A Short Film – Test footage

A few weeks before our planned filming date, myself and the director spent an afternoon going over the D3s settings and filming some establishing shots at our chosen location.  Although I have played with the video settings I had not yet been out to film anything seriously.  By altering the saturation settings and manually adjusting the white balance we achieved the feel we are aiming for.  We have however decided that the zoom shots didn’t really work.  The zoom lens is not motor driven and didn’t hold focus through its zoom range.  We want to do some further tests of zooming and focus pulling to see if we can manually achieve fluid turns of the zoom and focus rings without expensive rigs.  We were both extremely impressed with the capabilities of the camera and the output looked awesome.  The only major problem on the day was the lack of feeling in my frozen fingers!  I can’t wait till I can show you what we are working on…

A Short Film

In the last couple months, I have been learning Avid at my day job. It has been a steep learning curve with me having to edit together footage from an in-house event but it’s been a really interesting experience and I’ve learnt how to do everything from organising source material and preparing it for editing, defining my own workflow, techniques for editing sync and non sync video, customising project settings, enhance audio and levels for broadcast, using keyframes for image stabilisation and colour correction, and finally exporting for DVD creation! Unfortunately the finished product belongs to the company I work for and is not available online 🙁

However, myself and the editor at work have become friends and in the first few months of this year we are aiming to make a short film. Over the holidays I headed out to do a location recce. Now, I’m unsure of all of the details of the film as the co-producer is also the writer but I was told to find a local graveyard!! Intriguing I know but I thought this one was quite nice as graveyards go!

This is the first short film I have been involved in and have been thrown in at the deep end as co-producer and cameraman but I’m excited to be working on it! I’ll keep you updated on progress (via twitter) and when the short is finished, I will post it on here!