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    Okay, here's a first cut of a music video I shot last weekend. We had no budget, and very little help, so I was extremely limited in what I could do (there are shots in the video where I'm pushing the dolly AND pulling focus --- insane!).

    Please right-click and download. Please! (46MB)
    http://15minuteslatermovie.com/postal.html

    P.S.: There is one weird thing about the compressed video. There's a side shot of hi-hat cymbals being hit, except once I compressed the FCP file, you can no longer see the stick hitting the hi-hats (despite the fact that they're both 24fps). If anyone has an idea of why, please let me know. I was thinking I'd just double that one frame.
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    It didn't work as a download, had to use your bandwidth...Nice colors, beautiful B&W, I liked the subject-on-dolly Spike Lee shot even if it was only in there for a little bit...the highlight flares in the backlight were cool. The stutter cut on the trailing "missing the point" line seemed a little too jarring for the music, as did the jump cuts preceding it. But that's a question of personal style I guess.


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    Awesome lighting!
    And the B/W stuff really rocks!
    How was your lighting setup (and how big was the lightsource/softbox)?
    Any special postprocessing for the B/W?
    What I didnīt like:
    The outside shots didnīt cut it for me, different mood, no real motivation (adding nothing new to the "story"...
    Too many close shots, but this probably is artistic choice...?
    Evan doesnīt sell it, no offence.
    Her look is just a bit too neutral, has no real stand and emotion.
    You did all to make her look beautiful, but IMHO she wasnīt doing her part.
    I guess its her first vid?
    Any how, criticizing is too easy, great video, nice song - good work!
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    Yes, first music video for the talent. And you're right, there are too many close shots, but that really was beyond my control.

    As for the lighting, I love to backlight stuff and did that with a Lowel Scandle and Caselight. Out front I frequently used an Alzo 2000 with a 36 inch soft box and my Flo1400 Flolight. Both of those were pulled back quite a bit and put up high, close to our white ceiling so that they'd be a soft and broad as possible. Every now and then I'd bring in a Lowel pro-light to give an accent or bring up the backlight even more.

    No special processing on the BW, I just slid the saturation slider all the way to the left. In fact, there's really no CC on any of the shots --- I think I took down the blacks in one shot, but can't remember which.

    Thanks for the kind words.

    P.S.: You're right about the download. Feel free to use my bandwidth. I don't think it'll kill me.
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    The B/W Studio stuff is amazing! What lens is that?

    The lighting was pretty nice on the INT setups. Although I think the post flare is a little much.

    For the high angle CU - (opinion) I think that you chose a very wide/unflattering lens. I'm guessing 35mm? Old school way of thinking is to use a 85mm or 105mm if possible.

    I would cut the outside stuff also. It would feel more coherent if it were just the BW and INT locations.

    I'm really missing a WideShot of the B/W studio stuff. One long dolly out would do it for me.

    Looks great. What lenses are you using?

    Matt


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    It looks great. I really liked the outside shots, just for the record.
    I liked the song a lot, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by escozooz
    The B/W Studio stuff is amazing! What lens is that?

    The lighting was pretty nice on the INT setups. Although I think the post flare is a little much.

    For the high angle CU - (opinion) I think that you chose a very wide/unflattering lens. I'm guessing 35mm? Old school way of thinking is to use a 85mm or 105mm if possible.

    I would cut the outside stuff also. It would feel more coherent if it were just the BW and INT locations.

    I'm really missing a WideShot of the B/W studio stuff. One long dolly out would do it for me.

    Looks great. What lenses are you using?

    Matt
    What can I say, I just wanted that "Amelie" look for that high-angle CU. It was a 24mm.

    I was very limited in what I could do. The instruments being played are being played by me --- with no one else to help me. And because this was done under a deadline, that's just the way it's gotta be. I think you guys are right about the outdoor stuff. I had my doubts as well, and now you've confirmend them.

    I really only used three lenses (all Nikons), 24mm f2.8, 50mm f1.4, and 85mm f2. All the instrument stuff was done with the 50mm and 85mm.
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    awesome 35mm adapter footage.


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    BTW, Evan's album is availabe on iTunes --- Evan Bethany, It'll be Alright. It's really a terrific album for a first-timer (or forth-timer for that matter) who just started singing a year-and-a-half ago. FYI, all the string arrangements were done AND played by her. She's also an absolute sweetheart.
    Last edited by darwinandpaine; 09-10-2006 at 08:08 PM.
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    Great use of the M2!!

    Im feeling better everyday about my investment in the HVX & am looking at the 35mm choices out there. Your work is very nice and displays the M2s potential quite well.

    I love the song too. Very nice composition.


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