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  1. (Reposting this with new working links of my references and photos of location cos I couldn't edit the first topic. Sorry!) Hi! I am currently doing preproduction for a music video. It’s a horror themed music video set to reggae music. Half of the music video takes place at night. There’s a campsite scene with a bonfire and the rest of the night scenes are at the woods where the band members are exploring a creepy dark forest and eventually chased by a monster. I would like to ask for suggestions on how to light certain scenes and shots :) I did a lot of research on lighting ideas for bonfire set ups and moonlight set ups and there are various ways to do them but I’m not sure which style can work with the limited gear I have. We’re shooting with a Sony A7SII and prime lenses. Here is my lighting gear: 1x1 Led Light Bi color with softbox and grid (2) - can be battery operated 1x1 led light (medium sized) (2) - can be battery operated Led Worklight Portable led light - battery operated 1 small portable led light 85 watt daylight bulb with china ball Aputure 120D with light dome and spacelight attachments 25 W Beam video led light (2) - can be battery operated Par light (Rgbw, 3watts, 50 bulbs per par) (3) Smoke machine CTBs, CTOs, 201s, ND gel 5 in 1 reflector 2 large styrofoam Basically the first part of the night scenes is the campsite with bonfire setup. The 5 member band will be sitting by the bonfire which will be the main key light with moonlight at the side and the back. I might enhance the closeups with a led light with CTO or orange gel with fake flickering in front of them. I’m not to sure how to do the moonlight at their back. The location looks like this: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1tLfMqZSe8XSW8Z-PVwtNZx7RjOoh0npV My reference for the lighting is this: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1bKG5UMzLXQ85qTShpKMYHUJRu68j6UaN The second part of the night scenes is the band exploring the dark creepy woods with their flashlight and emergency lights. So I’m thinking of having them use strong flashlight so I can bounce the flashlight light with a styrofoam back into their faces while the camera is front of them. And when the camera is from their POV, the strong light of the flashlight would be enough to light the trees (with a focused beam of course) or I can use the the portable beam lights to fake the flashlight light. I haven’t decided yet if the light will only be the flashlight cos I’m thinking I want some faint moonlight in the surroundings as well but I don’t know if it will work. The coverage for these scenes would be medium of them. They are huddled together as they walk so the light will be only concentrated on them. Then there will be pov or OTS shot of them of each other when they face one another. The location for these scenes are: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1BKV7fSi3HqX6D6ESecWEY-UfBksDJgUY My reference for the lighting is: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1P8l0ZEVsnEZglSVuGNgC0b5KjPJorWi1 The third part would be the two last remaining characters dropping their flashlights so the key light would be the moonlight now. The monster (a bloodied haggard-looking woman) would slowly appear to them. The moonlight would be more “visible” or stronger at this point. The last remaining person would run down a hill. I would shoot a shot where the camera peeks through the trees as he runs down. It might be also important to note that the person last standing is half-black. I am planning to have our makeup artist put shimmery makeup on him so the light would reflect his skin. My reference for the lighting is: https://drive.google.com/open?id=14h2bA_yWDlCbj_OCRlSvf9F3YJ1RmPz_ I am not just sure how I will execute the moonlight light as key and background. I’m thinking of using the chinaball with the bulb wrapped in 201 and the ball wrapped in black foil attached to a boom pole and follow him as he walks and runs. I apologize if this is such a long post. If you have any suggestions on how to light the particular scenes and shots I’m not sure on, I would really appreciate it!
  2. Nice to be able to use equipment like the One-Man-Crew from Red Rock Micro & my Ultra16 Scoopic MS on a music video shoot this weekend. There are so many great tools out there with the DSLR "revolution" but it's fun to use them with film cameras too. This One-Man-Crew is the original version but I've used it with an SR2 before. I plan to do the upgrade to handle heavier cameras.
  3. Hey guys, :) Thought I'd share this considering there is still a large quantity of us that do jobs with virtually no crew and on a very tight schedule. Shot/directed this music video over a few half days on the Ursa Mini Pro using Rokinon Primes and a Sigma 18-35mm f1.8. Budget was virtually non existent, so it became an exercise in stripping everything back and remaining nimble and flexible. Shot mostly with natural light. However we did use a Litemat S4 and/or an Icelight 2 for some shots. (I froth those litemats) Any critique/thoughts would be much appreciated.
  4. Shot this one a few hours out of Sydney. Got some great sunrises, Amira + Leicas handled everything superb. We wanted a sharp, natural look that wasn't overly graded or stylized. What do you guys think?
  5. Hi everyone! I'm shooting a music video very soon and the client is looking for this in-camera effect. Almost like kaleidoscope. I understand there are some type of mirrors involved but not sure how to achieve it. Does anyone here have any suggestions? Thanks, Jonas
  6. Hi, Please take a look at my some of my work. Technical as well as creative feedback would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance. Tanul https://vimeo.com/114125050 https://vimeo.com/153612386
  7. Hey guys, Looking to gain some insight on a rigging setup for an upcoming shoot. I have a project soon where we're going to be filming some skateboarders, probably from a pickup truck. My goal is to able to both lead them and track behind them, without having to put the truck in reverse. Trying to achieve smooth motion and would love to get low for some of the shots. I was chatting with a DP (Steve Annis) about the rig they utilized for this video: Here is the info I got from him: -all filmed out the back of a pick up truck with vibration isolator and tango head -for tracking shots: small wooden low platform on the front supported by scaff bars with Boss plate fitting He wasn't able to provide any set photos of the second rig. Does anyone have any pics of something similar? Haven't had any luck online. Just trying to wrap my head around it. Going to also reach out to a couple key grip's I've worked with. Also any idea of what this could be done for budget-wise would be helpful. Budget is low but most of it will go towards a good, safe rig to execute some of these shots. Thank you! -Ben Joyner Some frame grabs from the video:
  8. I did my first attempt at directing a music video for an english songwriter in France. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vL-DjKGCmEY I shot with a Canon 600D in the forest and mostly shot everything at 50fps to do some slow motion since I thought it would go right with the song. Also played the song at a high speed so that in postproduction the singer would be singing at the right tempo but with everything else in slow motion. Besides the shots from the story, I made my guy sing in a close up, in a mid shot from below, and also filmed the guitar in a close up
  9. Who can tell me about the lighting of this music video? Speceficly what did they use to get that soft white look? It seems like they used a decent amount of haze. Anyone have any info they can share? Thanks! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUC2EQvdzmY
  10. Hi! This is one of my first postings in this forum, but I just saw a music video and I'm really interested in how this project was realised. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tm-50u4qLe8 - How did they manage to shoot in the blazing sun but still being overall perfectly exposed? Do you think that there's much grading involved? - The grain is fantastic! Is this real grain or an overlay? - What lenses / camera / rig do you think was used? The camera seems to be floating like a drone? Or maybe afterwards stabilisation? Many thanks in advance, I'm really curious!
  11. Hi! First post here , I am shooting a music video in a couple days and i have small budget for this shot , like 100-300 Dollars. I have made a Pre vis of how i want it. I am shooting with a Red , but could go with a gh4 if smaller rig i needed. It's an outsíde nightshot where the camera goes from a closeup from the face and STRAIGHT UP to reveal all the cops. Thanks! /Markus
  12. Flares are common in music videos. You always see the coming in and out of the frame during performance shots. I know the concept to achieve them is to have a light moving in and out around the edge of the lens to create the flare. I know the lens build also controls the look of the flare. I have tried recreating this with a flashlight a few times, its ok, but I don't get the big beautiful look that I'm used to seeing. I'm curious if there's a specific type of light that's best to use to create these edge flares or not? Any best practice tips in recreating would be great.
  13. The music video "Begin again" has a stunning bokeh. Which lenses are these, from the bts video? First glimpse of it at :41
  14. Hey Guys, I don't really have a vfx background, and it would be fantastic if you could help me out! Attached below is a still (and a link to a video) of what I am trying to achieve. I'm looking to shoot a music video that uses forced perspective (mainly band performance stuff), and I am not quite sure how to go about making it look right. To give a little more context, I'll be shooting with an A7sII camera. My questions are as follows: 1) Did they use a green screen for the people? 2) How do you make the person match with their background? I know lighting is a huge part of it, but I'm referring more to field of video, camera angles etc. Is there an equation that involves the height of the person/building, camera focal length etc. 3) Some of the shots in the video are moving... Is this a fake camera move done in post? Was there a lot of compositing involved? Can this be done practically without heavy post work? 4) I've read that if you're trying to make a person look large, you should film them in slow motion to give the illusion of a large body moving. My question here is with my camera's sensor constraints: I would like to shoot the back plate in 4k for maximum sharpness and better grading (shot full frame), but if I film the individual in slow motion, I'd be working with the equivalent of a super 35 sensor. How can I reconcile the two images to make sure that they visually match? 5) Say I shoot a scene that is back lit: I would have to incorporate the shadow of the person in the shot. Any tips? 6) I need to do this on a small budget: Any tips on achieving a good product cheaply would be greatly appreciated! I know I asked a lot of questions, but I'm having a difficult time finding the information I need online. Thanks for your help! -Sam Link to video:
  15. Hello all, For a class project we were assigned to make a music video. This is what I made, a fan production of the song "Baby Came Home 2" by The Neighbourhood. I would appreciate any and all feedback! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNdpX2hPpyQ
  16. I really enjoy videos like this. I work on low-budget sets, and stuff like this really just drives me to do even better work, and also inspires me. It's incredible to see how elaborate the sets are, and how it's actually done. If you know of any good behind the scenes like this, feel free to share.
  17. Hey y'all, doing a pretty simple lighting setup where the artist wants to emulate / make an homage to Fiona Apple's Criminal BTS where the director actually talks about the cinematography here: They wanted to emulate the red-eye flash look in video, which I understand is easy enough to do with a tiny source coming from the same direction as the lens as possible. Ringlight is too big and soft. You can see in the video reflections the single source, and I believe there's one moment where it's clearly reflected enough to see a bare edison bulb. This is easy enough to do with a small flashlight strapped to the lens with a tiny bit of diffusion on it, but I want a little more control/dimmability. The tungsten Dedolight seems like the best solution, as it's tungsten, small, camera-mounted, dimmable, and can be powered with a battery. However most rental houses seem to only rent these in large sets and I only need 1... There is an LED Dedolight that could work, it's gotten good reviews on its color temperature, but I'd try to stick Tungsten if I could. I'm really inspired by the Profoto's Hardbox, a flash accessory that is designed to make the point as small as possible. If anybody had any advice or ideas besides getting a dedolight, I'm all ears.
  18. Hi everybody, Shooting a 2 1/2 minute shot in slow motion (30 fps or slower) but it's a shot of someone lip syncing an entire song. I'd like to do it on 16 or Super 8 but I'm not sure what the most budget-conscious way of proceeding would be. There's definitely no way of achieving this without crystal sync, right? So any advice on the cheapest camera system that can do slow motion (at 30fps or slower) and keep sync? Thanks so much for the help! - Ez
  19. Just a little montage of my hometown set with the tallest man on earth singing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-3yo6l37Wc this is my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0fwLKSw8Ii8Imsi-xetfaw thanks for watching.
  20. Shot on Canon 5DIII , 24-70 2.8L and 135 2L. Mostly natural/practical for key with subtle bounce for fill/eye pop I appreciate your constructive criticism on composition and movement as it helps me grow in this art. Blessings, hope you enjoy. Glenn "Heebz" Stephen
  21. I'm shooting a music video. The shot is a a low angle slow tracking shot in a pie-wedge sort of shape around Satan sitting on his motorcycle as he puts out the cigarette on a horn. I wanted to have a curtain, set behind Satan, I think of some translucent material, in the bokeh, filling the frame, with a orange or red source shining through the curtain. Imagining moving the curtain to create an effect of an impression of a hellish background. Any ideas ? I'm thinking of placing the lights on the ground illuminating the curtain that way...any thoughts? Shot lasts about 4 seconds.
  22. Hi everyone! Im very excited to join the cinematography community here in order to learn and continue to advance my craft. With that said here is my very first question / post. I've noticed a handful of music videos that are shot in slow motion (my guess here is possibly 60fps?) and the performer is singing and yet the lips appear to be relatively in sync to the music. Now is this a case of simply shooting the performance like you normally would but just at a higher frame rate, or is there more to it that I'm missing ? Below are some examples the first one being the strongest. Example # 1 Example # 2 (most evident at 1:03, you can see the bus on the right moves slowly yet lips are in sync) Example # 3 (most evident at 0:49) Thanks everyone!
  23. Music video looking for cinematographer (as well as anyone else in camera dept.), who has experience shooting super16 and can work locally in central/south Texas. Ideally, looking for someone who owns their own equipment. Pretty tight budget, though me, label, artist are fairly committed to shooting celluloid. It's been kind of difficult finding people who are still shooting film in this part of the country, very much looking for someone I can continue to work with in the future. PM or email (matgerbs16@hotmail.com) for more details. Thanks. Matt
  24. Hi there, Please have a look at a music video I have created for the American singer Carla Bozulich (track 'Gonna Stop Killing', album 'Boy'). It is about a hitman getting ready for his retirement. I have used a Canon 5D Mark III with three Zeiss lenses, 35/1.4, 50/2 and 100/2. Thanks to Magic Lantern, I was able to shoot RAW. Some feedback would be great. Thanks! Martijn Zero Landscape martijn@zerolandscape.com
  25. Hey I hope all is well. I have an upcoming shoot that involves a party scene and I would like to include strobes and lights that pan and pivot. I've recently been looking at the work of Evan Prosofsky, Stuart Winecoff, and Steve Annis who have been producing some amazing work (in particular party/night scene work). Please find attached the links to the videos I'm referencing and some frame still frame grabs. If you guys could point me towards the kinds of lights I'm looking for that would be great. https://vimeo.com/129187816 - Stuart Winecoff (music video for Astronomyy) https://vimeo.com/95145651 - Steve Annis (music video for Wilkinson- see 1:45) https://vimeo.com/50873621 - Evan Prosofsky (music video for Grizzly Bear)
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