Posts Tagged ‘ prores ’

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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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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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 #14 – Playing With Fire

July 28, 2012
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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 #12: “Ablutions”

June 3, 2012
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If I’d had 240 frames per second, I’d be happier…at 120fps, it still looks too normal to my eye. Music credit: “Radian,” From 10000 Hz Legend, by Air Arri ALEXA Camera Settings: 120 fps shutter = 180 degrees ProRes 4:2:2 5600K UniQ Optics 50mm @T=2.8

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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 #4: “Headlights”

May 22, 2012
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Alexa dynamic range test with headlights

Arri Alexa Dynamic Range Test – “Headlights” There’s a bunch of things I love about this shot, things that hightlight the Alexa’s strengths. First, there is no light on the faces of the people walking towards camera except the ambient bounce coming off the buildings behind me. But their faces are relatively clear. Shadow detail, check. When the headlight comes into view, you can clearly see every LED in the Audi fixture. Highlight detail? Check. You can also see every mote of dust swirling through the air. Yes, that’s the stuff we breathe in Beijing. The driver and passenger in the car are illuminated only by whatever light is coming off the dashboard. It almost looks like there’s a couple of MiniFlo’s tucked in there, but there’s not. As the Audi turns, the white paneling on the door shows the clear reflection of the people walking away. Lots of detail in those bright areas. Using the Alexa means exposing scenes in a new way. Things I’m not crazy about:...

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