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What's Expendable In Movie Making?

By DCS, Sep 17, 2014

What’s Expendable In Movie Making? Excerpted from the James Mathers column One DP’s Perspective in the Digital Cinema Society eNewsletter September 2014 Safety on the set has been on everyone’s mind since the tragic death of Camera Assistant, Sarah Jones.  Various locals of IATSE, in particular, the International ... [ Read: What's Expendable In Movie Making? ]

Evolving to Meet the Challenges of Making a Living while Making Movies - June 2014

By DCS, Jun 18, 2014

Evolving to Meet the Challenges of Making a Living while Making Movies By James Mathers, Cinematographer and President of DCS For a lot of years I’ve primarily earned my living shooting Indie Features, or to put it in less glamorous terms, Low Budget movies.  I’m talking about budgets that would typically fall ... [ Read: Evolving to Meet the Challenges of Making a Living while Making Movies - June 2014 ]

RED Epic For Sale? -- James Mathers Ponders the Sale of his RED Camera Gear

By DCS, Apr 3, 2014

One DP’s Perspective RED Epic For Sale? By James Mathers, Cinematographer and President of DCS That’s right, after being a very early adopter and loyal customer of the RED Digital Cinema Company, I’m seriously considering selling my personally owned Epic Camera.  Although there were the occasional hiccups ... [ Read: RED Epic For Sale? -- James Mathers Ponders the Sale of his RED Camera Gear ]

Motionographer, Virtual Cinematographer, Director of Imaging? Role Evolves, Title Remains: Cinematographer

By DCS, Jan 31, 2014

By James Mathers, Cinematographer and President of DCS As a Cinematographer, I’ve had to get used to the fact that my role is constantly changing, and while I don’t think it is necessary, some have even suggested a new name for what we do.  Whatever the specific skill-sets employed, we are still charged with ... [ Read: Motionographer, Virtual Cinematographer, Director of Imaging? Role Evolves, Title Remains: Cinematographer ]

DP/Test Pilot Action Figure? James Mathers on Tribe of the Wild, December 2013

By DCS, Jan 2, 2014

One DP’s Perspective DP / Test Pilot Action Figure? By James Mathers, Cinematographer and President of DCS In my role covering new Cinema Technology for DCS, I am often offered gear to test and evaluate, everything from new lighting units and cameras to various digital cinema recorders. Since I need to keep ... [ Read: DP/Test Pilot Action Figure? James Mathers on Tribe of the Wild, December 2013 ]

Keeping Up With The Clairmonts -- Confessions of a Gear Addict by James Mathers, May 2013

By DCS, Jan 2, 2014

Keeping Up With The Clairmonts -- Confessions of a Gear Addict One DPs Perspective by James Mathers Having survived NAB, I'm now buckling my safety straps in preparation for Cine Gear and IBC, trying to prepare myself for the continuous onslaught of new gear coming our way. I sometimes have trouble deciding if ... [ Read: Keeping Up With The Clairmonts -- Confessions of a Gear Addict by James Mathers, May 2013 ]