This Week's Web-links

At Digi-D we strive to give our clients the best product possible. As part of our effort to do so, we are constantly scouring the blogosphere studying the craft of filmmaking; keeping abreast of the latest developments.

Some of the articles we read may be of interest to others. So we will be posting some of these for your reading pleasure. Please note all links are the property of their original creators and in no way are we taking credit for their hard work. We merely wish to bring some topics of interest to light for the betterment of the cinematic community.


CDB Explains | E01 The Technocrane

This tutorial explains everything you want to know about technocranes and their applications in modern day filmmaking (budget permitting of course).


The Technocrane is a telescoping camera crane that can move the camera with 7 Axis of freedom. It is a required tool on major feature films, commercials, and music videos. If you are a filmmaker interested in learning about the Technocrane, but haven’t had the opportunity to work with one on set, then this video will get you up to speed.

Author: Matt Workman



Getting Even Skin Tones and Preserving Texture in DaVinci Resolve 12.5

This tutorial explains a new way to achieve smooth skintones while retaining edge sharpness, much like highpass sharpening in Phototshop.

In a previous post, we’ve already covered an essential post-production technique that can help colourists to fix up skin tones and remove skin blemishes in DaVinci Resolve 12 on multiple occasions. Typically, you can easily do so by isolating the skin in a mask and then reduce the Midtone Detail. The problem with this approach, however, is that it also smooths out the texture of a talent’s face and could make it even look too unnatural and “plastic” in a way. In the comprehensive video tutorial below, colourist Dallis Swiatek from Deep Color Media reveals an alternative workflow for getting even skin tones in Resolve 12.5.

Author: Vlady Radev May 6, 2016

Film Breakdowns


Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC: Lighting Sicario

The master cinematographer Roger Deakins breaks down the lighting setups for his blockbuster Sicario.

Roger Deakins is a world-famous cinematographer whose credits include 1984, Sid and Nancy, Barton Fink, The Shawshank Redemption, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, Jarhead, No Country for Old Men, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Skyfall, Prisoners and Unbroken.

by Benjamin B



posted by orlando noa

orlando is co-owner of digital decaf and a photographer / cinematographer . Despite his youthful appearance, he brings 30 years of production experience to the set.  Several of the works featured on this site have been DP'd and edited by him.