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Old November 19th, 2008, 10:21 PM   #1
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documentary trailer

Finally getting around to finishing a documentary I shot last year, with my trusty A-1 of course. It's not quite done yet, but I put together this promo:

Processed People Promo

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Old November 20th, 2008, 12:46 AM   #2
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Very nice! I liked it a lot. Can't wait till it comes out.
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Old November 20th, 2008, 09:12 PM   #3
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Very nice, this look like a very intriguing documentary... You put everything together very well... Keep up the good work...
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Old November 21st, 2008, 04:24 PM   #4
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Thanks much, guys.
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Old November 23rd, 2008, 10:29 PM   #5
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Very good!

I was just wondering what post production software you used here, and if there was any color correction done. The trailer looks great!
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Old November 23rd, 2008, 10:37 PM   #6
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Hi Mitch: I use Final Cut Pro and did some color correction there using the 3-way-color corrector, but nothing too much, mainly for exposure, and crushed the blacks a bit. But it actually looks more washed out in what I uploaded to the web than what the corrected version looks like on a TV monitor here.
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Old November 23rd, 2008, 11:22 PM   #7
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I like it - your interviews look very well lit.
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Old November 25th, 2008, 01:34 AM   #8
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Nice work...But I'm FAT!
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Old November 29th, 2008, 01:17 AM   #9
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Very well done - I really like it! Not only from a technical perspective.. You treat a very interesting topic as well. How did you manage to get John Robbins for an interview ?!
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Old November 29th, 2008, 08:27 AM   #10
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Nice Work Sir!

Very Nice work. May I ask what kind of black background material you used for the sit down interviews?
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Old November 29th, 2008, 01:06 PM   #11
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VHow did you manage to get John Robbins for an interview ?!
John is a good friend, and he came to a convention we put on, I interviewed him there.
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Old November 29th, 2008, 01:13 PM   #12
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May I ask what kind of black background material you used for the sit down interviews?
I use this to hang the backdrop: Calumet Heavy-Duty Background Support - MF6095 - MF6095

and I use a solid black background for these, like this:

Calumet 10 x 24' Black Muslin Background - MP3105 - MP3105

This is a standard I use for documentary work, and sometimes I use green screen instead and put in different backgrounds. I'm shooting next week a host for the documentary against a white background which I'll overlight, and then remove that to put in a solid white background in post, so that it will be an even white.
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Old November 30th, 2008, 07:26 AM   #13
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Looks like its gonna be a good documentary Jeff. do you remember the lighting used for this shoot. It's got a nice look btw.
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Old November 30th, 2008, 11:48 AM   #14
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do you remember the lighting used for this shoot. It's got a nice look btw.
Thanks, Corey. The basic lighting is a big soft box 3/4 keying from one side, a reflector on the other side, and a rim light from behind and on the opposite side from the key. I hang the black behind with no light on it, and I'm ready to shoot. It's a pretty fast set up and I get a consistent look.
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