About James DeRuvo

James has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. A writer about the technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James is also an award winning film director, having garnered a Telly Award for his short film Searching for Inspiration. He's also worked as a producer of many talk radio programs in Los Angeles with topics ranging from entertainment to travel to technology.

Avengers: Age of Ultron Stunt Scenes Shot on Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Avengers: Age of Ultron IMAX Poster 2

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Got a cool press release today from Blackmagic, discussing how the 2nd unit stunt scenes in Avengers: Age of Ultron were shot using the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Because of its grittier and darker themes, cinematographer Ben Davis thought the BMPCC was ideally … [Read more...]

Filmmaking 101: Bungee Cam Turns Your Car Into A Defacto Gimbal Stabilizer


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Man, I wish I could afford a Freefly MōVI. Even the M5 is a bit out of my price range these days. Sadly, so is the lower cost cousin in the DJI Ronin-M. I could go with less expensive models from overseas, but while I do have some basic DIY skills, I think that … [Read more...]

With Version 12, DaVinci Resolve Becomes A Full-Blown NLE


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Blackmagic has been gradually adding additional features to DaVinci Resolve ever since they acquired the company back in 2009, but up until this year, it was still a great color grading app. But with version 11, we started seeing Resolve become much more thanks to … [Read more...]

Doctor Who Returns To Comic-Con

Doctor Who

Peter Capaldi makes his first appearance in Hall H By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Marvel may not be making the trip to Comic-Con this year, but the news broke yesterday that Doctor Who is returning to Hall H and will kick off the four day confab with the first appearance of Peter Capaldi and … [Read more...]

PhoneDrone Turns Your Smartphone Into A Following UAV


Kickstarter Project We Love Turns Your Mobile Device into an autonomous aerial camera By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When we said at CES that drones would be everywhere, we really weren't kidding. Seems like every day we see a story about a new unmanned aerial vehicle that can get that … [Read more...]

GoPro CEO Reveals Drone Coming in 2016


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) GoPro CEO Nick Woodman let the cat out of the bag today when he revealed that GoPro was not only developing their own drone, but that it would be coming out in early 2016. Woodman said that 'follow me' technology and the advent of the drone as a personal selfie camera … [Read more...]

Review: Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Extravaganza


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) I had a blast last week, spending three days at Disneyland, and the best part was, I was working! That's because I was invited to Disneyland's 60th Anniversary Celebration, with sneak peaks of Disney's World of Color: Celebrate! at Disney California Adventure, … [Read more...]

Free Online Workshop Teaches Making Movies With Smartphones


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Thanks to improvements in the video cameras in smartphones, users can shoot in 1080p, and even 4K with the right app. Throw in a few add-on lenses and some rock solid apps, and suddenly the smartphone has become a cinematic, award-winning tool for mobile filmmaking, … [Read more...]

Want To Make Your Video Look Like Film? There’s An App For That, And It’s Free

Steve Hall Grain Pack

The only catch is, it's 720p. But you can upgrade for only about $22 from Steve Hall By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you're wanting to add some grain to your videos and make it look more cinematic, there's a free film look plugin you can get that can give you some 35mm grain. The only … [Read more...]

AJA Drops Price Of CION To Under $5,000


It's a temporary move, so act fast By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) AJA's CION grabbed a ton of attention at NAB 2014 with the hopes of a 4K Camera for under $10,000, but just a year later, that seems a bit pricey, doesn't it? It seems many filmmakers and videographers aren't impressed enough to … [Read more...]

Charter Communications To Buy Time Warner Cable


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Fresh from the ashes of their failed merger with Comcast, Time Warner Cable may have found a better suitor in Charter Communications. The proposed sale, at a reported $195 a share (approx $55B) will make Charter/Time Warner Cable a potent force in the cable and … [Read more...]

When Crowdfunding Goes Bad, Can There Be Any Recourse?


By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The really great thing about crowdfunding is that if you have an idea for a product or a movie, you can harness the power of the Internet and social media to raise the capital you need to bring your vision to life. But you had better have all your ducks in a row, and … [Read more...]

Blackmagic Goes To Cannes


Award winning films shot on Cinema Cameras By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Like Sundance before it, Cannes has had a huge presence for Blackmagic Design, with over 20 films screening and in competition that have been shot on Blackmagic cameras and/or have been color corrected on DaVinci Resolve. … [Read more...]

MIT Offers College-Level Film Classes Online For Free

MIT Open Courseware

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) For every budding filmmaker, the question of whether to go to film school is almost Shakespearean. To film school or not to film school. That is the question. Some believe that going the route of Robert Rodriguez or Kevin Smith is just as good as going to film schools … [Read more...]

Disneyland Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Neil Patrick Harris Mickey Mouse Disneyland 60

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The rest of this week is going to be a virtual non stop party for me. That's because I managed to get invited to Disneyland's 60th Anniversary Media Event ... a three day party culminating with another of Disney's famous (or infamous) 24-hour marathon park parties. … [Read more...]

Mad Max: Fury Road Filmed With ARRI ALEXA, Codex External Recorders

DP John Seale with ARRI Alexa
Image Credit: Cinematographer

Digital desert shoot the first for cinematographer John Seale By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) I gotta be honest, when I saw that George Miller was directing a new prequel chapter to the Mad Max saga, I wasn't too impressed. There was just something about it that said "meh" to me. But since Fury … [Read more...]

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