Manta Rays at Risk

I just finished this personal project called “Manta Rays at Risk” using photos I took during my holidays in Maldives and Hawaii. The final movie is in 4k and you can download it on vimeo. Mantas have been classified as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). They are at particular risk to overfishing because they produce very few young. Many populations have already been depleted by unregulated fishing. I decided to do a short animated film with the help of my friend José using the Project Aware Infographics. My goal is to create awareness on this matter and share this information in a different way. I hope you’ll like the movie and please feel free to share it. Thanks!



Directed by Martin Ureta – cameraman.com
Animation by José Campos – owlbrainwave.wordpress.com
Produced by WildlifePhotography.com – wildlifephotography.com

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My first experience using Magic Lantern RAW


Model: Lea
Filmed & Edited by Martin Ureta
Music: Jake Bugg – Two Fingers
Software: Magic Lantern RAW v2.3 1920×1080 25fps – Card CF LEXAR 1000x

This is my first test using the Magic Lantern RAW during a photo shooting of my cousin Lea I did a month ago. The quality of the DNGs are pretty amazing. I used a Canon 5DMkIII with the 24-70mm 2.8L (@70mm)

Thanks for watching!


More information about Magic Lantern workflow, Magic Lantern Editing and a lot more here: Nofilmschool.com/tag/magiclanternrawvideo/


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Interview with Film Director and Cinematographer Lior Babadost

Lior Babadost, founder of Exceptional Pictures had already started working in the field of photography and film by the time he was 16. His father was occupied with photography at the time, so it would not be exaggerated to say he was born into the world of imagery. Ever Since he got his own video camera at 10, he has been engrossed in filmmaking and shooting videos. Shortly after, he bought his first photography camera through his savings. When his classmates were busy playing around, he would grab his cameras and shoot videos with his friends. Every memory of childhood is intertwined with his cameras. As he puts it, “every day of my childhood passed, striking my mind with new ideas to quench my thirst for what my true passion lay in: cinematography”.

Cameraman.com: Who are you and what do you do?

Lior Babadost: Going all the way from working at multiple studios worldwide to founding my own was not so easy. To be able to think outside of the box and develop the courage it takes to realize that you possess the wit and creativity to be by far the best, did not come to me overnight. Years of work and close supervision proved me that founding my own studio was the least I could do to fulfill my god given talents. Directing too came naturally to me, as I constantly criticized the objects of the shots I took with my friends in my teen years. The critical leading character and the good eye for capturing the right moment stays with me until today. To conquer the rivalry in an international level is not an easy job, although I suppose, that at the end of the day, that is what makes you who you are.

What is your favorite lens?

The type of lens I use depends on a number of factors, such as the purpose of the shooting session, the setting, the lighting and so on. I am quite picky on selecting the right lens and hardly act on impulse.

Lior Babadost

What is your approach to lighting?

Name one thing that could make the major difference between a catchy billboard photo and a graduation portrait better off on the fridge door. Have the perfect scenery, the most attractive model. The best setting and camera, and miss this one thing to make your efforts worth nothing. Even the best grader cannot make up for a lame lighting. In my projects, employing the high-end lighting equipment has always been a priority.

Tell me about Exceptional Pictures

They say, “choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life“, and so have I felt in this business. It was never a job, but a labor of love. The day I decided to start this business, I knew I would either surrender to barriers to my dreams like millions of other people out there, or I would be soaring quicker than a ray of light. So, I took the road less traveled as Robert Frost puts it. Exceptional Pictures is now working with well-known companies all around the globe, having carried out tens of successful projects elaborately.

Tell me about the crew at Exceptional Pictures

Exceptional Pictures is the amalgamation of highly qualified specialists, who are the perfect matches to lead a teamwork forward in an incredible speed. All the crew have known each other for years and have stayed in close contact although their working scopes have stretched all the way from Austria to even Hollywood and many more countries.

What are some of your favorite films?

There are way too many, let me see, well of course the Godfather, La vita e bella, Schindler’s list, Cinema Paradiso, Lord of war, Casino, Analyze this, and pretty much anything by Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese.

Anything else you would like to say?

If you spare any efforts in reaching your dreams, you have betrayed yourself. Keep moving on steadfastly. A seagull will submerge in the sea if it fails to flap its wings nonstop. Life is like riding a bicycle, you must ride it on to keep the balance. Remember life is doomed to give you what you really want.

Lior Babadost Film Director and Cinematographer

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The Power of VIDEO

I created this short motion graphics animated film to show the importance of Online Video for Internet Marketing.

Take a look at this 10 statistics about Online Video Marketing:

1# Each day 100 million Internet users watch an Online Video.
2# 90% of users say that seeing a video about a product is helpful in the decision process.
3# Video was the fastest growing form of ad format in 2012.
4# By the next year video ad spending will increase from $1.97 billion to $5.71 billion.
5# Online Video to make up 86% of Internet Traffic in 2016.
6# Your website is 53% more likely to appear on the FIRST PAGE OF GOOGLE if you have a video on it.
7# Viewers retain 95% of a message when they watch it in a video compared to 10% when reading it in text.
8# 72 Hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.
9#. YouTube averages 4 billion hits each day, and 61% of B2B marketers leverage YouTube to extend the reach of their messaging and brands.
10# Cats are more viral than dogs in video.

Motion Graphics:
Martin Ureta
©2013 Cameraman.com

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