Thursday, June 29, 2006

Episode 2 Show Notes...Coming

Just a quick announcement that Episode #2 show notes will be posted by Monday July 3rd or sooner. (I was able to post the episode sooner than I thought, so I'm behind on that.) Also, I'm still deciding what I want to do for Episode #3, so if you've got any guerrilla filmmaking topics you want me to speak on drop me an email.


Wednesday, June 28, 2006

International Shout Out

I was just checking the old site meter and was surprised by how many international visitors have checked out the blog lately, especially since I haven't really started to promote this site yet. So I just thought I'd take a quick minute to give some love back with a quick Down and Dirty DV international roll call...

Down and Dirty DV Worldwide Live International Roll Call
June 2006:

  1. Finland
  2. South Africa
  3. United States
  4. Cyprus
  5. France
  6. United Kingdom
  7. Italy
  8. Japan
  9. Estonia
  10. Poland
  11. Germany
  12. Venezuela
  13. Netherlands
  14. Hungary
  15. Croatia
  16. Canada
  17. India

All over the world the digital revolution has taken hold and people are hungry to break with tradition and take filmmaking into their own hands. I see y'all, and I feel y'all. Keep doing that digital thang! Thanks to you Down and Dirty DV is officially Worldwide Live!

Peep the new podcast if you haven't already, stay tuned to the blog, and drop a brotha a line just to let me know you're still out there ( 'Til next time, I'm out.


Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Podcast Episode #1 Show Notes

Additional Commentary

Okay, so these are the show notes for Down and Dirty DV Podcast - Episode #1: How to Choose a Camera. (See previous post to download or subscribe using link to your left.) This is a podcast series designed specifically for new and aspiring digital guerrilla filmmakers. The topics I address will be from the standpoint of low-budget digital shooting and solving the many problems that come along with it.

This was my first podcast ever and it was admittedly harder and more work than I thought it would be, but I’m fairly happy with the end result. If you weren’t aware, Episode 1 is enhanced with photos and links (included below) if you view it on an iPod or in iTunes.

It’s damn hard talking having a whole conversation alone to a microphone. Let me know I’m not really talking to myself and holla back. Your feedback let’s me know somebody cares about this effort and helps me improve the show. Please drop me an email at with your comments, corrections, and suggestions for future show topics.

Enhanced Links and Additional Resources

My Online Bio
Want to know more about me? I’m an old-school digital pimp and a complex man of mystery, but I will share this much with you.

XLR Article – Berkeley Journalism
This article breaks down XLR cable basics and expands upon my comments about XLR adapters.

XLR Adapter Box – B&H Sales Page
Check out features and specs or purchase the popular Beachtek DXA Adapter Box here.

DIY Network - Low Light Article
This is a link to a very basic DIY Network article on shooting in low-light.

Here are the 2 forums I recommended for researching user experiences and reviews of cameras you are considering purchasing. (More such sights are listed to the left under “Links” section.):

Creative Cow Online Filmmaking Community & Forums

DVX User Online Filmmaking Community & Forums

I forgot to mention this site in Episode #1 , but is a great little website run by a woman named Christina Fox out of London that provides consulting and some great free info and tutorials for people looking to get into DV filmmaking. Most notably for the topic at hand, she provides some great camera comparison buyer's guide charts that include most of the latest prosumer models. This info is often in magazines, but it's hard to come by comprehensive side-by-side comparisons online. Check out the charts here:

DV and DV Cam Cameras

HDV Cameras

Notes on Upcoming Episode 2

This first podcast was actually 42 mins., so rather than torture you that long, I broke it into 2 episodes, so Episode #2 is also Choosing a Camera. In Episode #2 I cover other features to look for in a prosumer camera. These aren’t the make or break features, but those that you may wish to also consider depending on your budget, experience-level and style of shooting. I also dicuss renting vs. buying and avoiding common scams when purchasing a camera online.

On a crappier note, I just discovered that I somehow managed to wipe out my master audio files for the fully completed Episode 2. I will have to perform some voodoo on a surviving MP3 version to see if I can put it back together or rerecord the whole thing, so hang tight for a week on that.