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Old October 18th, 2006, 04:22 PM   #1
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New Zombies Feature shot on XL-H1

Hey guys,

I just finished my Zombie feature, and we shot it on the XL-H1.
I think it turned out really well, and the HDV 24f footage looks pretty darned good for the most part. We just finished shooting about 2 weeks ago, but we did throw together a quick trailer to give people a feel for the movie.

You can check out the trailer on our myspace page:
www.myspace.com/zombiesmovie

Let me know what you think. :)
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Old October 18th, 2006, 05:40 PM   #2
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Do you have someone to do color correction, effects ect.?
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Old October 18th, 2006, 09:05 PM   #3
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Old October 18th, 2006, 09:29 PM   #4
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You've got some good looking footage there. My favorite line: "Crack whores? Them bitches is crack whore zombies!"
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Old October 19th, 2006, 12:36 AM   #5
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Jason,

That's wild. You may have created a new genre; 'whorer movies'.

Congrats on the project and good luck!
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Old October 19th, 2006, 01:14 AM   #6
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You may have created a new genre; 'whorer movies'.
LOL...I may have to use that! ;)
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Old October 19th, 2006, 08:58 AM   #7
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I checked out your trailer. Cool. It looks like quite a production. Can you divulge your budget, crew size and gear?
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Old October 19th, 2006, 01:00 PM   #8
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I checked out your trailer. Cool. It looks like quite a production. Can you divulge your budget, crew size and gear?
I have been advised not to get into detail about the budget. We have some distribution offers coming in already, so we don't want to discuss that part in public. Sorry.

We had a pretty decent sized crew...Awesome DP, Camera Op, Camera Assist, Script Sup, Sound mixer, Boom op, Gaffer, and about 5 Grip/Electrics.
Small-Medium sized lighting/grip package depending on the day.

Shot with the Canon XL-H1, stock lens @ 24f. Usually as wide open as possible. Mostly sticks or handheld, but a few steadicam shots.
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Old October 19th, 2006, 01:35 PM   #9
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Wow, just...wow. Strippers vs. Zombies! Inspired.
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Old October 19th, 2006, 01:41 PM   #10
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I bet you guys had a blast shooting that, good job.
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Old October 19th, 2006, 02:28 PM   #11
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Great Zombie!

Great trailer. Pictures look amazing.
What kind of set up do you have on the H1?
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Old October 19th, 2006, 03:03 PM   #12
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Great trailer. Pictures look amazing.
What kind of set up do you have on the H1?
Not sure what you mean by Setup?

You mean like custom presets?
I made my own custom preset when I first got the camera...I would have to look and see what I did. Plus, I did some color correction in post. :)
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Zombire Pictures!

Yup. I guess I mainly meant custom presets. Although, I'm interested how you controlled exposure (and the problems associated with highlights etc - not to mention the viewfinder that seems to make people underexpose!) - and the apertures you like to shoot at. Also do you shoot with polariser or other filters - or rely on post entirely.
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Old October 20th, 2006, 06:40 PM   #15
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Yup. I guess I mainly meant custom presets. Although, I'm interested how you controlled exposure (and the problems associated with highlights etc - not to mention the viewfinder that seems to make people underexpose!) - and the apertures you like to shoot at. Also do you shoot with polariser or other filters - or rely on post entirely.
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We set the zebra at 90 and had 2 monitors on set...a cheap 19" HDTV, and a 9" professional SD video monitor. We tested it, and figured out that we could fairly accurately use the SD monitor to judge exposure. Eventually, we stopped even bothering th pull out the HDTV.
I was the director, so I only actually operated the camera about 5% of the time...but after a while, you get used to what the proper exposed levels look like in the viewfinder...and having someone else checking the monitor is a good safety.

We didn't use any filters on camera...but our entire shoot was INT or EXT NIGHT.

Aperature, we tried to keep all the way open (or close to it) as much as we could. Having a good lighting crew, and the right tools to control the lights is key in this part...it is different when you are using available light where the light controls you instead of the other way around. :)
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