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The ever-brilliant Splice Here blog (soon to be Splice Now) by Steve Cohen lays out the perfect list of questions that every production should answer before they shoot one frame.  If you or someone on your production team can’t answer this question before you start shooting, STOP! and get it answered.  Not knowing the answer can get you in to trouble.  Original link: File-Based Basics « Splice Here.

  1. Production
    Which camera(s) are you using? Which audio recorder?
    What kinds of files are you creating?
    What frame rate, sample rate, timecode rate, raster size are you recording?
  2. Dailies
    Who’s doing them? What do you need for editing, review and conforming?
    Who syncs and how will they do it? Who backs up and when?
    How are drives being moved around; where are they stored?
  3. Editing
    What system will you use? What kind of drives/raid?
    How will you output cut material for review?
    What are you turning over to sound and music?
  4. Conforming
    Will you roll your own or have a post house do it?
    How do you handle visual effects created in your editing room?
    And those created by the vfx team?
    What kinds of files will you use for color correction?
    And for television, a crucial question — when do you convert to HD?

 

Thanks Steve!

In light of some potential work as a cameraman and my impending purchase of the new awesome Canon Rebel T2i, I’ve decided to do a post about my previous camera work.  Here is a sampling of some of my camera work over the years…

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Freddy & Francine – Live @ The Mint 2009

Directed, Shot, and Edited by Robert G. Wilson.  Additional camerawork by Adam Deyoe and Katharine Goldschmidt.  Read the full post here.

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Untitled Sketch Group – FunnyOrDie Internet Comedy Series.  Cinematography by Robert G. Wilson.  Episodes 2 & 3 edited by Robert G. Wilson.  Read the full post here.

At the time of uploading to Funny Or Die, they didn’t support HD uploads.  So, here are HD versions with links to the FOD originals.


USG Episode 2: FOD Link


USG Episode 3: FOD Link


USG Episode 4: FOD Link

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Milo – Emerson College BFA Thesis Documentary

I have been friends with J. Claude Deering, the writer/director of Untitled Sketch Group, since we were literally children.  Our families are great friends.  So literally, I jumped at the chance to work with him and our friends Chris Frontiero and Jared Swanson.  Turning Entourage on its head, USG is the story of a group of sketch comedians in Los Angeles who dream of success but find little of it.  I am the cinematographer of all four episodes and edited Episodes 2 and 3.

Untitled Sketch Group: Episode 1
A local LA sketch group get a meeting with a big agency.
Cinematography by Robert Grigsby Wilson
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Untitled Sketch Group: Episode 2
The gang pays a visit to Jonathan to make sure he’s doing them right…

Shot and Edited by Robert Grigsby Wilson.

Untitled Sketch Group: Episode 3
Chris tries to clean up the mess after his hit-and-run accident while Jared and Claude try unsuccessfully to brainstorm new sketch ideas.
Shot and Edited by Robert Grigsby Wilson.

Untitled Sketch Group: Episode 4
The guys from Untitled Sketch Group make a Boost Mobile ad.
Cinematography by Robert Grigsby Wilson
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The trailer I also edited for USG:

Katie Goldschmidt – Reel 2007

Katie Goldschmidt is a cinematographer friend of mine. We studied film in Prague together back in college. A couple years ago Katie applied to the AFI Conservatory for Cinematography and commissioned me to edit her reel. She was accepted and just recently graduated. Congrats Katie!

(I’m posting several old projects to get my blog caught up)