July 2015 - S-Films
Wayward Son Carries On

Wayward Son Carries On

By | Corporate Video Production, Faith Filmmaking, Music Video Production | No Comments

When we shot our faith-based movie “The Imposter” in 2008, we were fortunate to cast Kerry Livgren.  In the 1970’s, one of the biggest acts in rock music was the band “Kansas.”  Kerry Livgren, with the long blond hair, was one of the main songwriter/musician of the group.  He write their break out hit “Carry On Wayward Son,” followed by one of the biggest all time hits “Dust in the Wind.” Kerry is the real deal.  We sat down with him on the set of the movie and talked about his own personal journey.  Here’s that video.  Hope you enjoy!

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Why I Struggle With DJI

By | Corporate Video Production, Reviews | No Comments

I use DJI products.  About 7 or 8 years ago, they saw the future and jumped.  Now they’re the Coca-cola of the consumer drone world.  Congrats.  So why am I hating on DJI? It all started with an Octo.  This particular octocopter was a custom-build.  Of course 3-4 years and further back, everything big like that was a custom build.  For the custom builders, the best “brain” for running these builds, was the wookong, made by DJI.  This was the technology that told the drone what to do.  You inputted a command in the controller, it was received by the wookong and orders went out from it to the motors. One beautiful twilight evening at a park in North Carolina, I was flying this octo with a $4,000 camera/lens on it.  I had just finished the run and was bringing it back to me in the parking lot.  About 90 feet up and 50 feet away from me, it suddenly flipped over, and flew into the pavement.  I don’t mean fell into the pavement.  The…

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Drones Corporate Video

Drones in Corporate Video

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The UAV market is exploding.  It is the wild west out there.  The FAA is trying to come up with standards and procedures for the technology that has outpaced them.  With the incredible accessibility of drones, corporate video makers have found a new tool to add to their arsenal. What drone footage gives you, is a point of view seldom seen from a camera mounted on a tripod, five feet up from the ground.  The drone hits the sweet spot– 10 fee to about 60 feet– for unique visuals.  But just because a video producer has a drone, doesn’t mean they can fly it well.  Drone work still requires an artist’s touch. We are finding that some producers simply jerk the drone around in the air, moving it here and there, and not really getting the full production value.  Can you dolly the drone right, while rotating left, to keep that company sign in the correct framing? The biggest issue with all the drone work is safety.  While SFilms carries liability insurance specifically for drone…

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