iTimelapse Videos (shot with iPhone)

I downloaded the iTimelapse app for my iPhone and shot these two videos this weekend...

First one in my mom's kitchen:



And then this one driving from Arlington back to Dallas (and home) and 30 seconds:



A few bugs I've found using my version of the iPhone (the original one, not 3G or 3Gs) are it will shoot 25 images and then turn off - but once you turn it back on it will go as long as you set it. The first timelapse was 200 frames shot once every 5 seconds and the second one was 600 frames shot every 5 seconds.

Also, for whatever reason (at least so far) I can only get it to record at 640x480 or lower resolution. I tried 1200x900 to achieve a "720p HD" version, but it only rendered out these white and green flashes. I'll have to do some more experimenting, or perhaps my phone has some limitations.

Overall though this is a pretty cool app and I plan on having some fun with it.

-Blake

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Amazing Green Screen Work

I've seen some of these things on TV and never would have known... of course the CGI and matte paintings are a critical part of creating the illusion too:



Direct link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a21_WMiTAVE

-Blake

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Video Interview with Me

Not used to being on this side of the camera, but here's a quick interview I did with Tim Street about "Pink", web series and Hollywood...

http://1timstreet.com/blog/you-dont-have-to-live-in-hollywood-to-get-an-agent/

Video is embedded in link above along with brief story, or you can just watch it here:



-Blake

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Two Web TV Articles...

First one covering studios getting more and more involved in Web TV production:

Hollywood Adds Money, Talent to Made-for-Web Shows
http://www.vcstar.com/news/2009/dec/17/hollywood-adds-money-talent-made--web-shows/

And the second piece an interview I did with Koldcast TV (an online Web TV network):

Filmmaker Series
http://blog.koldcast.tv/2009/filmmaker-series/kctv-filmmaker-series-blake-calhoun/

Check them out when you have a moment!

-Blake

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Some "Real World" 7D Footage

Really liking the new Canon 7D and so I used it on a commercial shoot I had this week as more or less another "test". The footage turned out great too. Shot it on a small jib and so it added a lot of production value. See for yourself...

Canon 7D Used On Jib from Blake Calhoun on Vimeo.

The footage was color graded, but I play each raw file first to show the difference in looks. Go to my Vimeo page for more details about f-stops, lenses, etc.

This camera is really amazing and especially for the price!

-Blake

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The Rise and Fall of MySpace

Really interesting article about MySpace - where it was in 2005 and where it is now.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/fd9ffd9c-dee5-11de-adff-00144feab49a.html

I think they'll be okay if they focus on music and film. The social side of things with friends from high school, family stuff, etc. is Facebook's ground now.

I actually never have had a personal MySpace page. I do have one for "Pink" and one for "88 Hits" (that I rarely check anymore).

-Blake

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FlipShare TV

I have a Flip MinoHD camera and really like it. Amazing 720p video in such a small device and for only $200. Flip now has what looks to be a pretty cool new product to easily watch your Flip videos - on your TV.

http://www.amazon.com/Flip-Video-CTV1W-FlipShare-TV/dp/B002WZ4N40/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1259795440&sr=8-2

It's $150 and connects wirelessly from your computer to TV. The base has HDMI in too, so it would seem it plays back in HD. I might have just found my first Christmas present. :)

-Blake

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Who Am I?

I'm a filmmaker who's produced & directed five feature films including the comedy SPILT MILK (available on iTunes), the new horror/thriller PHOBIA (on iTunes) and the action/thiller KILLING DOWN (which you can buy or rent at pretty much all the usual places).

I also created the Streamy and Webby award-winning web series PINK, which to date has been viewed online around 10 MILLION times at places like YouTube, Hulu, Koldcast and TheWB.com. And speaking of TheWB.com, I also produced and directed an online thriller for them called EXPOSED. It was released summer 2010. And most recently I created a new online sci-fi series called CONTINUUM, which is part of the online indie TV network JTS.tv - Just The Story and NOW available via VOD through indie platform Distrify.

Oh, and I don't shoot weddings. Thanks for asking though.

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