NEW BLOGS TO COME!!! (I PROMISE)
I haven’t been the best host, but some major updates are to come. Stick with me, I promise!
Oct 20, 2011
New York Comicon (how I miss thee…)
I’m madly missing Comicon now. It’s been over a decade since I’ve attended a comic expo and from what I remember, it wasn’t nearly this huge. It’s a long way from the smaller Big Apple Comic Cons that I was used to.
It’s a good thing I brought my gear with me to also turn this fun experience into a shoot. I wanted people to really feel and understand what the Geek culture really means. No longer is it a bad word, or a derogatory name for fellow enthusiasts. Instead now, it’s a word that holds power and great pride.
Filmed in the same manner as the MTA Going Your Way commercial, I stuck with shooting exclusively in LogC. I think the results were awesome and I’m very proud of this ad spot.
The way this was colored is in the standard RGB curves manner. Once in awhile I may use Color Finesse to add more vibrancy to the image. But, for the most part, I stick with simple tools- Luma Curve and RGB Curves.
Hope you guys like it and do leave feedback too.
Oct 11, 2011
Pro Wrestling and Metro North
A good friend of mine, Oleg Savitsky called me up recently to head over to his gym for a shoot. While I’ve visited several times before, this experience was different. An old friend of his, Vladimir Kozlov was heading over for training in grappling and some padwork drills. If any of you guys are familiar with him, Vladimir is of WWE fame, but he’s also been a Sambo champion for awhile now. So this realm isn’t foreign to him one bit.
I shot a short bit on him, making friends with his manager and making Oleg a happy camper all in the process. From the looks of it, more may come of this in the future, so after my eventual calling him tonight, I’d definitely like to work with Vlad again.
Like the MTA spec, I shot this entirely in LOG-C (Cinestyle) and the color grading results came out gorgeous. Probably some of the best I’ve done. I’ll say it again, there really isn’t a reason to shoot in any other manner for me right now. Regardless of the camera, I will forever need the LOG profile for the sensor.
You can check out the completed MTA spec commercial in the PRODUCTIONS section now.
Hope you guys enjoy it and leave feedback when you can. I’m open to all queries.
Oct 1, 2011
MTA and My Experience With Log-C
I’m never shooting outside of logarithmic setup again. Never. Okay, maybe not never- there may be clients who need footage as-is and not meant for post work to the fullest extent. So I was wrong with a previous argument I had with someone last week. More on that later. As per the advice of several ASC and Local 600 members, I’ve started working on several spec commercials. One in production, and 2 in the pre-planning phases. I want to begin flexing my muscle as an artist in a more dynamic sense that goes beyond what I’ve been working on up until this point. And since many cinematographers regularly work on commercials and music videos before (or during) features, I’m getting started.
Coney Island is planned for tomorrow morning’s shoot, so I’m crossing my fingers that I don’t get yet ANOTHER overcast weather situation. This whole week has been hit or miss with the rain and there’s only so much I can change in post. But, so far so good.