A few months back I was asked by Douglas Spotted Eagle (aka Spot) and VASST to co-present in one of their training videos that was going to be about shooting with DSLR’s. I had personally purchased more than a handful of their training DVD’s in the past on various subjects and jumped at the chance. Spot is someone that I got to know through several video related forums early on and has been both a mentor and a friend ever since and it was an honor, if not a little surreal to be doing this with him so many years later.
Needless to say I had a great time up in Utah hanging out with him and Mannie Frances, his partner, while working on this and am thrilled to say that it’s finally out and available! The clip is actually on a bonus section of the DVD. You can check it out here:
Inside HDSLR FIlmmaking – Create Stunning DSLR Imagery with Unlimited Possibilities
“HDSLR Film and video production is immensely popular, for good reason! Stunning imagery and unlimited possibilities are at your fingertips with a DSLR camcorder. Raymond Schlogel and Douglas Spotted Eagle expose all aspects of HDSLR film and video on this two and one half hour training DVD. From lenses to metering, to preparation and peripherals, Douglas and Ray show you how to get the most out of DSLR film and video production.”
I talk a bit about the shooting of this in the intro but just to be a little more specific: This was shot on two Canon 7D’s, two just because I had access to Spot’s and having his there meant that instead of having to change lenses I could just grab the second camera or at times I would have one recording on a wide shot while I did handheld with the other. I used three lenses on this, the Canon 50 1.2, Canon 85 1.2, and the Tokina 11-16 2.8. Going for the crazy shallow DoF on a sunny day of course hadta use the Fader ND. The other neat tool that you may have noticed with the little dolly shots was the indiSLIDERmini. Love that little thing with DSLR’s. A great way to add a little production value, movement and nuance to shots and east to pack, actually fits in the same case as my tripod so never a reason to leave it at home. (http://www.indisystem.com/indislidermini/) You probably caught the shot of Spot’s helmet cam but just in case you didn’t recognize it that was an HD GoPro.
Beyond that edited pretty quick in Sony Vegas with very little color correction.