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    GH2 The Tale of a little Pond

    This is a film about a little pond close to my house, which comes along my way almost everyday when I am taking an afternoon hike with my family. It were actually my kids who got me to have a closer look, as they always want to stop by the pond and watch the many things going on in and around it.
    I was amazed by what I saw. Hence, I started to take the camera with me and took some footage. It turned into sort of an obsession over 4 years, and I had to overcome many obstacles on the way.
    Apart from technical challenges which are described further down below, I was struggling a lot at the end with the storyline, which became part of the reason why it took 4 years eventually to finish this off. Year after year I did not see the ends coming together but finally I was able to record the missing pieces to formulate a story.
    This is sort of a film for children (some of them grown up like me ;-)) - I hope you like it and your children too!
    Filmmaking is always a collaborative effort, so I was very happy when my brother Stefan Machu (stefan.machu@chello.at, a studied audio engineer) offered to do the sound design. It is a mix of natural sounds recorded at the pond (Zoom H2 and Sennheiser MKE 400) and foley, and I was amazed to see how he produced all of the foley sounds on his own (using a Rode NTG3 and a ZOOM H6 recorder).
    Around the same time Krystian Shek (info@utcwired.net) got in contact with me, and he offered to do the original score for the film we had collaborated earlier already (see e.g. Stopover Bangkok or The travel diaries II here on vimeo) and I am very happy with the way it finally came out. I strongly recommend to have a look at his music on itunes or utcmusic.de
    Finally, I have to mention Peter Baker as well who did the voiceover (mail@peterbakervoiceover.com, peterbakervoiceover.com) for this film. Also with him I already have a long standing collaboration (see e.g. Oh Angkor or The Bali Experience here on vimeo), and he is a professional in every way.
    Follow me on twitter: twitter.com/gunmac
    Now, to some of the technical details: a major challenge for example was to get as close as possible to the little heroes of this film, which were retracting to the middle of the pond obviously whenever I tried to get up close. Hence, I used the telezoom mode of the Lumix GH2 a lot which uses a centercrop of the sensor to give an effective 5.2 crop factor. Coupled with a Tokina 60-300mm Zoom lens and a 2x teleconverter I got an effective (5.2x300x2 = ) 3120mm focal lenght which got me close enough. But have you tried once to frame your target with such a focal length, not to mention that the slightest camera shake would turn footage unusable quickly? Therefore in addition I built a custom 5m crane which allowed me to put a GoPro in the middle of the action.
    The telezoom crop also came in handy when using a 50mm Canon FD macro lens, turning it into a 260mm macro effectively. By using 25mm extender rings I was able to put objects right in front of the lens for amazing close ups.



    Let me know if you like it!
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    See my films with GH13, GH2, BMPCC and Sony A7s II here: www.vimeo.com/gunthermachu

    #2
    Looks fantastic , great job

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      #3
      Very well done! Informative and filmed beautifully. I liked it very much.

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        #4
        Fantastic job. A few critiques I could make, but overall a wonderful piece. Great job.

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          #5
          Originally posted by MBPRODUCTS View Post
          Looks fantastic , great job
          Thanks for you nice comment!
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          See my films with GH13, GH2, BMPCC and Sony A7s II here: www.vimeo.com/gunthermachu

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            #6
            Originally posted by Bruce Foreman View Post
            Very well done! Informative and filmed beautifully. I liked it very much.
            Thanks Bruce!
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            See my films with GH13, GH2, BMPCC and Sony A7s II here: www.vimeo.com/gunthermachu

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              #7
              Originally posted by blazer003 View Post
              Fantastic job. A few critiques I could make, but overall a wonderful piece. Great job.
              Hey blazer003, I would be very interested in your critique! Please be as honest as you can, thats the way to learn - looking forward to it!
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              See my films with GH13, GH2, BMPCC and Sony A7s II here: www.vimeo.com/gunthermachu

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                #8
                Wow, such patience and ingenuity.

                Lovely footage from a venerable camera and talented film maker.

                Well done and thanks for sharing.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by stoneinapond View Post
                  Wow, such patience and ingenuity.

                  Lovely footage from a venerable camera and talented film maker.

                  Well done and thanks for sharing.
                  Yes, this required a lot of patience ... thank you for that motivating comment!
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                  See my films with GH13, GH2, BMPCC and Sony A7s II here: www.vimeo.com/gunthermachu

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