Author Archives: Graham Futerfas

About Graham Futerfas

I'm a professional Cinematographer working in Los Angeles.

Freefly Movi Gimbal

I recently added a Freefly Movi M15 camera stabilizer to my kit, and I’m very excited about it.  It opens up a whole new world of camera movement and visual storytelling possibilities.   What is the Movi? The Movi is … Continue reading

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Margaret Cho: psyCHO

I shot this Margaret Cho special for director John Asher in New York.  She’s so talented and funny!  Here’s a press release: http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2015/07/20/special-margaret-cho-psycho-to-air-friday-september-25-on-showtime/433400/ It premieres September 25th on Showtime.  Shot with 5 Alexas at the Gramercy Theater in New York.

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Magic Lantern RAW on a Canon 5D Mark III

I recently upgraded my 5 year old Canon 7D and bought a 5D Mark III.  I was interested in playing around with Magic Lantern’s RAW hack after seeing some examples of the improved video quality, but was a bit intimidated … Continue reading

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Making Your Shots More Interesting

I often find myself on set trying to improve a shot, to make it more dynamic and interesting.  Here are a few general tricks and techniques I use a lot. 1.  Add some movement.  I love my Dana Dolly, and … Continue reading

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Vimeo and Copyrights – a Conundrum for Demo Reels

I have a Vimeo Plus account, and I got a notice the other day that Vimeo removed a video I posted because it received a complaint from Viacom that they held the copyright and I was displaying it without permission.  … Continue reading

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Fluid Heads

I find one of the most over-looked pieces of camera equipment is the Fluid Head.  There are several brands and levels to choose from and if you’re not a camera operator, you might not think there’s much of a difference.   … Continue reading

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Artists, Politics, and Management

A lot of people think being a DP is all about art, composition and lighting, and sometimes forget about the Management aspect of the job.  For me, being a Manager is a task that can be the most complicated part of … Continue reading

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Lighting 101 – The DP’s Playbook

Like any good football coach, most DP’s have a basic Playbook they use when it comes to lighting.  Of course, everyone’s got a different style and likes to mix it up, but there are things that we know work well … Continue reading

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Elephant in the room

I recently had the pleasure of working with my second exotic animal this year, an Asian Elephant named Tai.  We were shooting a spot for an addiction clinic and the theme was ‘The Elephant in the Room’.  It was a … Continue reading

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Temara Melek ‘Karma’s Not Pretty’ – Music Video Released

Hey gang, the music video I shot for Temara Melek and Director Shawnette Heard was just released on YouTube. We shot this with an Arri Alexa and Lomo Anamorphic lenses.  Check out my previous blog post about that.  Lighting package … Continue reading

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