If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you would know that last weekend I went to a YouTube gathering hosted by Corey Vidal. I had an amazing time! I met a lot of really fun, friendly YouTubers and made a bunch of new friends.

We all met up at Trinity-Bellwoods Park. It was a pretty big park, and the exact meeting place wasn’t really specified, so you can imagine the confusion of new arrivals, wandering in circles trying to find the group. The initial group started off very small, about 12 people, but it quickly grew to a crowd of what seemed like 100. We hung out in the community centre for a while, exchanging usernames and talking about our vids and subscribers (or lack thereof :P).

After an hour or so we decided to leave and give the people in the community centre some room to breathe. We settled on going out for dinner, but without a specified leader we ended up huddling together, wandering aimlessly down Queen street like a school of fish. Geek fish, in our case. Eventually we split into little groups and invaded various restaurants.

Later in the evening, the few that were left of us corralled into a restaurant to watch the lovely Meghan Tonjes of YouTube fame perform live. She’s a very talented musician, with a beautiful voice and equally beautiful songs. If you’re unfammilar with her, I suggest you check out her website @

This was my first time doing any sort of internet meetup, and after this I wish there was a new one to go to every week! I had an amazing time, and I can’t wait for the next one!

Here’s a video I put together of the event. Check the video description for all the amazing ‘tubers I met, and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to them! 😀

Hey guys! I know this is LONG overdue, but here’s another video watch!

Welcome to Dreamland HDR Video by Matthew Gorveatte

We all love a good HDR photo, but HDR VIDEO?! What is this madness! WITCHCRAFT I SAY! But seriously, this is beautiful, and technically impressive.

Welcome to Dreamland HDR Video By Matthew Gorveatte Thx to Kelowna Cycle and HSB from Matthew Gorveatte on Vimeo

Salton Sea Beach by Philip Bloom

Philip Bloom is the ultimate camera geek. He know everything and anything about the insides, outsides, upsides and downsides of pretty much every camera out there. If someone can take a $800 DSLR and make a video that looks like it’s been pulled out of a feature film, you know they have talent!

Salton Sea Beach from Philip Bloom on Vimeo

Fuck Shit Stack – Music video by Waverly Films – song by Reggie Watts – NOT SAFE FOR WORK!!!

Reggie Watts of internet fame is a rap/hiphop musician with a comical style. In short: He’s pure awesomesauce! Want a good laugh? Then watch this. The guys from Waverly Films did an excellent  job on his music video. WARNING: SWEARING!!! NSFW!!!

Today I went on a hardware store hunt. What for? To find parts to build my own do-it-yourself follow focus. What is a follow focus? It’s a piece of equipment that allows you to mark off different focus positions for quick and easy focus pulls.

A professional follow focus cost over $1,300. While they are very well made and easy to use, they do have some drawbacks. First, they’re not easily adjustable, especially when out in the field. You have to purchase a different set of rings and gears to fit different types of lenses, which also makes an already expensive piece of equipment more expensive. They’re also bulky, requiring a rail system to clamp on to. Fortunately, for those on a budget, there’s an inexpensive DIY alternative. It’s small, adjustable, and will only cost you $10.

To build it you’ll need these items:

  • A hose clamp
  • A 3 inch or longer threaded bolt and nut
  • A roll of foam tape weatherstripping
  • A paper clip
  • A few elastic bands

First, you’ll want to take your hose clamp and adjust it so it’s circumference is slightly bigger than your lens.
Then, mark off a point on the hose clamp for the bolt and drill a hole big enough to put it through. Insert the bolt into the hole, with the head on the inside of the clamp. Use the nut to secure it in place.
Take your foam tape and line the inside of the hose clamp, making sure you cover the head of the bolt. You don’t want to damage your lens, now do you? 😛
Makes sure the whole unit will fit snugly on your lens’s focus ring. Don’t force it on too tight. You’ll end up damaging the follow focus, or worse, the lens.
Finally, take your paper clip and straighten it. Wrap one end of it around the bottom of the bolt, leaving the other end sticking out. This is the needle you’ll use to mark off your focus positions.

In the end, you should end up with something like this:

Now, to mark off your focus positions, put an elastic band around the lens. For most lenses, a size 64 elastic should fit. Find your focus and mark off on the elastic where the paper clip lands. For more accurate marking, bend the paper clip so it hovers as close to the rubber band as possible. Then find and mark off your next focus position(s). Congratulations, you have a fully functioning follow focus, and you saved $1,290! 😀

The Video Watch time has rolled around again. Have a look at these cool videos and short films I’ve found.

Perili Ev by Firar Güney Kayran

DSLRs are rapidly becoming a popular piece of equipment for filmmakers. The depth of field, portability and lowlight capabilities of these cameras rival that of dedicated video cameras. Perili Ev is great example of DSLR video done well.

Perili Ev – canon 7d from Firar Güney Kayran on Vimeo.

Going Places by rabbitdeath12

Going places is one of many well-made crime thriller/drama short films directed by the ambitious young filmmaker Adam Schurman. If he keeps up his art, Adam’s career is sure to be “going places”, too. (Due to YouTube’s time limit, this short film is divided into two videos)

Lines in the Sky by Dean Pizzoferrato had a weekend project in which users were challenged to create a sort of “video haiku”. Lines in the Sky is a wondeful entry to that contest with beautiful shots and some impressive special effects.

Lines in the Sky (2009) from Dean Pizzoferrato on Vimeo.

Evil Dead done in 60 seconds with CLAY by Lee Hardcastle

Evil Dead is one of the best low-budget horror films ever made, and holds a special place on my DVD shelf. Remaking it using claymation in under 60 seconds, that’s special too. 😉

Evil Dead done in 60 seconds with CLAY – 2010 from Lee Hardcastle on Vimeo.

It’s been a great couple weeks for awesome videos. Take a look at these gems.

The Sandpit by Sam O’Hare

The Sandpit from Sam O’Hare on Vimeo.

FEBRUARY by Nino Leitner

FEBRUARY – shot on the Canon EOS 550D / Rebel T2i (preprod unit) from Nino Leitner on Vimeo.

Nightshade by Antonio Galloro

Nightshade from Antonio Galloro on Vimeo.

I Shot Your Ex-Girlfriend by Patrick Boivin

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