"Zone" - DGS Samurai Champs

June 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

"Zone" is the second single from the EP, "Crayons" by DGS Samurai Champs. DGS also represents TrifectaYQR, a collective group of artists from Regina, Saskatchewan.

This video was filmed during the course of one afternoon and evening, on location at Wheelhouse Cycle Club. We had a great team of volunteers to cycle all day long on repeated takes. Our friend Connie was the visual director in charge of coordinating the ladies costumes and designing the masks.

The initial lighting setup was done with 2x Aputure 672S LED panels, combined with the existing overhead bulbs in the room. We hung a couple Slimpar Pros to backlight Marvin and Savan. We had Joseph Dunn assist with the special effects, by controlling the beams and smoke machine.

To film, we used a Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera in RAW 3:1 at 23.976 fps. Most of the video was filmed just on a tripod with fluid head, with just a few steadicam shots included. I then color graded and edited this in DaVinci Resolve.

Jon Chan from Athirdtime Photography was on hand taking behind the scenes pictures. Check out his website at the link to view the gallery.

Equipment Used:

-Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera

-Blackmagic Video Assist 5" Monitor

-Panasonic Leica 15mm f/1.7, Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4, Panasonic Leica 42.5mm f/1.2

-Aputure AL-672S LED Lights, Chauvet Slimpar Pro VW, Chauvet Legend 230SR

-CAME-TV Tripod

-CAME-H4 Carbon Fiber Stabilizer

-SmallRig Shoulder Rig

"The 90s" - Unkle Adams

November 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

"The 90s" is the first single by Unkle Adams, from his newest album release "Planting Seeds".

The song is for all people who grew up sometime during the 1990's, and the memories and activities from that time frame. We wanted the video to incorporate as many visuals that matched the lyrics as we could. It was pretty hard to track down a lot of the props in time, and unfortunately we missed some. We also lost a day of shooting due to bad weather.

For this shoot, I used the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera. This has been a great camera for my shooting style and will most likely be my camera of choice for the next little while. I've been using some of of the native Micro 4/3 glass from Panasonic & Olympus as opposed to the vintage style lenses I was using before, just to switch the look up a little bit.

We shot the living room video game scenes at my parents house. This scene was lit with a couple Aputure LED panels, mixed with some practicals. The layout wasn't quite ideal for a video set but we made it work after moving a bunch of shit around.

The outdoor scenes were filmed during the day all with natural light. We found some locations that Unkle Adams grew up in and got what we needed. Some tricky shadows were present here and there on some faces, but we were moving around a lot and weren't really setup to get some fill/reflector light in there.

The filming format was recorded in RAW 3:1 at 23.976fps, and 50fps for slow motion shots. Standard 180 degree shutter speed was used. This was all graded and edited within DaVinci Resolve, which I am now trying to use for everything.

Equipment Used:

-Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera

-Blackmagic Video Assist 5" Monitor

-Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4, Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7

-Hoya UV & IR Cut Filter, Hoya ProND Filters, Schneider Hollywood Black Magic 1/8 Filter

-Aputure Amaran AL-672/AL-528 LED Lights

-CAME-TV Tripod

-CAME-H4 Carbon Fiber Stabilizer

-SmallRig Shoulder Rig

-YUNEEC Q500 Typhoon Quadcopter

"Crayons" - DGS Samurai Champs

May 14, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

"Crayons" is the newest single from Jeah and Merv xx Gotti of DGS Samurai Champs, from their upcoming EP also titled Crayons. DGS represents the Trifecta Music Festival and their group of artists, who Markout Music is also a part of.

The concept of Crayons is that it represents the female's color pallet, from their makeup, hair color, skin color, ethnicity and overall style they present themselves with. So the artists wanted the video to show a brief story of a particular female using her "Crayons" to prepare for a night out with friends.

This production was planned and executed within a very short period of time as we had about a 3 week deadline to have everything filmed and edited. The location was set at Lot Club, and thanks to a great team of people we completed this by the deadline.

The first night, we filmed the solo scenes of the female lead putting on her makeup, and the isolated performance scenes. The makeup scenes were done in the female washroom in front of a nice looking mirror with some interesting character, and crammed some lighting in there. The performance shots were done right beside the DJ booth, and we went for more of a dark moody look and added some color tint in post.

The second night, we hosted a private party to get some bodies into the video and make things look like a real club night. Majority of these scenes were lit with 2 LED panels, mixed with the venue's practical lighting which ran a little warm. We had about 3-4 hours to complete the shoot so time was a little tight, but first priority was to make sure the female lead looked great in her scenes. The energy in the remaining performance scenes was great as well.

For this video, I used the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera. This was my first project with this camera, but it is similar enough to the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, that I was already very familiar with the system. For glass, I used a set of Minolta MD lenses that I've recently been collecting on eBay, after finding a couple of prime lenses stored away in my parent's closet. I was very pleased with the results I got from this setup, and will definitely be using these in upcoming projects.

The entire video was shot in Raw 3:1, and graded in DaVinci Resolve. Due to lighting, I was satisfied with how most of the shots turned out, and they were pretty easy to work with. The goal was to make this look somewhat like a real bar or club, with some color tinting here and there, but to also keep it light and clean enough for the main subjects to look good.

Equipment Used:

-Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera

-Blackmagic Video Assist 5" Monitor

-Minolta MD 20mm f/2.8, Minolta MD 28mm f/2.0, Minolta MD 50mm f/2.0

-Zhongyi Lens Turbo Adapter for Minolta MD to M43

-Came-TV Single 3 Axis Gimbal

-Came-TV LED Panels and Fotodiox Flapjack C-200R

-Tripod & Edelkrone Slider One

-Generic Shoulder Rig

Music Review: "The Lot" - Markout Music

May 12, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

"The Lot" is a brand new single from music entertainment super group, Markout Music. Brand new in this case, having a loose meaning. The vocals were apparently recorded months ago and were sitting silently on a laptop hard drive until published 23 days ago. Unfortunately, not enough people have listened to the song to the artist's liking, so yes, this song is still exclusively new.

Based on true events, "The Lot" is an accurate and chilling first hand account of a young man's primal desires at a popular nightclub establishment. One that provides the very best service, world class entertainment and a stylish environment in an approachable, casual atmosphere. At least, that is what their public website indicates.

The song introduction begins with some instrumentals clanging around, handcrafted by Regina producer Sid Tap. Very much like the world-class cocktails handcrafted by the bartenders at this particular establishment. You begin to hear the artist start to talk to himself in the background. "Where we go?" This question is answered soon thereafter.

Following the moment the beat breaks, we begin to hear the artist's confession regarding the purpose of his arrival. He wants to find a mate, and he wants free beverages. The artist reminds us that he is human, and has faults. He contradicts himself by telling tales of spending large amounts of money on food and jewelry, but confesses that he smuggles alcohol into the bar to save money. This internal struggle continues to play on throughout the song and it is beautiful.

After the chorus completes, we are treated to a verse that is so perfectly crafted (much like the perfectly crafted cocktails at this bar), I can't pick one particular line to showcase! And I just don't feel like talking about it.

The first artist is then joined by a friend who recalls his accounts of the night at the bar. The second artist, a self proclaimed hoss, is having real troubles trying to create physical space around him in order to act upon his own desires. Are these lyrics also a subtle reminder that many of us are having difficulties finding our place in life with so many pressures from modern society? I'm speechless, this is genius penmanship.

He later tells us that he is coming to this bar after gambling at the casino. However, he is not at all worried about the outcome of his speculative risk. If in the possible event he loses his initial investment, a friend will idemnify his financial status. This is an eye opening commentary on our current society and our inability to take accountability for our own actions, and consider potential consequences. Brilliant!

In conclusion, this song is fucking incredible from top to bottom!

Final Rating: 10/10 (with +1 bonus point for it being based on a true story, as songs and movies are always jocked harder based on those circumstances).

"Original" - Unkle Adams

March 19, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

"Original" is the newest single from motivational rapper and speaker, Unkle Adams. The song is about striving to just be original and different.

This video was filmed over the course of 2 days. We faced a few challenges getting what we needed within some of the time frames, as well as shooting within tight spaces. But I think it turned out well in the end!

The main setup used for most of the video was the Panasonic GH4, along with the Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 lens. The flexibility of this setup allowed us to quickly grab a variety of shots in tight spaces. The camera was very nice to use, as we were able to shoot the whole video off of 3 batteries and 1 SD card. The lens worked well to fly around on the gimbal, while adding OIS and autofocus when needed.

The footage was shot with the Cine-D color profile, and graded in Davinci Resolve using Paul Leeming's "Leeming LUT" to start things off. Things felt pretty easy to work with color wise. The first verse scene did have a couple issues with the background colors, but I was able to wrestle around with them enough to get them to our liking.

Scenes were lit using 2 LED panels from Came-TV, along with existing practical lighting. The kitchen scene is the shit!

Equipment Used:

-Panasonic GH4

-Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8

-Canon FD 85mm f/1.8 & Chinese Lens Turbo

-Came-TV Single 3-Axis Gimbal

-Came-TV LED panels


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