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Share Your Videos / "Trinket" epic fantasy/adventure short! (550D)
« on: November 28, 2014, 12:04:07 AM »

Shot with Canon T2i w/Magic Lantern


When her little sister finds a mysterious Trinket in the woods, Amber is forced into an adventure beyond imagination. To survive, she must find a hidden gateway, free a lonely wizard, and confront a powerful and desperate sorcerer.
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Development for Trinket started in 2012 and began production after a successful IndieGoGo campaign, raising little over $3600. Production lasted for seven days over the course of six months with post-production taking over a year to complete. I wrote, directed, edited, did sound-design as well as all of the visual effects for the film.

I spent just a little over $5,100 to produce the short film. It was shot on Canon T2i with the Magic Lantern software (not RAW), shot entirely with a Rokinon 35mm Lens. Sound was captured using Rode Microphones. The film was edited on Adobe Premiere Pro, VFX shots done entirely inside of After Effects, utilizing assets from VideoCopilot, Rampant Design, as well as my own original content.

Color-Correction + Grade was done by Casey Faris ( and was finalized with Film Convert and VisionColor's M31 LUT.

The original music is by Nathan Allen Pinard.

Starring: Peter Anthony Holden, Madeleine Young, Hunter O'Guinn, and Abigail Young.
Executive Producers: Kym Cornett, D.L. Watson
Associate Producers: Richard Hart, Brian Wardell
Casting: Kate Young, D.L. Watson
Audio: Nick Blacketer
Makeup: Juliette Sanchez


Raw Video Postprocessing / Neat Video Best Denoiser for ML RAW
« on: October 28, 2013, 02:59:02 PM »
Hey folks, just wanted to give you a quick look at the differences when using Neat Video on your RAW ML footage. It's a great and powerful noise reduction plugin and in my experience works much better cleaning and preserving details in the shadows than denoiser.

Share Your Videos / "Dichotomy" 50D Magic Lantern RAW short film
« on: October 08, 2013, 07:24:57 AM »
After being pointlessly confronted, a quiet mechanic must contend with his darker, more sinister self.

Shot on the Canon 50D with a Rokinon 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens
RAW with Magic Lantern RAW

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed the film. Please consider following if your liked it. Thanks!


Hey Magic Lantern users, my short film TRINKET now has an official website and a teaser trailer! Magic Lantern is a tool I used on my toy-like Canon T2i to shoot this upcoming 15 minute short film with. I'm excited to show you the teaser trailer and provide a website with how this project came to be - and eventually how Magic Lantern helped.

Watch the Teaser Trailer here:

A fantasy adventure film about a young girl whose soul has been captured and imprisoned within a trinket. She must return to her world, free a wizard and stop an evil sorcerer before he consumes the world in darkness.

Check it out, enjoy and please help by sharing!

Raw Video / Flatz ACR Preset - Magic Lantern RAW (Updated 8/18/13)
« on: August 09, 2013, 12:38:58 AM »

RAW is great. So much detail. So much more information. But lets face it, it takes up a lot of space and Davinci Resolve doesn't quite perform well with it (yet).

I've developed (and recently updated) a Adobe Camera RAW preset that will capture the available dynamic and allow you to render it into a high-quality format (such as DNxHD, ProRes HQ, or Cineform).


Now, this preset will not be for everyone. You will be converting available dynamic range to perceived dynamic range, however, if you render out to a 10-bit or higher format, you will be making a huge leap in quality than what you can get out of a H.264. And let me stress that the preset does a fairly good job getting all the information that could be used in RAW in whatever format you decide render to.

And this allows you to use your prefered color-correction software to get the look you want without breaking the bank on drives.


  • Open and Import your footage into After Effects
  • Click on the small drop-down menu and select Load Settings
  • Locate and choose the Flatz Preset
  • Adjust White Balance and Done!



Just an FYI, I've updated the Flatz Profile!

Version 2.4 Skin tone bug solved! Significantly improved flat profile! Works with Duel ISO!

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