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4 Tips for Finding Your Photographer and Videographer

During a recent visit to my optometrist, I met Evelyn and Catherine, the two girls at reception. When Evelyn asked what I did for work, the topic of photography and videography surfaced. She told me the story of her sister Anita’s wedding. Anita and her husband had booked a photographer after meeting him - he was recommended by their venue. Their personalities clicked and despite...

URSA Mini 4.6K Review

The URSA Mini 4.6K (EF) is a deeply engaging camera. It sits on the shoulders of its many past iterations: the Cinema Camera, Pocket Camera, Cinema Camera 4K, and its older sibling — what I like to call — the URSA Major. But where it remains true to its Blackmagic Design parentage, it feelsfundamentally different from any of its predecessors. What I adorably call the ‘URSA Minor’, breaks away from...

Existential Sadness and the Collective Experience

Foreword For me, shooting has always come with a sense of place and motion. It was always while in motion, on a visit to a new city, while traversing difficult terrains, or roaming an unfamiliar road that inspired me to capture. Street photography is very special to me as the observation tethers me to the locals. When I travel, I find joy in observing and interpreting the...

SuraiTea using “business as a force for good”

In November 2015, Canadians learned the government would be resettling 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada in a span of months. It seemed like a daunting task, impossible to some, but thousands of Canadians poured their hearts into accomplishing this goal by February 2016. It was during the resettlement efforts that SuraiTea founder Kevin Smiley’s business focus turned to this crisis. He wondered, “What is the...

Ottawa Video Production

A Few Things About Editing

Premiere Pro Tips Whether you’re editing an interview or the next Oscar worthy motion picture, when you’re dealing with an editing process, there needs to be a proper and efficient way to go from step A to Z. This process, method, procedure, or whatever you’d like to call it can be nebulous at times. Throughout my day to day editing, I’ve found that this process can...

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Cinematography and Magic

“The means of expression can become so exquisitus that you wind up expressing nothing.” Dai Vernon quoting Da Vinci. What does film have in common with magic? It can be easy to lose ourselves in acquiring the newest shiny piece of gear without achieving mastery of what we already possess. I for one admit that I’ve fallen into this trap (and still do from time to time.) I’ve seen...

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Motivation of A Director

I’ve left a dreaded corporate job to dedicate the hours to the benign, to all things kind and gentle. The word creative is all too often used in my day to day and within my profession. Yet, I don’t believe I’ve ever thought of it or sought to be it. In truth, from a directorial standpoint, I’ve always sought to explore things that are for lack...

Ottawa and Toronto Video Production Company - Cloud in the Sky Studios

NBA – The Arts and Youths

When a gesture of encouragement is made, be it from person to person or a large multinational corporation to a small community, the effects are often similar and positive. In 2015, the NBA in collaboration with VIBE Arts, a Toronto based charitable organization, funded an art project for under resourced communities within the Greater Toronto Area. The purpose, to bring the arts to the youths. Some...

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The Story of Almonte and Basketball

We are proud of Almonte. When we received the call from the NBA to discover and produce this little video, we had no idea that we'd be working with one of the most endearing communities in Canada. It is hard to believe that the birth place of Dr. James Naismith, founder of basketball has but one accessible, public basketball court. Furthermore, the court was in desperate need of...

Into the great OSMO

It was about 5 years ago that I stepped into the mega B&H store in New York City. My mission: to purchase the almighty GlideCam HD-4000 and its accompanying bells and whistles. I thought to myself: “This was it!” I’d finally be able to get those smooth and steady cinematic shots that I‘d seen in so many movies. But with its steep price and cumbersome...

Anita Peeples - Ottawa Wedding Photographer

Meet Anita, Cloud in the Sky Studios’ Wedding Photographer

Hello!  I'm Anita Peeples, and I recently joined the Cloud in the Sky Studios crew as lead wedding photographer. I started working professionally as a photographer in 2007, and shot my first wedding in 2009.  I take a very journalistic and candid approach to photographing weddings, which means limited posing and direction.  I love to capture real moments as they happen, and the last thing I want...

The Evolution of the Photo Booth: Slow-Motion Videos

Photo booths. We see them at weddings and events. They’re fun, interactive and simply a blast. But we have to wonder why slow-mo videos booths aren’t getting the same attention. The videos are extremely dynamic and interactive, and the detailed facial expressions captured are priceless. Have you seen a look of surprise form over 5 seconds? How about vibrating lips? It’s nothing short of entertaining....

A Slow-Mo Introduction

  2016 started off with a bang as our team grew with new talent and energy. Joining us are Anita (photographer) and Stefan (cinematographer). Both passionate individuals, their creativity and personalities add to CSS’ strength. But what’s better; work became even more fun and exciting. As we were preparing for a wedding show, we took a break to film a slow-mo video of the team. Our way...

Behind the Scenes

When I joined Cloud in the Sky Studios last year, it was an exciting yet intimidating experience. It still is at times. I was stepping into a world I knew nothing about yet fascinated by its technical and artistic beauty. Joseph and Julien are incredibly talented at what they do. They’re creative and imaginative, and armed with the knowledge and skills to work the camera...

Budapest and the Story

There, again I sat thinking about all the things, reasons, lives and histories of this city, of Budapest. On that thin, wobbling coffee table, my camera and a little book by Ishiguro. In that moment and to myself, I was consumed by people. The lives lost by war and the plights of those who remain. There, their forgiveness, contentment and simplicity biased my thinking and...

A 5D Raw Adventure

[gallery type="slideshow" crop="nocrop" width="full" link="none" ids="901"] It doesn't feel that long ago that RED released their ONE camera, a camera that would change the landscape out in Hollywood, no less the filmmaking world. In 2006 when the ONE was announced at NAB, there were numerous cameras already capable of recording in digital and in RAW before the ONE. However, they had two major drawbacks. One being...

Opus Cinematography

I must emphasize that Joseph Truong really excels at crafting stories with exotic locations while filmmaking, and when he had asked me about coming on board for an adventure that would span from the plains of Africa to France’s Côte-d’Azur, I knew early on I’d have to find suitable filming locations. Africa’s yellow-plained fields with singularly dotted trees would define the location where our huntress, ...