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About JMG

  • Birthday November 18
  1. A number of things at play here. One is just a trend in lighting. There's always trendsetters in any art form. Game of Thrones was certainly a trendsetter. I think after the first season, when they realized they had a hit on their hands they pushed for a more realistic lighting approach over what they did in the first season. That paired with the general trend in commercial of moviemaking lighting of the present day to have very gentle lighting gradations came full circle with the final season of GoT and the result is some very interesting images, for better or worse. I personally liked the "Dark Night" episode as a cinematic endeavor, but even I have to admit that streaming and broadcast compression ruined the overall experience. Secondly, there's a lot talent cross over these days with narrative and documentary. I think in decades past, docu images aligned with the visual style of a TV/primetime news interview, skin tones sitting at an appropriate IRE value, blurred background etc. Now some documentaries are pushing more into genre imagery. Good example is CNN's "The Impostor" or a bunch of the more notable Netflix/HBO shows that are going for a more cinematic approach. But as documentaries become more cinematic with the use of lighting and cinema cameras/lenses, where do proper narratives have to go in terms of pushing the boundaries of images. I think that's a big part of what we're seeing at the upper level of our industry. Take something like the Revenant, where they went with ultra wide lenses and a verite style of shooting to create something entirely new. As someone who shoots both narrative and documentary, I'm not upset by the adoption of more cinematic imagery. I think youtubers are typically just a reflection of what's "In" at the moment.
  2. Hello, I'm John. DP and sometimes director. Based in LA, CA. Here's my website: http://johnmgardiner.com/ I shoot a mixture of work, lots of documentaries, I've worked on several ESPN 30/30 features and documentary series. But I also do a fair amount of music videos and narrative based content. I've got a mix of gear to go with my various work. Currently: Alexa Mini, C300mk2, C300mk3, Canon Compact Cinema Zooms and Celere Primes. I shoot stills and timelapse on fuji cameras. Happy to find a forum with a lot of talented pros to converse with.
  3. I own the two canon compact cinema zooms and at their new price point, they punch way above their class. I had mine modded by duclos for EF/PL which has been a life saver. Had some trouble uploading some stills to another post, but heres a link to my frame grab page. Lot of the cine zooms on there. http://johnmgardiner.com/motionstills/
  4. I own the set, purchased a few years ago. I was really wanted something with swappable mounts and then the potential to swap the front elements to uncoated intrigued me. I also wasn't looking for anything too slick and sharp. The impressive close focus was also a big thing for me too. I spoke directly with the lens maker (Lars) when I purchased, very nice guy. Spoke in depth about the sourcing of the glass, he was very upfront about things with me. They're a bit of a frankenstein lens, with glass sourced globally as well as in Germany. I look at prime sets in this price bracket as an owner operator kit. Nothing in that budget is going to be a master prime or cooke, so just go for something you enjoy shooting on. These lenses are fine, I don't regret picking them up. The company was actually bought out, by another company, so not quite the negative connotation of the went out of business. I am still looking to get the uncoated front elements if anyone has a lead on them. I'll post a few more images.
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