Playing with the Sony ZV-1

The Sony ZV-1 is a new point and shoot camera that is marketed as a so-called “Vlogging Camera”.

However, given its specs (impressive autofocus, built-in ND and ability to shoot 4K and 120fps in HD) and ability to shoot Hybrid Log Gamma (Sony HLG2 and HLG3) along with other Cinematic profiles (Cine2/3, SLog2/3)… I think it’s an indie filmmaker’s delight… something better that might be worthwhile to consider instead of an iPhone or a GoPro.

I got my hands on one recently and am putting it through the paces — testing out the out-of-the-box profiles as well as moving on to car mount and flying on a gimbal scenarios. I intend to use it for my next short film “The First Rule” — a noir short that takes place mostly in a car (scheduled for Dec 2020/Jan 2021 shooting).

Here are some preliminary test videos I shot with it.




R.I.P. Kuma (2019-2020)

There’s no easy way to say this and I’ve been putting off posting this for a while.

Our puppy Kuma passed away on Sep 8th. He managed to slip off his collar at a rest area in Valmy, Nevada (during our cross-country drive) and ran on to I-80. He was hit by a car and died instantly.

He was barely 11 months old.

We missed his positive energy and his energetic presence that filled our lives so much that the next week or so seemed like a bad dream. We are slowly getting used to life without our lively “little” bundle of energy.

We are so grateful to Sheriff Ron Unger of Landerso County, NV for helping us bury Kuma and the kind people of Valmy, NV for helping us get his body down from the busy interstate.

We had adopted Kuma from Buddy Dog Humane Society in Sudbury, MA and he left such an indelible impression on all of us in his short but bright life.

To honor Kuma’s memory, we’ve decided to adopt Georgie, a 6 month old German Shepherd, from rescue. Georgie was hit by a car as a puppy and was left in a literal garbage dump to die. His injuries healed on their own and he walks with a limp. He’s now due for surgery to fix his dislocated hip. Georgie was rescued by the wonderful folks at Calpaws K9 Rescue You can read about Georgie’s story here


On a separate note, This is the very last footage we have of Kuma, filmed at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Later that day, he passed away.

It took me some time to come to terms with his loss and to even look at this footage. I thought it best to make this video to remember him as the playful puppy that he was, who filled our lives with so much positive energy in the short time we spent with him.