Successful behind-the-scenes videos benefit from the same kind of care and expertise that go into creating your main project.
Writes Alan Steadman of PetaPixel, "In my experience there seems to be a common misconception that shooting production photography and behind the scenes videos/documentaries are an easy task. While it’s true that these sometimes don’t require the normal spit and polish, photographers are used to, especially in terms of video work, I can assure you they’re no walk in the park. As is the case any time you’re working around high level talent, or even low level talent for that matter, there’s still plenty that could go wrong. A lesson I quickly found out as I started shooting behind the scenes videos a few years ago."
Read his full post here.
Redrock Micro talks to A Couple of Night Owls' Captain Hook about his recent tests with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.
He says, "I was really floored by the image and color, and that might seem strange having used the 2.5K version, but I'm still enamoured with that camera also. Both of these cameras cost less than our 2 Canon 5D3s we use for stills, it's just incredible. There will be a shock for some who don't know much about the BMD line of cameras currently, both good and bad. Missing firmware features like audio meters, in-camera formatting, remaining disc/record time, custom LUTs, etc, get requested often - but if you do your research prior and understand what you need to get going with these cameras then that stuff can be dealt with."
Dan Chung of News Shooter recently took the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera out for a spin on a night shoot in Beijing.
He writes, "Overall I found the results to be quite pleasing but marred by the presence of a ‘black dot’ issue from point light sources. These can be clearly seen in several frames of the video. I had encountered this before on the larger BMCC but was disappointed to see it on this camera too. Whilst this can be removed fairly easily in cinema post-production (harder if the object is moving), it makes life difficult for real world shooters on tight deadlines – who might have been hoping to use this camera for its stealth factor."
Read his full post here.
Black Betty Cameras have released their first camera, capable of recording up to 2K and with a Mac Mini built into the body.
Writes Engadget, "The feature that made us triple-take, though, is the built-in Apple Mac Mini with a special dock for swapping in and out 2.5-inch SSDs. That Mini isn't just for recording, either, you can leverage its semi-portable power to edit and even upload videos in-camera."
The camera is available for rental. Read more here.
Panasonic has developed an ultra-wide (64:9) four-camera system that can capture a panoramic view of a sporting field all at once.
Explains Gizmodo, "Its 160-degree panoramic view of the action is captured by four 16:9 high-def cameras that all move in unison inside a computer-controlled 88-pound rig. The cameras are all aligned so the edges of what they're shooting meet, with custom software used to seamlessly blend the transition between neighboring shots."
Read more here.
Directed by MTh’s Grady Hall and featuring visual effects and postproduction from Mirada, the music video for Capital Cities’ “Safe and Sound” is a vibrant, celebratory mash-up of dance styles from the past century. “We wanted to cover every decade of dance,” the director explains, “but I think we might need a sequel to do it.”
Hall and Mirada creative director Jonathan Wu guided a team of compositors through more than 80 visual effects shots for the video, with work including head replacements, animations, transformations and the integration of stock footage. Retro-inspired effects range from black and white silent film influences to psychedelia.
Team One worked with Lexus on “#LexusInstafilm,” a collaborative stop-motion film that consists entirely of Instagram photos. During Instagram’s recent #WorldwideInstameet, more than 200 participants joined Lexus at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., to contribute to the film, which stars the 2014 Lexus IS.
Directed by Jacob Rosenberg of Bandito Brothers, the film was a collaborative, mobile effort in which all participating Instagrammers contributed at least one photo. The snapshots were filtered by the individual participants and uploaded to Instagram with specific hashtags that allowed Team One and Lexus to sequence them. Team One used 3D mapping to pinpoint where and at what angle each mobile photographer needed to be positioned to capture the right shot at the right moment.
For the independent feature The Kings of Summer, Blacklist Digital collaborated with director Jordan Vogt Roberts, creating data workflows and handling data storage and on-set transcoding, as well as ensuring the resulting footage delivered the director’s vision.
Coinciding with the release of his Magna Carta Holy Grail album, Jay Z performed the track “Picasso Baby” live for six hours at Pace Gallery in Chelsea in June. Gallery-goers and luminaries in the worlds of art and music streamed in to be part of the surprise art installation. Directed by Mark Romanek, the ten-minute “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film” based on that performance is currently airing on HBO.
This latest test video of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera comes from French rental house Redloc.
Writes Cinescopophilia of the footage, "No super clever dialing in some awesome crazy settings, but rather turn the Pocket Cinema Camera on and try it out on scenes typical of everyday shooting situations for most users. And you know what they did drop in some add ons, and they shot some nice shots and some well… not so good shots. And that’s the point, and that surely has to be a good thing. A good honest camera look see, warts and all."
Read more here and watch the footage below.
Rae-Anne LaPlante of Zacuto provides some tips for shooting in the wild.
She writes, "Nothing compares to taking your camera into the wilderness and falling off the grid. I find it is an amazing opportunity to learn and develop as a professional. The wilderness is the best teacher. So here are some tips to be the best student on shooting video in the wild."
Read the full story here.
Nate Weber of Wide Open Camera provides his observations and reactions to Philip Bloom's short film "Hiding Places," which he shot as a camera test for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.
Writes Weber, "My first reaction was how impressive the architectural detail held up on the Super-161080p sensor. It’s sharp, and my initial impressions with the camera at NAB made me concerned that it wouldn’t resolve a sharp 1080p image."
Read his full post here.
A time-lapse created from over 10 years worth of footage from the Hubble Space Telescope might help scientists better understand black holes.
Explains redOrbit, "The video footage shows what experts have dubbed a 'space slinky' – a 5,000 light-year-long jet of superheated gas being ejected from a supermassive black hole. The movies were compiled using over 400 observations of a black hole resting in the center of the elliptical galaxy M87."
Read the full story here.
Philip Bloom's in-depth review of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera takes us through a practically minute-by-minute account of what it's like to shoot with it.
He writes, "The footage I shot came out well. I learnt a lot about what glass works the best with it and how I could shoot with minimal gear. I also learned to turn off the camera when not rolling as I only recorded 50 minutes of footage and used of 5 batteries. Mostly from keep forgetting the camera needed to be turned off between shots. Something I am not used to! Other issues became apparent but for the most part I really enjoyed shooting with it!"
Watch his test footage and the first part of his review below and read his full post here.
DP Evin Grant provides some new test footage from the RED Dragon.
He writes of his test, "My feeling is there is more DR visible here than the stated spec, but it’s hard to quantify. You’ll also notice I was very good about avoiding any hard clips. Even the fire ball shots hold color. Another thing is I’m really in love with the grain-like noise when the sensor is pushed to ISO 3200+ it’s really organic and gives the truly high ISO material a beautiful pushed film quality. It also handles mixed and discontinuous lighting like nothing I’ve seen. The shot of the girl dancing at 6400 ISO is shot under just an LED street lamp and plays much brighter than my eyes were seeing."
Watch below and read more here on NoFilmSchool.
Using a combination of hyperlapse and live-action, Anthony Dickenson directs the music video for Pretty Lights' "Around the Block."
Says Dave Geffin of Fstoppers, "I’m going to go all in and lay my cards down here and say that the video in this post is going to be the most innovative, creative use of combining stills and video together that we’ll see in 2013."
Read more here and watch the finished video and a making-of below.
In the below episode of The C47's Gearbox, Jem Schofield and Ned Soltz discuss the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.
Says Soltz, "With its sensor, with its recording to ProRes HQ--it will eventually record to raw DNG--...you've got a real, real winner I think with this camera. Something that really is going to be very important with the DSLR crowd to get a higher quality clip."
Watch below and read more here.
Neil Roberts of RedShark News gets hands on with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and gives his first impressions.
He writes, "I would recommend the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera to anyone who wants a small, lightweight camera that gives excellent results in difficult circumstances. I'm sure if I had been able to shoot in RAW mode it would have been even better."
Read his full post here.