Hey everyone! First update in a while, as I’ve had my hands full all summer with a whole bunch of film work on a big bunch of projects. We’re still gearing up to hopefully shoot our next short in the last week of July, but up until that, and after it there’s a few projects left in the calendar.
So since summer started, what we first did, and what you might have seen in the above news slider, is that we shot a music video along with the team over at Air-Wipp – a national parkour team. We shot most of the film using a steadicam and at 60 frames/second. We also used Twixtor in post-production, a plug-in which enables speed slowdowns to over 500 or a 1000 frames/second. We’re hoping to be able to finish the music video sometime during next week, as I’ll be going over to Tegler Film and working on a few last touches, including some 3D lens flares, courtsey of Optical Flares from Video Co-Pilot.
A week ago I worked as 1st AC (assistant camera) on a local feature film pilot called Gesta Danorum (directed by Karen Helene Haugaard), shot in a viking village during two days. We shot the pilot using the Red One camera with some anamorphic lenses – meaning we were able to use all available pixels in the sensor to shoot some stunning 2.35:1 Cinemascope footage. Was a very fun experience. Also learned quite a lot, as I constantly worked with the experienced Anders Brandt, our DP for the weekend. Working as 1st AC (or “Focus Puller”) is fun albeit a constant challenge. I basically took care of the camera, changed lenses and had to work with an eye on the monitor as well as some intuition to keep all the correct things in focus. And when you get on a 300mm lens and shoot almost wide open, it proves to be quite difficult. But despite it being hard, I’m really interested and hope to be able to work in a similar role if the film gets funding to make the full feature sometime next year, or the year after that.
But that’s not all! I’m working as camera assistant this weekend along with my good friend Janssen Herr on a music video in Malmö. Got a great and very handy camera bag as birthday present last week so it’ll be the first real test of that. Looking forward to some long days outside in the sun shooting a whole bunch of footage using DSLR cameras – the other side of cinematography compared to the big and clunky RED camera. But both have their upsides and downsides.
Currently in discussion to hopefully work on a few other short films during the summer before I start working as 2nd AC on a feature film in August. The project is full-time and spanning 8 weeks, and I really look forward to starting to work there. Have had a few meetings with the crew behind the film, and while it’s a fairly small-sized production, we’re still shooting on Red and hopefully using some Compact Primes, which is always fun!
I’ll have some more updates in a few days, along with a larger update on the plan for our short film project.
Before I leave you though, you should all check out the new software package from FXhome, HitFilm, which combines NLE editing and 3D compositing and some powerful effect engines. I’ve been involved in the development since a couple of months ago, and I think this really will change the game for indie filmmakers in terms of both price point and usability.
Along with the product launch, the guys over at FXhome joined forces with Corridor Digital a while back to produce this wonderful short film, Prism, which utilizes a lot of the capabilities of HitFilm. Check it out embedded below!
Hope you all like it! Also, as part of our upgrade to the 2011 website (mostly under-the-hood, non-cosmetic changes), you might have noticed our first bit of Facebook integration right below the news scroller on the home page. This will be expanded greatly in the summer and you’ll be able to comment on posts and pages using your Facebook account. More on that soon though! Take care everyone and let’s talk again soon!