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Short Free Fall (“Vrije Val”) 2010, full movie on YouTube HD

Honorable Mention & Audience Award – Los Angeles Movie Awards 2010

Shot with Sony EX-1, EX-3, Canon 7D, RedRock M2E DOF adapters

YouTube HD version

IMDb page


Our latest short “Free Fall” now full length and HD on YouTube

Youtube has updated our account to “no limits”, so we at Marvels Film were finally able to upload our 43 gig, 25 minute, 1080p short movie “Free Fall” (Dutch: Vrije Val). Winner of the Audience Honorable Mention at the Los Angeles Movie Awards 2010.

Free Fall is a short silent movie – music only – about HIV, Aids and prejudice. For this indie production we used a mix of Sony PMW-EX1 with RedrockMicro DOF adapter,  PMW-EX3 and Canon 7D footage.

Website: (English and Dutch)



Redrock Micro Brings Redrock|ops to Light: a New Concept in Cinema Rigs

redrock micro rig dslr martin beekRedrock Micro, the recognized leader in affordable professional-quality cinema accessories,  last month announced the new Redrock|ops line of accessories and rigs for video DSLR cameras.
The Redrock|ops line is an entirely new concept in cinema equipment that fuses the durability of professional cinema equipment with modern camouflage styling.
Redrock|ops rigs are limited edition versions of existing Redrock cinema rigs that employ a camouflage coating on the rigs. The camouflage coating is a chemical process that infuses the patterns into the materials, resulting in gear that is both attractive and wear resistant. In addition the professional matted finish is “movie set safe” and does not reflect any light.
The first Redrock|ops rig delivered was a modified Field Cinema Deluxe Bundle handed to Shane Hurlbut, ASC at the Hurlbut Visual’s DSLR Bootcamp. The Bootcamp is a first-ever of its kind to teach high-end filmmaking techniques using HDSLR to all-comers during an intensive weekend-long seminar (for more information see
“I love the idea of the Redrock|ops rigs,” said Mr. Hurlbut. “The rig embodies the style of shooting I love to do: rugged, down-and-dirty, out-of-the-ordinary.”
“Redrock|ops was developed in response to the growing interest of filmmakers to personalize their equipment,” said James Hurd, Chief Revolutionary for Redrock Micro. “In addition to the obvious use for camouflage and outdoors shooting, filmmakers want to infuse a sense of style to their own equipment. The response has already been overwhelmingly positive.”

Redrock|ops rigs are currently available directly from Redrock Micro’s online store and are priced at a slight premium over standard versions of the rigs. Due to the already high demand and limited edition, Redrock|ops rigs have a delivery lead time. More details and ordering can be found at


Sold my Canon 7D: explaining why…

After some consideration during spring 2010, i decided to stop DSLR video shooting – despite some serious investments in gear and paraphernalia – and return to HD videocamera shooting, using a DOF convertor to taste. For the latter my tools of trade remain the Sony XDCAM-EX, 35mm DOF adapter, Zeiss prime lenses, SmallHD DP1x, Convergent Design Nanoflash, et cetera…

I have been a film cameraman all my life and i’m used to heavy duty cameras with ditto tools. The flimsy and fragile DSLR lenses and focussing, in combination with the clumsy camera design and total lack of control (maybe with the exception of using the Magic Lantern software on the 5DmkII) and lack of a proper viewfinder, made me decide to take my losses and drop the 7D. DSLR cameras are NOT video cameras (yet). They are a gimmick and most of all just still cameras. I still find the amount of compression and micro-blocking artifacts due to downscaling on the Bayer-filter imaging element unbearable, specially when used for blowup to 2K cinema format. There is no “raw” SDI-like output.

I was saving up money to buy the Scarlet by Red, that was announced Spring of four preceding years in a row 😉 When it’s release was delayed again this spring, i decided to just be patient, confident and satisfied with the gear i already owned and spent my money on other more important things.

The XDCam-EX / Nanoflash / DOF adapter / Zeiss lenses combo gives me perfect and professional control over image, depth of field, video signal and exposure. The HD signal is much much cleaner, specially when blown-up for 2K cinema use, and provides me with an outstanding Film Look.

Because the 7D was on the shelf catching dust for over half a year already, i decided to sell it. I don’t feel sorry – not even for the financial loss. I only feel stupid; that i’ve allowed myself being swept away with the whole DSLR hype, with some prominent international filmmakers in the lead. – read updated article above –

DSLR filming = Low Budget. Let’s not forget that and let’s see what the future brings.

Martin Beek.


Filterbox killed my precious Nikkor 50mm/1.2 !!

Bloody hellfire!!! My favourite lens, the 50mm. Nikkor f1.2 prime has died yesterday.

It was an accident waiting to happen. The killer: my Cokin mattebox (filterholder). See picture. I walked into the camera while it was sitting on my studiofloor, after which the whole front part of the Nikkor lens broke off. Two lenses and some small springs and stuff were launched through the room. I tried to put it all together again; also did my colleague Bart. To no avail… Part of the front lens is chipped after Bart dropped it a second time…. 😦
Canon 7D with RedrockMicro DSLR Field Cinema rig - all carbon

The whole problem is, that the Cokin filterholder  is NOT attached to rods, but directly to the lens thread. So, the thing is actually hanging at the lens. Indeed, an accident waiting to happen. I must say though, that i’ve always enjoyed working with it specially since it’s so easy to attach/remove.

I started using the Cokin thing two years ago on the Sony EX-1, and i have quite a large collection of large Cokin filters.

I have been lacking the budget ever since to buy a proper matte box, something i regret now. I have been on the brink of buying the RedrockMicro matte box – because that’s my favourite – but i can’t remember why i eventually cancelled the order. We had some budget last year; which has evaporated regrettably.

Now, i’m banging my head against the wall – why haven’t i bought the RedRockMicro mattebox when i had the budget for it?! Or any other matte box that sits on the rods. No i lost a $550 prime lens.

Btw… anyone intereseted in a Cokin “mattebox” in mint condition..?   Or a Nikkor DIY construction kit? 😉
Seriously, i’m selling the Cookin as soon as i can get hold of another solution. There is nothing wrong with the concept or construction of the Cokin, but it’s more intended to use with fixed-lens camcorders. On my EX-1, it has been a perfect tool.


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