Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Bunch of New Videos!



Mikala Love Test shots...

This month, I also shot another video for Allan K. Phreshly, a video for Envy & Fancy, Travla, and Loony Lee & Kid Magic.

Check out Loony Lee and Kid Magic's "Go Ham" Video:

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

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Monday, October 18, 2010

This is going to be an EPIC weekend.

Yes, this weekend is going to be an action packed and full of epicness! What I mean is, I'm going to be entering Sprint's EPIC CONTEST, judged by MICHAEL FREAKING BAY!

This friday, I'm going to be gathering up a group of people to film 5 EPIC Mini-Movies! I'll be submitting them to the Sprint Epic Contest, and the top 10 finalists are going to be judged by Michael Bay (Director of Transformers, Bad Boys, Pearl Harbor, The Rock, etc).

Can't wait to go film this thing!

I'll also be shooting 2 music videos during this long 5 day weekend for rappers called Flyboy and Duet Preme in MN. So stay the f*** tuned!

Another music video!

Last weekend I directed another music video for a local artist named Checho called "Rocking Ego" featuring Allan K. Phreshly (I did his last music video) and this guy named Dio.

I used my Canon T2i again with my new (old) Chinon 55mm 1.7 lens and the T2i's handy ol' kit lens. Here's the video! It'll be up on my YouTube Channel soon soon with all the tech details.

CHECK IT OUT!


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Chinon 55mm Multi-Coated f/1.7...

I recently just got a new lens for my Canon T2i. It's a cheap but really good lens. It's the Chinon 55mm MC (Multi-coated) f/1.7. It's an old M42 lens for film cameras from the early 70s and earlier. The image quality is just as good, maybe even better than a lot of today's lenses, and it was relatively cheap. I got it for $70.
The only thing that I don't like about is that there is no autofocus and that it needs a special adapter ring to work with canon EOS cameras. I may upload a test video to youtube soon.



Music video for Young Rocky - "Touch The Sky"

I also made a music video for another local rapper, Young Rocky. This dude is pretty famous, and his stuff is really good too. Check out the music video I made for him. All shot with the Canon T2i, 18-55mm kit lens, ND8 filter, & the MiniDV Stabilizer.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Music video for "Ain't No Half Steppin" by Allan K. Phreshly coming soon.

Today, I met up with a local rapper in Minnesota named Allan Kyariga AKA Allan K. Phreshly. We met up with some people to film a music video for his song: "Ain't No Half Steppin". It took a bit longer than expected and we ran into some problems along the way, but we got it done, and it's looking pretty cool!


It was a pretty fun time.
MUSIC VIDEO COMING SOON!

Switching to a new computer.

This new computer is stronger, better and faster (guess what that's from) than my older one.
This really doesn't concern my videos that much except that stuff will be a little bit faster edit and render, and I'll have more space.

Yeah, YOU ALL CARE!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Canon Rebel T2i - A Revolutionary Camera

Yeah I know I'm a few months late, but I finally got the newish DSLR called the Canon Rebel T2i (actually the Japanese version called the Kiss X4). Now let me tell you. This camera is something.
If you set everything just right on this camera, you can get a professional looking Hollywood movie look, for under $900. That's still pretty expensive, but only a few years ago it would cost thousands and thousands of dollars for a camera with the same kind of video quality. But times have changed.

Although I mostly use it for video. It's really a photography camera for pictures. I recently met up with a rap group I know called Illusionari Ent., and did a quick photo-shoot with them. Shot with the cheap Canon kit lens EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS.

Check their MySpace out here, and Facebook here!

Tommorow I'll probably be uploading two videos to YouTube. The first one will be my first Canon T2i test video, then the next will be a quick promo video for Illusionari Co. Shot with the Canon T2i and the kit lens!

Btw, to those who say the kit lens sucks. WRRROOOONG. It's not the BEST, but it's definitely REALLY FREAKIN' GOOD FOR THE PRICE.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Planning something big here...

Well I'm back guys. Lately, I've been thinking about making a full length feature film. Well that's exactly what I plan on doing this fall. I'm working on characters and concepts and writing the first draft of a script for it. I'm not gonna' go into too much detail, but it's going to be a time travel action movie.


Maybe when I get the first draft done, I'll release a 1 sentence summary of it or something.

SO BE EXCITED GUYS!

Also, I'll try to get some shorts out while I'm working on this.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Will be gone for 10 days...

Hey guys, I'm going to be gone for about 10 days starting tommorow. My family and I are going on a trip to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. So, yeah. The chances are that I won't be able to get on the internet or anything during this time period. So if you need to contact me, then you can email me, leave a message on the chatbox, Youtube message me, or post something on my facebook fan page or something. I'll most likely reply! The links are all above!

I'll probably be writing down some movie ideas, and starting on some scripts while I'm gone. So expect some cool new stuff while I'm gone!

I may upload some pictures or something from my family. Not sure.

If you haven't subscribed to my YouTube channel, then do that NOW.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

What I'm working on right now...

Right now I'm working on something cool. It's a parody/spoof of the Last Airbender Trailer: "The Last Shyamalan Movie". I know it's kinda late, since the movie came out a month ago, but whatever. Hopefully it'll still get a reasonable amount of views.

Btw, the Last Airbender should be M. Night Shyamalan's last movie. It was just crap. My trailer parody pokes fun at the movie a lot. So if you hated the movie, then you should love this upcoming video. It also has some seriousness in it, well kinda. Well the effects look serious, in my opinion.

You guys also get to see me running around like a firebender! HOOHAAA!!! PEW PEW PEW!!! BOOM! Firebending! HIYAA!!! Haha, no seriously. Well here are some screenshots:




So if you have seen The Last Airbender and all of it's horribleness, or even if you've just seen the trailer, then this video is for you.



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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

MiniDV Stabilizer Review - from Balvanz Enterprises

If you've been following my videos, you probably know that I have been using the MiniDV Stabilizer (previously the MiniDV Steadycam) from Balvanz Enterprises in my videos to create smooth camera movement which resembles Hollywood movies.

The MiniDV Stabilizer is exactly what it sounds like. It's a camcorder stabilizer that works best with small camcorders like MiniDV Camcorders. It supports camcorders ranging from 1 pound to 2 and a Quarter pounds. Although the maximum and minimum weight limits can easily be pushed above and below the advertised limit with the right weight settings and modifications. Right now I'm using a Canon HV30 on my MiniDV Stabilizer, which balances greatly because it weighs just above 1 pound.  It is great for DSLRs or HD-DSLRS too. Although, before I had my HV30, I used to be using a JVC Everio flash memory camcorder which only weighs a few ounces. That was a challenge to balance on the MiniDV Stabilizer.

All camcorder stabilizers basically work the same. They involve a process of balancing your camcorder on the stabilizer, by accurately positioning the camcorder and placing the correct amount of counterweights on the bottom to compensate for the camera weight. A more in depth tutorial on balancing your MiniDV Stabilizer can be found here. To balance my JVC Everio I actually needed to add weight into the top mount bracket because the camera was so light, but after a lot of trial and error, I got it. As I said before, if your camera is at least 1 pound, then balancing should be very easy.

The MiniDV Stabilizer is a great and very handy little accessory. It is one of the cheapest camcorder stabilizers on the market actually. It only costs about $99, and it actually creates very smooth movement, unlike many other cheap stabilizers. It isn't as good as a professional Steadicam such as the Steadicam Merlin or Steadicam Pilot, but you wouldn't expect it to be since those range from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars. If you balance the MiniDV Stabilizer JUST RIGHT, then in my opinion, the footage becomes comparable to a GLIDECAM. Although not many videos online show the stabilizer at perfect balance or with its full potential.

The MiniDV Stabilizer is designed pretty well too. It's made out of metal, not sure what kind though so excuse my ignorance in that department. It's very sturdy, and it's also very very easy to modify and accessorize. The head area is detachable from the pole and camera mount plate, so you can extend the MiniDV Stabilizer with the help of the 3 inch extension kit, which allows you to surpass the weight limit and bring it up to about 3 pounds. The MiniDV Stabilizer has a flat bottom, so you could put it on a table and use it as a tabletop tripod (although you can't change the head angle like a tripod). The key piece in the stabilizer that helps keep it steady is the gimbal handle.

There are a few cons with the MiniDV Stabilizer though. One thing that bothers me is that getting low angles can be a little bit tough, because the top of the gimbal can bump the bottom of the camera mounting plate when trying to get low angles. This is because there isn't much space in between the mounting plate and the gimbal. It's not a big problem, but it can be annoying at times. The solution to this low angle problem would be to crouch down or turn the MiniDV stabilizer 90 degrees to the side to get a low angle.
The only other con with it is that the paint on the center pole seems a bit cheap, and starts to peel off after alot of contact. This doesn't affect performance, but it's a slight problem.

I would have liked it if the stabilizer was extend-able without having to buy the extension kit, and it would be great if you could change the position of the gimbal along the center pole. But, with those problems aside, the MiniDV Stabilizer is a great product for the price, and a great product overall! I recommend it to anyone who wants to get smooth camera movement without having to spend too much money.

The MiniDV Stabilizer gets a score of:

8 out of 10

To see videos made with the MiniDV Stabilizer, go to my Youtube channel, balvanzenterprises.com, or watch my demo reel on the top left of this page which shows some stabilizer footage.

Good stuff to come guys!

Lately I have has tons of new ideas for feature films, short films, little comedy skits, parodies and etc. Expect alot of interesting stuff to come. I don't want to reveal any of my ideas right now because I don't want anyone to steal them (*evil laugh*). If my little brother cooperates, I should have a quick 1-2 minute video done by tomorrow. The idea seems funny to me, hopefully you guys think it's funny.

I've noticed that I'm gaining YouTube subscribers pretty quickly. I only started uploading videos about 2 months ago, and I'm already at almost 400 subscribers! Come on let's get that up to 1000 by the end of the summer!

Maybe I should just follow the popular YouTube trend? Talk to the camera about stuff, look good, and then I'd get a bunch of subscribers easily. But that's just not what I do now.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Longest (and funnest) 48 Hours ever!

Last weekend, my team and I worked hard and made a movie for the Minneapolis 48 Hour Film Project.

On Friday at Walden Entertainment, we got our assigned Genre, and our city got it's assigned Character, Prop, and Line of Dialogue. Originally we were assigned the Drama genre, but we traded that in for a random Wild Card Genre, so we ended up getting Historical Fiction/Period Piece. We dealt with it.
We stayed up all night on Friday, June 18th, to outline the story, eat junk food, drink caffeine filled drinks, and write the script.
Then after like 20 minutes of sleep, we left at 5:00 AM Saturday morning to go film some scenes. Filming went surprisingly well, except for one scene that we really had to rush, due to poor planning, poor locations, and because we had to rush it a lot (long story). We filmed until about 2 PM on Saturday, but we had plenty of breaks in between scenes. So I had plenty of time to spare for editing. I expected everything to go smoothly.

So I got home at around 3-4 PM on Saturday to start the editing. I had to get all the footage out of the tape and convert them to editable formats. Taking footage out of the tapes and onto the computer happens in real-time. Since I recorded about 40 minutes of footage altogether, it took about 40 minutes to get onto the computer. Then it took another hour and a half to convert all that footage. So I never really got started editing until around 6-7 PM. I edited a full 1080p24 project in Premiere Pro CS3, with 5.1 Surround Sound. Surround Sound mixing is a challenge, but I got through it. I stayed up until about 4 AM editing, then I woke up at around 8 AM on Sunday to keep editing. I finished editing the movie at around noon. Then I spent most of my time after that until 3 PM just fixing the finishing touches, adding credits, and music and stuff like that.
Then the producer stopped by to check up on the editing process and get some papers signed. I figured that I should start rendering.

Rendering went fine, and quick since we had to render in Standard Definition instead of HD. But the real problem came when trying to put the movie on a DVD with Adobe Encore. Encore was being all screwy (I was new to the program), and when I finally got it to burn a DVD, I found out that it only worked on PCs, and not normal DVD players. So I spend hours until around 6 just trying to get a good DVD out. Then I realized I was running out of time, because the deadline was at 7:30. So I decided I would just drop the surround sound, and stop messing with Adobe Encore, and just use Windows DVD Maker, and submit a Quicktime file on a USB flash drive. So I rendered a WMV file and burned it to DVD with Windows DVD Maker, and I rendered a Quicktime file and put it on my USB drive, and rushed back to Walden Entertainment to turn in the movie, and I made it there, by 7:00 sharp.

Here is the trailer!


We got our movie in on time, and I was relieved. I almost died. :)

Friday, June 18, 2010

48 Hour Film Project........ Starts Tonight!

Dun dun dun... this summer... dun dun dun... a movie... dun dun DUN... will be made... dun DUN DUN... In less than 48 hours... DUN DUN DUN... for a big film festival in Minneapolis that will be completely awesome... DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN.

Okay this weekend. I got a mini-crew together, and we are going to make a movie for the 48 Hour film Project in Minneapolis.

Today we are going to get our assigned genre, prop, and character to include.
Tommorow we are going to be filming like crazy all day.
Then on Sunday I'll edit like my life depends on it so I can get in the finished project by 7:30 PM.

Expect the movie to be on YouTube, Facebook, and Vimeo within a week or two.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Here is that cabin footage I shot! Looks great!

Okay, here is that edited footage from my Cabin. It looks freakin' cool in my opinion. What do you guys think?

I tried to give the video a Michael Bay style look (minus the explosions)

I call it Bay-Vision!

Bay-Vision: Canon HV30 from Ben Hughes on Vimeo.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Filmed some new stuff at my cabin!

My family and I were at our cabin this weekend. I filmed more Canon HV30 test footage, and I also filmed a super quick SHORT movie involving the doll from Alive. I also took a bunch of pictures. The test footage and pictures will be going up on my Vimeo account soon.

Friday, May 28, 2010

5 Movies that Michael Bay was born to make...

 

Michael Bay, the infamous film director who made many big budget action movies such as Transformers, Bad Boys, Armaggedon and the Rock. Michael Bay's movies are all fast paced, high budget, and up-in-your face extravaganzas full of explosions. They also lack one thing: a good plot. The Rock and the Island are two minor exceptions to that. The rest of his movies have below-par storylines. Which can be okay in some movies like Transformers, but it was taken WAAAY too far in Transformers 2.

Although, some movies aren't meant to have good plots, they're just meant to be fun for the target audiences. Here are some movies that have below par storylines that Michael Bay could have EASILY pulled off:

1. The Fast and The Furious Series

2. 007

3. The Mission Impossible Movies

4. 

5.

Leave a comment down below on what the other 2 should be!


Monday, May 24, 2010

Here's how it's going down... 48 hour film festival...

Alright. My YouTube channel has just been set up a few weeks ago, and so far it has been progressing really really well. I already have about 182 subscribers.

I expect that number to increase dramatically soon after I release some new videos that I'm planning.

I ordered a nice 12 foot long portable camera crane from ebay, but it hasn't arrived yet. I'll be able to use it to create some awesome looking shots though.

Um... oh yea! This summer I'll be entering a film festival called the 48 Hour Film Project, where I'm going to be gathering a whole movie crew, and we'll have to write, shoot, and edit a movie within 48 hours. It shall be cool.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

New Blog!

Hey guys this is Ben, just welcoming you guys to my blog and stuff. Here I will be keeping you all updated on my movies and anything else that I think is worth blogging about.