Brief descriptions of some books that I read this month and a review of a cost-effective follow-focus.
Read The Five C's of Cinematography. Thoroughly enjoyable. Even though it was probably written in the 50's. There are a lot of great ideas in there and explanations why things are shot a certain way. A wealth of information on topics such as Camera Angle, Continuity, Cutting, Close-Ups, and Composition(if you guessed it, you're right - those are the 5 C's!).
Also, read The 30 Second Storyteller: The Art and Business of Directing Commercials. Explains the various genres/niches of commercials one might direct(ie Car, Liquids, Kids, Comedy, Storytelling, etc) and also takes you through the production of a commercial firsthand, from pre-production to post. Another great read, especially for understanding more than just the technical aspects of shooting a commercial.
Served as a shooter for the Live From Dan's musical performance series shot in Dan's Silverleaf in Denton and hosted by kxt.org radio personality Paul Slavens. Here's a picture of me opping camera(Sorry to post a pic of myself - couldn't help it - the image is so cool!). It was a blast - met some good people, got a free Guinness, and learned a little about shooting for live broadcast. Here's a link to all of the episodes uploaded so far, in case you were interested in checking it out. The episode I helped shoot is not up yet, but hopefully soon. Hopefully, they'll put some of the behind the scenes stuff I shot with my 7D in there as well!
For Christmas, I received a Jag35 D-Focus, which I'm happy to say, is pretty darn cool. It gives the same functionality as pro ff's I've used for a fraction of the price. I have a spec commercial coming up that is being shot to put up on poptent.net, which is a site where filmmakers can post spec spots and corporate entities can purchase them, and I can't wait to use it on the shoot. OMG