I had the most fun shooting these last couple days with friends than I have had in a long time. It was the best experience being able to work with professionals outside of my day job and doing something creative. Matt McDonald @TheMcDo is the mastermind behind these short comedy sketches that we filmed during a 2 day time schedule. He setup everything, organized everything, and even had a casting call with real actors who were more than happy to help out with his scripts. The crew was even laughing during each take when the actors pulled off each line written by Matt. I was really excited that I could be apart of this whole thing and that I could help with providing some production equipment to pull off the shots needed. After it was all said and done I think we all came away from this experience really happy to have worked together while making someone’s vision (Matt) come true. Now we wait for the final piece to see our work in a complete short piece.
As far as behind the scenes info is concerned I put 2 GoPro cameras to the test to see if I could capture our activities during production. Dealing with GoPro placement while also trying to DP the shots for each scene was sometimes a challenge as you will see in the video and images I provide. There were times that objects obstructed the camera view but was able to capture some of myself in the corner of the image. I was able to use my experience with my Glidecam to help with some scenes as well as my awesome Atlas 10 slider from Cinevate to help add some movement for some shots. We used some really nice Zeiss ZE glass which was either rented or owned by a crew member and we shot on Canon 7D’s which was my first time using since I own 2 Canon T2i’s. I have to say that this camera is definitely a step above of build quality and seemed way easier to balance on my Glidecam HD4000. I might have to upgrade someday. 🙂 Either way I am ready to work on more projects with any of these guys.
So, here is the video shot with 100% GoPro cameras.
And some pictures from the GoPro angles.
So I don’t usually talk about my family videos but this one is my latest creation and I have been trying to get a more consistent look throughout these videos of my daughter Tamara. I have used my Igus slider in a lot of my videos but my latest addition has been kind of a pain to figure out. It’s called a glidecam and the model is the HD4000 which is huge for a DSLR like the T2i I solely use on it but with enough weights added to the bottom it flies great. I think the hardest thing to learn is proper balancing which I know I don’t have yet and can’t seem to get no matter how much tweaking I do with the thing. It’s also hard to hold for long periods of time if needed and when chasing a toddler around a park is needed it’s a huge workout to say the least. I was sweating like crazy after 15 minutes with of course multiple breaks after every minute of use. I use an awesome lens called a Rokinon 14mm that is all manual with aperture and focus ring. I definitely think a vest and arm like the steadicam merlin combo would work for long hours of filming compared to my bicep/forearm trying to hold the thing steady. In the end I would have to say that the glidecam is a must have if you want some fun shots that are without a doubt steadier than just handheld. And it’s fun for the the toddler that wants chased around all the time. Now just waiting for daughter #2 to get here and it all starts over again. Here are some behind the scenes (BTS) pics while filming Tamara. She talks to my camera as if it’s a cute dog or pet now. I think she has more fun when I am filming than myself. Check out the video and you will see her cuteness for yourself. Video is below the pics.
I recently went to Matt Mingus’s T-ball game and wanted to try out my Glidecam HD4000 but with my iPhone4 mounted on the lower sled. This of course made it difficult to get it balanced but I wanted to try out some different editing ideas cutting from iphone footage and my T2i with 14mm lens. Here are some pics of the setup when I was done figuring it all out. But ultimately in the end after running around with it I decided it wasn’t going to work perfectly until I got a fisheye lens for the iPhone. Funny enough they do make them and you can find them on ebay for a pretty decent price.
Ok, so Cinevate is always coming up with some cool stuff for the big cameras and dslr’s out there but now they have come up with a really cool smooth running stabilizer for your iPhone 4 shooting HD or any small point-n-shoot. Check out this video for a demonstration of how smooth it is while walking around a crowded convention center.
I found what this product looks like but some of the features might be changing slightly. The price is also mentioned in the video which definitely seems reasonable for what this product can do.