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andrewdisney
03-28-2009, 04:31 PM
I shot this last weekend with the 5dM2. Love the camera even though there were definitely lots of work arounds with exposure. We didn't have too many issues with the rolling shutter or jelly effect. There were some shots where the clip dropped frames.

http://vimeo.com/3856905 or http://searchingforsonny.com (http://searchingforsonny.com/)


We're releasing the full trailer on April 15th at http://searchingforsonny.com (http://searchingforsonny.com/)

Equipment used
- Nikon lenses, most of the shots here are 50mm.
- Kino Gaffer Kit
- Arri Package, 1K, 650, and an inky
- Doorway dolly with two sets of 8 foot track
- One 4x4 frame with opal
- One 4x4 Black Flag
- One 3X2 Black Flack

Here's an .mp4 of the teaser
http://idisk.mac.com/grayeyedshadow/Public/searchingforsonny.mp4

Love to hear any critiques. DSLR is the future of indie cinema

Kholi
03-28-2009, 04:40 PM
Hell yes! I have a story JUST like this one. Can't wait to check it out.

morgan_moore
03-28-2009, 05:09 PM
nice - how dya pull focus..

Kholi
03-28-2009, 05:11 PM
By the way, I don't think you're the first feature. Google Nikon D90 feature. If Iremember right there are two already.

Don't play up that angle, it'll just bite you in the ass.

andrewdisney
03-28-2009, 09:50 PM
Morgan,

Here's a picture of how we pulled focus. We retrofitted our redrock mount and rods we usually use for our hvx to the 5dm2.

I've attached a jpg to the post. Check out the set up.

ESTEBEVERDE
03-28-2009, 11:26 PM
Looks very high value.

Love the coordination and choreography!

It has a very gay vibe for some reason.

Don't know why and that certainly isn't a bad thing just how it hit me on first blush.

I would most definitely want to see the whole thing based on this teaser trailer.

Kholi
03-28-2009, 11:38 PM
It has a very gay vibe for some reason.

Don't know why and that certainly isn't a bad thing just how it hit me on first blush.


Lmfao. That was so random.

John Caballero
03-28-2009, 11:45 PM
Looking good. Kudos to you for embracing the new technology. It is all about doers, not complainers. Best of luck to you.

ESTEBEVERDE
03-28-2009, 11:47 PM
Lmfao. That was so random.


I know right! :grin:


It just hit me that way for some reason!?!?!?!


But the real point is that it is stellar and does the job of making one want to see the whole film! :beer:

morgan_moore
03-29-2009, 01:00 AM
Morgan,

Here's a picture of how we pulled focus. We retrofitted our redrock mount and rods we usually use for our hvx to the 5dm2.



Im glad to see it was not just a humbling effort with the camera operator holding the lens !

Do you find the FF properly smooth - no backlash problems etc ?

BTW are you stressing about 30FPS ?

S

stoiqa
03-29-2009, 08:23 AM
good job///like the feel of it

reem12
03-29-2009, 10:21 AM
watched the 30p version on youtube and it still looked filmic. the lighting was great.

Matthew Bennett
03-29-2009, 10:58 AM
Me likes! The shot of 'gary' was especially nicely lit... nice mellow filmic look.

Just make sure to conform to 24p and CRUSH the sound mix/vocal recording (meaning make it incredible)

andrewdisney
03-29-2009, 11:04 AM
Thanks Matthew. Just looked at your reel. I'm blown away! Great stuff. Wow

andrewdisney
03-29-2009, 11:08 AM
Morgan,

The FF was really smooth actually. We were very surprised at how well it work. The only thing that was a pain, is that we didn't have a monitor. I guess the 5dm2 has a hmdi mini plug? We just though any hdmi cable would work, but that wasn't the case. We also hated that even when we did hook up the camera to a monitor via component cable, the operator couldn't look at the screen on the camera. So we had to just make a TON of marks for each shot and shoot it over and over again.

I'm too stresssed out about the 30fps... just waiting eagerly for the Panasonic GH1 to fix all my DSLR foibles.

Kholi
03-29-2009, 11:46 AM
Morgan,

The FF was really smooth actually. We were very surprised at how well it work. The only thing that was a pain, is that we didn't have a monitor. I guess the 5dm2 has a hmdi mini plug? We just though any hdmi cable would work, but that wasn't the case. We also hated that even when we did hook up the camera to a monitor via component cable, the operator couldn't look at the screen on the camera. So we had to just make a TON of marks for each shot and shoot it over and over again.

I'm too stresssed out about the 30fps... just waiting eagerly for the Panasonic GH1 to fix all my DSLR foibles.

You mean how it's been done for decades? No way... hee hee

How long does the feature top out at? What was the budget

Tracey Lee
03-29-2009, 04:16 PM
Nice looking stuff. I don't think you should advertise on the official movie site that it's done on a DSLR. Let people think what they want before giving away that it's done on less expensive or untested equipment. Also, I think Zach Forsman actually has the claim to the first feature film done on a DSLR (D90) with Eloquent Graffiti. Once again, however, he does not go around advertising this point that it is all done on a DSLR.

cinebuddy
03-29-2009, 05:59 PM
Nice looking stuff. I don't think you should advertise on the official movie site that it's done on a DSLR. Let people think what they want before giving away that it's done on less expensive or untested equipment. Also, I think Zach Forsman actually has the claim to the first feature film done on a DSLR (D90) with Eloquent Graffiti. Once again, however, he does not go around advertising this point that it is all done on a DSLR.
Who cares what anyone claims as long as the shit looks good. Neither may be the first if someone finishes production before them... And why not advertise what it was done on? Its inspirational and a snub at the equipment snobs who sit around needing various pieces of equipment to complete a project. Don't be petty.

morgan_moore
03-29-2009, 10:37 PM
Morgan,

The FF was really smooth actually.

Thanks - what monitor did you use - was it good enough to focus

OK you are going to get 24p out of the GH1 but you aint going to be able to put down the 5d - the look will be under your skin

S

hungrych
03-30-2009, 01:20 PM
Wow man, I just saw A blog post about this on Gizmodo. Congratulations!

andrewdisney
03-31-2009, 10:27 AM
Hey here's our full method with the Canon 5dm2 if anyone is interested

http://patathread.com/?p=237 (http://patathread.com/?p=237)

morgan_moore
03-31-2009, 11:39 AM
From your blog..

" have a timer, because after like 30 seconds maybe a minute, the exposure lock will expire"

GO to the menu some where and change it to 30 minutes !

S

Kholi
03-31-2009, 12:00 PM
Judging by the last statement, you guys haven't actually shot the feature? Just the teaser/trailer?

ChristianScott
03-31-2009, 12:31 PM
Err so you havent shot a feature lol ? reading your blog like.

pveal
04-13-2009, 05:20 AM
I'm too stresssed out about the 30fps... just waiting eagerly for the Panasonic GH1 to fix all my DSLR foibles.

Andrew, I enjoyed the trailer, watched it a while ago on vimeo - so you won't be shooting the feature on the canon? At least then it would be the first feature shot on a VDSLR at 30p. Looking forward to the next trailer anyway. cheers.

PaPa
04-13-2009, 07:21 AM
all the videos say private?

daveswan
04-13-2009, 10:55 AM
Yeah I couldn't watch either, and if I have to faff with registration etc, I ain't gonna bother.

reem12
04-14-2009, 10:38 AM
wrong section