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Nicholas Lee-Shield

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  1. Hey guys, Just thought i'd give you a little update on the project, as it seems to spark up a bit of interest! So as mentioned before, the budget was increased nicely, which allowed us to successfully hire the correct camera package needed for the job. As Brian correctly guessed above, we ended up contacting a nice chap called Dicky, who had a huge warehouse in London full of amazing gear and relics of the past. Turned out he used to Op on British TV shows back in the day, and owned the correct gear, so we really lucked out. We ended up shooting on the Ikegami -3 tube camera, as recommended by Dicky, as this was a lot lighter than some of the studio cameras, and logistically made sense for us cost wise, getting the camera to the studio we were shooting in and also for Dicky to Op on his own. I also see now why Michael asked me if we had plenty of lighting - this thing sucked up any light source i gave it! In the end, we had as follows: 4x 4.8K space lights above each band member 1x ARRI T12 shooting into a 12x12 1/4 Grid frame front lighting the band 1x ARRI 5K frenel bare faced, side lighting the band 2x ROBE Patts (2013's) at 750w Each 5x Par Cans back lighting the band ‚Äč2x sun strips for aesthetics and we were still at T/2... JUST. We also tried out a Tiffen 4-star filter on the front of the lens, and whilst it did create the cool star filter we were after, we all agreed that loosing almost a stop of light wasn't worth it. Here's a cool BTS shot taken by the producer. As soon as the video's been signed off and graded by the label, i'll attach it to the thread and show you guys what we got. Thanks again for everyones help! Best, Nick
  2. Hey guys, As my last quest for Aaton accessories on here proved successful, I thought i'd try my luck again in my search for some 15mm Aaton XTR screw in aluminium rods. Would anybody happen to have a set lying around? Ideally looking for the short ones, but not the 4", 6 would be ideal. Thanks, Nick
  3. Guys I want to thank you all for the incredible contributions and suggestions. Luckily the label have hiked up the budget greatly, allowing us to shoot with a GA-TV Ikegaami-3 which I believe is a 3 tube, plus we get an operator as well, who has had years of industry experience shooting the exact programs we are trying to replicate! I'll keep you all posted on the results! Best, Nick
  4. Hey Guys, So i've been tasked in DoP'ing a music video next month and at the directors request, he want's that 70's style look, as we shall be re-creating a 'top of the pops' style performance for the band. My references for this sort of thing are basically anything Bruno mars has put out over the past 4 years: Bruno Mars - Treasure: Bruno Mars - When I Was Your Man: and... Pheonix - J Boy: Ideally, due to budget restraints, it would have to be digital and as we'll be renting off a friend for a silly price, so it will most probably be an Epic. However i'm aware 16mm would of been ideal for this. So my question is, setting aside camera movement etc, what would you suggest for the 'look'? I'm quite set on hiring some Tiffen star filters for the star effects and throwing a 1/2 pro mist in the mix to bloom the highlights on an old vintage zoom, but what would you suggest for de-grading the quality of the image? Thanks in advance, Nick www.nicholasleeshield.com
  5. Thanks Aaron, thats incredibly kind to provide that information for me. I'll get onto Pierre regarding the rods. Best, Nick
  6. Hey Stephen, Do you happen to have: - Walnut handgrip with cable - heated eyecup cable - 2x 15mm 6" rods that you'd like to sell separately? Thanks, Nick
  7. Hey Guys, I've recently become the proud owner of an Aaton XTR Prod, however the camera unfortunately has a few items missing, which i'd like to acquire. With that said, i'm on the lookout for original Aaton accessories including: - Walnut handgrip & cable - 2x screw in 15mm rods (short) - Heated eyepiece cable As the purchase of the camera used up a fair amount of my budget, i'm looking for reasonable prices, however I completely understand that these are getting harder to come by, so happy to play fair. I also have a few accessories that I don't think i'll be needing - such as the Origin timecode device, that i'd be happy to swap if people are searching for one (tend to slate anyway). I'm based in the U.K, if that helps too. Thanks! Nick Lee-Shield www.nicholasleeshield.com
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