Monday, February 15, 2010

Why I'm Buying a Canon 550D/T2i

I bought my first Sony mini DV handicam about 10 years ago. At the time it cost me over $1,000. Since then, I've continued shooting video professionally and yet I've never purchased another camera. I hated the quality of DV and the hyper-realistic look of interlaced video. I longed for a camera that shot a progressive frame HD image through 35mm lenses. When the first HD digital SLRs started coming out I was over-joyed. Last May 2009, I shot my film "More Than It Is" using the Canon 5D MKii before the firmware update was even released. But for various reasons, it still made no sense for me to purchase a camera. One client wanted 480/60i shot to DV tapes, another wanted DVCProHD shot to P2, while another wanted HDV tapes. If I were to purchase cameras to satisfy the needs of all of my different clients, I'd be in debt way over my head with obsolete cameras filling my soon to be foreclosed home. It's always made more sense just to rent the latest and greatest camera for each job. But it's a major hassle, always tracking down the right gear last minute. Most of the time, it really doesn't matter what I shoot on, as long as I'm producing a good image. But I haven't wanted to buy a camera because there hasn't been a cost-effective option that still offers all of the functions I want.

With the release of the Canon 550D/T2i that all just changed. I'm still waiting for the RED Scarlet S35 to really fulfill all of my professional filmmaking desires. But the Canon EOS 550D/T2i* offers everything I need for the majority of the videos I make and it's UNDER $1,000! This camera, 1080/24p, 35mm lenses, costs LESS than the consumer video camera I bought 10 years ago!
When the RED Scarlet S35 finally does come out, I'll buy that too and with the 550D/T2i, I'll have a camera to lend to friends, to rent out to up-and-coming filmmakers and a second camera for live events.

I'm very happy about this camera. Check out Phillip Bloom's write up of some of the camera's features here, watch a pretty short shot with the camera here, and check out the camera on Canon's North American website here.

Via, here are the frame rates:
  • 1080p: 1920 x 1080 pixels at 30fps (actually 29.97fps)
  • 1080p: 1920 x 1080 pixels at 25fps
  • 1080p: 1920 x 1080 pixels at 24fps (actually 23.976fps)
  • 720p: 1280 x 720 pixels at 60fps (actually 59.94fps)
  • 720p: 1280 x 720 pixels at 50fps
  • SD: 640 x 480 pixels at 60fps (actually 59.94fps)
  • SD: 640 x 480 pixels at 50fps
*In North America the 550D is called the Canon Rebel T2i

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Give A Tent To Someone In Haiti

My bro and fellow blogger, Andy Merrick, turned me on to a great cause called A Home In Haiti. In 15 days, the rainy season will officially begin in Haiti. All buildings have pretty much been destroyed and if you lived in Haiti, after just witnessing your entire country get leveled by a massive earthquake, would you really want to sleep in a crumbling cement death-trap of a building anyway? So they need tents and they need them now. I've been wanting to donate to Haiti ever since the Tweets about the devastating earthquake started rolling in, before the major news organizations even began reporting it. And this is the cause I've been looking for. So I bought a tent. It cost just under $200 dollars and I'm proud that someone in Haiti will soon be calling it home.
Please go here and purchase a tent through It all can be done very easily through the "A Home In Haiti" website and it will take you less than ten minutes. And ship the tent to Courageous Church 1330 West Peachtree Street Suite 560 Atlanta, GA 30309 (404) 461-9850. Andy says it's legit.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Connect With Me On Google Buzz

I officially like and endorse Google Buzz. Follow me here.

This is where I will be posting links to things I like and want to share.

Don't Comment On This

For a while, I just had an explosion of readers. After 5 years of blogging, I guess I finally acquired somewhat of a following. I guess that's what I always wanted. But it affected me in an unexpected way. I began to worry that my posts weren't applying to a broad enough audience, or that they were on too wide an array of topics, or that they were too personal, or too preachy. So I just started writing more infrequently. Well, the good news is that as a result of my reluctant posting, my readership dropped severely. And without commenters - now knowing that I can write without your JUDGING eyes, I am again free to share my deepest darkest secrets, here, in the privacy of my own personal public blog!

Oh yeah, and friend, your hair needs to be about 12 INCHES in order to donate it. Nobody wants to make mustaches out of your 6-7 inch hair. Give it a year!

And DO NOT go to Floyd's Barbershop to donate it. Just trust me on this.

If you want me to continue writing unfettered, please do not comment. I will just get self-conscious. It's better for me to think I'm all alone, with the hair donators.

♥ - Anton

After Circling The Globe And Nearly Dying Repeatedly

On Thanksgiving Day 2009, Matt Chandler, (a pastor who I really enjoy listening to) had a seizure. It was soon discovered that he had a tumor on his brain. Almost right away he started praising God for giving him, of all people, a brain tumor that might kill him, and would certainly maim him, because it gave him an even greater ability and urgency to speak of God's love and grace in all things. It's been a crazy thing to watch and I've been greatly encouraged by it. In this Youtube video, recorded right before he went in for brain surgery, he said this:

"for those of you, who kind of - you just keep living in fear - and you would try to use this as an excuse to continue in that fear, don't you dare use me, as an excuse to continue in your lies. My hope would be that you would see that he is good in all things - and that he would never send any of us things he does not provide strength for..."

A while ago, I took a world-wind and somewhat impromptu trip around the world. It was such an intense experience, one that stretched me and tested me in so many ways - when I arrived back home in the States, I thought to myself that I could die happily right then and there, because I was so fortunate to have seen and experienced so much - I had been so incredibly and undeservedly blessed. I'd like to think that I'd be able to face the same situation as Matt Chandler with such grace. He's been an incredible testament of Christ's love radiating through a man.

I read the book of Ecclesiastes today. A book who's theme in the ESV study Bible is described as "the necessity of fearing God in a fallen, and therefore frequently confusing and frustrating world." God is absolutely sovereign and in control of everything, even the things we perceive as bad. While it may sound New Agey and self-helpy, to say that one must take on a mindset of absolute optimism, it's true. Know that God is good and loves you. And then take on the challenges of the day with gratitude. That is the way to peace.

To see how Matt is faring after surgery, check out his most recent updates on the Village Church Youtube page.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Updating My Demo Reel(s)

A directing project I was really looking forward to (a commercial shoot later this month) fell through. I've decided to take advantage of the newly acquired free time by working on my reel and FINALLY finishing the rough cut of my film More Than It Is.

Also, I'm very excited for the website redesign of that Bradley Benson Design will be performing. You can click the image above to see the embarrassingly thin, current representation of my reel on vimeo, or you can check out my new Youtube page.

The new will be launching around mid March 2010.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Subscribe to

I wanted to do this in a more triumphal way, but I'll just go ahead and say it plainly - After 5 years of blogging on this website, I will soon be relaunching this blog as - both a blog and a website for my production company. Stay subscribed in your RSS feed reader (if you don't do this already, I recommend using, it's a great one), just drop off the .blogspot off the name and instead just use I will continue blogging here, possibly with even more tenacity, and soon I will also have a more personal journal up on

I'm really looking forward to the new site being designed by!

Still Taking Pictures Every Day

Click the image above if you want to see a selection of photos I've taken - one, each day so far in 2010.

I've been participating in a group called Project 365: The Things We See on Flickr.