About Dean Butler

Dean is a co-owner/director at Alucinor Productions, a passionate filmmaker, video producer and lover of cinema. Primarily a writer / producer / director Dean also gets behind the camera whenever he can - particularly on documentaries. Outside of Alucinor Dean spends his time with his wife, kids and cats.

Why Passion Projects are important for Corporate & Commercial Filmmakers

PASSION PROJECTS THEIR IMPORTANCE FOR CORPORATE & COMMERCIAL FILMMAKERS https://youtu.be/5t5oBr_3VyA We are in post-production on 'Evenfall', our first (purely creative non commissioned) narrative short film in five years. It's got me reflecting on how much I've gained from the process of making it and the importance of creative passion projects in our lives and careers as filmmakers. Subscribe to our YouTube channel or follow us on Facebook or Instagram to stay up to date with our progress on the film. The film [...]

What does a Red Scarlet-W owner think of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K???

THE BLACKMAGIC POCKET CINEMA CAMERA 6k DEAN SHARE'S HIS THOUGHTS (AS A RED SCARLET-W SHOOTER) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtjYFHb9XZg&t=590s I didn't see this coming and I'm not going to lie, these specs at this price is OUTSTANDING VALUE! I share my honest thoughts on this development as someone who shoots on and has invested in a far more expensive camera system - the Red Scarlet-w (when I'm not hiring something else).

Why and how we may be leaving Adobe Premiere Pro after 15+ years

ADOBE PREMIERE PRO 15+ years... Is it time to break up? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=573u_EP2wRs&t=7s After 15+ years with Adobe Premiere Pro we are seriously looking at dumping Premiere Pro entirely in favour of Davinci Resolve. Firstly due to the constant crashing and lack of stability with the software (constantly encountering new bugs), and secondly due to a growing dissatisfaction with their subscription model which is severely lacking in value now compared to Resolve. Resolve has always been industry leading colour grading software but it's gone [...]

New Mini-Doc for Avivo

AVIVO GEORGE AND PENNY'S STORY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22O1DxlbGQ4 Avivo recently had us back for another customer story. (Thanks Avivo!!! Especially Sonali for her insight, help and passion for this project and people) After pre-interviews via video link this one took us up to Geraldton WA to spend a couple days with the George, Penny and the avivo team. Our Zeiss glass was away getting serviced so this was shot entirely on Sigma Art Zooms and a couple Tokina 11-16mm ultra wides. GEAR: Red Scarlet-W Red [...]

The Alucinor YouTube content journey begins…

WELCOME TO THE ALUCINOR YOUTUBE CHANNEL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMdO4eAfLfU After years of procrastination we are FINALLY converted our YouTube channel to be our original content only. We'll be discussing what makes films tick, various film making techniques, lessons filmmakers can learn from great, okay and terrible movies and share what we discover through production of our own independent passion projects and corporate & commercial films. We hope you'll join us on our content journey!

Aminah Hughes’ New Music Video ‘Blue Wooden Boat’

AMINAH HUGHES BLUE WOODEN BOAT MUSIC VIDEO Film Gear info: DANCE: Canon C200 (4k raw lite) + Canon 16-35 & 24-70 DJI Ronin-MX gimbal I chose the C200 because when shooting raw light the image quality is outstanding! But most importantly for it's 1st class Dual Pixel auto-focus. I was blown away by the auto-focus on this camera in very tricky, predominantly blue led lights with plenty of haze. Canon C200 ready to go on the Ronin MX Dancers in full flight shot [...]

2019-05-13T17:57:08+08:00Music Video|

Sarah Avalia: Through With You – music clip

SARAH AVALIA THROUGH WITH YOU MUSIC VIDEO Directed, shot, cut and graded by Dean Butler. "Because this was a one-man-band shoot I opted for the C200 for gimbal shots (when the budget allowed - there's a few gh5 shots by the wheat field) due to the outstanding dual pixel autofocus and the superb image quality when shooting raw. Shooting on F1.2 on a 50mm prime on a gimbal and holding focus was a revelation... Combining Canon with Red footage - it's like [...]

TREVOR’S STORY #letsgivethemabreak

Our unpaid carers need better access to respite. Let's give them a break. We've just released a mini-doc to help with a petition to bring awareness and change to the lack of respite support funding for the in home carers that save our country over $60 billion a year. More info coming soon. Change.org Petition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f35jQqKXUDA

Branded Storytelling with Vicinity Centres in Perth and Melbourne

2017 has seen us commence collaborating with Vicinity Centres on a variety of branded storytelling video production projects in both Perth and Melbourne. From successes in social procurement to the beginnings of a solar revolution we had the pleasure of discovering and telling some pretty neat stories. You can check a few of them out below. Shot on the Red Scarlet-MX, Red Scarlet-w and Sony A7s (Ronin MX shots). Zeiss ZF Primes and Sigma 18 - 35 Art. Edited and Graded in Adobe Premiere Pro with FilmConvert [...]

I Love You, But – Shameem: Perth music video faces problem gambling

(Almost half a year late in posting this but as they say, better late then never.) Online gambling. It's the fastest growing category in Australian advertising and it's the face of a colossal industry, which is why socially conscious Perth soul songstress, Shameem, has tackled it head on in the clip for her new single, I Love You, But. While the song is personal to Shameem and the lyrics stem from a broken relationship, the music video produced by Alucinor Productions boldly takes on the topical issue of [...]

2019-04-11T15:15:11+08:00Music Video|

Absolution (short film) released online

  After a festival circuit spanning North America, Europe and Australia our independent short film Absolution is now online. We intend to produce a heap more short projects over the next few years, the first of which we'll be shooting this summer. A big final thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to make the film, you know who you are and you are awesome. Sincerely, thank you. Official Selection Vancouver International Film Festival (Canada) Official Selection Pasadena International Film Festival (USA) Official Selection Kansas City Film [...]

Why a Red Scarlet-w?

Why a Red Scarletw?   Over 4 years ago I wrote a blog about why we were purchasing a Scarlet-x digital cinema camera. A MASSIVE step up in performance and cost from our then current Canon 5D Mark ii. Well four and a half years since the purchase that camera is still our workhorse. 4k 24/25 fps and 3k 48 fps. We’ve shot everything under the sun with it – music clips, documentaries, shorts, green screen, TVC’s, even stills in 5k. We’ve yet to have an issue with the [...]