Italy - DSLR Magic Lantern vs. Picture Profile //.

I figured I would do a quick blog post, i'm heading to Italy tomorrow for a couple days to accompany my photographer girlfriend on a wedding. Lucky me gets to enjoy some of the perks however as a pro bono for the couple i've had to negotiate a small wedding video for them. I tend to stay away from these but couldn't really resist the urge to film some of the landscapes just outside of Pisa. 

I would usually take my RED however sometimes you have to go for what will work best. I got my hands on a 6D and tried for most of the day to figure out how I can pull the best results out of it without a budget. My conclusion has pretty much come down to picture profiles vs magic lantern. 

Magic Lantern has been around for a while and from the brief articles i've read I developed an a bit of an expectation from it. The features are awesome and it definitely helps by providing the tools I need to make sure my exposure is on point without needing to buy any extra accessories like a monitor hood or attachable viewfinder. My let down definitely came when I started to play with the RAW modules. I knew it would be intense on the DSLR but not to the point where it's functionally is really constrained. I have a pretty quick SD card at 633x speed or 94mb/s however even though magic lantern says I can film at a resolution just below 1920x1080 I get approx 3 seconds before it skips a frame. Reducing the resolution gets me more seconds but the most I can get out is about 40 seconds, not completely unusable for a wedding but the catch is that at that low resolution it crops the sensor. 

I figured I would jump back on to looking at picture profiles. I had a 7D years ago and it doesn't seem much has changed in this area. For the most part cinestyle, prolost and marvels cine are still the most talked about. I think marvels has dropped off the board, cinestyle is the technical choice and prolost is on the run. I really hoped I could find a real improvement but at the end of the day you're still stuck in an 8-bit color depth and a limited bit rate. 

Since it's a wedding and i'm really just doing it for the fun of it, i'll run with cinestyle and focus my attention on some of the other filmmaking conventions - composition, people and story. 

I was fortunately in Italy not to long ago and this is what I got from just using a faithful picture profile, which is a big reason i'm not running over and grabbing some super fast SD cards. These are pretty low screengrabs from the DaVinci resolve preview window, i'll update these later when I export the files. 


red rooster //.

I did some work for Naked Comms on their spots for Red Rooster and Sumo Salad. 
Animation - Patrick Justin


presence promo / iceland

Quick write up on my experience filming in Iceland. 
First of all I flew in with pretty much no sleep. Having just done a 1 day stop over in LA for another music video location scout I landed in Reykjavik bright and early. 

During winter, Iceland doesn't get a large amount of sun because of it's angle and rotation with the sun. You will get approximately 5 hours of daylight and the sun generally won't rise higher that 45 degrees from the horizon, this works in your favour as you almost get a golden hour style of light all day, plus because of the snow you get a great fill source. I shot everything with natural light. Downside ... it was nek level freezing. Your nose couldn't leak fast enough before it froze and mixed your facial hair ... yum. 

I rented some gear from one of the 2 rental place in Iceland. They have large amounts of lighting gear however cameras are limited, so finding a good deal is quite tricky. 

Lastly, overiceland.com / @volcanoair which is operated by Haraldur E. Diego is a great contact for anyone wanting to fly in a cessna over iceland, besides the experience the shots I got was absolutely insane and something I believe should be done by everyone. I'm definitely going to try and find more ways to get into the air to film, theres little experiences like it. 

I shot handheld with 11 - 16 Tokina at approx f/10 at 75 - 90fps I believe for majority of it. Plenty of light for exteriors and focus wasn't something I really wanted to worry about when I was up there. 

Here are a couple stills from the trip. 



Iceland, I hope to visit you again soon!



 

Snowboarding Europe //.

Just got back from a crazy adventure snowboarding in the swiss and french alps. Most of these pics are now on my instagram but I figured I would post them up here for better quality. Photos were taken all around and I can't put more than one drop pin on the map, but quite a few were taken in Andermatt - Switzerland, Val d'Isere & Tignes - France and Chamonix - France. All taken with an iPhone as I went along.