What Inspires Me:  Unforgiving Winter by Matthew Allard Description: With the rapidly decreasing Jap

What Inspires Me:  Unforgiving Winter by Matthew Allard

Description: With the rapidly decreasing Japanese population it is the elderly that are feeling the effects. In rural areas of the country old people are left alone and isolated during Japans cold winters. With less young people schools and businesses have closed down in remote areas leaving the elderly to live in virtual ghost towns.

Filmed in Takane Village, Gifu Japan on a Canon 60D

Comment:  Outstanding visuals that invoke a sense of isolation and the bitter cold apparent throughout the piece.

The blog posting and comment thread over at “Documentary Tech’s” really provide a solid reason to quit chasing technology and use the tools at your disposal to create something compelling. In my work, shooting Canon t2i DSLR video has been life changing in the vision of my work.  I’ve also come to understand why now broadcast is still stuck with using small sensor vidcams.  Noticed over the weekend at some shows that being able to have everything in focus can save your bacon if you haven’t nailed the focus.  But it also looks boring – at least to me it does. These tools are just that – tools.  It’s the operator, the eye behind the tool, that creates the vision.

Why I dropped the Red Scarlet Dream and Got a DSLR

What Inspires Me: Navy Swimmer Short by Shane Hurlbut ASC One of the best examples of documentary st

What Inspires Me: Navy Swimmer Short by Shane Hurlbut ASC

One of the best examples of documentary style shooting with a commercial slant – ie; advertising for the U.S. Navy.

Shane is known to shoot Canon 5DMkII’s as much as possible for his work.

Color grading is excellent, audio is clean, a perfect example of what’s possible with HDSLR’s in the hands of someone who knows how to use them.