What is this site?
My name's Ben Cain and I've worked in the east coast production community as a cameraperson for over a decade. I began as an ENG (electronic news gathering) shooter, became a Digital Imaging Technician (DIT), and gradually transitioned to post production where I'm currently working for HBO in the digital media workflow team.
This project began as a Blogspot site called "HD Cinema" back in 2007 when the industry was rapidly transitioning from film acquisition to digital. In those days the focus was on tape-based HD and the transitional technology between traditional ENG videography and digital cinema. After the paradigm shifted, the blog existed for several years as "negativespaces.com," then more focused on DIT-centric topics such as on-set monitoring, color science, and digital dailies.
In this latest incarnation I've expanded it to encompass all technical aspects of the entire photographic and filmmaking process—from capture, to securing and moving around mountains of data, and then taking it all the way through post production to its final state as consumable end user media.
Scene is captured with a camera or camera-like device.
Camera device gathers photons which are converted to electrons, electrons are converted to analog voltage, amplified and then finally converted to digital data, often in massive quantity, which is then recorded.
Data must be processed into viewable images by some sort of software. Digital images generally fall within two camps — one for viewing and one for making other images. More intermediary steps and more people involved in the process usually means larger and more complex post production pipelines. They all have one thing in common—big or small—to arrive at the final product, whatever medium it may be.
Thank you very much for reading and please touch base if you feel inclined.
(I'm also an avid traveler, documentary photographer, and food writer. Check out my other site!)