Friday, November 19, 2010
Hope you guys dig on it.
Again, great photos of the evening here.
Ok, I had a ton-of-fun making this. Basically woke up on Thursday morning at 6am and shot footage until 5pm (while taking a break for lunch and watching 30 Rock :). Anyway, I just asked people if I could film them and like, one out of seven people said no. Really awesome. Plus, it was a perfect excuse to test my sweet new slider via igus slider for the dolly shots. LOVE IT. Although, I need to remember to lock it down when I'm moving stuff around. For instance, when I filmed that tough dude in the factory, I went to pick up my my tripod/slider and it wasn't locked down. The slider part (with my camera on it) started to slide off but I caught it JUST before it did...thank God! Cause, you know...it would have been embarrassing crying in front of that tough factory dude.
It was a pretty gloomy day, with intermittent sun poking through here and there. So I had to do some movie-magic to make shots a bit more interesting. Other shots (like of the statues) I left with the grey sky in because it fit the mood better.
In a perfect world, I would have recorded Casey in a better space with better gear, and I would have had him lit better, and put in a different environment altogether with more shots. Anyway I was trying to record and film this at the same time and I'm not too familiar with the Zoom H4N for recording music, so for this song I actually left my camera rolling while I checked the audio. So I had to remove me too. :)
Anyway, if you guys like the song check out the band at www.thedearhunter.com
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Also, if your friend's uncle or sister's boyfriend is some big wig in the music industry, be sure to shove this band in his face until they are signed with a big fatty contract.
I'm just sayin'.
Update: Check Chrissy Deming's awesome photos of the evening here.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
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Monday, September 6, 2010
Thanks to some A-Mazing BTS, I've been able to get a glimpse of how the pros do it. And the secret is...light! When shooting a really dark, gritty scene, light the crap out of it. Don't believe me? Check out some of these screen grabs.
Here we see two cameras and a hand full of high direct lights with no filters, or soft boxes on them. This is some harsh lighting, but it's up high and pulled back so it becomes nice and diffused. Sort of like, well, this guy.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Ok here's what happened, my wife and I have a BP credit card which we got for buying gas a few years ago. It's barely used anymore but BP still sent felt it necessary to send us a letter asking for -get this- donations for help in cleaning up the oil spill. *Ahem*, their oil spill.
After I checked my eyes, I promptly decided I would not be donating any of my hard earned money to an oil company which in 2009 it's profited $14 Billion.
Pay to clean up your own mess BP.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
What's a "Rodriguez List"?
The idea is simple. You make a list of all the assets you have access to, things your friends, family, in-laws, extended family own that they would let you borrow for your film project. Cars, locations, props, etc. I love this idea, it's both efficient and frugal.
So, we're filming a movie called Dust, and within the story there's a scene in which a cop car parks in front of the main characters house. Well, how am I going to get a cop car? Enter facebook. Here I have three hundred or so friends, family, acquaintances who through a simple 'event' know that I'm making a movie, and that I'm looking for a cop-like car.
I ended up getting two cars (!) that were cop-like. A white Chevy Impala, and a white Chevy Blazer. After removing some hub caps, putting a cage in the back seat, adding an air-soft shotgun under the rear view mirror, and putting a laptop on the center console: we had a cop car!
Social networking at its finest.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Anyway, like I said things are crazy, I've got this poor actor in a prosthetic, trench coat, and hoodie. AND it's like 89 degrees in there. The next shot we had to film called for a tripod, and I need to switch to it from our shoulder support. Well, I'm doing the switch and after the camera is on the tripod I go to set the exposure and fear strikes my soul. It looks like video. Oh my God, we've been filming in 30p. Now, keep in mind this is after about an hour and a half of work that could have just been flushed down the toilet. And I'm there with the script supervisor in utter terroR. tthat is until I go into the play back menu and hit the info button.
And there it is like a cold glass of water on a hot day, 24p listed on all of my files. Thank you, THANK YOU Canon for including that information on the video files. Come to find out what had happened was when I was taking the camera off of the shoulder rig, I had bumped the mode wheel and switched it to C1 (custom one) which for defaulted to 30p instead of the beloved 24p.
I just moved the mode dial back to 'manual' and of course everything was fine. PLUS none of the clips we had shot previously were in the wrong frame rate!
So lesson learned. Even though things are crazy out there. It's good to take a breath to center yourself.
Whew. That was close.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
1. Buying Make Up at Walgreens. Our film (Dust) calls for a prosthetic piece (which we had made here) Two nights ago, I went to Walgreens because I needed to buy make up to blend the prosthetic back into the actors skin. So, that was weird. It's not everyday I ask a girl there what foundation cream she uses.
2. Applying A Prosthetic Joe from Four Finger Effects was kind enough to teach me how to actually apply the piece to the actors face.
3. Beg Everyone for Everything If you have someone in mind for a one word (yes, word not line) roll, like say...a social worker, you may find out that the person who you thought would do it no problem, is a terrible actor/actress. So, you have to find someone. Now, to be fair I've found that getting people involved isn't as hard as it seems. I'm finding that people seem to want to be a part of something, and if they can be a part of a film and you have a positive attitude, people will pick up on that and want to contribute. On the other hand, asking a relative to borrowing their crown vic to deck out like a cop car might not be as easy, some begging/bribing may be required.
4. Talk To the Police We're filming a scene this saturday where the fake cop car I begged to get is sitting in front of the main characters house. I rented a police light from a local guy who rents police cars for movies. Strange that he was so close, but I'm not going to argue. Anyway, there are fake cops and airsoft guns in this scene so we thought it'd be a good idea to let the local authorities know. The worst thing that could happen is have the real cops show up while your filming with your fake cops. Ugh. Your whole crew could loose faith in you. Also, letting the neighbors know isn't a bad idea either.
5. Work So Hard Making an hour long film is hard. Making an hour long film on a spiders thread budget is harder. I mean, I'm so thankful for my dedicated actors and crew (two guys). But I will say, that even with all that, it takes a lot of planning, dedication, and attention to EVERY detail. It takes time and effort, but then again, most things worth while do.
Monday, June 7, 2010
So, a few geeky notes. The shot of the barn with the windmill was an effects shot, as was the guy coming out of the tree.
In the barn shot, I replaced a new looking barn with a wind generator in a field, and in the tree shot I removed the guy standing on a ladder handing off the bike.
I will say this, this is one of my favorite projects yet! I fell in love with CloudKicker while working on this, and the guys in that band are very cool.
We shot the on-bike shots from the back of a van, again using the beloved 70-200mm. I love that lens. And these guys(in the video) rock. They were totally cool with us dousing them in baby powder to look dusty, putting them in culverts, drainage ditches, and making them climb trees in those biking shoes.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Of course we shot with a flat picture profile so the grading in post was just fun. I converted all of the footage using cineform's neoscene and all of the color work was done in AE using the methods found here.
Before & Afters:
Also the music was a track off a friend of mine's (Greg Wheaton) recent cd. Check him out here. He's an expert guitarist, who's music is just inspiring.
Anyway, you can see I did some simple effects in this film. There's the windmill (just shot against a blue sky and chroma'd out the blue) and of course the OCimage credit.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
One of the owners is a long time photographer who saw a niche and we've been working together to build this, er, division.
At this point we've shot about four videos. The first one was a vignette on a local artist, Steven Hill.
I was one of two camera operators (yes, I used my 7D) and Brian Barrow Shot with a 5d. We used a Zoom for external sound. It was a LONG day of shooting. We had no plan, but I think it came out pretty nice. Cudos to Brian for the brilliant editing, and Steven Himself for the music.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Recently, my wife had our first child (Lucas!) Anyway, he's about three months old and when he eats at night we usually get our Left 4 Dead on. Yes, my wife rules. So if I were to make Left 4 Dead the movie, I'd cast the following people:
Jada Pinkett Smith as 'Rochelle',
Chi McBride as 'Coach'
Dean Winters as 'Nick'
Eric Ladin as 'Ellis'
This is before I went to IMDB and found out that Eric Ladin is already Ellis. And Rochelle Aytes, Hugh Dillon, and Chad Coleman would most likely all do great.
Totally random. Just thought I'd share.