even while these are downloading at the same time Vimeo doesn’t lag). I don’t get it.

  139. james wood on June 21st, 2011 6:26 am

    I Love the let there be light episode, as this is an interesting area for me.

  140. james wood on June 21st, 2011 6:29 am

    I shall miss the websisodes, but so long as they remain, I can always spread the word to fellow filmmakers.

  141. Steve Weiss on June 21st, 2011 9:19 am

    They will remain

  142. Robin on April 13th, 2014 6:42 pm

    Imagine. So many years on and i can still watch this series over and over again!

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FilmFellas Cast 8

Zacuto Films presents their first ASC cast with FilmFellas Cast 8: ASC Cinematographers in 5 Webisodes. Starring: Stephen Goldblatt ASC, BSC, (Julie & Julia, Closer), Rodney Charters ASC, CSC, (Television Series: 24), Nancy Schreiber ASC (The Nines) and returning Host Jens Bogenhegn (DP/Producer of FilmFellas/critics). Directed by Steve Weiss. Come watch this award winning ASC cast share their trials and tribulations of being a Director of Photography in New Hollywood. Now in their 8th Season, the FilmFellas webisodic series premieres June 16, 2010 only at Zacuto!

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