January 10, 2017 From Simulcast to Webcast

I began my career in video production way back in 1980 as a Producer/Director for WPTD, a PBS affiliate in Dayton, Ohio. It was an exciting time to be involved in broadcast. With the advent of Sony 3/4″ Umatic gear, portable location videography was possible for the first time, while new 1″ Ampex technology upped… ( read more )

July 29, 2016 Shooting 4K with Sony Mirrorless

If you’ve read some of our previous blogs, you know that MCOMM often uses DSLR rigs for video acquisition. When outfitted with quality “glass” and other peripheral gear, DSLR equipment is capable of capturing amazing footage. Now it’s important to note that MCOMM has several camera platforms at its disposal, including Sony broadcast cams and… ( read more )

April 14, 2015 14,000 Feet to Sea Level

The past two months have been an absolute blur of activity – several studio productions for corporate and commercial clients, and numerous location shoots that have taken us from a snowy Pikes Peak to the foggy Golden Gate – so now it’s time to take a deep breath and refresh the creative batteries. But just… ( read more )

June 27, 2014 The Canon EOS C100

I’ve been shooting film and video for more than 35 years (yes I know, that makes me very old), first with an Arriflex 16BL and then with a wide variety of video cameras (my latest main cam is a high-end Sony), but I’ve never been as impressed with the images I’ve captured (and I’d like… ( read more )

May 19, 2014 Timelapse Photography/Videography

We’re always trying new things at MCOMM, and lately we’ve been experimenting with timelapse photography/videography. These can be tricky, it requires specific weather conditions (if it’s an exterior shot), a bit of trial and error, and a lot of patience. In fact shooting timelapse typically involves a generous amount of standing around while hoping that… ( read more )

April 8, 2014 Hectic is good

Happy to say that things are a bit hectic here at MCOMM studios. Hectic is good. We’re putting the finishing touches on the media we’ve been creating for the International Door Association’s annual convention (held this year in Las Vegas) and also just wrapped a collaborative shoot with the creative guys from Simplifilm. Simplifilm is… ( read more )

February 21, 2014 That Tan is NOT from a Tropical Location

Not to brag, but I just received a compliment from a cute waitress on the golden-brown tan that I’m sporting this week. Now, I’d like to say it’s from an exciting shoot we just wrapped in a faraway tropical location, but the truth is it’s actually the result of a week of exposure to the UV… ( read more )

January 27, 2014 Beignets in the Crescent City

Back in the studio after a successful 5-day shoot in the Crescent City, and not only did photographer Chris Snyder (view some of Chris’s work here) and I have a chance to sample a few delicious beignets and drink a bit of chicory coffee at the world famous Cafe’ du Monde, we also had ample… ( read more )

January 14, 2014 Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!

Another busy week, and like most others, it was filled with unexpected changes and a few surprises. First a last-minute postponement of a studio shoot  (we’re in the process of rescheduling), and then a crash of one of our main computers… that’s NEVER good. Luckily we had everything fully backed-up and were able to transfer… ( read more )

January 9, 2014 Happy New Year

First of all, happy 2014! Looking forward to creative, exciting times in the coming year. Lots of activity this week. Finishing up 2 projects, and beginning pre-production for a week in New Orleans and an overseas shoot in France… especially looking forward to getting back to France. We’re trying a few new things at MCOMM,… ( read more )