22 04, 2017

Obit Visualization

2017-04-24T19:08:24+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|

As the film moves between Henry's reality and our shared reality, the camera is different. In shared reality, the camera is far away from Henry, filming him on a long lens. When we are in Henry's reality, the camera is close to him on a short lens. A few times we cut back and [...]

22 04, 2017

Obit Storyboards

2017-04-24T17:18:58+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|

The script was sketched out early in the process, to help the production team get a grasp when we are in Henry's reality, and when we are in general reality.

22 04, 2017

Obit Filming Day 2

2017-04-22T16:00:21+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|

A time-lapse of 'Obit' filming day 2. We focused on Henry in his own reality, we also ventured out to the back yard. time-lapse © 2013 Matt Brocchini

22 04, 2017

Obit Filming Day 1

2017-04-22T15:53:53+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|

A time-lapse of 'Obit' filming day 1. We filmed all of the shots of Henry in the real world, allowing us to keep the same wardrobe and lighting setup all day. time-lapse © 2013 Matt Brocchini

22 04, 2017

Obit Behind the Scenes Day 1

2017-04-22T15:51:09+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|

A time-lapse of our first day on set. We spent the day prepping the location, figuring our angles, and setting lights for our first setup for filming day 1. time-lapse © 2013 Matt Brocchini

21 01, 2017

robo cam

2017-05-04T16:11:19+00:00 January 21st, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

Now that I am able to control the camera, I was able to get back to the automation goal. I originally set out to AUTOMATE the camera, but I was just thinking of the camera controls – focus, iris, f-stop. And then, I figured that if I was going to automate the camera in [...]

23 10, 2016

Wired Camera Controller

2017-05-04T16:12:03+00:00 October 23rd, 2016|Tags: , , , |

The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera showed up at the end of March. By the time it arrived I was knee deep at work on a Chinese action film and didn’t have a lot of free time to focus on it. After playing with it a few times I realized that the camera controls are [...]

23 11, 2015


2017-05-04T16:12:46+00:00 November 23rd, 2015|Tags: , , |

The ultimate goal, the reason I started mucking about with Arduino, is to be able to control the camera wirelessly, in a repeatable way. If the camera ever ships, I will be able to test these theories. For now, I’ve gotten the bluetooth and USB controllers to work, as far as I can tell, but they are [...]

12 11, 2015

MIDI to Arduino – USB Edition

2017-05-04T16:13:53+00:00 November 12th, 2015|Tags: , |

Yet another delay in the camera shipment date. And, because I’m an optimistic fool, I returned the cheap-ass on-camera monitor I’d gotten, and back-ordered the on-camera monitor from the same company the camera is back-ordered from. At this rate the camera and monitor will ship in January. As I wait, I forge on with the next phase of the [...]

4 11, 2015


2017-05-04T16:05:05+00:00 November 4th, 2015|Tags: , |

So, as I wait for the camera to arrive, I have been refining the control setup. I got it to work with wires, made the PS3 controller drive it over USB. Then I got rid of most of the wires and got LANC working, triggered off of the USB controller. The circuit and sketch [...]

29 10, 2015

Past the Breadboard

2017-05-04T16:24:26+00:00 October 29th, 2015|Tags: , , |

I haven’t dallied with electronics since high school. I soldered robot kits, and light sensitive buzzers. One summer I played with etching my own circuits. I couldn’t draft or silkscreen the boards, and I ended up drawing them with graph paper and a magic marker. The etching chemicals were toxic, and the experiment was [...]

28 10, 2015

Controlling LANC with a PS3 Controller

2017-05-04T16:23:06+00:00 October 28th, 2015|Tags: , |

While I wait for the camera to ship, I have been playing with making the LANC control work. I found lots of very helpful posts: Control Your Camera RF Explorer Video Vielseitig Verwendet I’ve been able to cobble together a simple circuit, and mix the sketches to make the arduino use the button presses [...]

19 10, 2015

Arduino Camera Control

2017-05-04T16:30:02+00:00 October 19th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

I have always wanted to be able to control a camera’s settings with midi. The ability to adjust any setting - iris, focus, zoom, gain - to match a beat or just to have a repeatable combination of effects. When the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera was announced, it seemed like it might give me [...]