Monday, April 12, 2010

the ongoing showreel project

One thing that i have been working on for what seems like forever (so much so that i have shot it on two different camera's that i've owned) is a showreel type film shot around Wellington at night. It's just one of those things that i like to chip away at every now and then, going out and shooting for a night, lugging around my camera gear and seeing if something strikes me. I hope to put it together eventually, it is finally taking shape though. It started as a piece about isolation and the inner city at night, and it has kind of evolved into a piece more about movement and i want the tempo to build throughout the video. Now, how to do that.....

Another thing that i enjoy experimenting with is the contrast of different lighting sources, especially areas with white fluorescent light mixed with orange tungsten or sodium vapour street lamps, and an occurrence that is rather common in the central city at night. It's a look i've really been drawn to recently and i want to go further with it next time i go out shooting. In the meantime though, here are a few still shots from the footage i have already, the first two stills are actually from timelapse shots where the stars move across the sky, a very cool effect.


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Live gig video

Here we go, from the footage i shot last saturday night, i've put together a rough edit of one of the songs (Ruby) from The Codebreaker's set. I didn't quite have enough cutaway footage to edit the whole song, so i've cut it up a little bit, just to give a feel of the night. Am still experimenting a bit with focus pulling and what works well, and considering all the footage was handheld, i am very satisfied with the quality. As i mentioned earlier though, the depth of field at f2.8 is very thin and i think to be safe i may try for f4 or 5.6 next time, just to give me that extra leeway for moving subjects. Still, it can be a very striking look, and the last shot of the video in particular is my favourite.