Guns, guts and glory!

A first video from the last workshop is up! Wow, 40+ people standing still as a steadycam flies around us to create an epic scene. A big thanks to the guys from Blown Apart Studios for filming the day, they tell me they should have a workshop re-cap video up soon. Take a couple of minutes and enjoy a taste of how much the fun it was!

On a side note, I’m so impressed with all the great photos coming out of the workshop: http://www.flickr.com/groups/elksaction/

Nice Shot! from Blownapart Studios on Vimeo.

Keep shooting,

Mark Behrens

7 Responses to “Guns, guts and glory!”

  1. Photoguy says:

    That video is amazing!

  2. admin says:

    This shot actually came together completely unplanned, when most of the photographers and models had gathered into one room. It started out as a “wouldn’t it be cool” and turned into an “alright everybody, listen up” in about 30 seconds. This shot stands completely uncut and is a good example of “speed ramping” for maximum effect.

    It took us about 5 minutes to bring everyone up to speed, place people around the room, and figure out a rough path. The original shot is a little over two minutes long. It’s obviously really hard to get 40 people to hold still for that long, so a lot of the sped up sections hide some of the movement. The other sped up and slowed down parts were just to emphasize it’s epic awesomeness. Thanks to everyone who made this possible!

  3. PhotoSean says:

    What camera and steadicam rig did you use? Lenses…settings…etc…specific details would be awesome! Love this Vid!

  4. admin says:

    An old steadicam jr is honestly designed for a much heavier camera’s than ours. We had to modify it a little to make it work. The monitor is useless to us but we folded it up and taped it down out of the way. We left only one of the very smallest weights in the bottom compartment. We removed the bracket that limits the vertical movement of the swing arm. So basically instead of changing weights we just raise and lower the swing arm until it’s right. It’s super simple, but we can set the thing almost perfect in just a few seconds. Also, the 7-14mm lens is so wide that you can see the front of the steadicam, so we had to add a riser that we made from a block of wood.

  5. admin says:

    We did the color grade in Colorista II. The hardest part was coming up with a look that would work for the entire shot. We did end up having to key one exposure change but beside that it was the same grade throughout. The look itself was complicated enough that we had to use two instances of Colorista.

  6. admin says:

    A GH1 was used aka GH13 with the 40Mbps AVCHD High Reliability Patch.

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