• Spielberg ‘Lincoln’ adds Tommy Lee Jones and more…


    Steven Spielberg went to town this week casting his upcoming Abraham Lincoln biopic, which already had Daniel Day-Lewis in place as Lincoln and Sally Field as his wife, Mary Todd.

    Sally Field

    Joining them in the film, based on Pulitzer-winning biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals, will be Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Hawkes, and a dozen other thesps.

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    Who else will log time inLincoln?


    According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jones will play Republican congressman Thaddeus Stevens while Gordon-Levitt steps into the role of Abe ‘n’ Mary Todd’s eldest son, Robert.

    Also joining the cast will be Hal Holbrook, James Spader, John Hawkes, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Joseph Cross, David Costabile, Byron Jennings, Dakin Matthews, Boris McGiver, Gloria Reuben, Jeremy Strong, and David Warshofsky.

    From DreamWorks Studios:

    Based on the best-selling book, Team of Rivals, by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, the screenplay has been written by the Pulitzer Prize winner, Tony Award winner, and Academy Award nominated writer Tony Kushner. It will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg.

    The film will focus on the political collision of Lincoln and the powerful men of his cabinet on the road to abolition and the end of the Civil War.

    Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones will play Thaddeus Stevens, a Republican leader and powerful congressman from Pennsylvania in the U.S. House of Representatives. Stevens was a staunch supporter of abolishing slavery and was critical to writing the legislation that funded the American Civil War.

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, known for his roles in “Inception,” “(500) Days of Summer,” and next year’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” will take on the role of Robert Todd Lincoln, eldest son of President Lincoln and the only one to live past his teenage years.


  • Spielberg will film ‘Lincoln’ in Richmond and Petersburg, VA!


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    Steven Spielberg said "remarkable period architecture" in Richmond and Petersburg was a factor in deciding to film here

    Hollywood directing icon Steven Spielberg will film his upcoming historical drama, “Lincoln,” in the Richmond and Petersburg area.

    Gov. Bob McDonnell today announced that the film, based on the book “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin, will begin filming in the fall. The movie is slated for release in 2012.

    Academy Award-winning actors Daniel Day-Lewis will play Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field will play Mary Todd Lincoln.

    The news is a score for McDonnell who has pumped up the state’s film incentive fund. The incentive package includes $1 million from the Governor’s Motion Picture Opportunity Fund, $2.5 million from the Virginia Motion Picture Tax Credit program and $1.1 million in in-kind contributions, according to McDonnell’s office.

    The amount of funding awarded to a project is based on Virginia workers hired and the purchase of Virginia based goods and services, according to the governor’s office.

    “We are honored that Steven Spielberg, an award-winning and visionary film maker, has chosen the commonwealth for this important film. It is especially notable coming during the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and emancipation,” McDonnell said. “Steven is an exceptional storyteller who brings historic themes to life on screen, resulting in such important and influential films as ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ ‘Schindler’s List,’ ‘Munich and the mini-series ‘Band of Brothers.’ I have no doubt that ‘Lincoln’ will quickly join the ranks of those famous works.”

    Spielberg said, in the news release, that “Virginia’s rich historic legacy, coupled with the remarkable period architecture found in Richmond and Petersburg, make Central Virginia the ideal location for this production.”

    Courtesy Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • A DSLR, AG-AF100 rental house in Los Angeles


    Film Source LA can be found at this link:

  • Inside HDSLR Filmmaking – Create Stunning DSLR Imagery with Unlimited Possibilities


    Check out the Vimeo video from my friend and Grammy winning artist: Douglas Spotted Eagle.  I was able to get sync’d up with him at the December GVExpo! Another door opening??

    “HDSLR Film and video production is immensely popular, for good reason! Stunning imagery and unlimited possibilities are at your fingertips with a DSLR camcorder. Raymond Schlogel and Douglas Spotted Eagle expose all aspects of HDSLR film and video on this two and one half hour training DVD. From lenses to metering, to preparation and peripherals, Douglas and Ray show you how to get the most out of DSLR film and video production.”

  • Resolution Post in Northern Virginia


    Meeting with the owner for potential larger venue for monthly meetings and a facility with higher speed internet service for live/video on demand opportunities.

    President and DCFCPUG Leader

  • Movie Madness at DCFCPUG


    Come see Joe and Rodney (FCP Leader) at the GVEXPO on 1 December!

    2010 has been a year of 1sts:

    • 1st year running the DCFCPUG as President
    • 1st year participating in FCPUGnetwork SUPERMEETS in San Francisco and Las Vegas
    • 1st year selected as Lead Audio Engineer for the Digital Production BuZZ talk radio show for NAB!
    • 1st year selected as Lead article for the SUPER MAGAZINE
    • 1st year selected as Technical Production Manager for Miami Exotic Car Rally
    • 1st year selected on crew for a major Hollywood Feature Film – “At the Top of the Pyramid”
    • 1st year doing a special event at the Government Video Expo
    • 1st year managing a crew of reporters for the Digital Production BuZZ coverage of the GVEXPO
    • 1st year selected to be interview by the Digital Production BuZZ Thanksgiving Show for 2010

    What’s next for 2011? Stay tuned… It involves YOU and me!

    Today is the day that I interview on the radio so take a moment to comment on this post so the world can see that DCFCPUG is here, alive and kicking!



    Your fearless Leader and advocate!
    Happy Holidays – DCFCPUG and world at large!

    Rodney Mitchell


  • How To Shoot Kickass Video From a Helicopter


    Adam Boozer is an amazingly talented videographer in Charleston, SC. His company Jewell and Ginnie has been making a big splash with very cinematic video here in the low country and throughout the southeast. Last night Adam emailed FS a BTS video he created on how he sets up his camera for these incredible aerial shots. Besides having the access to a Robinson R44 Helicopter, the actual setup isn’t that complicated: A Canon 5D MKII, a Zacuto Follow Focus, a Marshall Monitor, and the piece that stabilizes it all together, the Tyler Mini Gyro. I’ve posted the highlight reel here so click the full post to see the BTS video on how Adam is getting these shots!


    Courtesy F-Stoppers

  • How to Shoot Snowboard Photography

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    Lee Morris and I decided it would be fun to feature a professional snowboard photographer on the front page of fstoppers. So we packed up all the cameras and headed out to Frisco, Colorado to see what our friend Dave Lehl could do to shed light on the amazing world of snowboard photography. I had no idea what we were about to get ourselves into when Dave told us he was shooting some professional snowboarders in the back country of Vail Pass and we should tag along to document it all. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering what goes on during a snowboard photoshoot or just enjoy the sport, check out our profile video on Dave Lehl and be prepared to be amazed!
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    Check out more of Dave’s work at www.davelehl.com

    Courtesy F-Stoppers

  • So, you’re an editor…

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides (May 2011 release)


    Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, Gemma Ward… awesome….

    We are a “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series fan in my household… and now we have another reason to watch it.

    Congrats to actress, Van Vander Pluym and her current stunt work on Pirates 4! A few of us DCFCPUG members got to work with Vanessa over the summer on the feature film, “At the Top of the Pyramid”!

    Keep up the good work, Vanessa and I’ll be sure to keep the lines of communication open since one day you might stop in to visit us at the DCFCPUG!     ;-)

    We will be watching you on True Blood, Pirates , etc

    For more on Vannessa’s work, go to her site at: Vanessa Vander Pluym

    Rodney Mitchell
    President and Apple Ambassador
    Washington DC Metro Final Cut Pro Users Group