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Ben Ferrer

Member Since:
March 1st 2008
25 Posts
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San Francisco
London Rental Houses
by Ben Ferrer 9 years ago
I need recommendations for places to rent Diva400s, C-stands and tripod in London. May need to purchase ND rolls too. I need a reputable place that delivers to job site. Any leads are very much apprec
London rental houses
by Ben Ferrer 9 years ago
I need recommendations for places to rent Diva400s, C-stands and tripod in London. May need to purchase ND rolls too. I need a reputable place that delivers to job site. Any leads are very much apprec
Re: London rental houses
by Stuart Coburn 9 years ago
I've hired a 4 bank Kino from Shoot Blue before, they might have Diva's in stock. You could also try Kitroom Monkey as they seem to stock everything i've ever looked for. both are reputable companies.
Spacelight Options -Crossposted
by Donald Mitchell 10 years ago
Cross posted this to the lighting pros forum: I own a small studio and I'm thinking about investing in a set of spacelights to have rigged on a permanent basis so clients can come in and have the infi
Re: Spacelight Options -Crossposted
by Ben Ferrer 10 years ago
Hi Donald, I would recommend going with the 6K because it will be more versatile. The 2Ks might be fine for white limbo, but you may need a bit more fire power for darker colors that you want to pop o
which is the daily cost to produce footage of animal in wild nature?
by Nicolas Fiorentino 10 years ago
Hello, We are negotiating the production of a series of footage on diverse animals in the Patagonia Argentina. We have to deliver 10 minutes of footage for each animal species. The production will be
Re: which is the daily cost to produce footage of animal in wild nature?
by Ben Ferrer 10 years ago
Are you posting a job offer You may want to re-post your question in an appropriate forum. Perhaps Indie Film and Documentary would be a better place. Also check out the business forum. Regarding your
chroma green fabric for flood light
by Ian MacLean 10 years ago
I'm getting a couple of Fluorescent flood lights (18" Reflector) to light a 9' paper greenscreen backdrop. I'd like to supersaturate the backdrop by stretching some green fabric over the reflector, bu
Re: chroma green fabric for flood light
by Ben Ferrer 10 years ago
JCX certainly doesn't charge that much per sheet. I would double check your quote. Ben Ferrer DP Transvideo Studios Mountain View, CA
defocus material?
by jeremy Rowell 10 years ago
I'm looking for some material that I can put up behind an interview subject that will blur or throw the background out of focus without the viewer noticing the material. I was originally thinking of g
Re: defocus material?
by Ben Ferrer 10 years ago
I've used the double net method described by Rick with very good results. The shoot required a two person interview which forced using a shorter lens length and therefore increasing the depth-of-field
Interview shooting - looking for black void effect
by Nate Compton 11 years ago
It's actually a really simple thing I've been tasked to do: Shoot an interview with some big-wigs in front of a "black void" background. Same style you've seen before I'm sure, but I have limited time
Re: Interview shooting - looking for black void effect
by Ben Ferrer 11 years ago
If you are using a soft source such as a Chimera, consider using a grid or eggcrate to flag the spill. A large solid by itself won't be enough to keep the light from "wrapping" around the flag and spi
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Anyone use cinemagadgets.com?
by Ben Ferrer 11 years ago
Has anyone used cinemagadgets.com yet How was the experience Their prices on grip gear has caught my attention. Would love to hear your stories before I take the plunge. Thanks, -BenBen Ferrer - DP -
Re: Anyone use cinemagadgets.com?
by Ben Ferrer 11 years ago
Thanks Jefferson. -Ben
Mixing different grip equipment?
by kat hayes 11 years ago
Will different c-stand components, such as a Matthews Quaker clamp work with an Avenger c-stand Thanks.
Re: Mixing different grip equipment?
by Ben Ferrer 11 years ago
I recommend covering inkjet labels with a strip of transparent tape. This will protect the type from rubbing off. -BenBen Ferrer - DP - SF Bay Area
Filters/Gels advice
by Rick Pearl 11 years ago
What types of filters or gels would you recommend for creating a mood of confidence, professionalism, education and innovation. I want to shoot a series of instructional videos. Thanks for any advice.
Re: Filters/Gels advice
by Ben Ferrer 11 years ago
Rick, I agree with John that creating a mood is a combination of many elements brought together to tell the story. Color can be a powerful part of the visual communication, but should be approched car
Help An Editor Identify This Problem?
by Sean ONeil 11 years ago
I'm an editor working with a client who produced an unusual video project. It's a special video projection system that uses a fisheye lens on a convex dome type screen. Meant for trade shows. They sho
Re: Help An Editor Identify This Problem?
by Ben Ferrer 11 years ago
Hi Sean, I'm guessing that is the texture of the ground glass inside the lens adapter. That is, if a 35mm lens adapter was used to get a 35mm fisheye lens mounted onto the camera. I don't have much ex
Poll: Teleprompter tricks?
by Bruce Bennett 11 years ago
Wondering what some of you do to soften or help minimize eye movement during teleprompter readings. With one of my clients, it seems like no matter what I do, his eyes move too much when he reads the
Re: Poll: Teleprompter tricks?
by Ben Ferrer 11 years ago
Hi Bruce, Phil is right. Farther from the prompter is better. I find placing the talent about 10 to12 feet works well. Any farther and you have to make the font ridiculously big. Less then 10 feet and
Super 8 using 64T indoors
by Brandi Kaseta 11 years ago
Hi, I have a bunch of Ektachrome 64T film that I wanted to shoot indoors. I have 2 750W spiderlites that I am using and wanted to diffuse these with chimera bank kits. The camera itself only has two s
Re: Super 8 using 64T indoors
by Ben Ferrer 11 years ago
Brandi, It is difficult to say how your camera will handle the 64T stock without knowing which model of camera it is. Based on your discription I presume that it is a simple auto exposure camera, but
Any experience w/PD-1 Dolly?
by Ben Ferrer 12 years ago
Does anyone have experience with the PD-1 Dolly It is made by Premier Studio Equipment and is sold through Alan Gordon Enterprises. I can not find anyone in my area that has one I can look at or even
Re: Any experience w/PD-1 Dolly?
by Ben Ferrer 11 years ago
Thanks Samuel! I've already put the order in for our company, so I'm glad to hear your comfirmation that this is a good product for the cost and portability. This is exactly the kind of info I was loo
Dimmer Question
by Colin Wiencek 11 years ago
Hey, So I have a christmas light dimmer. Is it possible to dim a 300 watt arri using this I need it to fade up during a song. Thanks, -Colin
Re: Dimmer Question
by Ben Ferrer 11 years ago
The Router Speed Control from Harbor Freight does a nice job as a 1K dimmer for $13. It seems to work just as well as the $120 one I bought. Same amount of electrical buzz at the lower end, but that i
Lighting rentals, Dublin
by Ben Ferrer 11 years ago
Any recommendations on where to rent a couple of DivaLite 400s in Dublin, Ireland Would prefer some place near Grand Canal Hotel. I believe the area is called Tor An Bhacaigh. Thanks in advance, -Ben
Sony DSR450 manual
by Danny Fox 12 years ago
Hi all, I am trying to find a free user manual for the Sony DSR-450 to download for an upcoming shoot. Does anyone have a link for such a website as I am not having much luck so far. Cheers Danny
Re: Sony DSR450 manual
by Ben Ferrer 12 years ago
Danny, Try this one. http: www.retrevo.com s Sony+DSR-450 rt=pd -Ben
Diffusion Materials
by Ben Ferrer 12 years ago
I need a help understanding the differences between China Silk, Artificial Silk, and Lightbox Diffusion materials. I see in the Matthews catalog that the light loss varies by .2 and .6 stops, but the
Re: Diffusion Materials
by Ben Ferrer 12 years ago
Todd and John, Thanks for the advice. I spoke with Pam at Matthews today. She was only able to quote from the catalog and didn't have any personal experience using the materials herself. However, she
Panasonic AJ HDX900p Cam Training
by Jay Wiggins 12 years ago
Can anyone recommend a good training class for the Panasonic AJ HDX900p HD cam
Re: Panasonic AJ HDX900p Cam Training
by Ben Ferrer 12 years ago
I am interested in HDX900 training too.
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