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Demo Reel 2015

January 22, 2015
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I’m not hosting video anymore on this site. I’m gonna make everyone go look at Vimeo instead. Demo Reel

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DEMO REEL, CV/BIO, CONTACT INFO for 2015

January 22, 2015
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DEMO REEL CV/BIO CONTACT

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Alexei Berteig – Demo Reel – Supplemental

January 21, 2014
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Extra content that’s not on my regular commercial-oriented Demo Reel. Contact Alexei Berteig To download, right-click on the links below and “Save As”. Alexei Berteig Demo Reel (SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL) – 360p, 22 MB Alexei Berteig Demo Reel (SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL) – 460p, 30 MB Alexei Berteig Demo Reel (SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL) – 720p, 50 MB

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Four Seasons Hotel Beijing – Five Star Tour

September 25, 2013
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Four Seasons Beijing

This is a highlight reel of material from an eight-day shoot in Four Seasons Beijing hotel. There is a LOT more material: we shot something like 40 different hotel rooms and venues. What we shot will make up a bank of footage for them to use to generate a variety of videos focusing on different features of their hotel. I produced, directed and shot this project. I wore so many hats that it got a little silly sometimes. I edited the highlight reel using Final Cut Pro X – it was my first experience with this software and, occasional crashes aside, it’s grown on me. I really like what you can do with the color correction tools in 10-bit color space. In my tests, I considered recording 2k ProRes but discovered that the field of view is slightly reduced at this setting — the camera records a slightly WIDER image at HD resolution. Given the tight spaces we were occasionally confined to, I went for the lower res but...

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Johnnie Walker House Beijing

September 12, 2013
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Video Tour Johnnie Walker House Beijing

This is a video brochure for the Johnnie Walker House event venue in Beijing. Directed (if you can call it that) by me, shot by me. SHOT WITH Arri Alexa Tungsten lighting Optimo DP Rouge Arri Master Diopters

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Zhong Guo Ren Shou TVC – directed by Alexei Berteig

September 10, 2013
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Zhong Guo Ren Shou TVC

This is a commercial I directed quite a few months ago, but only now have received a final copy. Heavy post work and lots of back-and-forth with the client resulted in dozens of revisions of the graphics. Cinematography by Jason Wong. SHOT WITH Arri Alexa Tungsten lighting Arri Ultraprimes

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Four Seasons Hotels – Videos

July 9, 2013
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Four Seasons Beijing has posted some of the work I shot for them in November. Here are the Youtube links. THE ART SCENE COOL BOUTIQUES ARCHITECTURE HUTONGS NIGHT SCENE DAILY LIFE CUISINE These were all shot with a combination of the Arri Alexa and the 5D-MKIII with the Technicolor CineStyle profile.

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Sweet Shot of the Week #16: Foggy Swim

February 14, 2013
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Sweet Shot 16 - Foggy Swim, A Part Apart

This was shot as a part of an international on-line 48-hour film festival competition. The final film is called “A Part Apart,” about a pair of Siamese twins that are separated only to discover that they still feel each other’s physical sensations through a kind of sensory telepathy. Causes a bit of trouble when one of them is making out with her boyfriend and her distant but separated twin feels every sensation…I won the category for best cinematography. Roger Deakins I ain’t… We had a lot of locations to cover but the swimming pool was by far my favorite. We turned out all the lights and I put a few open-face redheads on the side of the pool. There was enough humidity in the air and enough bounce on the water to give the barest fill exposure. For any smoke, water or atmospheric elements, as long as it’s lit at least 90 degrees off of the camera axis or even more backlit, I think it looks awesome. Negative fill...

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Future Developments of Digital Cinema

February 11, 2013
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Future Developments of Digital Cinema

Preamble I’d watched a DVD screener of Skyfall, and this highly compressed facsimile was a mere 1/10th of the resolution of the 2k original. My wife wanted to see it in the theater, so after I’d already watched it on my computer I enjoyed it in the theater as well. But in the theater, I really started to notice things like the sets, the makeup, how craggy Daniel Craig is getting, and (uh-oh) chromatic aberration from the Master Primes the film was lensed with (citation needed). I almost enjoyed it more on my computer screen, because I was watching a story, whereas in the theater I became more conscious of the craft. Perhaps the lack of visual detail in the DVD screener forced my brain to actively fill in the gaps, engaging my subconscious in an exercise in imagination, whereas the 2k projection made everything very literal. Then, the other night, I was watching (and thoroughly enjoying) an episode of Strikeback from Cinemax, and realized that just about everything I...

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Alexei Berteig – Demo Reel 2013

February 1, 2013
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Alexei Berteig - Demo Reel

Featuring work for Marie Claire, Ford, Xin-Net, BMW, Maybelline, L’Oreal, Haier, and more. Thanks to all the clients that have sent me copies of the finished work. 小 / S (360p, 58 MB) DOWNLOAD  下载 中 / M (480p, 82 MB) DOWNLOAD  下载 大 / L (720p, 140MB) DOWNLOAD  下载

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HDx35 B4/PL Optical Adapter Test

July 29, 2012
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HDx35 optical adapter on the Arri ALEXA

ABOUT THIS TEST The HDx35 is an optical adapter that allows you to use B4 lenses, which were originally designed for the 2/3″ HD format, on a PL-Mount camera. The HDx35 is one of those products that looks really good on paper, and gets your creative juices flowing; “hey, I can get a 10x zoom on my ALEXA and stick it on my shoulder, and basically use it like an ENG camera. Or I get the equivalent of a 24-290 Optimo on my Alexa for a tiny fraction of the cost.” Hello, documentary shooting, here we come. I did this test to see how practical the adapter is to use in real-world situations, and what are the compromises and tradeoffs we face by putting another piece of glass between the lens and the camera…similarly, I wanted to get a feel for the adapter so I can decide whether or not to recommend it to my clients, and to find out what shooting situations would call for it. This test...

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Sweet Shot of the Week #15 – Kung Fu Wall

July 28, 2012
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Kung Fu Wall

WATCH IT IN HD Kung Fu Girl: Michelle More Costume and Makeup: Ana.Sava Steadicam: Rick Tullis First AC: Steven Sun Music credit: “The Fuel,” From Bloodsport, by Sneaker Pimps Arri ALEXA Camera Settings: 25 – 120 fps shutter = 180 degrees ProRes 4:2:2 5600K Arri 18mm CP.2, 25mm CP.2/li>

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Sweet Shot of the Week #14 – Playing With Fire

July 28, 2012
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Kung Fu Fire

WATCH IT IN HD Kung Fu Girl: Michelle More Costume and Makeup: Ana.Sava First AC: Steven Sun Music credit: “First Cool Hive,” From Everything is Wrong, by Moby Arri ALEXA Camera Settings: 120 fps shutter = 180 degrees ProRes 4:2:2 5600K ISO 800 Arri 35mm CP.2 @T=5.6

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Sweet Shot of the Week #13 – Kung Fu Factory

July 26, 2012
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Kung Fu Factory

WATCH IT IN HD Kung Fu Girl: Michelle More Costume and Makeup: Ana.Sava Steadicam: Rick Tullis First AC: Steven Sun Music credit: “Burn The Clock,” From Now And Them, by Freeland Arri ALEXA Camera Settings: 120 fps shutter = 180 degrees ProRes 4:2:2 5600K Arri 21mm CP.2 @T=5.6

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Frustrated with OS X Lion

July 24, 2012
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Tally of time wasted. 8 Hours: Merging Mail from server with mail backups generated from Leopard. Problem: Mail.app on OS X Leopard has this “idiot protection” feature that, when moving mail from one mailbox to another, actually creates a duplicate of that message. I discovered about 5 hours into a very complex process that my mailbox was 27 GIGABYTES. Whoa. Start from scratch. 2 Hours: Getting my customized SSH scripts to work on Lion. Problem: Lion inexplicably renames AirPort as Wi-Fi in it’s new Terminal lexicon. Once I figured that out I could change the scripts accordingly. Documentation for such name changes? Good luck. 1 Hour: Getting my Epson laser printer to work. Problem: OS X Lion demands different drivers than Leopard. Epson’s site doesn’t explain this, even on the micro-site for my printer, it just has a driver for “10.5.” Logically, that would be the latest driver for everything newer than 10.5 right? Nope. Google search reveals a mention of “Lion” and “EPL-6200L” as part of the link description – that...

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Replacing Stolen 17″ MacBook Pro – Time For A Retina?

July 24, 2012
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Easy question: Which more painful? Losing your computer or losing your data? I’ll tell you what’s more painful than either: stupidly falling asleep with your front door wide open, waking up to find that you’ve been robbed. Now you’ve lost your computer and your dignity…for you suddenly realize, while walking around in your underwear chewing on a handful of almonds, that in spite of promising yourself to lock the door before going to bed, you not only forgot, but you closed your bedroom door and blasted the AC all night, sleeping the deep dreamless sleep of a real-life Homer Simpson. DOH! Luckily for me, a mere two days before this practically self-inflicted home robbery, during which the ballsy thief made off with my MacBook Pro and my Nikon D700, I realized that I needed to back up six month’s worth of work files sitting on my laptop. In the intervening week since it happened, I’ve managed to reconstruct most of what was lost, with a few paltry exceptions that will cost...

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Hiatus

July 24, 2012
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Apologies for the long silence… I’ve been working hard on many different projects, so I guess this site is working, in terms of reaching out, getting work and so on…but also my laptop was stolen and I’ve spun my wheels for nearly a week getting my digital life back up to speed. Coming Soon: New Sweet Shot of the Week Professional Dilemma: Choosing between 17″ Mac Book Pro and “Retina”

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Away

July 3, 2012
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Apologies for lack of updates – got involved in a whirlwind project, writing, directing and dp’ing a romantic-comedy for educational purposes from International Technology College based in San Jose, CA. When I come up for air in four or five days I’ll try and get back on top of things and continue to post my Shots of the Week and other fun stuff.

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Kodak R.I.P. ~ An Interview With my New Camera

June 13, 2012
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Interview with Arri ALEXA

Me: So how do you feel about the fact that you have contributed to the demise of Kodak. It is after all a company that has lived in the pantheon of Great Companies, great innovators. Alexa: Well if I had time to think about it, I suppose I’d feel a little badly… Me: You don’t have time to think about it! Have you no conscience? Kodak is the company behind the innovations that have made so much great art possible. Kodak is like, THE COMPANY that first let us shoot in the dark, produce indescribably beautiful images… Alexa: I’ve been busy. Me: So busy you can’t even pause to shed a tear? Alexa: Well, I’ve been busy, I’m shooting a lot… Me: Okay, well, moving on. Would you say that this is “the year that film died?” Alexa: Never say die. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished, and I can certainly achieve an image quality that rivals film in a general way, but there are still applications where film...

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Official Site Launch

June 6, 2012
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Hey All; This is the official launch of www.alexei-alexa.com, my blog about digital cinema and the Arri ALEXA, as well as anything related to my work as a cinematographer in and around China. I’ll be updating this blog on a regular basis, especially the “Sweet Shot of the Week” section, as I post experimental shots and demo reel material. I hope that this site will develop into much more than just a promotional tool. I intend to use it as magazine for articles on visual storytelling, spread good will in the industry, and chart my learning process as I practice my craft as a cinematographer. So far I’ve covered some basic “hot-button” questions concerning 2k and 4k resolution, been noisy about my beefs with Canon in general, and made some remarks about why people may not like 3D movies and 48 fps projection. That leaves a universe of topics for future posts. I’ll soon be writing about how to get the most out of the ALEXA in different situations, experiences with Chinese and Western crews, and other industry...

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