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Compositing
3.9.17 | Ryan Pratzel
Digital Compositing With video effects software like Adobe’s After Effects and Final Cut’s Motion, digital compositing has opened up a whole new field of locations and set pieces for low-budget filmmakers to explore. That is, if you know how to make it look convincing. The elements of your digital composite shot are just as important as the composite itself. If any are out of line with the... more
Lighting
3.9.17 | Ryan Pratzel
Lighting can be a daunting subject once you come to realize a film or video’s look is almost entirely based on how it’s lit. And knowing what type of light would be good for a particular situation is difficult to judge, even for an experienced DP, unless you have access to the location and know your setup before the shoot. So, while practice does make (occasionally) perfect, I definitely... more
3.9.17 | Ryan Pratzel
Understanding the Basics Camera sensitivity is a very dense subject, with so many factors to consider it’s hard not to make an entire series of Practicals about each one. So for convenience sake, this episode of Practicals covers the broad strokes of camera sensitivity, or ISO. Your ISO, along with shutter speed and aperture, is one of the three main factors you adjust to get a proper exposure... more
HPX500
3.9.17 | Ryan Pratzel
Practicals is written and produced by Creative Liquid's director of photography Zack Gross. ENG vs Large Sensor With 35mm and Super 35mm cameras being all the rage nowadays, I’ve found that many newer filmmakers, cinematographers, and camera operators have never used and don’t realize the advantages of ENG/EFP cameras. ENG, or electronic news gathering cameras, are by definition... more
3.9.17 | Ryan Pratzel
Network Rebuild In January we completed an extensive rebuild of our IT infrastructure. It was a project that was a long time coming. In this article we're going to briefly touch on how we upgraded our network and then our Post-Production Manager Julia is going to go over our editing workflow and new SAN/NAS environment. Planning This project started with months of planning. We knew we were... more
3.9.17 | Ryan Pratzel
Panasonic AJ - PX270 Large sensor cameras are all the rage right now in production, but there are still many shoots that require a camera that is flexible in a fast moving environment.  Often called ENG (Electronic News Gathering) or EFP (Electronic Field Production) cameras, we utilize a wide range of cameras for a variety of tasks.  ENG camera have many benefits that you may or may not find... more

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