Neil W. Smith At HD expo

HdiRAWworks Top Man Neil Smith makes a good point in the interview to get your post flow going prior to shooting anything. When I confronted him off camera about the price of the Philip Bloom “Master Class”, he broke down the expenses for me. I also asked him to let a few film students in for free, which he graciously agreed to. So if you are a film student in the Los Angeles area and want to attend the Hdi RAW Works, Philip Bloom “Master Class” give him a shout.

So, it's been a crazy 6 months here. I (Jeremy Ian Thomas) haven't had a lot of time to direct anything with a heavy narrative. My last short "Purple Line" was shot in July and is almost done. As of late It's been a lot of creative editing and camera tests, which has been grand. About two week ago, I had an idea for a screenplay. I've been talking with an actor friend of mine who is very smart. He's been hunting for directors and writers to begin writing micro budget films that he could star in, as he is an A list personality that could carry the whole film. . They would be shot on these new hdslr camera's and need to be very isolated and innovative. So rather than write about someone stuck in a house, or a bar or the desert I thought about a man living in his car, and what that would look and feel like.

So, I asked a close friend of mine, an amazing up and coming actor named Mike Wade if he'd like to shoot an experiment with me. I hadn't written anything I just knew I wanted to explore that kind of space. So he and another close friend of mine Robert Lehman (who ran sound on this) decided to shoot something. We didn't really know what we we're going to do, or how we we're going to do it but we knew we we're doing it. After 4 hours of rain, we finally caught a break and jetted down to the warehouse district near downtown. Armed with a Canon 7D a tripod and an H4n sound recored we went off. This is what we came up with. We are very excited and happy to present to you....BREAK BREAD.

Budget $3

Shot in an hour and a half

3 man crew (actor, sound, director/dp)

Starring Mike Wade

Written by Jeremy Ian Thomas and Robert Lehman

Directed by Jeremy Ian Thomas


Our freind and fellow shooter Philip Bloom is having his meet up on venice beach March 7th.

Be there or be ..... not there I guess.

RAWworks and Createasphere FEB 18th

Createasphere/EXPLORE: Entertainment Technology Exposition
FEBRUARY 18, 2010 | Universal Hilton | Universal City, CA

DSLR Video Track

Welcome to the DSLR Video Track of the February 18th Entertainment Technology Expo. The world of filmmaking and photography are merging and it is exciting to see video DSLR education added to this event.

In addition to the workshops, there will be a video DSLR breakfast meet-up and orientation with interesting guests and great door prizes. Coffee and donuts should help get the ball rolling along with a quick rundown of the days DSLR topics. The Expo includes a trade show floor with access to some of the top companies involved in video DSLR and digital cinema. If you pre-register, the show passes are free, as is the Canon Intensive (wait list only). The two-hour transcoding and audio workshops are only $69 when you purchase them together. Breakfast, Show Access, a Canon Intensive, and two great workshops for $69. If you are serious about DSLR video, this is a no brainer.

  • 10:00 AM-11:00 AM - DSLR Breakfast MeetUp and Orientation - Limited space, during registrationyou will see an option to check that you want to attend.
  • 11:00 AM-1:00 PM - Canon Intensive Workshop - Canon EOS HD Video: New ideas. New Technologies (Wait list full) Details
  • 1:30 PM-3:30 PM - Transcoding Workshop: From the Camera to the Web - Your Files and What to Do With Them - Details | Register Here
  • 4:00 PM-6:00 PM - Sound Workshop: An Audio Primer for DSLR and Small Crew Productions -Details | Register Here

Canon Intensive Workshop - Canon EOS HD Video: New ideas. New Technologies.
11:00 AM-1:00 PM: Intensive Theater 2 - Hiro Room (free workshop)
Canon's line of EOS HD Video Cameras has created unprecedented interest among cinematographers for image acquisition. Join SuperMeet Co-Producer Daniel Berube, who will share his onset workflow experiences and discuss the capabilities of the 5D Mark II, 7D, and 1D Mark IV. Neil Smith, Managing Director of Hdi RAWworks will then compare the Canon EOS HD Video performance to conventional Digital Cinema Cameras. Smith will also present solutions for matching Canon's file-based cameras with the most functional workflow choices for your production. SEATING IS LIMITED**

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Attendee INTENSIVE Instructions
SEATING IS VERY LIMITED! Seating will be first come, first serve. YOUR REGISTRATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE YOU A SEAT! Createasphere reserves the right to refuse seating to anyone.

Be aware: While you are registered for this INTENSIVE, we will begin seating for the wait list fifteen minutes before the start of the session, so please arrive one half hour before the beginning of the session to have the best chance at guaranteeing a spot.

Attendee Wait List INTENSIVE Instructions
If the workshops above are full we will begin seating for people in the wait list line fifteen minutes before the start of the session, so please arrive one half hour before the beginning of the session to have the best chance at guaranteeing a spot.

Need more information? Call (818) 842-6611 or email registration@createasphere.com

From the Camera to the Web - Your Files and What to Do With Them

1:30 PM-3:30 PM - (Paid Workshop - $49 or $69 for both DSLR workshops) Club Room
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It used to be that using camera originals was easy - develop, print, and project. But the digital revolution has changed that in a dramatic way. Now there are literally hundreds of ways to move and transcode your footage from your camera to your end user, regardless of whether it's the big screen, small screen, tiny screen, or cell phone.

Join Jeremy Ian Thomas for a two-hour workshop on transcoding footage from DSLRs and other HD cameras. Learn the best way to get your images on Vimeo, YouTube, Flickr, SmugMug, and others.

You'll learn:

  • What is transcoding
  • What's a codec
  • Why we transcode
  • Which online outlets use which file types
  • What are the best tools for transcoding, both software and hardware

We will demystify file handling and give you simple solutions for getting your footage online. You will leave with a clear understanding of how to transcode your files for the web and other outlets.

Jeremy Ian Thomas is Hdi RAWworks' Creative Director.

Sound - An Audio Primer for DSLR and Small Crew Productions

4:00 PM-6:00 PM - (Paid Workshop - $49 or $69 for both DSLR workshops) Hiro Room
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No matter how good your images, bad sound can make any project hard to watch. And now that you're using that brand new DSLR camera, or a small HD video camera and making amazing images, how do you get great audio to match?

Join Ty Higgins, Jeremy Ian Thomas, and Robert Lehman for a two-hour workshop that demystifies and explains the ins and outs of audio production for small cameras.

You'll learn:

  • How DSLRs record sound
  • The best choice in microphones for various conditions
  • Which hardware is best: pre-amps, mixers, digital audio recorders
  • On-set practices with a small crew
  • On-set monitoring and playback
  • And basic post production workflow

Ty Higgins is Hdi RAWworks' Audio Editor and is a former instructor at the LA Film School.

World renowned filmmaker and Canon HD DSLR expert, Philip Bloom will be in Los Angeles on Saturday March 6th, 2010 to present the Canon HD DSLR Master Class.

Philip will be showing many examples of his filmmaking and will be sharing his experiences of shooting the pick-ups shots for 'Red Tails' a Lucas Films production.

Philip will be explaining and demonstrating all aspects of Canon EOS based filmmaking, workflow and output, including:

  • Main differences between EOS 1D Mk iv , 5D Mk ii and 7D for movie shooting
  • In camera settings to maximize image quality in post
  • Lens selection
  • Stabilization platforms and accessories
  • Exposure and shutter speed options
  • Focusing and framing tips
  • Audio
  • Codecs and transcoding options
  • Editing and Color correction
  • Output for Web, BluRay, HDCAM SR and film

The Philip Bloom HD DSLR Canon Master Class will take place on Saturday, March 6th. There will be two separate workshops: 9am to 12 noon and from 2pm to 5pm. Please register and pay for either the morning or afternoon session:

Please phone Kalani on 323 850 3550 for more details.

Or sign up here http://hdirawworks.com/page11/page11.html

RED DAY -- introducing the EPIC.

So, it's been a while since our last update. Man have we been busy. Lets start with this.

hdiRAWworks were one of three beta testers for the new Mysterium X sensor for the RED camera. IT SHOOTS 5K and totally eclipses the RED ONE in dynamic range, Skin tone you name it...it's just better. One of the other beta testers is none other than David Fincher, he's shooting Social Network right outside the window here (amazing catering).

He said he loves the sensor, and for those that don't know David, he's never lost a pixel, he's one of the best to ever do it.

I was here on the Lot the night they shot the low light test with Leonardo DiCaprio at 2000 iso. Yeah, its that fast.

Check it out

That's 2000 iso, It looks amazing right. No noise. Leo was also there during RED DAY.

Below is a short piece I (Jeremy Ian Thomas) Directed, shot, edited and color timed. It is our pleasure to introduce "The EPIC" to the world. This is the only footage known to man of these prototypes.

This was all shot on the Canon EOS 7D at 3200 iso.