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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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Creating professional video on a budget

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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!

Blog Posts

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DSLR Video Lens Guide

Posted by on September 12, 2013

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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Film Smarter – Pro Video on a Budget

Posted by on September 5, 2013

The past several months have been a period of major transition for me.  As a freelance video professional moving from the midwest to central California, I’ve had to establish a new client base – and, in the process, learn new techniques, hone my existing skill set, and equip myself with new gear.  Essentially, I went from having a well-stocked studio at my disposal with experienced, … Read more!

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Film Smarter – PluralEyes 3 and RODE Microphones

Posted by on July 18, 2013

The most consistently challenging part of using DSLRs for video work is probably audio.  From the lack of a headphone port on most cameras to the generally unusable quality of their built-in microphones, most DSLRs were simply not designed to capture audio well.  There are ways around these problems, usually involving either an external microphone, a digital recorder, or both.  Often, high quality audio tracks … Read more!

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The Canon 70D and 60D

Posted by on July 5, 2013

The Canon 60D has been a popular choice among budget-conscious DSLR videographers since it was released in 2010.  The 60D sits squarely between Canon’s full-frame, professional grade cameras, like the 6D and 5D Mark III, and the more consumer-friendly Rebel line, like the T3i and T4i.  It uses the same cropped sensor as the higher-end Rebel cameras, but in a higher quality body with a … Read more!

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Mother Sea – Monterey Bay Aquarium

Posted by on May 23, 2013

As I was looking through the footage from a recent trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, my mind kept going back to the lovely opening title sequence of Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo.  Using the same music (by longtime Miyazaki collaborator Joe Hisaishi), I decided to create this brieft homage, showcasing some of the absolutely stunning sea creatures on display at the aquarium.

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DSLR Video Gear Guide

Posted by on April 29, 2013

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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Getting Started In DSLR Video

Posted by on April 18, 2013

In my last post, I talked about the three different options video professionals have for getting a versatile camera setup on a budget: renting high-end equipment, like a RED One; purchasing a mid-range professional camcorder, like the Canon XA10; or outfitting a DSLR – in my case, a Canon T3i – for pro video work.  After examining the costs and benefits of … Read more!

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Rent, Buy, or Upgrade?

Posted by on April 10, 2013

Video professionals today need to handle a wide variety of tasks.  Especially for small operations – like myself – having a diverse skill set is vitally important.  I market myself primarily as an animator and editor, but different projects may require me to script, shoot, composite, color correct, or tackle visual effects.  When I do work for a larger production company, they often already have … Read more!

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The Lure of Lambert Academic Publishing

Posted by on March 25, 2013

For graduate students hoping to enter the world of professional academia, publishing is huge.  Having your work published in a respectable journal can be the deciding factor when applying for jobs, grants, or other programs.  It’s a competitive process, especially in today’s crowded job market, and one of the major stressors of the field.  On a more personal level, though, publishing can give a feeling … Read more!

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Advanced Photo Editing for Bucknell Basketball

Posted by on March 15, 2013

 

Although I no longer live in Pennsylvania, I still do some freelance work for Bucknell University in Lewisburg.  Recently, I was able to help out with a video celebrating the success of this year’s men’s basketball team.  The team just clinched the Patriot League championship with a win against Lafayette this past Wednesday night – the video was prepared beforehand, with the final moments … Read more!