Who am I???

I am a Chicago, IL based hobbyist filmmaker and visual effects artist and this site is a collection of my personal work and blog.

I have a deep passion for all things filmmaking and visual effects. This passion goes back many years to my days in college. After a long period of being dormant, I have decided to come back to my first love, art (or as I like to call it, aaht). Come follow along as I chronicle all the highs and lows involved with teaching yourself how to make film and visual effects. Along the way there should be some fun times and hopefully some interesting views and reads on the blog.

On a more personal note I really enjoy electronics, video games, movies, and anything related to film and visual effects. Some of my favorite games, movies, and gadgets are SimCity, Mass Effect, Avatar, Starship Troopers (just the first one, the others SUCKED), iPhone, and the tablets (iPad and Surface RT). The blog will primarily focus on filmmaking and visual effect, but since I'm a gadget freak you will see these other categories pop in from time to time. Feel free to join in on the discussion as it unfolds.

 

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Ethics Statement

A few things that are very important to me are honesty and integrity. So I would like to go over a few things with you.

 

Always remember that everything on here is just my personal opinion. How I view things may be different than the next person or an industry  professional. Please treat it as such. When I get a new product, whether by purchasing it or getting free gear to review, I will share my honest opinions. I do not accept money or free to keep products in exchange for reviews. If I am sent a product to review, I will put a disclaimer on the top of each post and at the beginning of the video. The bottom line is this, my readers are very important to me. Therefore, my reputation with my readers is important. 

Full Disclosures About The Site

 

This site is an extension of my personal hobbies. As the site grows in popularity I continue to blog (both writing and in video) about any news or product that spark my interest. This includes but not limited to; visual effects, filmmaking, video games, movies, technology gadgets, and all other similar items. This site does not have any sponsors. This site is 100% maintained by my own hard earned 9-5 personal funds.

Revenue

Ads – There are no ads on this site.
Sponsors - Sponsors pick up the main costs of a site. They pay a set amount of money each month to have their ads displayed on your site and on videos. Since I have chosen not to have ads there will not be any sponsors.
Affiliated Links - When I talk or write about a product, often this will link to a site to purchase that product. If it is available, I will link to an affiliated partnership site where I can earn a small commission for linking you to their site to buy a product. I would prefer for you to click those links but you’re under no obligation to do so.

 

Cinema Gear

  • Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera, MFT
  • SLR Magic HyperPrime Cine 12mm T/1.6
  • SLR Magic HyperPrime Cine 25mm T/0.95
  • Hoya ProND 77mm Filters
  • Xume 77mm Lens Adapters (6)
  • Edelkrone FocusOne Pro
  • iKan BMCC Baseplate
  • COOLLCD QR Handle V1
  • COOLLCD Cheese Plate V4
  • Gini Rig
  • Kamerar Max-1 Matte Box
  • Switronix Powerbase Battery Pack for BMCC
  • Sandisk Extreme 480GB SSD (1) 
  • Zoom H6
  • Tenba Roadie HDSLR/Video Shoulder Bag

Software

  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Audition
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Abobe Premiere
  • Davinci Resolve

Plugins

  • Red Giant Pluraleyes
  • Video Copilot Element 3D (will purchase soon)