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    What’s the Best Canon Camera for Video?

    It’s an incredibly exciting time to be a video creator.  In the last few years, DSLRs have completely changed the entry-point for cinematic production levels, with affordable cameras from Nikon and Canon that can produce stunning results.  Mirrorless digital cameras from Sony, Panasonic, and Fujifilm have followed suite, packing more and more power into increasingly small form factors.  Blackmagic Design has singlehandedly brought affordable RAW … Read more!

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    The Movies That Matter The Most To Me

    “What’s your favorite movie?”

    It’s a fairly common question, especially between people just meeting or getting to know each other – and for good reason.  Your answer can tell a lot about you – your worldview, your sense of humor, your sense of style, even your politics.  As far as icebreakers go, it’s pretty versatile.

    It’s also a question that I just hate being asked.… Read more!

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    Review – Aputure VS-1 Field Monitor

    While not necessarily an essential tool, an external monitor can be a valuable addition to your arsenal as a filmmaker.  They allow you to pull focus and check shots more accurately, monitor your video in situations where you can’t use the camera’s built-in screen, and they allow multiple people to easily view what the camera is capturing simultaneously.  Having a larger screen to watch can … Read more!

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    7 DSLR Video Lessons

    Although I’ve been doing professional video work (in one capacity for another) for the better part of a decade now, the world of DSLR video is relatively new to me.  The bulk of my work has always been in post-production – editing, animation, motion graphics, etc.  However, moving across the country has meant starting over in a new professional environment and a new client base … Read more!

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    DSLR Video Lens Guide

    In the worlds of professional video and photography, “kit” lenses – the lenses that are included in package deals with camera bodies – are generally avoided.  While the skill with which you use your equipment (whatever equipment that might be) is the single most important thing, any serious photographer will tell you that the quality of your lenses is probably more important than the quality … Read more!

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    DSLR Video Gear Guide

    What is the best DSLR for video?  What gear will give the most value and provide the most versatile production setup?  I’ve spent a lot of time researching and reviewing video equipment to find the best options – and the best deals.  This is my list of equipment choices for getting geared up on a tight budget – especially if you’re getting into DSLR video … Read more!

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    The Delicate Task of Logo Animation

    As a video editor and motion graphics artist, I am occasionally faced with the task of animating a corporate logo.  It’s a job that I always enjoy, because it carries unique challenges and creative possibilities, but it can definitely be intimidating.  People take logos very seriously – they are the most visible symbol of what a group or company stands for.  An immense amount of … Read more!

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    Wataingi Media Demo Reel

    My name is Daniel and I create videos.  Let’s do something amazing together.… Read more!

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    The Craft of Stop-Motion Animation

    Stop-motion animation takes a long time.  That’s the first thing most people say when I mention the technique – and it’s undeniably true.  There is, however, a secret about stop-motion; something that makes the act of snapping hundreds or thousands of nearly identical photographs bearable.  Here it is: stop-motion is fun.  I don’t just mean that the results are fun, although there is certainly a … Read more!

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    This 2011 experimental film was featured at the Fine Cuts exhibition and Mega Media Showcase in New York.  It combines traditional stop-motion animation with live-action video and digital noise.

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Film Smarter

Professional video on a budget – high def, low cost.… Read more!

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Wataingi Media Demo Reel

My name is Daniel and I create videos.  Let’s do something amazing together.… Read more!

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Goddesses of Water & Sky

An in-depth look at the filmmaker behind My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away.… Read more!

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Is Canon DOOMED?

Posted by on September 23, 2014

As I write this, one of the world’s largest video and photography events is taking place in Cologne, Germany – Photokina.  Photokina is one of a few annual events where manufacturers like to trot out new products and give industry pros some hands-on time with their latest and greatest offerings.  The event has really just started, but several exciting announcements have already taken place: … Read more!

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What’s Next for Film Smarter

Posted by on September 12, 2014

It’s been a while since the Film Smarter section of the website has been updated – but that’s just because exciting things have been developing behind the scenes.

There are some great blogs and websites out there about freelance filmmaking – DSLR Video Shooter, Learning DSLR Video, CheesyCam, PhilipBloom.net, DSLR Film Noob, No Film School… the list of great … Read more!

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The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is Currently Half Price

Posted by on July 16, 2014

There are a lot of very exciting cameras available right now, many of which offer tremendous value.  Blackmagic’s “Cinema” cameras have always been a terrific bargain, offering incredible image quality at previously unheard-of prices.  The Pocket Cinema Camera in particular is remarkable for offering full HD (1920×1080) RAW internal recording for under $1000, making it one of the least expensive options for getting true cinema-quality … Read more!

What's the best Canon camera for video?

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What’s the Best Canon Camera for Video?

Posted by on March 18, 2014

It’s an incredibly exciting time to be a video creator.  In the last few years, DSLRs have completely changed the entry-point for cinematic production levels, with affordable cameras from Nikon and Canon that can produce stunning results.  Mirrorless digital cameras from Sony, Panasonic, and Fujifilm have followed suite, packing more and more power into increasingly small form factors.  Blackmagic Design has singlehandedly brought affordable RAW … Read more!

What's your favorite movie?

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The Movies That Matter The Most To Me

Posted by on February 18, 2014

“What’s your favorite movie?”

It’s a fairly common question, especially between people just meeting or getting to know each other – and for good reason.  Your answer can tell a lot about you – your worldview, your sense of humor, your sense of style, even your politics.  As far as icebreakers go, it’s pretty versatile.

It’s also a question that I just hate being asked.… Read more!

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Review – Aputure VS-1 Field Monitor

Posted by on February 1, 2014

While not necessarily an essential tool, an external monitor can be a valuable addition to your arsenal as a filmmaker.  They allow you to pull focus and check shots more accurately, monitor your video in situations where you can’t use the camera’s built-in screen, and they allow multiple people to easily view what the camera is capturing simultaneously.  Having a larger screen to watch can … Read more!

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A Few of My Favorite Things – The Best Budget DSLR Video Gear

Posted by on December 11, 2013

The holiday season is a great time for video.  The events, decorations, lights, and general festivity make a great subject – and lots of people are either buying new gear at a holiday discount, or receiving equipment as a gift.  With just a few weeks left in the year, I thought I’d share a few of my very favorite pieces – gear that provides amazing … Read more!

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7 DSLR Video Lessons

Posted by on November 25, 2013

Although I’ve been doing professional video work (in one capacity for another) for the better part of a decade now, the world of DSLR video is relatively new to me.  The bulk of my work has always been in post-production – editing, animation, motion graphics, etc.  However, moving across the country has meant starting over in a new professional environment and a new client base … Read more!

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Cal Poly Counseling Services Videos

Posted by on October 28, 2013

Three new videos have been added to the Commercial section of the Video Portfolio.  These are the first in a series of videos being done for Cal Poly State University at San Luis Obispo.  The videos were commissioned  by Cal Poly Health & Counseling Services and are being funded through the CalMHSA grant.  Each video seeks to promote the awareness, understanding, and destigmatization of … Read more!

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Redesigned Photography Section

Posted by on September 16, 2013

This is not “new” news, but I wanted to do some work before actually announcing it – the old hodgepodge Photography section of the website has been replaced with “Photography & Travel“, which sorts photos into albums by location.  There are only a handful of places in the section at the moment, but I’ll continue to update it with both old favorite and … Read more!