Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Harbor View - Production Wrapped

Production has wrapped on the upcoming "Harbor View"! Eleven pages in two weekends, it was an exhausting shoot but successful. Micah McFarland (Director) and Zack Gross (Producer) are beginning to work with the footage in preparation for editing. 

Like the page on Facebook - facebook.com/Harbor-View or stay tuned on the webpage for updates on the production. hmdfilms.com/harbor-view

I'm working on getting some of the visual effects ready for compositing once the rough cut is finished. Set extensions, and 3D renders, we'll see what happens.

For now, enjoy a night photo I took after we wrapped filming.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Hand Me Down Films

My good friend Zack Gross has begun his own independent production company, with which I have had the pleasure of working on a few of their latest projects, including their new feature film "The Blame Game". 

Another upcoming project we're working on is "Harbor View" which is Written and Directed by Micah McFarland.

Harbor View

Hand Me Down Films is an independent production company, focused on creating smart, original, low-budget productions. Based in the Virginia area, just outside of Washington D.C.

Go take a look at some of the stuff they're working on at the link below!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Blame Game

Some friends of mine are getting ready to shoot another feature film this summer. I helped them shoot this video using my DIY steady-rig. Check out the video and if you can, help them out by checking out the project!

THE BLAME GAME is a dark comedy set in New York, which follows TOMMY, a playwright, struggling to make it on Broadway. One of his friends, Allie, invites him to a party she's throwing with a bunch of her successful "artsy" friends.

Tommy, hoping to make some contacts, maybe get inspired, or even just to get a meal, goes to the party. During the course of the night some strange events transpire in which a pair of dauchsunds is kidnapped, someone catches on fire, and one of the artists turns up dead. It's soon made apparent that one of the group is the murderer, which sets Tommy on a mission to discover which one of them it is.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Current Project

Sorry I haven't been keeping up with the posting. Been busy working on another project called Future Wars. Go over and check it out! Most of the updates will be posted on that site, and then make sure to look below for demos of some of the equipment I've been using on the shoots.


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Zoom H4n - Little known feature!

When I first began using the H4n I had always wanted to know if there was a way to bypass the internal microphones and use four external mic's instead with the 4ch recording. When looking on the back of the recorder there is a 3.5mm (1/8in.) jack. I always suspected that this may be another input jack to bypass the onboard mics, but never had the opportunity to test the theory.

Today while working, the thought came to me again. A few minutes scrounging the web and I came across this video which confirms the theory. Needless to say this makes the H4n even more versatile than we thought and will make future projects even easier. Take a look for yourselves!

Using 4 inputs on the H4n (by-passing the internal mics) from Petros Kolyvas on Vimeo.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Future Wars - Test Footage

Some more footage from an upcoming project where we used both the Aperture LED light and the DIY Steadicam. There isn't any added sound, just some test shots as a promotional sequence.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

LED Lighting - Aputure 198

(Videos Below)
In the past, LED lights have been avoided for use in set lighting due to flickering and color-temperature issues. Also due to the high cost per watt, LED lights have not been pocket friendly either. However, LED lighting is slowly becoming more affordable for the average pro-sumer and consumer markets.

One of my recent purchases was the Aputure Amaran 198 LED fully dimmable light for video.

My first chance to use the light was during the same shoot on which I used my DIY Steadycam. Bright and rugged, the light worked great for the conditions we were shooting in. The portability, small size, and low heat were perfect for the gorilla style shooting we employed. Being that it uses either AA or lithium batteries made it even easier, not having to worry about running power to inaccessible locations.

The LED light was at 100% (with used batteries), I was using my T3i handheld @ ISO 6400 with the Olympus OM-1 50mm @ f/1.8. The footage is quite grainy, but due to the nature of the location the graininess played well. The LED light was also the only other lighting than the ones mounted on their guns.

I'm not sure on the actual lumen output or equivalent incandescent wattage, but the amount of light thrown by this is quite bright and uniform. During some testing indoors, the colors seem fine and the light output is great. If shooting some event videography, documentary or sit-down interviews this little light would fit the bill perfectly.

One other feature which is especially useful is the ability to stack and attach additional lights or other accessories to the cold shoe mounts on every side of the light. So if you need additional light, but still want to be mobile, you can attach a second light to the top, or if you want to mount a shotgun mic on one side of the light you can.

They say they have balanced the light temperature for daylight (5500k) and it includes a CTO filter and white diffusor. The color temperature seems pretty accurate, however I have noticed some greening of the light which was expected, I've found that this greening can be countered with some 1/8 minus green (magenta) gel if needed. White-balancing like normal works as well if you're only using this light.