My Sling Bag Video Production Kit


In January I purchased a Panasonic GH4 as my primary camera for shooting both stills and video after doing my research and shooting with a variety of full-frame, APS-C, and MFT (Micro Four Thirds) cameras. I decided that the full-frame lenses and cameras are simply too heavy for a lightweight kit. … [Read more...]

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016: SEED: The Untold Story


SEED: The Untold Story examines the disappearance of seed varieties, a crucial environmental and food security issue, focused around the work of several passionate seed collectors including Dr. Vandana Shiva in India who says “ the corporate greed creates the seed famine, more people realize … [Read more...]

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016: Arrival in Sheffield


I just arrived in Sheffield to attend Sheffield Doc/Fest. There are a lot of amazing documentary film and VR projects showing at this years festival, I look forward to going over the catalog over dinner tonight, it’s amazing how VR has captured the interest of the documentary community, Sheffield … [Read more...]

Dangerous Documentaries: Reducing Risk when Telling Truth to Power


Many of the most important issues facing our society are also those that powerful people or institutions don’t want made public. Documentary filmmakers who tell truth to power often face aggressive attacks from powerful individuals, organizations, businesses, governmental agencies, and industry … [Read more...]

Two entry-level, versatile, compact, sound recording kits for your consideration


I'm often asked by my students what's a good sound recording starter kit that provides the most bang for the buck on a tight budget. In response to this question, I've assembled the following kits based on gear I've purchased and used myself. While I often prefer to use bulkier, higher-performance … [Read more...]