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Mark Suszko

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30 years writing, directing, shooting, editing corporate video, government video, commercials, PSA's, DVD's music videos, forensics and the occasional wedding.

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mission impossible fallout
by Chris Wright 2 weeks ago
spoiler free. great movie. great sound design and music. the sound should get an award for sound design. fun action movie. cruise can still run. I would say you have to see it in the theatres. its liv
Re: mission impossible fallout
by Mark Suszko 5 days ago
I saw it in the theater and regretted not waiting for a stream at home. It's entertaining enough, but frankly the stakes-raising in this movie was cranked up to a cartoonish level, and that's saying s
Composing a 2-camera interview with two subjects
by Matt Tarpley 2 weeks ago
I was doing documentary work over the weekend, and ran into a bit of a debate with another shooter. We had a 2 -camera setup and were interviewing a couple (where each of their heads was roughly on th
Re: Composing a 2-camera interview with two subjects
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
You can make a lot of shots work better as long as the eyelines are right... I mean "eyeline" in both the sense of the direction the eyes are aiming at, AND an imaginary line across the screen that th
Approval Process and Work Environment
by Andrew Tucker 2 weeks ago
This doesn't have to deal with any technical issues but more just environmental issues. As most of you know, working in a corporate environment around others that don't understand video as much can be
Re: Approval Process and Work Environment
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
Well, the approvals thing is not uncommon in corporate or government situations. The main problem I see is that your approval process is linear, hierarchical, and undefined, and they need to "flatten"
shooting video in front of led walls
by Jamison Koczan 2 weeks ago
Hello All, Has anyone here had any trouble shooting video with led walls in the background I personally haven't, but I wanted to reach out and see if there might be a special situation to look out for
Re: shooting video in front of led walls
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
You might see flicker from the refresh rate of the LED's. So have a camera with an adjustable scan rate, Sony calls theirs "clear-scan", but most camera makers have something similar in their higher-e
What aspect ratio should I shoot with, when mixing historical footage?
by ryan elder 2 weeks ago
I am directing a documentary film project and have to decide on an aspect ratio. I will be shooting interviews intercut with historical footage. I already have a lot of the historical footage chosen w
Re: What aspect ratio should I shoot with, when mixing historical footage?
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
I recall how they started the first "The Incredibles" movie: it's documentary interview footage meant to set up what their past was like. To get across the time difference, the doc footage was 4:3 mat
Would this type of cinematography work with this lens?
by ryan elder 2 weeks ago
I met up with a DP for a film project and wanted to shoot a couple of running chase scenes, for it, but I did not have a steadicam operator for the job, that I could find. This DP said we should shoot
Re: Would this type of cinematography work with this lens?
by Mark Suszko 2 weeks ago
...Rewrite I'd say go for what's practical, forget the super long lens approach, which is going to provide more headaches than you realize now, and shoot with motion-compensating rigs. You should be a
Shooting a conference video
by Greg Ball 3 months ago
Hi all, I'm bidding on a conference video shoot. Our camera needs to be positioned in the back of the ballroom which is 100 feet away. There will be people speaking from a podium and also a few panel
Re: Shooting a conference video
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
If they went with a lowball guy instead of a Greg Ball guy, it's their loss... but maybe you can make some back-end when they come to you to "fix this in post, pretty-please " Or the next time they ar
Tablet tripod adaptations
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
I want to make a simple iPod adapter for the common consumer tripod head with the 1 4 screw. The idea is to use a router to make a slot in a suitable piece of wood that you can slip an iPad into, add
Re: Tablet tripod adaptations
by Todd Terry 3 weeks ago
Dunno what size bit... but if pads vary greatly in thickness (and I couldn't really attest to that, I own three pads and they are all identical) you could do parallel grooves close together of differe
Simple but better webcam for Facebook Lives?
by Neil Orman 4 weeks ago
(Just let me know if this is the wrong forum for this question, thanks.) My employer has been doing Facebook Lives, but just relying on standard laptops and their internal mic and camera. They'd like
Re: Simple but better webcam for Facebook Lives?
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
Check out the Mevo.
the second does not equal one second
by Marcin Lipiński 3 weeks ago
I have source material from various sources, from different people, from different cameras. iMovie easily operates with clips. FCPX slows down clips recorded from one camera and synchronization is imp
Re: the second does not equal one second
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
I'm guessing Marcin has footage shot in multiple frame rates and somehow the editing system was configured to standardize on one of them and adjust the others to compensate
Black Clothing is blowing out the blacks.
by chris pike 4 weeks ago
Hello, please see photo, which is is still from a video shoot with a Canon 5d iii. The black leggings are blowing out the blacks. You can't tell which leg is in front. Any suggestions from a lighting,
Re: Black Clothing is blowing out the blacks.
by Mark Suszko 3 weeks ago
My suggestion would be hard side-lighting, perhaps with a colored gel, to pick up the contours. While you can't dye the black pants... you could maybe airbrush-paint or sew stripes on them
What color / shape of 3D tracking markers should I use on a green screen set?
by Donald Davis 4 weeks ago
Hello all! I would like to hear some advice from the community on what type of tracking markers work best for both camera solving and for keying on a green screen set. I have done a great deal of rese
Re: What color / shape of 3D tracking markers should I use on a green screen set?
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
Just an observation; you don't *have* to make the composite and the tracking work *at the same time*. People may obsess about perfecting the key first, but really what you want is to nail the tracking
Mental Canvas
by Oliver Peters 1 month ago
We talk occasionally about interfaces and have mentioned the MS Surface before. Here's a cool video that shows some nice working examples of using the dial. https: www.youtube.com watch v=53KJerdHkdA
Re: Mental Canvas
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
"There's a guy named CMX on the phone - says he's from 1971 and wants to know what's happening in this thread "
How much should I charge(not hourly) for this video intro template adaptation I did?
by Davor Raić 1 month ago
It was not a regular template adaptation, it was more in depth with some of the parts of the original template being changed by my client's request. LINK TO ORIGINAL TEMPLATE: https: videohive.net ite
Re: How much should I charge(not hourly) for this video intro template adaptation I did?
by Mark Suszko 4 weeks ago
Todd is right as usual. And if you had to do extra re-renders because of new client input or changes, you should charge. It's a separate discussion, one we've had multiple times, on if you want to cha
Overnight shoot fees
by Greg Ball 1 month ago
Hi guys, I hope you're having a great summer. I'm working on a quote for a restaurant industry client and they are asking to shoot the videos overnight, so we do not disrupt their daytime restaurant b
Re: Overnight shoot fees
by Todd Terry 1 month ago
We don't charge for non-shoot time that is unusable because we are sleepy or mentally hung over from a night shoot. BUT... We do have different hourly rates for such, that make up the difference. We h
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Incredibles 2
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Really fun movie, but best appreciated after watching the first one again, because it's been 14 YEARS. That in itself should be a crime of some sort.
Re: Incredibles 2
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
Some Randians out there claim both films are a paean to Objectivism; I just shrug. I think that's a reach.
Finally selling the Steadicam
by Todd Terry 3 months ago
Hey gang... I mentioned this a few weeks ago, but I finally pulled trigger a couple of minutes ago and put our Steadicam rig on eBay (also in the COW classifieds). If anyone is interested... it is eBa
Re: Finally selling the Steadicam
by Mark Suszko 1 month ago
You missed a trick... with this fabulous idea... steadicam becomes baby carrier: https: www.facebook.com tvsupercinema videos 2045386235520017
Vertical Video: Just say No!
by Ned Miller 2 years ago
ADMIN NOTE: This thread began in Creative COW's Business & Marketing forum, but since this topic also cuts across shooting, editing, and distribution, we thought it'd be fun to open the discussion up
Re: Vertical Video: Just say No!
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
I'd want to know if facebook resamples or converts every uploaded video to 800 by 800 automatically, in which case I figure the higher rez input leads to abetter final output from their process. If fa
how to - effect
by kjp Upton 2 months ago
Hey guys! Am new to this so hoping I'm doing it right. Anyway! I'm posting on here to ask if anyone knows how I can recreate this effect. Of course there's green screen in there but how do you do this
Re: how to - effect
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Can you be more specific use the time index in the clip to identify the exact part you need help understanding
Laughably OT: Can you ID an old graphics system?
by Jeff Markgraf 4 years ago
I just know there are a bunch of old-timers lurking here who can answer this. I'm trying to remember the name of what could best be described as a 2.5-D graphics system from the early mid 90s. It comb
Re: Laughably OT: Can you ID an old graphics system?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
https: www.youtube.com watch v=031vKBPk5eA I cut my teeth editing reel-to-reel EIAJ half-inch black and white RTR in junior high and high school. Started at this current job shooting on Sony M3's with
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Estimating for Interactive Display Videos
by Cynthia Rogers 2 months ago
We are offering a new service to our clients and have purchased the licensing to create Interactive Display Videos for our clients. While we are very experienced in quoting video projects; we're a lit
Re: Estimating for Interactive Display Videos
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Time to do some benchmarking tests: throw together a demo with, say three to five screens, the actual material used is unimportant at this stage, as long as it is representative of the kind of stuff t
FCPX 10.4.3 is out
by Michael Hancock 2 months ago
FCPX 10.4.3 is out. A couple of bug fixes. Release notes here: https: support.apple.com en-us HT201237 ---------------- Michael Hancock Editor
Re: FCPX 10.4.3 is out
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
So... worth it safe to update right away... or should I wait for the inevitable "Heyyy! That wasn't supposed to happen!!!'
Vegas Post Mortem
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Hey kids... I thought I'd give a quick wrap-up to my nightmare of a location shoot in Las Vegas last week... especially since I had appealed for help in here, and a couple of COW peeps were nice enoug
Re: Vegas Post Mortem
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
One thing people may not remember or think of is that you can use Greyhound busses to ship parcels cross-country. A tripod in a container I think just fits their maximum length rules... you can look t
Quick questions for editors...
by Tom Laughlin 2 months ago
Hi, I've been working on a few ideas for a short YouTube video tutorial on editing, for newcomers and college students or anyone, and wanted to ask everyone what are some of the biggest hurdles and ch
Re: Quick questions for editors...
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
If you're talking about how to present editing concepts to non-editors, I would start by putting them at ease with a few analogies. One, that editing video can be just like editing a word processing d
yet another political post that will get pulled from Cow -
by Bob Zelin 2 months ago
hey - wait - it's about OUR industry ! from the mainstream press - Martina McBride and her husband are being sued by an unpaid intern for 1 Million dollars, for having to do "menial labor" - "Accordin
Re: yet another political post that will get pulled from Cow -
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Scrappiness and will to work are essential to succeed. But they don't guarantee success. You can be the hardest-working, most deserving and ruthless Randian SOB out there and still not catch a break.
Want to do a building beauty night shoot with out without the moon?
by Jeff Herring 2 months ago
I want to shoot some B-roll of a group of buildings centered around a statue in a fountain at night. My focal point will be the fountain with its water jets and the buildings will be the background. T
Re: Want to do a building beauty night shoot with out without the moon?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
"I can invoice you for three hours of my camera assistant's time, or I can step-rent you a couple of lighting trucks with generators and operators and union electricians for two hours, plus the permit
Can Final Cut Render a Series of Stills into a QuickTime Movie?
by James Kozick 2 months ago
Hello, I'm presently generating a number of rendered PNGs from Maxon C4D. The final output format I want is QuickTime. I'm currently importing the PNGs into After Effects and outputting them as a Quic
Re: Can Final Cut Render a Series of Stills into a QuickTime Movie?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Didn't we used to be able to do this task in QT Pro Thought I'd read that someplace.
Anyone here in Vegas?
by Todd Terry 2 months ago
Hi gang... I'm sitting in my hometown airport waiting to board for a quick trip to Las Vegas, will be shooting there this week. I can't remember, are any of my B&M Cow friends based there I think it's
Re: Re:
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
I gotta wonder if it isn't better to not use the plane at all for taking the gear along, and to use another method like overnight delivery. If the most crucial gear is able to fit in carry-on (and is
Quick way to raise camera 10'
by chris pike 2 months ago
Hi. The tallest tripod I can find goes about 6 feet. I'd like the ability to raise the camera to about 10' and shoot down at an angle. Must be relatively quick change. I could get 10' feet up with a j
Re: Quick way to raise camera 10'
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Ladder with hi-hat and c-clamps, done. That's what I do.
Character Animator rear view/profile
by Joe Rodgers 2 months ago
Does anyone know where I can find puppets that include a rear profile view of the character I have some animations I need to do with people watching a sunrise and it needs to be a view from behind the
Re: Character Animator rear view/profile
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Why not just grab the puppet outlines and paint it up in Photoshop
Shooting two actors separated by perspex
by Thomas Hannen 3 months ago
How would you go about lighting and shooting two actors attempting to touch but separated by a (hopefully invisible) sheet of perspex Shoot it practically Get them to fake it Lighting issues Many than
Re: Shooting two actors separated by perspex
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Bill's got a very good point. He's also assuming the sheet o glass isn't as wide as the room, which would be expensive. So, unless your actors are not gifted mirror mimes like Harpo Marx... whaddayado
Is there any easy way to get rid of a bra strap from this interview?
by Noam Osband 2 months ago
We shot an interview, and when watching it, realized there's about 3 minutes with a bra strap in it. Is there any easy way to get rid of this without going frame by frame and essentially airbrushing i
Re: Is there any easy way to get rid of a bra strap from this interview?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
If you can't use the Mocha tracker method, the Healing Brush in photoshop will do an amazing job here. You'd export the clip as a "frame movie", and open it in photoshop. One swipe with the stylus or
Boss handed me a box of external hard drives and said "archive all this video somewhere"
by Randy Hansen 2 months ago
Literally, the title states what happened. I've worked here for about 9 months. The other day, the boss walked in with a box of a dozen or so external hard drives from the past decade containing video
Re: Boss handed me a box of external hard drives and said "archive all this video somewhere"
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Add" "archivist" to your resume:-) You have many decisions ahead. One of which is, what common standard, if any, do you want to transcode all this stuff to, so it stays readable and usable When we had
Another Copyright question....sheeesh
by Greg Ball 2 months ago
So I'm working on a video for a client. They want me to use a clip they found on YouTube. This is a fight I often have, as i refuse to use video footage without the copyright owner's permission. I bel
Re: Another Copyright question....sheeesh
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
You can rely on every bit of the advice already given. It used to be easier to just roll the dice and rip off this kind of material, but those days are waning as AI automation is getting better and fa
Solo
by Stephen Smith 2 months ago
Right out the gate, I have to say I really enjoyed the film Solo and I'm not sure why there seems to be so much hate for the film. I'm not sure if it has more to do with it having lots of problems dur
Re: Solo
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Tony Stark is actually adopted. His biological mom was a SHIELD agent who posed as a touring rock singer for her cover. Howard and Maria Stark's REAL son is Arno Stark, born with medical issues and hi
AR markers for tracking performers?
by Hilary Tsai 3 months ago
I was looking into Blacktrax for tracking performers and projecting real-time graphics on around them, as they move around on stage. However, Blacktrax is a multi-thousand dollar solution geared towar
Re: AR markers for tracking performers?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
IR LED's can be worn and tracked by cameras in any light conditions. There used to be an automated tracking PTZ camera system that tracked the speaker walking the stage by an IR emitter in the hand-he
Looking for a "Simple" Live Streaming Solution
by Lauren Kaiser 2 months ago
Hello, I am in search of suggestions! I am looking to implement live streaming, but I am working within a few specific parameters, however there is a lot of flexibility. Here's the basic background in
Re: Looking for a "Simple" Live Streaming Solution
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
We use the Teradek BOND, which plugs in between the back of our cameras and the Anton Baur battery pack, (which also powers both). We like them a lot. But we use that for simple news live shots and fe
Article: Star Wars: How Much Is Too Much?
by Mike Cohen 2 months ago
TV & Movie Appreciation Star Wars: How Much Is Too Much When Disney announced that they would be making a new Star Wars movie every year for at least 10 years I was both excited and a bit skeptical.
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Re: Star Wars: How Much Is Too Much?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
It's an interesting problem. Ticket sales on SOLO after the the first weekend were the highest a Ron Howard film's ever opened at, apparently... but, way below expectations. And it's not that bad of a
Trying to figure out how this shot, and want to try and replicate in future...
by Tom Laughlin 3 months ago
Cinematographers, I recently watched a beautifully shot interview with James Cameron and George Lucas for the AMC channel, I'm sure a few of you have seen this clip already. I just wanted to know what
Re: Trying to figure out how this shot, and want to try and replicate in future...
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
I enjoy that guys' how-to videos, but the use of the slider here makes me want to comment. Sliders and dollies give an amazing look. But it's not always appropriate, and these days, the ease of using
Transcoding Media
by Robert Jones 2 months ago
I have some .mp4 media from older Sony internal hard drive cameras. The format is very hard to work with causing the spinning wheel every time I touch it. So I optimized the footage and that stopped t
Re: Transcoding Media
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Well, the point of proxy media is to cut the show in the low-rez, low-overhead proxy codec, then apply that project file to the original footage, hit the render button, and go grab lunch,. maybe dinne
Cobra Kai is actually ....good
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
Full disclosure: I am a huge fan of the original movie. When I heard about this project, I was very skeptical. There are so many ways it could have gone, mostly... bad. I don't have Youtube Red, where
Re: Cobra Kai is actually ....good
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
I'm on the fence personally about paying for Red, just to watch Cobra Kai. If there were two more shows on Red I was as deeply interested in, I might, but I already have Prime and Netflix as well as b
Magnum 2
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
So this is a thing that's happening.... https: www.youtube.com watch v=ADAeeJclFIU I didn't mind they re-imagined Higgins as a woman. That's the hip new thing to do (See the awesome Parker Posey in th
Any ideas on how to fix this footage?
by Ernest Rosado 3 months ago
I was given some event footage to edit (footage I didn't shoot), and it all came out with distortion like this: https: streamable.com 7tp2v Any clue if it's possible to clean this up And how I would e
Re: Any ideas on how to fix this footage?
by Mark Suszko 2 months ago
I'd like to know what kind of camera recording setup was used, in order to make a better diagnosis. At a glance, I'd guess the original footage *may* be okay, but it's gone thru a mis-step in the conv
Need permission to record Public Events?
by Bryce Douglass 3 months ago
Hello, As a filmmaker or photographer do I need permission from others to film or photograph a minor and or adult that's in a public setting such as 4th of July parade or some public production put on
Re: Need permission to record Public Events?
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
Parade on a public street Fair game, especially if you're not spending an inordinate amount of time dwelling on one person in close-up. I have to shoot parades often in my job. One time, a mom stopped
Fastest way to quickly place overlay on multiple images
by Nathan German 5 months ago
I work for an international ministry called Africa's Hope. In our office building, we have a couple TVs that are continuously displaying multiple pictures from Africa. I am currently in the process of
Re: Fastest way to quickly place overlay on multiple images
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
Depends what the file names on the pictures are. Usually they are just alphanumerical, but if your pictures have actual place names as part of their titles, perhaps you can arrange them alphabetically
Looking for an in-house video editing solution
by Daniel126 3 months ago
Hey there, I participated in the wedding videography business circa 2000-2008. Used CS2, DVSTORM2 to capture and edit videos. Fast forward 10 years Currently own a health and wellness clinic. Own a So
Re: Looking for an in-house video editing solution
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
"Render in real time " Pretty much all the new edit systems and software can do that now. Even if it is actually happening in the background, the effect from the perspective of the user is that it's a
Picture in picture effects in Legal deposition
by John Morfesis 3 months ago
Iam looking for a switcher that legal videographers are using for picture in picture effect in depositions. There are a lot of them out there, but I was wandering if there is one specific that most le
Re: Picture in picture effects in Legal deposition
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
There is nothing special about a particular make or model of switcher for this kind of function. Your choice comes down to how much flexibility you need, and how you intend to use it. You can use eith
How to become better at editing when you don't have a lot to edit or film?
by Scott Fleener 3 months ago
I live in a smaller city and I am making the best of it however I'm wanting more practice with editing especially with the. Adobe Cloud. Any suggestions on how to become a better Videogrpaher, Editor,
Re: How to become better at editing when you don't have a lot to edit or film?
by Mark Suszko 3 months ago
You have family and friends and neighbors - sit one of them down and interview them about some aspect of their lives and history. You can use anything from a phone camera to a pawn shop camcorder - do
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