FreshDV Tutorials, Whitepapers, and Tips

Camera Blocking Tutorial: A real-world case study
By: Kendal Miller
Footage/Stills: Pablo Korona

How to turn on the faster of the two graphics cards in your MacBook Pro
By: Matthew Jeppsen

Basic Art Direction Primer: A Case Study
By: Pablo Korona

On-Set with Red: A Weary AC’s Rant
Rant by: 1AC Matthew Jeppsen

FreshDV Film School – Director/Assistant Director’s Course (Video Tutorial)
FreshDV’s original series on the role of a Director and Assistant Director both on and off a production set.
Hosted By: Kendal Miller and Joe Martin
Camera: Matthew Jeppsen

FreshDV Film School: Distribution 101 (Video Tutorial)
Jerome offers a full course on the “Secrets of Distribution.” If you are a filmmaker of any kind you owe it to your crew, your cast and yourself to watch this segment. From contracts, residuals, and common pitfalls to avoid, Jerome covers the 101 basics of film distribution and helps prepare you for what you need to know once the ink dries on the DVDs.
Hosted By: Jerome Coushon
Camera: Kendal Miller

FreshDV Film School: Brevis 35mm Adapter Setup (Video Tutorial)
An 11 minute hands-on video tutorial that addresses the basic setup and configuration of a Cinevate Brevis 35mm Lens Adapter. We demonstrate this using the Brevis on a Panasonic HVX200 mounted on Zacuto rods and baseplate.
Hosted By: Matthew Jeppsen
Camera: Kendal Miller

FreshDV Film School: Understanding Depth of Field
(Video)
A 20 minute primer on the subject of Depth of Field, filled with practical illustrations and explanations of the physics at work in a lens, and simple examples that will help elevate your understanding of the subject. Covers the topics of aperture size, focal length, camera-to-subject distance, circle of confusion (CoC), hyperfocal distance, and infinity focus.
Provided By: Justin Snodgrass

FreshDV Film School: The Art of Pulling Focus (Part 3) (Video)
The 3rd and final segment of our series on the role of a First AC and focus puller. Watch over Bob’s shoulder as he pulls focus on the handheld 35mm adapter rig. In the split screen you will see both the operators POV synced with what is actually being shot through the 35mm lens.
Hosted By: Kendal Miller and Bob Sanchez
Camera: Matthew Jeppsen and Kendal Miller

FreshDV Film School: The Art of Pulling Focus (Part 2) (Video)
A continuation of our interview with career 1st A/C Bob Sanchez. Bob explains his unique method of focus pulling, how he approaches measuring and marking a scene, and the tools he uses on a daily basis. He also discusses the additional responsibilities of the First Assistant Camera role.
Hosted By: Kendal Miller
Camera: Matthew Jeppsen

FreshDV Film School: The Art of Pulling Focus (Part 1) (Video)
Career 1st A/C Bob Sanchez explains his unique method of focus pulling, how he approaches measuring and marking a scene, and the tools he uses on a daily basis. He also discusses the additional responsibilities of the First Assistant Camera role.
Hosted By: Kendal Miller
Camera: Matthew Jeppsen

SyncVue Pro 2.0 New Feature Tutorial (Video)
Part 1 of a tutorial series on the latest version of SyncVue Pro.
Hosted By: Kendal Miller

Calibrating a Light Meter for Digital Video (Video)
How to configure and use a cine light meter to speed up your lighting setups and better control exposure.
Hosted By: Kendal Miller
Camera: Matthew Jeppsen

Shutter Speed vs. Shutter Angle
How to calculate shutter angle.
By: Kendal Miller

Introduction to Slating and Script Management Part 1 (Video)
By: Kendal Miller

Introduction to Slating and Script Management Part 2 (Video)
By: Kendal Miller

Adobe Kuler Tutorial (Video)
By: Kendal Miller

Signal to Noise Ratio Demystified
By: Kendal Miller