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Old November 26th, 2007, 12:27 PM   #1
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City Lights with the XHA1 and Letus Extreme

I don't know what it is but every time I go to Brackendale in Canada to watch the bald eagles up there, I always end up doing some weird city at night piece. I guess it's one of the few trips where I actually go through a city so it gives me an excuse to shoot something different. In this case, it's Vancouver BC.

Anyway, this is a pretty similar opening to another film I did, also called Brackendale but I can't help myself :)

I may or may not use this as an intro.

The shots with the long light trails and long blurs were shot with the shutter set to 1/6th, with the native lens, no Letus. The rest was with the Extreme. All at 24f. Lenses used: Nikon 50mm f1.8 and Nikon 100mm f2.8

EDIT: I made some changes and uploaded a new file.

Also, I realized that my batteries were pretty weak in the Extreme so you may see some gg in one or two shots and I think I was just out of juice.

Some pretty heavy color correction done Premiere Pro CS3.

Enjoy.

Windows 720p version:
http://www.pinelakefilms.com/XHA1/citylightsintro.wmv

720p MP4 version, will play in Quicktime player:
http://www.pinelakefilms.com/XHA1/citylightsintro.mp4
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Old November 26th, 2007, 12:30 PM   #2
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Steven:

Getting a Sorry message, indicating that you have removed many films from site pending DVD release....
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Old November 26th, 2007, 12:31 PM   #3
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Oops, try that...I fixed the links
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Old November 26th, 2007, 12:41 PM   #4
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Downloading now, looks like its going okay.
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Old November 26th, 2007, 01:10 PM   #5
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Looks like the start of a good mystery film, was waiting for the opening shot of the main character driving his or her vehicle or making his or her way down a city sidewalk. This is certainly more dramatic than your beautiful "scenic" fare, demonstrating the range of your production capabilities...
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Old November 26th, 2007, 02:28 PM   #6
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I love the Entrance! but to short ...
cheers
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Old November 26th, 2007, 02:31 PM   #7
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I love the Entrance! but to short ...
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Huh, not sure what that means, but okay :)

Thank Chris.
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Old November 26th, 2007, 03:56 PM   #8
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Steven, nice stuff as expected.

Quite a while back I had asked you regarding your music sources in an email but got no response (probably got thrown in your spam bucket :). I recall seeing a post of yours once replying to someone here about that, but couldn't locate it.

You won't have to kill me. Reveal your sources! :D
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Old November 26th, 2007, 03:58 PM   #9
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Old November 26th, 2007, 04:02 PM   #10
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Steven, you have a nice piece, it has pure cinematic expression, the mood is conveyed nicely. The piece moves me to shoot something similar in Moscow. (when I finally get over all commercial work)
Does it seem a bit soft , to tranfer it to 35mm or even for DVD distribution?
Great music, I wonder if this music can be purchased, looked the composers up on Google, couldn't find them.
Thanks for inspiration. (sorry if I misspelled words)
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Old November 26th, 2007, 04:18 PM   #11
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Thank you Oleg. It is definitely a little on the soft side mainly because it was all handheld and I was in all kinds of positions trying to get smooth footage while the car was jerking around in traffic. All the while, I was also trying to focus using the LCD...so yeah, it's a little out of focus :)
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Hi Steven,

What settings did you use to minimize the grain? I've been experimenting with my Letus Extreme, but seem to find a decent amount grain still under low lighting conditions. You seem to get away with it quite nicely.
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Nicholas, I don't do anything special. I try to avoid having the gain more than zero. That's about it.
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Nicholas, I don't do anything special. I try to avoid having the gain more than zero. That's about it.
Steven:

To keep things at zero gain, are you recording a fairly dark image and taking it into post to punch up ?
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Not really, I tend to use a slower shutter if it gets too dark but honestly, for the most part, if it's too dark I'm going to light it or simply not shoot it. I find that shooting dark ends up looking really grainy and, unless that's the intention, it's not what I want.
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