Mitch Martinez - Director of Photography

Everlit music video – Behind the Scenes

Everlit music video – Behind the Scenes

This blog entry shows some of the behind the scenes and making of shots for the Everlit music video, “Break Away” - featuring Daniel Sickles in the narrative.  The band delivers a heavy, driving, mid-tempo hard rock song that needed a music video that fit the song well,…

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Maps to the Stars – Red Band Trailer (Focus Films)

Maps to the Stars – Red Band Trailer (Focus Films)

It is a great honor to have my stock footage used heavily throughout the red band trailer for David Cronenberg’s new film, Maps to the Stars.  The movie stars Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska, and Robert Pattinson. Many thanks to the editing house that…

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Fandango Exclusive Trailer (Lionsgate)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Fandango Exclusive Trailer (Lionsgate)

Fandango sometimes has their own exclusive trailers.  One such trailer is for the worldwide blockbuster, the Hunger Games: Mockingjay.  Fandango and MovieClips’  ”Ultimate Revolution” trailer features a few shots of my stock footage.  My content starts and finishes the video off – including a fireball…

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Orson Welles’ – F for Fake – Criterion Collection Blu-Ray

Orson Welles’ – F for Fake – Criterion Collection Blu-Ray

October 21, 2014 marks the official release blu-ray release of Orson Welles’, F for Fake – released by the Criterion Collection.  I am overwhelmingly pleased to say that my stock footage played a part in the packaging design, DVD face, and program menus. When I…

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Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For (Miramax)

Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For (Miramax)

It’s a true honor to have some of my footage grace the screen in Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For – Directed by Robert Rodriguez and featuring an incredible, all-star cast.  It lays background for a scene with  Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Johnny) and Julia…

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So You Think You Can Dance (Fox Network)

So You Think You Can Dance (Fox Network)

It’s a privilege and an honor to have some of my stock footage used on the hit Fox Network tv show, So You Think You Can Dance.  With Season 11, the show toured the country for auditions in different cities.  Episode 3 of that season…

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Ten beginner tips for being on set (camera and lighting dept)

Ten beginner tips for being on set (camera and lighting dept)

You’ve got to start somewhere and experienced crew members won’t expect you to know everything when it’s your first day on set…  I see a lot of common mistakes by recent college grads, interns, and sometimes experienced crew that should know better.  The fact that…

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Product Review: GiniRigs 19mm Baseplate + Dovetail

Product Review:  GiniRigs 19mm Baseplate + Dovetail

Today’s post will take a closer look at the GiniRigs 19mm Baseplate + Dovetail.   Specs and Overview: The base has fifteen 3/8″-16 holes for attaching your camera.  The front and back edges of the base plate has a row of 1/4″-20 holes drilled for…

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Reducing weight on the RED camera rig (target: 5kg/11lbs)

Reducing weight on the RED camera rig (target: 5kg/11lbs)

I recently found myself in the position where I needed to get my camera rig down to 5kg (11lbs) for a few upcoming shoots.  I knew this would be a challenge but turned out to be much more than I expected.  Here’s what I found:…

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Product Review: Cinematics CT.2 – 50mm f1.4 Canon Lens

Product Review:  Cinematics CT.2 – 50mm f1.4 Canon Lens

It’s a recent development that I’ve been putting together a “run and gun” Canon mount lens set for use with my RED Epic camera.  This is primarily for lower budget shoots that aren’t bringing on cine glass for the production.  My Canon mount adventures with…

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Five reasons to talk to your DP during the pre-production process

Five reasons to talk to your DP during the pre-production process

Make no mistake about it, pre-production preparation can make or break a shoot.  Many projects can have months of preparation but allow less than two weeks of principle photography.  Time is of the essence!  With the trend of shrinking budgets, a common result is compromised…

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Buying 3rd Party Camera Accessories – A resource list + notes

Buying 3rd Party Camera Accessories – A resource list + notes

You have a camera.  You want some accessories to make your shooting experience easier.  Most camera manufacturers want you to buy only their accessories – but the truth is there are a LOT of great 3rd party manufacturers that can save you money on your…

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Tips for editing show reels / demo reels / cinematography reels

Tips for editing show reels / demo reels / cinematography reels

There are a lot of demo reels out there.  Some are very impressive – others are not so impressive.  What can you do to make the best impression with someone that’s seeing your work for the first time?  In this entry, we’re going to go…

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360° Vertical Roll – Motorized Camera Move

360° Vertical Roll – Motorized Camera Move

This all started with a director showing me a reference video and asking if there was anything we could do in a similar vein.  It was wild.  It was crazy.  It was something I had never done before… and I LOVE a challenge.  So began…

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Renting Gear vs. Buying Gear

Renting Gear vs. Buying Gear

To rent or to buy is kind of the eternal question when it comes to film gear.  In this entry we’ll be going over the various factors and questions you should answer to help identify whether it’s a good idea to purchase gear or simply…

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A few notes about high frame rate (slow motion)

A few notes about high frame rate (slow motion)

Slow motion footage is inherently awesome.  The simplest things look epic.   From an entry level DSLR shooting 60fps to the Phantom series cameras that shoot up to several thousand frames per second, today’s technology lets us push the boundaries of high frame rate shooting.  If…

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Product Review: Paralinx Arrow

Product Review:  Paralinx Arrow

Wireless video transmission has only recently become a reality for film sets.  True, it’s been around for a while in limited capacities but in the past handful of years it’s really blossomed into something great.  There are a handful of companies offering products in this…

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HDR Workflow in After Effects (RED Epic Footage)

HDR Workflow in After Effects (RED Epic Footage)

HDR is short for High Dynamic Range.  In short, it’s a way to get more latitude visually than your sensor can do on its own with a single exposure.  Still cameras often do this with bracketing or an external triggering device that allows many exposures…

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Let’s talk about f stops…

Let’s talk about f stops…

Aperture.  Iris.  F Stops.  T Stops.  Light Meters. Histograms…  A lot of people don’t know enough about these topics and of course, the more you know – the better you can craft your images. One of the first things that people think of when talking…

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Product Review: Lens Baby System

Product Review:  Lens Baby System

The Lens Baby system has been around for a while.  I remember checking it out at their booth at NAB 08 and being intrigued by it but never really saw any high resolution footage that was shot on it.  The effect is really quite niche…

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