I started to work on a short video series called A Macro World. The first video short is of objects found in my backyard either natural or just objects laying around to film. I am using a combination of equipment to achieve the look I want for the series. Here is te list so far: Canon T2i, Bellows Macro adapter, Kit lens 18-55mm, a couple different FD lenses with and without the bellows adapter, and my DIY slider.
The video an be found here: http://vimeo.com/15448877
My first experience with Apple Motion software was pretty confusing. At first I couldn’t figure out the different window arrangements and what they meant. Once I figured this all out thanks to Ripple Training and the DVD tutorial called “Motion 3 Fast Forward“. After watching this tutorial for an hour I decided to venture off and “play around” with the software. I started by bringing in some Photoshop layers with my character “Flathead” and trying to set the scene for an introduction video to Flathead Productions. After days and many hours working by trial and error I finally completed the intro along with the Hawaii wedding video I had shot in May. It’s the best feeling to finally finish a completed video piece.
The coloring was done in Magic Bullet Looks by Red Giant software thanks to Philip Bloom and his video tutorial on how he did his color grading on “Return to Dungeness”. The scenes I shot in Hawaii were on a Canon HF100 with the JAG35st adapter. The 35mm adapter has a static (st) screen in which images from old school Canon FD lenses project onto and in turn the video camera records this projected image. In the camera itself the image is recorded upside down which makes shooting live events a little difficult to do especially when you need to create an interesting composition of each scene with only a few seconds to do so. That’s the nature of “LIVE” events like weddings and such in life. This was my first time using the 35mm adapter with a few lenses I had purchased off of eBay the week before. I guess you can say there is nothing like waiting until the last minute. My past experiences with shooting weddings has been with a huge and bulky camera called a Canon XL1s which I mount on my shoulder to do all of my “run N gun” shooting. This little camera with adapter and lens doesn’t even feel a quarter of the weight of my huge camera which in turn makes it difficult to say the least in getting a completely steady shot. In the future a steadicam of some sort would be more than helpful.
On another note, the editing of the video was easy to do in Final Cut Studio which I made full use of by using Final Cut, Motion, and Soundtrack. I can say that using these 3 software titles together was as seamless as anything I have seen. I can’t wait to continue learning new and cutting edge techniques with this software package to help tell interesting stories through video and animation.
Philip Bloom is an amazing director of photography and has recently created a video explaining the basic fundamentals and physics of 35mm adapters. He specifically uses the Letus35 brand as he visually demonstrates the differences between using a 35mm adapter on your video camera or just using your stock camera lens. The way he explains every aspect of 35mm adapters and how Depth of Field (DOF) can benefit your story telling abilities is very easy to follow and understand. The demonstration also shows us why we need a 35mm adapter to achieve the “film look” on any consumer/prosumer video cameras and why these cameras can’t get that kind of DOF without an adapter. If you are interested in learning about 35mm adapters and their benefits in helping your videos have that film look, then watch Philip Bloom’s video because it helps answer the many questions you might have regarding these adapters. Here is the video:
When watching his videos look at how he doesn’t use the “Zoom” function on his high end video cameras. A nice rule to live by when using your video camera is to move closer to your subject if you want to get a closer picture. Also, if you are using any 35mm adapter on your video camera you will not be able to use the zoom function because of having to zoom in on the 35mm adapters “focus screen” or “ground glass” which is where the image from whatever lens you use is projected onto. This is also explained more in his video demonstration.
Also, check out Philip Bloom’s website http://philipbloom.co.uk/
Or do a search for Philip Bloom on http://vimeo.com
I have researched a lot of different types of ways to enhance video in order to keep the viewer interested. 35mm adapters are becoming more available for the home video camera operator. There are also professional adapters that cost a lot more money but can give you a better video image. Of course it also depends on the glass you use on the end of whichever adapter you choose. There are a lot of lenses out there to pick from but the best ones usually cost a lot. Here are some companys that create these adapters. The list shows cheaper less expensive types on up to the best adapters on the market.
Check out www.vimeo.com to view sample work using many of these adapters. One of the best companies utilizing the brevis adapter is stillmotion. Also, check out Philip Bloom, Tom Guilmette, Casey Warren, and Steve Weiss. These guys either make great videos or just create great product for the prosumer videographer.