Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Silver Wave


Another year of festival season has wrapped up and while I missed out on attending the screenings of my film Crates at the Atlantic Film festival, I was able to attend the Silver Wave screening.

The festival is always a good time with lots of friends and colleagues attending to talk about current and future projects. This year I was lucky to be nominated for a Cinematography award as well as winning the Excellence in Editing award for "Crates".

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Canon C100mkii

Canon announced late last night an update to their eos c100 camera, drumroll... the c100mkii. The camera is just under $6,000 and has an updated viewfinder, lcd swivel screen, and 60p. But will the actual video be any better other than the frame rates being adding? Nobody knows yet but the compression seems to be the same bit rate of 24mbps. This is a very small update and while 60p is nice, I feel like that should have been included on the original version.

Will it replace my 6d? Nope. I like the DSLR form factor and for now the camera is doing what I need it to, but I'm increasingly thinking that Canon might not ever make a DSLR that competes with the new sony a7s or gh4. It's a shame because their color science is amazing, but the specs(8bit) and detail(compression) are seriously lacking a major update to keep up with technology.

Canon's dslr sales are probably taking a big hit now that everyone is jumping ship to Sony or Panasonic for the mirror less form factor with better video. But can they really not respond and only keep they're better video in the eos cinema camera series?
Time will only tell but I think pretty soon instead of every youtuber and no budget filmmaker grabbing the rebels or 5d, 6d, 7d etc.. They will be more inclined to grab a gh4 or a7s.



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

6D Short film

Last spring I was missing being on a film set, although I was quite busy doing my show "On Board" and other corporate video work, which is great. It's nice to have some variety in my work to keep things interesting, and I love being on a film set. Something about the creative energy and collaboration with everyone on set that makes it so much fun.

So I finally had a few days off in a row and started thinking of some script ideas, I thought about doing a feature but it would be quite hard to find the time myself let alone find cast and crew to commit to a no budget feature.
I thought just keep it simple and do a short film that can be done in one weekend. I eventually came up with an idea for the short film "Crates" about a young record collector who comes across a rare Canadian bank note while looking through an old detached man's record collection.
Here's the trailer.

Once I had the script completed, I then began working on how to get the best performances from local actors. There's plenty of books out there on directing and while I read most of them I found this hour long Michael Caine workshop video and shared it with the cast of the film incase there was some things they could pick up on as well.


I found the video not only can help out actors, but help remind me of the subtleties in directing and things to look for during a performance to strengthen it, things as simple as eyes that are blinking too much, or doing too much in a performance.

Next I wanted to figure out the look of the film, I usually find interesting images from all over the internet and I usually save them when I do come across them, that way when I'm looking for a style of a film I can come up with somewhat of a collage of inspirations for a look of the sets and wardrobe.

Then it was onto the tech stuff, which camera would I shoot on? how big of a crew would I need?  what lighting package would I go with?
I really struggled with figuring out what camera to go with since the Canon DSLR's haven't really advanced much since the 5dmk2, at least on paper that's how it seems but myself owning a t3i and 6D I can certainly tell the difference in the colors and noise between the two camera's but nothing as major as going with a c300 or red epic, obvisouly the difference would have been quite different shooting with those over the 6D.













But I wanted to focus more on story telling with this film and not get caught up with pixel peeping. If the 5d's were good enough to film features and tv shows over the past few years why is it as some say "no longer good enough"? With technology changing so fast it can be hard to keep up. I know about the advantges of using a 10, 12, or even 14 bit color space over the 8bits that the dslr's shoot in, and dynamic range, compression etc.. but does the audience? you'd be hard pressed to find non camera people able to see a noticeable difference from a 5d and a C300.

Then I came across a filmmaker named Kendy Ty who shoots with 4 year old T2i camera and no crew just him and his cast.
I loved the way his films look and how he tells his story. This guy reminded me that it's so easy to get caught up in all the camera hype, and that it's the cinematographer who creates nice images, the camera is just a small piece of the puzzle.

 Have a look at this short film he did with a 5dmk3 he borrowed for this shoot in NY.

D. In New York from Kendy on Vimeo.

And a short of his he shot on the T2i camera.

Behind the move from Kendy on Vimeo.

So where's "Crates" at now? well its been done for a few months now and recently played at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, and is submitted to a few other festivals, so hopefully I'll announce some more screening dates soon.

Crates Cast & Crew photo.
From Left: Bruce Legrow-Sound. Myself- writer/director/cinematographer. Ryan O'Toole- Lead Actor. Kayley Reed- Supporting Actor. Devon Murrins- Camera Assistant. Matt Carr - Camera Assistant. Kaleigh Stultz- Script Supervisor. Scott Veysey - Gaffer/Grip.

Friday, March 28, 2014

2104 Update

It's been quite sometime since I've updated my blog, I actually kind of forgot about it to be honest haha. Anyway I'm currently in pre-production on a short film that I'm going to be shooting in mid April and will be posting some behind the scenes photos/vids to this blog.

I've also been doing a board sports show called "On Board" with Bell-Aliant's community one channel that you can check out here here, (it's under the lifestyle tab on the video player)

Also I'm not a fan of just text blog posts so here's a few somewhat recent videos.





Thursday, May 30, 2013

Another

Well it rained for over a week straight here, and I had a day off so I filmed some more scenery around New Brunswick.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Forested

There's nothing more relaxing to me than going out on a rainy or overcast day and just filming nature/landscape footage. That's exactly what I did on Sunday, I took my canon T3i, 50mm lens and a slider and went around to some rural locations in New Brunswick and put this footage together.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

2013 Cinematography Reel

Well it feels like it's been way to long since I updated my demo reel, so I cut together this cinematography reel from some projects I worked on last year.