This post is about the reality of the operation of the unit, over a year later "IRL" - in real life, though various shoots. I'll keep this short and sweet and highlight some of the main experiences that have changed...and some that have not and probably will not. I'll first deal with rigging, then move onto firmware, then color correction/images.
My goodness, 2014 was loaded with so much going on that I didn’t have much time to write about it. We completed some major threat avoidance films, purchased and tested a LOT of gear, and made some major shifts in how we work. Here’s a quick look at the year in review, starting with our conversion to a fully 4k-capable workflow from acquisition to edit to render out. Let's take a look, shall we?
I received our Shogun Recorder from Atomos yesterday and will post a better review/some additional information after the holidays. I have to say however that while usable and it does what it says it will do... it feels quite cheap. Does that mean it's not worth purchasing? Well, read on to find out.
This blog contains a lot of technical knowledge about the tools we use, but they are all a means to and end. The end goal is to help people communicate though visuals, and do that in an emotionally impactful manner. It's about thinking, and doing, and feeling. It's about anticipating every moment.
Sometimes I'm lucky enough to have met amazing creatives and see the short films they share online. This piece, "Bloom", made for Lincoln Motor Company, is yet another great example of visual metaphors in film: where visuals and sound and music transcend the spoken or written word and for a few moments remind us of who we are (or should be) as human beings.
After running a lot around with the Sony PXW-FS7 Camera and documenting it’s handful of odd known quirks and issues, Emmy award-winning cinematographer and frequent collaborator Rick Macomber and myself decided to get together for a few hours to shoot another test film. The results are above, and it’s a little more creative this time – with an actress and a poem written for it by yours truly. Click to watch, and to learn about what we found out.
DJI (makers of the very popular Phantom series of camera UAS or “drones”) have announced a new follow on named the Inspire 1. This new camera drone sits in the middle of the market between the low to medium low-end (the Phantom Vision models) and their high end (Spreading Wings), including elements of each. It looks like a "beast" as a millennial hipster "DP" may say as they stroke their extra long beard (no offense to hipsters of course, I listen to Mumford and Son too). But is it truly an upgrade to your image making from the sky?
This is a very short FS7 test, from my first real session shooting it besides messing around in the house while it rained. Once I got a clear day, I took the camera to the park and shot this over an hour, very quickly, all handheld/shoulder mounted as the camera comes out of the box. This is not my best work by any means, and has no real story, but so many people asked for some images I tossed this together. Includes extensive ongoing/evolving review.
I think this film is magnificent. Chris has chocked so many metaphors in this film to support the message that it's simply beautiful. From the way he uses slow motion, nature, the seasons, natural sound... you feel what the characters feel. You experience what they experience. You live a little more.