Today we're launching the teaser trailer for our new Web Series "Today of All Days".
"Today of all Days" is a new mini-webseries from Streamy Award winning producer, Josh Negrin. "Today of all Days" is an action comedy about a groom that mistakenly gets pulled into a gun fight, by his best friend, 30 minutes before his wedding. "Today of All Days" is a jam packed Action Comedy Web Mini Series that will be launched in 3 separate episodes over the course of the next few weeks.
"Today of All Days" was shot using the Canon 5D Mark II and the Canon 7D. We utilized these cameras for the obvious reason of their ability to shoot the film-look with shallow depth of field. But not only that these cameras made shooting our short film a much richer experience, mainly due to the amount of freedom these cameras aloud us.
The first huge advantage of HDSLR's in short film is there size. This huge impact on how you carry the camera and for how long. Our production was based on a lot of action with the need to keep the camera mobile for almost 75% of the shoot. But while the size and weight of these cameras in relation to the sensor size is amazing, as many in the HDSLR community know, it can also be your downfall without the right rigging involved. That's where RedrockMicro came in:
"Redrock Microsystems, LLC was founded in 2004 by a group of avid digital filmmakers whose desire to produce high quality movie images without access to huge budgets led them to start Redrock Micro: a company committed to the express purpose of bringing cinema-quality accessories to market at revolutionary prices. We believe in - and - enable the privelege of personal ownership of production equipment."
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Redrock Micro has an amazing system when it comes to their production gear that gives the shooter the ability to completely shape and mold their equipment to the needs of the production. On this shoot I had the eyeSpy Balance bundle (eyeSpy Balance - DSLR 2.0 Rig
). Not only was this rig an essential piece of kit to have on set when shooting anything handheld, it also gave me the opportunity to build with it a version of the bundle that Stu Maschwitz (ProLost - Blog
) came up with called the Captian Stubling (Redrock Micro - DSLR "Captain Stubling"
Honestly if your shooting any kind of action sequence, this is an essential piece of kit to have. The amount of fluid motion this kit affords you is amazing. Plus with the configuration that redrock offers, you'll also have control of image with the use of their follow focus.
For this shoot we also used Canon L glass to take advantage of the higher image quality and faster speeds as opposed to regular EF lenses. The only disadvantages to the Canon L lenses has over some others lens choices like say Zeiss for instance, is the lack of hard stops in the focus ring, and the way how Canon lenses have a very unforgiving shift in the focus distance the further you go. Once your focusing any where past say 4 ft for instance, the focus begins to pull much faster. This can be a real pain when trying to find your focus points. That being said, no matter what lenses your using, try to get in the habit of marking your focus points and possibly having a Focus puller on location.
I wanted to stress how important it is to have professionals on set with you when making a short film or any production. All of us on the production have a passion for film-making and the craft of storytelling. It was a privilege to be able to work with such focused and professional actors like Josh Negrin (Josh Negrin - IMDb
) and Drew Cohn (Drew Cohn - IMDb
). That combined with the acting direction of Jared Ward (Jared Ward - IMDb
) I feel brought our production value to the next level. Plus when your shooting an independent production and spending over 18+ hours on your production days (which we did), you want to feel you can trust the team your working with. As aspiring film-makers, we've all made mistakes when it comes compromising on our talent for the sake of just getting our production in the can at one time or another. This is the one huge mistake that many student and independent film-makers make that basically ruins a production because the story was not properly translated to the screen. Always remember the value of acting talent and also never under estimate your responsibility to properly direct those actors. ;)
Please check back at our Vimeo channel weekly to see the each episode over the next few weeks. (Today of All Days // Web Series on Vimeo
You can also follow myself (EmrysROBERTS (EmrysROBERTS) on Twitter
), Josh Negrin (Josh Negrin (joshnegrin) on Twitter
) and Drew Cohn (Drew Cohn (drewcohn) on Twitter
) for updates on when knew episodes are launched.