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Post Hurricane Survival Guide & Rental Generator Hacks

Hurricane Irma has come and gone and Moving Picture Rental is still experiencing post-storm effects. Luckily, we have rental generator and hurricane relief supplies! Since 1991 we’ve been through many storms starting with Hurricane Andrew that devastated Miami and Homestead.  We’ve learned and we’re ready to endure a CAT 4 or 5. However, we’ve discovered in the immediate aftermath of a storm, that no power, no gas and poor communication can be even more trying.  In fact, four days prior to Hurricane Irma we prepped our rental generators that we normally rent to the film industry. We had all of ours serviced directly — changed their oil, plugs and air filters. We wanted to be ready! So, here’s our Definitive Post Hurricane Survival Guide with our many survival hacks and products we love from our shared post-storm experience.   Post Hurricane Survival Guide & Rental Generator Hacks Our all-time favorite generators are the Honda’s. We have some that are 10 years old in rent and still going strong! The Honda EU3000 can be lifted by 2 people. It is an ideal size. This generator sips gas on its variable throttle control. You cannot power your home AC but you can power a small window unit AC with this unit.     Want to go smaller? This Honda 2000EU is a real work horse and super light weight. Interested instead in purchasing?  Check out: http://powerequipment.honda.com/generators/Compare/?modelid=EU3000ISAN http://powerequipment.honda.com/generators/models/eu2000i Generator Hack – If your rental generator runs 8 hours a day or more it’s always a good idea to capture power in block batteries such as car batteries and then invert power at night to power your fans, alarm systems, small refrigerators, and charge cell phones. Safety tip – you must keep your rental generator outside. To provide shelter for your generator to keep it out of the rain. A piece of plywood placed above it always works. Read this GREAT guide for power management. You can use a smaller generator than you think to power your home! Hacks for Staying Cool Without AC Interested in staying cool at night when your rental generator is off? Our secret weapon is a DC battery powered fan. We’ve had these for over 10 years. We discovered this Fan-Tastic vent fan while training working dogs semi professionally and used these to cool the dog’s kennel when training outside. Expensive but worth it. Run this all night on (1) 32 amp hour battery. Battery Power Hacks Obtain batteries such as these Power Sonic block batteries. This 32 amp hour is ideal as it is easy to carry. One per fan is advisable and will power a fan for up to 10 hours...

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NAB 2017 Best of Show

NAB 2017 Best of Show

David Wells reviews his favorite gear from #NABshow 2017 from Red Rock Canyon,  VR cameras  Google Jump YiiHalo, Mevo by Livestream , SHOTOVER, ZEISS Leica and Cooke  Lenses,  LITEGEAR, Sony HDR Crystal LED’s, ARRI, Atomos and more. With SIM Digital, Teradek, and ProductionHUB.com     Bookmark it to Stumbleupon, Digg, and more! Hide...

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NAB Show 2017-VR Camera Highlight & Wrap Up

NAB Show 2017-VR Camera Highlight & Wrap Up

David C. Wells of MPR wraps up the NAB Show 2017 with the latest in VR cameras – Google Jump YiiHalo, OZO, Nokia and more. “In 2016 there were just a few VR cameras and rigs.  In 2017: hundreds.  The Yi Halo camera with their Google Jump partnership and flexing a full stereoscopic array was the clear winner with many VR gurus I chatted with.  Looks like live event capture is going lead the charge to a solid business model.” Plus Mevo by Livestream , SHOTOVER, ZEISS Camera Lenses, Cooke Optics, LITEGEAR, Sony, ARRI, Atomos, SONY HDR Crystal Screens and more. Bookmark it to Stumbleupon, Digg, and more! Hide...

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MPR’s NAB Show 2017 Gear Picks

MPR’s NAB Show 2017 Gear Picks

Dave Wells scoured the NAB Show 2017 floor for this year’s products of distinction.  He settled on Leica M3 lenses, Sigma primes and zooms, Zeiss CP 3’s, and more.  But on his way he just had to stop by Red Rock Canyon! Watch the video for more:   Bookmark it to Stumbleupon, Digg, and more! Hide...

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Faces Behind The Camera – Phil Hoelcher

Faces Behind The Camera – Phil Hoelcher

For my ‘Faces Behind the Camera’ photography series, I caught up with one of my favorite South Florida crew Phil Hoelcher on location at his new home in Umatilla, Florida where he continues training others in his lifelong passion for the dog sport of Schutzhund. A stunt regular and dog whisperer, I wanted to capture Phil’s spontaneity and wit in the outdoors. Phil is best known for his work on The Dark Knight (2008), Law Abiding Citizen (2009) and Transporter 2 (2005) and most recently as a dog handler in Homeland and Madame Secretary. Bookmark it to Stumbleupon, Digg, and more! Hide...

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Vintage Camera Lenses from the 60’s & 70’s are Popular Again

Vintage Camera Lenses from the 60’s & 70’s are Popular Again

Vintage glass for content creation is on the rise.  At Moving Picture Rental, we’ve fallen in love with Super Baltars for a variety of reasons.  Unlike many modern prime lenses that yield ultra tack sharp results that lack character, reveal imperfections in actors complexions and in general deliver a clinical look, Super Baltars give images high contrast and warm flesh tones plus they create cool flares. Some people say that Super Baltars are the Stradivarius of cinema prime lenses.  That’s why we have these camera lens rental available at our Miami and Fort Lauderdale locations. History Bausch + Lomb’s designed Super Baltars in the 60’s, released them in 1967 and made them into the 70’s.  They were the go-to lenses in a majority of major motion pictures for about 15 years. The Godfather 1 and 2, were shot with Super Baltars as well as a 100’s of other feature films.  Super Baltars superseded the original Baltars (The Seven Year itch, 1955) (The Bridge over the River Kwai, 1957) and were designed to be compatible with the new spinning mirror-reflex camera Mitchel BNCR in 1967.  They were optically re-designed, benefiting from new glass types and optimized for color cinematography. Super Baltars are made from Cobalt glass, so they produce a multi colored green blue flare that is ultraviolet and sharp. Top Ten reasons to make your next camera lens rental Super Baltars: Takes “the edge off” digital sensors. Pair old glass with new technology and you are rewarded with an image that is NOT Status Quo. Super Baltars have a distinct organic character, that is low contrast and produces a subtle green blue flare, unlike many modern prime lenses that are ultra sharp and designed not to flare. Lightweight and easy to use with a rarity that makes them a selling point for your client to try a different approach. Produces a wonderful bokeh (the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image). They cover 6K on RED Cameras on all focal lengths. The cobalt glass renders amazing skin tones.  Were designed so actors look fantastic in their close up.  That they do. They have a certain softness without feeling out of focus. While you can attempt to recreate their look with filters and in post what you end up with is a simulation that is simply not the same look.  You will exceed the rental price by fumbling around for hours in post production. They are affordable to rent but expensive to buy. Latest notable projects shot with the Super Baltars Music Video: Jennifer Lopez with Pitbull “Live it Up” Other than the Super Baltars a 24 to 290...

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Crew Services and Crew Hire to make your life easier!

Crew Services and Crew Hire to make your life easier!

There’s a recent trend in the film and television industry — crews are getting smaller, the deadlines are getting tighter and the jobs are being rewarded later than ever making for shorter preproduction schedules.   Overall time constraints as well as budgets are becoming ever more challenging.  Moving Picture Rental responds to this pain producers and production company owners are experiencing by offering a very unique service at our office’s in Fort Lauderdale, Miami and New York City.   We call it Moving Picture Crew Services. Crew Services are one of our strengths As a grip, lighting and camera rental house, crew services is one of our main differentiators.  Imagine being able to make one phone call and know that a first class crew of 2 to 25 will be handed to you on your first day of shooting.  In the past you had two choices for putting together a film crew.   Either you could call a Production Coordinator, Production Manager or Producer and pay them their day rate for 2 to 3 days, plus shoot days as well as a wrap day or two.  At $350 to $650 per day that’s a big expense for a medium size job. Or, you could go online and check the directories out there like productionhub.com and take your chances with your crew hire. Finding great crew is ridiculously time consuming and requires calls and emails at all hours of the day and night.  The best crew works an average of 12 hours on location and can often only get back to you at the beginning or the end of their day. For the past 10 years, Moving Picture Rental provides crew services for the South Florida and New York film and television markets.  We handle payroll, workman’s comp and all other tax needs.  We make all the deals and manage the nonsense that comes from dealing with people about money.  You are completely immune from anything that has a dollar sign attached to it with crew. Our keys to selecting crew: attitude and performance We’ve noticed during our many years in the  business that crew personalities do change.  Some crew “burn out” from TV series and feature film work or have other personal pressures and issues that influence their professionalism.   We track crews’ attitudes and performance and record it in our Filmmaker Pro database for the sole purpose of managing ‘crewpower’.  Discussions frequently occur in our office about who is at top of their game and whom we can positively recommend for your next production. Location work is our daily constant At Moving Picture Rental we work “on location” an average of 15 days per month with our core freelancers and full time employees...

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