Sunday was a definitely a fun day. Yesterday, I had the good fortune to work along side a talented group of professionals that included Director, David Fishel, and Director of Photography, Ian Bloom on a short film born from David’s imagination and captured using the Phantom v640.
Pulling focus at a T-Stop of 1.4 and watching the Phantom capture life at 2000 FPS was amazing. Learning the software was equally intriguing from Ian. Shooting at such a high frame rate using an approximate ISO of 200 demanded a large amount of lighting and definitely added to the already toasty temperature of the studio.
The camera was mounted on a Caroni Lambda head via a Z-Jib (also know as a Zero Gravity Boom Arm) that offered DP a number of options to maneuver the camera around the set.
It’s always great to work with a talented and able crew that share a passion for a illustrating a good concept especially with such a fun set of toys.
Like most of the U.S., New York City is currently experiencing a heat wave and for the past three days I’ve documented this tropical spell while shooting time lapse for a new show to be aired on the Travel Channel.
The production company and crew were great to work with and provided me a enormous amount of freedom to get the shots. I had an opportunity to use the Meade Coronado mount and 497 controller as well as the Orion teletracker.
Both worked extremely well. I am partial to the Orion since I have more experience with this model and can navigate the controller easier.
The rig was mounted on top of a Sachtler ENG 2 D HD tripod with a Video 20 S1 fluid head. I definitely got a workout from carrying this monster set of sticks around NYC, but they provided me a very stable platform to mount the motion controlled head and 5D camera package.
Here are some pics I shot with my iPhone during my shoot:
I look forward to sharing the results with you from my three days of urban trekking when the show airs in the fall.
Tonight I’m gearing up to film a performance for my friend and long time collaborator, Jorge Rubiera
and his band, Animal Tropical
. They are making their NYC appearance tonight at The Cake Shop
in the Lower East Side. Balancing a Paps Blue Ribbon budget and a desire not to spend any more money, I decided to pool together a bunch of loose parts lying around my apartment.
Tonight I created my first Frankencamera (insert thunderbolt and a screaming damsel sound effect here).
The core of the rig is a Zacuto Universal Baseplate, V3, and 12-inch rods ($530). Yep, it’s an expensive baseplate, but it comes in very handy for my steadicam operating because it allows you to manipulate the side-side adjustments to help stabilize various cameras and setups. The camera is a Canon 7D ($1400), Canon 24-70mm lens ($1400) with a Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2 ($375) and the follow focus is the IKAN Follow-Focus Cine-kit ($400). The light is a Bescor LED-70 ($70) and I’m using a small offset bracket from RedRock Micro as a handgrip.
Finally, after realizing that the rig was going to be too heavy for me to handhold the entire performance I decided to use a Manfrotto 244 Magic Arm
($100) and a standard super clamp as a shoulder brace and counter weight.
Sound will be recorded with a Zoom H4N mounted in the back of the room. A line will be either plugged directly into to the Zoom from the sound board or we will have to settle with capturing the ambient sound.
Pros: Perfectly fine to be used as a blunt weapon in the Lower East Side and it didn’t cost a thing since I owned the stuff.
Cons: At $4275 Not cheap by any stretch of the imagine and definitely not appropriate for a paying client.
However, it good to know all those episodes of MacGyver didn’t go to waste.
I look forward to posting the results of the shoot.