Posts Tagged ‘ Sweet Shot ’

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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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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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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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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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 #8: “Different Bokeh”

June 3, 2012
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Arri ALEXA different kind of bokeh

This experiment shows a more horizontal blur. This is not the spherical blur of regular lenses, nor is it the horizontal flaring and oval bokeh of anamorphics – it’s an optical trick to get those out-of-focus areas to do something a little different. The first shot just shows the background and foreground going in and out of focus. The second part of the clip shows a comparison between two identical shots, one with horizontal blur and one with spherical blur. This is an “in-camera” effect. DISCLAIMER: Please excuse the small shakes in the camera – I was packing gear around on my own and the tripod was about three sizes too small for the camera.

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Sweet Shot of the Week #5: “Gloomy Stairwell”

June 3, 2012
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Arri ALEXA low light test

I had a friend, the young and talented Varga Changizi, operate the camera for me while I took a turn as an actor. Poor casting aside, this shot was, for me, another revelation of the ALEXA’s strength in low-light situations. I actually had to put some black wrap on the exit sign that gives the initial greenish murky glow – it was too bright. I used an LED flashlight to creep up the stairs. After the light goes out, I struck two matches at once. When I saw the footage I was stunned to see that the flare of two matches was enough to illuminate the entire scene. I love the way the match casts flickering shadows on the wall as I come up the stairs. Arri ALEXA Camera Settings: ISO 800 25 fps 180 degree shutter ProRes 4:2:2 3600 degrees Kelvin Lighting Equipment: two matches one feeble exit sign One SmallSun LED flashlight

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Sweet Shot of the Week #3: “Candles”

May 16, 2012
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Arri Alexa Low Light Test – “Four Candles” Arri ALEXA Camera Settings: ISO 400 25 fps 180 degree shutter ProRes 4:4:4 4600 degrees Kelvin The lighting equipment for this shot consisted of: One match Four candles One SmallSun LED flashlight. The flashlight was, if anything, too bright on the table.

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