Posts Tagged night
i snuck down to my hometown beach, Topsail (pronounced Tops’l) Beach, where i hung with family for a spell. there was an awesome lightning storm passing through one night and i grabbed my camera to snap a couple frames.
i came back inside and sat for a while and as the storm moved on through i set up a little time lapse. it wasn’t fully thought through. i should have done it from the very beginning, and there are a couple glitches where i had to make some adjustments – but ease up on me, dude – it was late and i was on vacation. gosh.
so the wizards over at magic lantern have figured out how to hack canon software to shoot raw video. no more compressed .mov files – but real raw video. it’s gorgeous. kind of dreamy, even. but it IS a hack, and the workflow is a little less than dreamy. like everything else, once you pass the learning curve it starts feeling more comfortable. there are still some bugs in the system and glitches happen – but it’s an open-source work-in-progress and gets better daily. i actually shot this piece a few months ago and the quality of the builds lately have been a lot more reliable.
i whipped up this spec commercial to get my feet wet with the whole canon raw process. my inspiration was, “what if a girl loved running so much she ditched her date to go running?” so i built the storyboard, called a couple friends, and we went for it. it took maybe 4 or 5 hours to shoot everything. my favorite part of the night was shooting the running scenes. i conned my friend sam to drive me around on his moped so i could track our runner. we dropped off everything but the bare bones at our base camp and headed to our location. now imagine this, me on the back of the moped, sitting backwards – wearing a backpack on my chest with a c-stand arm jutting out supporting my key light (a small LED setup) – holding my steadicam merlin 2 rig – and best of all, i left my gaf tape at our base camp, so i had to cover the moped’s brake light with my leg so it wouldn’t hit my actress – all the while trying to balance and not fall when speedway sam took off like he was racing a funny car in the quarter-mile.
big hug and sloppy kiss to all the wizard-magicians over at magic lantern for making raw video on an SLR possible. xoxo
andrew mager doesn’t try to bend the spoon. that’s impossible. instead, he realizes the truth: hackers bend the spoon. i shot this spot for andrew’s cameo in new relic’s nerd life video.
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while i was in miami i called katherine villari, one of my favorite models, and asked her if she’d be down to shoot a late night video. i had a vision of what i wanted: dark, contrasty black and white video of katherine in the pool set to operatic music. katherine has a certain air of mysterious elegance, and i knew she would be perfect for what i was after. when she was on her way over, i did a quick scout of the pool to brainstorm. by the time she showed up, i had a loose storyboard in my head and was ready to roll. of course, katherine nailed my vision and after a quick two hours of filming, i knew i had what i needed. i flew home the next morning, and by the time i landed in NY i had it all chopped up in final cut – and by the afternoon it was ready to show. it’s cool when a last-minute idea materializes so quickly.
legend has it that blackbeard, stede bonnet and the likes would hang in the marshes of north carolina waiting to attack ships. if the merchant ships were lucky enough to see the top sail of a pirate ship peeking over the tops of the live oak trees, they’d hightail it to safety. i spent a lot of time at topsail beach as a kid during the summers. never saw any pirates, but i got ambushed by an angry crab one time. i was walking in a foot or so of water and it locked onto my toe; i screamed like a girl, flung my foot out of the water and ol’ captain pinchy fingers went flying through the air as i hightailed it back to mama and cried. oh, by the way — topsail isn’t pronounced “top-sail.” it’s “tops’l.” if you go there and call it “top-sail” the locals will roll their eyes and think you’re an idiot as they gladly accept your yankee dollars.
you know how on TV the secretary will take down her hair – and then, after shaking her hair in slow-motion, becomes a vixen? katherine villari can do that without the slow-motion hair shake. she can look innocent and sweet all the day long and the second i point the camera at her she turns on the sexy. it’s pretty fantastic.
for more about kat check out her site iheartkat.com
and to see our last shoot click HERE