A New (actually old) Short Film
After a long night and an even longer walk home, two friends face some hard truths and discover what true friendship really takes.
This short shot in one long overnight shooting session on Vancouver’s Iconic Lions Gate Bridge with the Ever Talented Jenna Newton & Jasmine Walton truly going above and beyond as we braved the cold for multiple long takes and as we waited for the Sun to rise! Written and Directed by Shannon Mckague, Shot on the Original Blackmagic Pocket 4K with the Nikon 14-24 F/2.8 Lens on the DJI Ronin M Sound was two Rode Filmmaker Lav Mics feed into a Tascam Recorder. We had one LED Panel on a very tall stand that didn’t have any sandbags and that was it. Very low key shooting
Like most things Polka Dot this has sat on a Hard Drive for a couple years now waiting to get edited! But here we are a Complete Edit. Couple things that I learned while editing this is that constant lesson that i should know by now But I don’t!!
DON”T JUST LEAVE THE CAMERA ROLLING!!
Seriously over 7 different shots in here are all from one camera roll. Which makes Colour Correcting from the RAW nearly impossible as the raw file settings for one shot are often not even close to the same for the next shot. It required a lot of frame counting and futzing about to get this one “Coloured” If i were to do this again I would have lit more shots instead of relying on natural light and I would have start/stopped that camera between shots!
Just some back Alley goodness in the seedy underbelly of Gastown
Took the Nikon, the Hassy , and a land camera for a walk in gas town and this is what we found
The Sun was shinning so there was great shadows to be had!
Another Place in Gas-Town that you can get right kicked out from if you stay too long :)
My Camera’s (The Hassy, a Polaroid and Nikon) & I went for a walk today. We wandered to all of my favorite places to shoot when we had a studio in gas-town. Half to remember that they were still there and half to reminisce.
This is under what is essentially waterfront station and when you shoot here for more then about 6 min the security will come and shoo you :)
I backed a kick starter a while back for a thing called a Wiral LITE. It is essentially a small cable cam that you can string up and grab footage anywhere ! I have had it for weeks and being sick and it raining and what not has meant that I haven’t come close to being able to try it out on anything cool But on Saturday I was hanging on set for a Film called #thephotographershort and this was a perfect time to try it out!
One of these is with the GoPro an the other is the Sony A6300
Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure of hanging out on set, shooting some Behind The Scenes for a short film Called “The Photographer” It was written by the lovely and super Talented Andrea, Directed by Matthew Campbell and Shot by Jeff Zwicker as well as a whole team of amazing folk! The Scene was in an old school darkroom so it was a day of seeing RED while we shot on a Red :)
After spending the past two months super sick and not really having energy to do much other then the bare minimum I am super excited to be out in the world again.
Thought I would share some quick ISO tests from the new Ursa Mini Pro 6.0 Firmware! having a whole stop to ISO 3200 is cool. While it is no A7SII but it ain’t all that bad :) Not sure if the internet compression will show the best details but here we are!
Matched the Exposure shot to shot by stopping up/down as needed using False colour as the guide. Just added the Blackmagic Film to Extended Video Lut and Rendered directly out of Resolve. Some shots are BRAW and Others ProRes XQ. 4.6K (the scope ones are 4.6k – 2.4:1)
We are doing a Call out for Auditions for our Short Film “Pour Away The Ocean”
Union Status: NON-UNION
Pay/Compensation: NO Pay but Snacks/meals as well as a copy of the finished film/BTS film, IMDB Credit. Any extra footage for reels and other self promotion. A Professional Head-shot session for all involved crew.
Shoot Location: Vancouver British Columbia Canada
Tentative Filming Dates: Sept 19th to 25th 2018
Audition Date(s):August 16th to 20th 2018
Submission Instructions: Please Email email@example.com with your head-shot/CV/demo reel or what you have to show your skills off! Only potential candidates will be contacted.
Project Info: Three estranged friends road trip across western Canada to the sudden funeral of a close friend. But guilt-ridden regret causes old secrets to surface, long held grudges begin to flare As they attempt to say goodbye while following her last wishes they work thought the regret of things left unsaid while they each discover the importance of forgiveness and that love, friendship, and embracing each moment is all that really matters in the end
Looking to cast Main Female roles (3 Female Roles in total) Set to tentatively start filming on Sept 19th
23 to 28 years old, female Role. She runs a non profit artist foundation – Strong willed stubborn, ambitious puts duty before self, refuses to show emotions, is the rock that our other characters lean on. The story is mainly about her journey
23 to 28 years old, female. Cynthia – The character who has died, but is represented in Flashbacks. Impulsive Nothing to loose lived life to the fullest character.
25 to 30 years old, female. Allison – Sister of Cynthia – Shy and pragmatic Literal and Intellectual
Storyline: After the sudden death of their late best friend, four estranged friends come together after two years and make their way from Edmonton to Vancouver for the funeral. However, when a guilt-ridden regret causes old secrets to surface, long held grudges begin to flare. As the four friends attempt to say goodbye to their late best friend in all her favorite places, old memories and new life lessons force each of them to realize that love, friendship, and embracing each moment is all that really matters in the end.
So Last week you might remember that I had recorded a Song with EJ and Sam! Well here is said Song!! In all it’s Glory!
I will do tutorial on how I did this multi-take song as a single camera edit. and Trust me It is not perfect to be sure, But with some time and Finesse you wouldn’t even be able to tell this was multiple takes at the song with out a click track or anything. For Now THE SONG!
Just our view of things tonight here at Fort Ebey Park in Washington State! Yup that is correct… We are on another trek into the unknown! This time we are headed all the way down to to big trees in northern California
These are just some Stills From a quick impromptu recording session I did with Ej & the equally talented friend Sam who was visiting in town for one night only. We literately grabbed the Ursa (which I think needs a name BTW) the Zoom F8 and some microphones that I had lying about and jumped into the studio and they laid out this amazing song. Which was written that afternoon I might add, and I filmed it.
Today We decided to go for a trek up Indian Arm In North Vancouver!
This not our boat, it was just there on the trip :)
The Butzen Lake Generator Station
Granite Falls in Say Nuth Kaw Yum Provincial Park
A random flotilla of boats just hanging out! :)
Yes you heard it right! Old Man Darren the forever bachelor and Sharon GOT MARRIED on the Galiano Island! Naked Dave was not only clothed the whole weekend but he was all dressed in respectable clothing and everything! But I am not a wedding Photographer anymore so here are some drone photos instead :)
This was our Entry into the This is a spoon 48hr Run & Gun Film Competition!! This film was written, cast, shot, and edited in just 48 hours!
We were nominated in no fewer than SEVEN categories, with props for best director, best writing, best sound engineer, best actor, best actress, best film, and then even the audience choice.
Ultimately we took home best actress with a regrets-by-1-point on best film and best director and a solid 2nd for audience favorite. Couldn’t be more proud of the Polka Dot Rocket Team for doing such an amazing job!
UPDATE: Jan 2019
We are playing at the Vancouver Short Film Festival!
This is just another video in my never ending goal to not only to capture brilliant footage of the places I visit be but to also make sure that this footage doesn’t just rot on a hard drive somewhere. Tonight’s footage gathering session was actually cut a bit short as I clipped a log on landing and broke a prop. :| I was in a Class C flying zone but I also was never more then 4 Meters off the ground :)
Just got the Ursa all setup with the SSD recorder last night and I figured I would test out what resolutions/fps I could do with a few SSD’s I have & here are my findings! These are by no means super scientific tests as I assumed that if it can record in a resolution at 60fps that 50, 40 etc would also work. same is true with resolutions. With the exception of 4.6k 2.4:1, 4k 16:9 & 2k 120fps I tested those individually) but I assumed that if 4k DCI 60fps worked then UHD, 2k and 1080 etc would also work. Also Prores at 4.6k just doesn’t even let you select above 40fps as is normal regardless of the media.
Tested here are the Samsung Pro 256 and the Samsung Evo 500, and lastly an old Crucial M4 512 that I had been using with my BMCC 2.5k. I would love to see if the larger 500 it 1TB Samsung pro’s can do better? Thoughts?
While we wait for our Ursa Mini Pro to come from B&H to replace the on that was stolen at the end of November I figured I would dig up some random footage I shot in the early fall. I shot this mostly in Raw 3:1 or Uncompressed Raw, but it was before my C-fast cards came so I was shooting on dual SD cards so I could only get 3-5 seconds of footage before it would drop frames and cut out :) But 3-5 seconds at 60 fps is enough :) Lenses were Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 and the Nikon 24-70 f/2.8
This is just a quick ‘grade’ in premiere. AKA I applied a lut and called it good :)
FUN FACTS!! The Cast and Crew of Unlikely present you with Fun Facts about filming our one camera webseries! Join Us! Tune in July 21st at 7:00pm (pst) for the Launch of the First Episode followed by a live Q&A with the cast and crew!
Lets ask the cast and crew about the representation on the show! Plus, OUTTAKES!! The Cast and Crew of Unlikely present you with some behind the scenes and Outtakes from filming our one camera web-series!
Join Us! Tune in July 21st at 7:00pm (pst) for the Launch of the First Episode followed by a live Q&A with the cast and crew!
In Preparation For The Upcoming Film Noir Film Competition We Gathered The Troops Last Night And Did Our First Ever Script & Shoot. What Is That? Well We Sat Down Around The Table And Wrote A Film Noir Scene, Cast It, Blocked It, Lit It, Filmed It & Then Edited It All In A Single Evening Of Fun! This Is The Results!