A second, alternate version of my El El Frijoles video. About 30% shorter and with more music on the back end.
Here’s the original version:
Preference?… I’m not sure myself. I think the original film is more of a documentary and the newer version has more of a promotional feel.
My week of new videos continues a piece for Fordham Law School, an interview with Professor Jed Shugerman. This is one of three just released concurrent with the online version of their magazine.
I have been doing these for a number of years. The setup remains pretty consistent with slight tweaks to adjust to different rooms, different cameras, or different lights.
Over time, I have found that a 7′ wide backdrop is the smallest I can go and still have enough separation between the subject and the background to light each separately. At one point, I was using two Litepanel Sola ENGs to light the background (3.5″ fresnels.) They are great lights but in this setup and with their round shape they never had quite enough coverage. I now light the background with two Litepanel 1×1 floods and use the Sola ENGs as a backlight on the subject and sometimes to light the interviewer – that’s something I’m experimenting with. It’s a way of bringing the interviewer, who neither seen nor heard in the video, out of the shadows during the taping to enhance their connection with the interviewee.
In terms of audio, I started out using both a shotgun mic and a lapel lav mic on the subject. The shotgun has always sounded better and now that I can see the sound levels directly while filming with the C300 (as opposed to a dslr second system sound setup where they would be on an external recorder) I feel more comfortable just using the shotgun.
Setups and lighting:
My film, Marlabs Campus, was published almost exactly a year ago. This new film was part of that same project but was under an embargo until the client could publish it. The campus film featured Marlabs’ recruiting and hiring program, this new film celebrates Marlabs’ corporate mission and philosophy.
Shot almost entirely on the Canon C300 with a mix of slider, sticks, monopod, and handheld work. There are a few older clips of their server room shot with a Canon 1D Mark IV. Lighting, as has been the case, is via my Litepanel 1x1s filtered to mix in with the ambient light.
I have had the pleasure to work with NJ SHARES for seven years. This fall we made the jump from stills work for their annual report to a video to celebrate their fifteenth anniversary, tell their story, and inspire donations.
I directed, shot, and edited the piece. I also shot the still images you see within the video; NJS’ annual report covers and marketing materials.
NJ SHARES is a statewide non-profit which provides energy and utility assistance to low and moderate income individuals and families in need. Since 1998 NJ SHARES has helped over 175,000 households with more than $70 Million in assistance.
This was shot on the Canon C300; a mix of handheld, sticks, slider, and monopod work. The interviews were lit with Litepanel 1×1′s and SOLA Eng’s, as needed.
This past August I had the opportunity to work with Sheyenne Brown, an up and coming actor and performance artist, for a spread for Middlebury Magazine. Sheyenne was developing a piece called, Shower Me, based on the guests attending a baby shower. The assignment was a challenge and a blast.
A challenge because no theater spaces were available on site (Columbia University) so we built our own in a small seminar room. I have some BTS photos in a previous blog post, All the World’s a Stage. I went with my LED lights for this, 3 – 1×1′s and 2 3.5″ fresnels, so that I would be able to see the light as I shot. It also worked out perfectly because it kept the temperature in the room down, kept the kit cable free (the 1×1′s ran off of batteries,) and helped facilitate Sheyenne’s performance (no constant flashes going off.)
The assignment was a blast because it was such fun to work with Sheyenne. She jumped right into character and was a trooper, willing to run through each character’s vignette twice.
I also wanted to confirm that Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks works fine in terms of tethering the Canon 1D X. Tethering works in both Aperture 3.5.1 and Canon’s DPP v3.13.45.
A reminder, too, for all programs running in Mavericks where you need them to run in the background (e.g. FCP X, Aperture, DPP, Photoshop, etc.,) be sure to turn off “App Nap.” Go to File Menu > Get Info (command – I) and select “Prevent App Nap.”
Updated 12/2/13 – Corrected C300 firmware number and link.
Update – 1/18/14: The video seen in the BTS shot above is now up - All for One and Supercuts for All.
- Canon C300 Workflow - FCP, FCP X, Avid & Premiere
- Canon 1Ds Mark III Now Shoots Video
- Late 2012 Video Smackdown
- Strictly Ballroom
- Canon C300: FCP X vs. XF Utility for Backup/Archive
- Longer Look - Canon 17mm f/4L TS-E Lens
- Canon's TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Lens
- Quick & Easy: Batch Canon C300 MXF to MOV via FCP X
- New York Spaces - Ivy Towers
- The End of the Affair