Posts Tagged ‘ alexa ’

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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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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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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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 #10: “Sun Flares”

June 3, 2012
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Arri ALEXA dynamic range test with sun flares

I wanted to really test the latitude of the Alexa by shooting directly into the sun. My experience with all kinds of other cameras is that when you shoot into the sun, your sky disappears. Or…all your subjects are in silhouette. When I took the footage into post for grading, the waveform monitors showed me something I’d never seen in the logC signal before…CLIPPING! A very small part of the image clipped – it was the disc of the sun. The LogC footage doesn’t actually look all that different from this final result. I took the highlights up about twenty percent and the shadows down about twenty percent, but the mid-tones stayed where they were and I just added saturation to finish off the grade. Of course when you increase the highlights, the image gets more contrasty and it looks more natural, but you also get more of the image clipping. What I like in these shots is that there’s still a lot of color information right into the...

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Sweet Shot of the Week #9: “Blessing”

June 3, 2012
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Arri ALEXA blessing the camera

This is the very first shot I took on my Arri ALEXA. I was in the Arri offices to go and pick up the camera and I wanted to bless the camera. So I recorded this prayer off my iPhone. This prayer has very special significance for me since it speaks of the power of the human spirit to bring new realities into being through the power of creativity. It is also a prayer whose power was a significant factor in bringing me to China. Full text of the prayer is: O God, O Thou Who hast cast Thy splendour over the luminous realities of men, shedding upon them the resplendent lights of knowledge and guidance, and hast chosen them out of all created things for this supernal grace, and hast caused them to encompass all things, to understand their inmost essence, and to disclose their mysteries, bringing them forth out of darkness into the visible world! “He verily showeth His special mercy to whomsoever He will.” O Lord,...

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Sweet Shot of the Week #2: “Vitamin C”

May 16, 2012
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Arri Alexa 120fps Test – “Vitamin C Nuke” The glass beaker is the glass from a French Press coffee maker. It’s sitting on top of an upturned silver salad bowl, just to get lots of light bouncing up from underneath. It took about two hours to get the tablet of vitamin C to land where I wanted in front of the lens. The depth of field in this extreme macro situation is a fraction of a millimeter. There are two panes of smaller glass in the water to make a sort of transparent channel for the tablet – after you know this you can just make out their bottom edges in the picture. I went through a lot of vitamin c before coming up with this method of guiding the falling tablet into the focal plane; the tablets just kept hydroplaning around the bottom of the beaker and nothing was in focus. So the glass sandwich in the water sort of forces the tablet to stay put. This was...

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To IR or not to IR?

April 11, 2012
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To IR or not to IR?

To IR or not to IR? The Arri ALEXA’s low-pass filter pack includes UV and IR-cutoff filters. According to Arri’s promo literature, you don’t need additional filters: The IR and UV cut-off filters let only those light frequencies reach the sensor which can be converted into a meaningful image. As with the D-21, the IR filter is specifically designed for the spectral response of the camera‚Äôs sensor, so no additional IR filter in front of the lens is required.(emphasis added) According to Arri’s FAQ (under “Exposure Questions / Can I use traditional ND filters with ALEXA?”), the story is a little different: While the close match between ALEXA’s custom designed IR filter and the sensor’s spectral response makes this issue less critical in contrast to some other digital camera’s, it is in general a good idea to only use traditional film ND filters up to an ND 0.9. So according to the promo materials Alexa doesn’t need IR-Cut ND filters. According to the FAQ however, you need ND/IR-Cut at...

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Has Nikon Glass Become Irrelevant?

April 3, 2012
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Has Nikon Glass Become Irrelevant?

Dear RED: Where’s your Nikon F-mount for the Epic? Don’t you know when we were using the 5D-MkII because our clients demanded low-cost “cine-like” footage, we reached for our EOS-to-F-mount adapters so we could use the sharper, smoother, higher-contrast glass of the Nikon zooms? Don’t you know that the Red One wen’t out with Nikon glass to capture some great images? Dear Arri; Rumor has it that you’ve planned a Nikon mount for the Alexa. We’d be so happy if you did… Dear Nikon; Make us some PL mount glass, already!

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