I shot this promo spot for my friend April Lowe, a massage therapist out of Baltimore, MD. The promo was shot on a Canon T2i, using a Minolta 50mm Rokkor 1.4f lens.
This was a fun shoot, since I was challenged by the size of the room, framing options, and space available for light rigs. For a first-timer, April nailed her interview parts with confidence and was well-paced. I thoroughly enjoyed this promo shoot, and certainly look forward to doing it all over again.
I ended up having to use the camera mic, since a lapel mic was not available to me during the shoot. External audio was recorded to a Zoom H2 but a malfunction rendered the audio unusable.
This is a short concert documentary about Baltimore rock band Forgive the Fallen. Concert footage shot at the Recher Theatre in Towson, MD, as well as The Quarter in Baltimore, MD.
Interview footage was taken during the first ever Times of Grace concert which Forgive the Fallen opened. Shot with a Canon Vixia HG20 and a Canon T2i with Minolta Lenses. Live audio captured with a Zoom H2.
Special thanks to Margie Sosa, Brian Groomes, and Roger King for all their help throughout the filming process.
* Special notes:
Both concert footage and interview were filmed in available light. The spot used for the interview, a quaint corner in Baltimore’s rock club Bourbon Street Ballroom (used as backstage during the concert), was picked for it’s old-style brick beauty, and we used only one overhead light (since there were no power outlets available anywhere near for additional lighting). The Canon T2i sensor proves to be excellent in low light filming. Some noise reduction was applied using Magic Bullet Denoiser.
Shaky cam courtesy of the moshing crowd, for that genuine feel!
You can check out Forgive the Fallen on their Facebook page facebook.com/forgivethefallen
Since I was a kid, I’ve dreamed of making movies. I had doodles, ideas, and even went as far as writing what to me felt like a full length script. Over the years, those doodles started vanishing, and with age came the realization of the amazing amounts of money required to make a film. My dream retreated to the darkest, loneliest parts of my subconscious, where it hibernated, only coming out to vicariously breathe new life every time I watched a ‘making of’ documentary.
Years passed, and I moved on to different other passions. Science, science fiction, literature, and music started to take prominence in my life as they were not only more accessible, but more affordable as well. Recently, while studying Sound Engineering in school, I was able to experience what using a Final Cut editing suite felt like. And while it teased that little dormant dream, daring it to come out, it wasn’t enough to start a revolution. Enter mySanyo VPC.
That’s where I started getting that tingling feeling in my stomach. I had managed to awaken the dream. A couple months later I had a Canon Vixiawhich had HD video, and offered more control as well as a cinematic gamma curve. Oh, man… was I in heaven.
Until I saw what a DOF Adapter could do.
In my quest for cinematic depth of field, I spent much of my hard-earned money building an adapter to achieve what I wanted. And I got it made… a little too late… enter DSLR’s. For a while I lusted after their vignette-less and crisp images but wasn’t able to afford one (mainly because I had already spent all my money in all these other toys)… until the T2i came along. Priced around the $900 range, this is a perfect camera for someone who wants a gorgeous, crisp, cinematic feel to his/her videos. Add to that the fact that, with an adapter, I could use my gorgeous Minolta Rokkor X lenses, I was a very happy man. Almost.
See, Canon’s T2i was fitted with HD Video capture, and it’s video is comparable (should I say nearly identical?) to the 7D (it’s older brother), but it lacks all the manual features of the brand’s more expensive models (especially white balance). Wait… what’s this? Magic… what?!
Magic Lantern is a firmware hack that allows the inexpensive Canon T2i camera to have features available in more expensive cameras geared towards professionals. The ability to disable and control the AGC (Auto Gain Control) on the camera, and the addition of a focus assist feature made the T2i a monster camera for it’s price. Furthermore, except for the sturdier build and weatherproofing, the Magic Lantern infused camera surpasses it’s older sibling, the 7D, in functionality. Add to that the ability to automate rack focus (with automatic lenses), set white balance based on color temperatures, and it makes the camera an unbeatable beast. I dare anyone to find a $900 camera that has all the features that the Magic Lantern firmware introduces to the T2i. Double dare. I’m really happy with my investment… (and actually glad I didn’t aim for the 7D).
Something tells me it’s time to quit typing, and start filming…
Last Saturday I went to the Sky Came Burning CD Release party at Recher Theatre (Towson, MD). I took my equipment to film the Forgive the Fallen performance live, and mash it up with some interview footage to get a band documentary done.
Since I’m usually antsy about these things, and I’m very bad at the waiting game, I decided to go ahead and put together an edit of one of their songs, “With Hope”. I hope you enjoy their music.
Find them on Facebook, here:
Here’s the video…
Last sunday I asked my lovely fiancee to help me shoot a little video to test out my homemade DSLR shoulder rig. (She didn’t really have much of a choice, it was my birthday after all…)
Armed with my trusty T2i, Minolta primes, and my homemade dolly (which broke on me during the first shot… bad engineering, anyone? Lol.) we went ahead with the shoot, before the humid, crippling cold got the best of us and we decided to call it a day.
After a couple of days, I finally got around to putting a cut together, and while I didn’t have much to work with, some of the shots ended up looking really pretty. I put the finishing touches with Magic Bullet Mojo and ended up this:
Andrew Wonder’s short documentary Undercity has been generating a lot of buzz lately. And for a reason… Filmed illegaly in the tunnels, sewers, and bridges of New York City, this documentary gives us a gritty view at an entire new world that lies right under the city ground. Filmed with a Canon 5D, be sure to check out this little gem.
View the film HERE.
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