Mark Fry

[ Filmmaking : Brighton Beach ]





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Brighton Beach
17 November 2011

A few hundred thousand Brits descend upon Brighton beach to bask in the record-breaking heat.

A great day for people watching...

On 01 October 2011, I took the train from London down to Brighton to join the crowds of people who were out to enjoy a seasonally-unusual heat wave. I'm still developing my confidence as a filmmaker and I have to admit that I'm not yet at a point where I feel comfortable getting right in peoples' faces. I've been trying to get shots in an unobtrusive manner but I know the next step is to create a Philip Bloom-level of intimacy that really brings out the character of the subjects.

I shot this film on my Canon 550D/T2i with the EF-S 18-55mm kit lens and an EF-S 55-250mm. I made extensive use of a Light Craft Fader ND II filter to manage the exposure and a Cullmann Shoulder Pod for extra run & gun stability.

The film was shot using the Technicolor Cinestyle flat picture profile, then edited and graded in Adobe Premiere CS5.5 using Magic Bullet Colorista Free and LUT Buddy. A few shots were taken into After Effects and put through the Warp Stabilizer to smooth out the motion while a couple shots had simple post camera moves done in Premiere.

Looking ahead to a day when I may be working with a 4K camera like a RED, I've been trying to develop a mindset for shooting a plate that is larger than my planned delivery format. This film was shot in HD 1920x1080 (apart from the 50fps 720p slow motion shots) and I planned to output at a 1280x544 resolution for online YouTube/Vimeo "HD". This allowed me to re-compose the image into a cinematic 2.35:1 aspect ratio, stabilize shots and create camera moves in post. I really like the flexibility of this workflow.

The 8-bit H.264 video that comes out of the Canon DLSR cameras can often create colour banding, especially in clear blue skies. Some shots were fixed in After Effects using Remove Grain and then keying the smoother sky back into the shot. I also used Nuke's DeNoise node on a few shots to smooth out ugly blocky patches in the shadows.

I've tried to adopt these processes to improve the quality of my HDSLR footage:






Cinestyle, LUT Buddy and Colorista Free

The Technicolor Cinestyle is a flat picture style (profile) that optimizes the dynamic range in the image by leveraging the capabilities of the Canon DSLR imaging chipset.

To properly color correct footage shot with Technicolor Cinestyle an S-curve shaped look-up table (LUT) needs to be applied in the editing or color correction application using the Magic Bullet LUT Buddy plugin.

Magic Bullet Colorista Free is a simplified, elegant colour corrector plugin with 3-Way wheels and RGB numeric sliders for basic color grading.


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