by Jared Abrams | 11th July 2010
Here is a little more BTS from our third day of shooting “Someday Hero” Written and Directed by Darcy Fray. This scene is a fight between a husband and wife interior kitchen set. I wanted a “Magic Hour” feel to the interior lighting so I used two Bron Kobold 200W HMI’s. They were just enough to expose the room and still gave us the hard light we wanted. One of the best features of HDSLR’s is their low light capability. We were able to match exposure to within one stop from the exterior to the interior with only two 200W lights. The Kobold two hundred watt HMI’s are awesome. They stay cool to the touch and can be adjusted without gloves. I found this feature super handy. *****Warning! This video contains profanity. *****Read more
by Jared Abrams | 8th July 2010
Here is a little BTS action from our fist day of shooting “Someday Hero”. This short film is about a boy named “Jack” who eventually grows up to be a superhero impersonator. He is subjected to an abusive Father as a child and lives next door to an abusive family as an adult. He eventually tries to intervene with drastic result. This story hits very close to home for me so I was in as soon as I read the script. My total camera budget for this five day shoot is under 2K, including labor and sound. We used China Balls with “soft white” 200W bulbs and dimmers to light this fight scene where “Jack” sees his father abuse his mother. This is a pivotal scene in the film, so we used two cameras. The “B” camera was a Canon 7D on a Glidecam 2000 with a Tokina 16-50mm Zoom Lens, over the shoulder of the lead as he watches his Father abuse his Mother. I brought Steadicam operator Scott Coleman in for this particular scene. The “A” camera was hand held with a Red Rock Micro Eyespy Deluxe Rig with a Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 70-200mm IS Zoom Lens. I used the Neutral Picture Style with the Saturation and Contrast turned down two notches. This should give the editor and colorist enough latitude to adjust in post. I was living in “Native” ISO 320 at an f2.8 most of the day. My AC Hunter Kerhart ended up literally frying two iPhone 4’s on this shoot so far. They keep overheating while trying to edit. This is the second phone so there must be some kind of glitch there. We will go back to shooting BTS with our Canon 7D. The IQ on the iPhone 4 is good, but not really ready for prime time yet.Read more
by Jared Abrams | 10th April 2010
Here is the Music Video I shot with Director Darcy Fray for the song ” Goodbye L.A.” by Reagan Browne on a rooftop in Downtown Los Angeles. The “Drop Test” Canon 50mm f1.8 made it in the video. It really did work like a “Lens Baby” with iris control. Jason Wawro shot “B” camera. Nancy Schreiber , ASC has really embraced the HDSLR’s and lent us her fantastic eye for the Downtown L.A. shots. Philip Miller did the cutting. Chris Collins and Hunter Kerhart AC’d. We shot with Zeiss Ze Primes, two Canon 5D Mark II’s and a Canon 7D. Neutral Picture Style at 160 ISO.Read more
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