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Bobby Shore

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  1. Hey! I'm prepping a low budget feature in LA, and am trying to track down Linestra's. If anyone knows where I can find them in LA, would love to know. Thanks! bobby
  2. Hey, I'm have a shoot coming up with a lot of day time car int. work, and was toying with the idea of doing some of it green screen poor man's style. Anyone have any good examples of films or television shows that have pulled this off? Shooting style would be to mimic practical shooting as much as possible, so pretty bumpy/shaky camera work (ie. hood mount, side mount, hand held). Thanks! Bobby
  3. hey man, I'm shooting a feature right now, tested the MX and the alexa pretty extensively. alexa wins hands down, even shooting 4444 to the sxs cards. I blew up the tests to 35mm, both the RED, and the alexa shooting to cards and srw-1 deck HDcamsr, and the difference (for the different alexa formats) was almost unnoticeable. in alexa RAW, there's about 2 more stops of dynamic range, but going to cards still gives you plenty of room to work with (at least 2 more stops over/under than the RED). plus the alexa handles highlights/shadows with a much more graceful way. also, the quality of the sxs cards, which is only a logc 1080 p finish, still beats out the RED 4K image in terms of overall quality (my opinion). even for FX work, I spoke with the post superviser on the show and 4444 was approved no problem. again, I took the tests all the way to print, watched on a 60 ft screen, and the alexa shot with sxs cards held up fine, looked great. we ended up going with MX for the feature cause of budget, and it's been working fine, but would have definitely preferred to have used the alexa. Let me know if you have any other questions. bobby shore DP mtl/la bobbyshore.com
  4. so we did our piece with the phantom over the last week or so. only hmi lighting, mostly 18's through 12 by light grids, and a couple 6k and 4k's, also diffused, and some data flash units in the BG. shot with 360 deg. shutter, rated @ 400, and shot 360 fps, 600 fps, and 800 fps. without any noticeable flicker. kinda goes against everything I read/researched, always hearing that 360 fps was the highest you could go with hmi lighting. used regular electronic flicker free ballasts. anyways, thought I'd share, wasn;t expecting it to work.
  5. came across this last week... could prove useful: high speed ballast bobby
  6. Hey Mitch, Thanks so much for the reply. For the houselights, even though I'll be testing this week, sounds like I'll have to kill them and just supplement everything with my own lighting. We have enough big guns that this won't be a problem, especially after having talked with the director and keeping everything high speed relatively tighter in value. So 250 for the ISO? I've heard of people rating it up to 500 and the results turning out great, definitely will be part of the testing. @JD, thanks for the info as well. The lights are definitely metal halide, but we;re shooting in a couple different rinks and they have varying degrees of newer/older heads, so it'll definitely be something to watch out for in terms of matching color temp to the HMI lighting. As for power, we'll be sorted so as to run bigger heads further away and diffused. I'll keep you posted on the results of the test. Thanks! Bobby
  7. Hey, The forum's been really helpful with this topic already, but I had a couple specific questions that maybe you guys could help me out with. I'm shooting a hockey movie, and to accent some of the faster paced action-y type footage, we want to shoot some high speed work (specifically for some of the hockey fights in the movie). All the locations we're shooting in have existing metal halide fixtures above the ice, so to match the color temp., I'd have to go HMI instead of tungsten. Everything I've read so far has seemed somewhat favorable to using HMI's at highspeeds, although it seems a little more hit or miss with a 60hz cycle, even with electronic ballasts (I"m shooting in canada) Has anyone used the phantom on int.'s with only HMI lighting? I know the existing fixtures will prove to be an issue as well (which I plan on testing next week), but do the same rules apply at higher speeds in terms of shooting at derivative frame rates of 20fps to avoid flicker? I don't think I have the lighting budget to kill the existing lighting and supplement the entire arena with my own. Also, I know with tungsten lighting at highspeeds you want to stick with 5K and up, is it the same for HMI? Would a 1.2 potentially be more of an issue than a 4K, or 12K? Thanks in advance! Bobby Shore DP Mtl/LA bobbyshore.com
  8. hey, I have a project where the director i wants a subject to walk from a wide shot (probably starting from about 20 feet away), into an ECU of the subject's eye. we'll be shooting on a soundstage with the RED MX, so shooting at a deep stop is definitely doable. I was thinking about using the clairmont swing/tilt macro lens system, does anyone have experience with it? Or do you think a I could achieve the shot with just a macro lens around a T-11? We're probably going to shoot the shot in reverse (starting in the ECU of the eye), since focus will be so critical that close. Again, any advice at all from anyone that's tried something similar would be great. Thanks! Bobby Shore DP mtl/la bobbyshore.com
  9. hey, thanks for all the help/advice. seems like the 90 degree plate is probably gonna win out. bobby
  10. hey, I have an upcoming shoot that's gonna require a bunch of shots where we need to rig the camera sideways to shoot with the frame vertically oriented. We;re shooting RED MX framing for 16:9. I don't have a ton of experience with either the dutch head or 90 degree plate, if anyone has any advice on the best way to do this, I'm all ears. Do I even need a special head/adapter, or can I just throw the baseplate on sideways and tilt away? Not sure this really belongs in gripping, but figured it was a camera placement question. Thanks in advance! Bobby Shore DP Mtl/LA www.bobbyshore.com
  11. hey, so I'm shooting my first car spot next week for Toyota. Concept is simple enough: night ext. on a tennis court, two friends playing doubles against unseen partners. One of the partners is blabbering non stop about his car, and the spot basically jump cuts all over the court from close to wide, etc etc. as this guy keep going on. At the end of the spot, we cut to the parking lot where the two friends get their new Toyota (I attached a pic of the location, BG will be the tennis courts), there' s a couple shots of them putting their gear away, getting in the car, driving off. I know for car lighting, you generally want as big a source as possible to maximize on specular reflections. since it's location work outdoors at night, and not a huge budget, there's only so big we can go (probably 20 by's). Is that big enough that if positioned properly could give the specular highlights needed without revealing the source? I'm pushing for a silver or grey color on the car to minimize this (does that make sense? - I've shot with black cars at night outside and it quickly turned into a cluster**(obscenity removed)**). Also, I've seen a couple people use 8 ft. flourescent tubes positioned around the car to bring out metallic reflections. Any advice is more than welcome. thanks in advance! Bobby Shore DP mtl/la tennis court.pdf
  12. Thanks so much for replies. I finally met with the director today, turns out we won't actually need to operate the camera for the shot, which means no remote head. Looks like I'm probably going with a small porta-jib mounted on a fisher 11 or pee-wee. Appreciate all the help! Bobby Shore DP Mtl/LA
  13. Hi, I have a commercial shoot coming up that requires a small jib shot, I only need the camera to move from about 4 feet off the ground to about 10-11 feet (6-7 ft. move). Unfortunately, this is outside the range of a pee wee (or equivalent) dolly's boom arm, and I'm looking for any suggestions for a small jib arm that can be mounted on one of these types of dollies. I've used a lenny arm to this effect before, underslung on a weaver steadman head, but we're shooting with a 5D and think it might be a touch of overkill. Thanks in advance! Bobby Shore DP Mtl./LA
  14. hey man, great looking footage, love the feel! what'd you shoot it with? I really like the low contrast look/lighting. I'd be interested to know how you got those washed out, veiling flares, almost looks like you were shooting a pane of glass the whole time. Really nice. Bobby Shore DP Mtl/LA bobbyshore.com
  15. Hey, Just re-cut my music video reel, figured I'd post it and see what ya'll thought. Thanks! here Bobby Shore DP Mtl/LA bobbyshore.com
  16. fight club great article. good luck. Bobby Shore DP Mtl/LA www.bobbyshore.com
  17. hey man, thanks for the feedback. I kinda agree with you, definitely don't think they mimic the anamorphic flares well at all, but I think they can add a little something to the image sometimes (although I admit it's overused in this clip). There's this company, Vantage, that's come out with a filter that actually gives the blue primo anamorphic flare: here budget was pretty much zero, so lighting package was pretty small... for the performance stuff was a couple par cans, 400 joker w/ leko attachment and a 2K back light pushing through some speakers in the BG.
  18. hey, shot this a week ago, cut a bit of the footage together. First time really using the 7D, gotta say I was pretty happy with it. Let me know what ya'll think (footage I got from editor is low res) http://vimeo.com/9185888 Bobby Shore DP mtl/la bobbyshore.com
  19. Hey, I'm just curious what b&w music videos ya'll have seen recently/not so recently that made an impression. For me, Joaquin Baca-Asay's work on Jay-Z's 99 Problems really stands out. Not so recent, but really stands up. video Bobby Shore DP mtl./LA www/bobbyshore.com
  20. just used this on a feature: cam-wave worked really well, as long as there was a clear path between the transmitter and receiver. If something solid got in the way (ie. a wall), the signal would breakdown pretty quick, but with a clear shot between the two, the signal held up to 100 yards. hope that helps, good luck. Bobby Shore DP Mtl/LA www.bobbyshore.com
  21. so, was able to take a look at the 35 film-out from both the SxS cards and the footy from the NF... vindication! after getting nothing but sidelong glances from the director and nervous conversation from the producers, the result was really pleasing: there was a noticeable difference in the footage from the nanoflash compared to the SxS. This was most prevalent in the additional motion information provided by the NF (140 mbs vs 35 mbs). In terms of the additional color depth, couldn't notice a difference (most likely cause the NF is 8 bit, so even with the 422 space, there's not much of a change from the original footage from the SxS cards 420 space). That being said, footage from both could be intercut... the main difference was less strobing/tearing with the NF footage, overall it felt a bit more natural and filmlike in the motion, which was very important for this project as it has a very rough handheld feel, lots of whip pans, zooms, etc. Although this was still pretty subtle, the cumulative effect of watching a print for 90 minutes on a big screen made the choice well worth it. If I was shooting for TV release though, I'd definitely go with the SxS cards, the NF isn;'t worth the headaches we;ve been going through both on set and in post, at least for the this show. Things are going much smoother now, post has their stuff figured out and we haven't had an issue with corrupted files since swapping out the NF that seemed to give us grief during week one. Three more weeks to go. Hopefully smooth sailing. bobby
  22. hey Maarten, sorry for the delayed response... I wasn;'t actually able to test the nanoflash vs SxS cards before starting production. We just finished the first week of shooting, and we had some pretty major issues with the nanoflash: there were some corrupted files that had the video sync signal actually running down the right side of the frame, making the footage unusable. Luckily the footage was backed up on SxS cards, so we have the shots, although at 35mbs @ 4:2:0 instead of 140mbs @ 4:2:2 color space. Because it's so new, we weren't able to actually get an answer from the nanoflash techs as to why the footage was **(obscenity removed)**ed up... through some more research though, and talking to some other folk, it seems that it was a synch issue between the EX 3 and the NF, could've been a faulty bnc cable. Also, it's been a headache for post in terms of how the clips are named by the nanoflash, and there've been a couple other issues (ie. the NF not running sometimes, and when you check playback from the camera, the NF will record it although @ 30fps interlaced, which gave us a pretty good scare when we got a call from post saying some of the footage wasn't @ 24fps progressive - luckily we were able to trace the problem to dupe clips made during playback, all you have to do is unhook the bnc cable when you playback off the camera)... So yeah, definitely posing some challenges... we're thinking of ripping them off the cameras and just going on the SxS cards, but the diretor's nervous about a discrepancy in image quality on the print, so we pulled some selects (both NF and SxS) and we're screening a 35 mm print in the next couple days to see if the two will intercut... if they do, I have a feeling the NF is going to bed. Although I'm hoping there's a noticeable difference, as I'm the one who's been catching all the poop for any issues NF related. What kind of tests did you run?? From all the research I've done, since the NF is still 8 bit, the most noticeable improvement in image quality will be in the movement (ie. no "tearing" during fast pans, zooms, etc)... The show I'm on right now is beyond hectic in terms of the kind of camera work, all hand held, loads of run and gun type poop, etc., the kind of aesthetic where the additional motion info would make a difference... anyways, we'll see how much production and the director will hate on me after seeing the test. I'll post the results later this week. bobby
  23. sorry about that: fixed bobby
  24. here's a link to a rough cut of the test the editor laid out (here). It's pretty low res, so it's hard to really notice any distinctive differences. The black frames separating shots were removed to get a better sense of changes shot to shot, and at the end there's three shots of EX night ext. before the 7D footy. Only pay attention to the last EX 3 shot (is where I bumped the gain to + 3 to better match the 7D - which with a fast prime could give me two more stops than what is shown in the test, which is why I'm planning on using the 7D for wide night establishing shots for the show). for the detail and gamma tests. the key was a tungsten based diva light direct, reading 4.0 @ 500 asa. fill side was 1.4. BG was practical cool whites (green bias), spotting @ 2.8 8/10. The chart on the frame right was spotting @ 11.0 1/10 on the whites, and @ 1.0 on the blacks (including the surrounding black areas). The art dept. just bought a palette of pilsner (4000 cans), a third of which they want emptied for set dressing... guess it's one of the perks of making a movie about drunken banger's. bobby
  25. so I was able to check out the 35mm print from the camera tests last week, was mostly checking out the effects of shooting with or without detail on the EX 3 and how it'd translate to the print. Also, did a side by side with the 7D. with the detail, I tested it both on, off, and then with a custom setting (ref. above) dialed in. I found the print looked best with the detail set ON. It added a certain crispness and sharpness to the image, but it didn't at all look like false edge enhancement. with the detail set OFF, the overall quality was kinda mushy. I guess I'd compare the discrepancy almost like using two different lenses, one being sharper and appearing to resolve more than the other. The custom setting was still a little on the softer side for my taste. I was pretty amazed at how smooth the crispness of the image appeared with the detail on... I'm not sure if that comes from there being a slight generation loss going to film (was an arri laser, so apparently there is no gen loss), or if it was just the analog look of the film taking the curse off the digital edge enhancement. Either way, definitely looked best to my eye. only problem now is that for the print, I'd defintiely keep the detail on, but for the HD finish I'd prefer to shoot with the detail OFF (just personal preference, I feel like detail setting when finishing HD looks too crisp and enhanced). I know that you can diminish the effective detail in post, but the post place is saying it'd be too time consuming/expensive. Now I'm trying to decide on shooting for the print or shooting for the non-theatrical finish. Or maybe just split the difference. For the other tests, night ext. side by side, the 7D won out hands down. I was under a sodium vap. street light in a parking lot, which was reading 1.4 rated @ 500 asa (which I've been rating the EX 3 at). The asphalt on the ground was spotting @ 0.7 6/10, and white car under the light was spotting @ 2.0 1/3) The EX held up, shooting wide open at plus 3 db, but the image was still a touch dark on the print (no color correct or anything was done). I could've even pushed the gain to 6 and the noise would've been minimal. However, the 7D (which was rated at 1000 with an L series 24-70 zoom shot at a 2.8) gave me the same amount of info in the frame (in terms of overall luminosity) even though it was shooting one stop down from the EX. I think with a fast prime lens, the 7D would work great for some of the night ext. establishing shots we'll be getting for the show that we won't have the firepower to light up to a decent stop. Also, even at 1000 ASA and projected huge, the image was still very clean looking, could definitely push it to 1600 easy. And the footage between the two camera's will be able to intercut for sure, as long as the 7D is kept to the wide side of the lens and with minimal camera movement (no jello cam). Definitely an interesting test. Any thoughts, comments, etc., are more than welcome. thanks. Bobby Shore DP mtl/la www.bobbyshore.com
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