Den Lennie Filmmaking Tips for Professionals

Filmmaking Tips for Professionals

by Den Lennie


A Series of Video Tutorials for both ILC and Professional Camcorder.

Den Lennie has shot thousands of hours of network television and corporate production as a cameraman, DOP, colourist, director and producer. His ten short videos cover everything from exposure basics to sound recording through to advanced features such as Picture Profiles, High Frame Rate shooting and Variable ND filter.

Form Factor


The most important decision is often what are you shooting and where are you shooting. There are some situations where you want a small discreet camera, such as the ILC, other times it’s all about the ergonomics and accessories.

Recording Media


With photography you generally shoot RAW, JPEG, or a combination of both. Video is a different story, efficient codecs and high-speed media are critical.

Shutter Speed


One of the biggest challenges photographers who start shooting video face is the relatively low shutter speed which is tied to the frame rate your shooting at. For realistic motion blur in our videos, we need to follow what’s called the 180 degree rule.

White Balance


In video, point the camera one way and get one colour temperature, point the camera another way and you get an entirely different colour temperature.

Controlling Exposure


When it comes to exposing correctly for photography, the three main pillars are your aperture, shutter speed and ISO. These still apply for video, but the way in which you use them has significant differences.

Sound Recording


Poor quality audio will ruin what might be an excellent video, and viewers will quickly tune off regardless of how great your shots may be. Pro audio XLR connections can make a significant difference.

Picture Profiles


These preset looks give you quick access to different creative looks when shooting video. The FS5 II has no less than 10 to choose from, including profiles optimized for HDR and log shooting.

High Frame Rates


One of the coolest features of the α7III and the FS5II is the ability to film slow motion – shooting at a higher frame rate, such as 100fps, and then slowing the footage back down in post-production or in the case of the FS5 II, in camera.

Variable ND Filter


An ND filter acts like a pair of sunglasses to reduce the amount of light falling on the sensor without affecting colour. Professional camcorders have built-in ND and this is usually a mechanical filter. FS5II has a unique electronic Variable ND Filter design, that allows for more creativity with just one touch.