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Old November 17th, 2003, 10:15 AM   #616
 
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Early Video Christmas Card

If this kind of thing interests you, you can click on the link below and view our video Christmas card
http://www.gooddogproductions.com/samples.htm

It does require a broadband connection.

An early Merry Christmas to one and all.
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Old November 19th, 2003, 07:04 PM   #617
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Public Access Pilot

First week of December we will be shooting a pilot/spec episode for local cable access in the San Bernardino Ca area.
The typical "ride along" show like "COPS" etc but we will travel with a different agency each week. (Local fire, Sheriff's Dept, Forestry, etc).
Any of you seasoned pros have any advice, PLEASE let me know! This is a stretch from training, docs, and weddings.

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Old November 19th, 2003, 07:46 PM   #618
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a music video me and my friends directed is now on mtv.com

i would like to announce that a video i made is now on mtv.com it is for the band Anti-Flag you can check it out at :


http://www.mtv.com/bands/az/anti_flag/artist.jhtml

post some feedback of what you think.

my website www.scrambledvisual.com

p.s. it was shot with a sony dsr300.
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Old November 19th, 2003, 10:22 PM   #619
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More detail: Two man crew, 2 GL2's, Azden sgm-2, 2 shifts with each group. Hope to have more variety and more of a Real People vibe to the project.
For the pilot we are riding with the local Crest Forest Fire Department. These guys spent a week straight fighting "The Old Fire" in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Again, for any of you with this type of experience, I am open to any and all suggestions.
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Old November 20th, 2003, 12:37 AM   #620
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Feature Length Indie Flick: Disc

http://www.discthemovie.com/

The sketch comedy group I was in in college shot this film the summer after we graduated, and it's finally all completed after going over and over it to make sure we did everything we wanted to. It's an 80's-style comedy sports movie (kind of like The Mighty Ducks) about ultimate frisbee, and it was shot partially on an XL1 (since our original DP quit unexpectedly) but mostly on a VX2000.

The best part is that we're actually going to get to premiere it in an actual theatre. We originally did a screening at our college in April, but we realized that we needed to go over it again and edit some of the crap out. So now we're done, we're showing it on December 3rd, and we've even got the DVD out at the manufacturer's right now. I'm really excited for this to finally get shown. I'm also really excited that now I'm going to be on IMDB. <g>

Here's the other best part, though. The total cost of producing the movie itself (so not counting the DVD or the theatre) was only $1500... of course, we had the cameras beforehand.
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Old November 21st, 2003, 06:09 PM   #621
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Sweet video! Good shooting, good editing and flow. I like the parts with the homeless guy, reminded me of an older music vid by Bob Dylan... i think. Keep it up!
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Old November 22nd, 2003, 09:16 AM   #622
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yeah, it was rather funny when we were explaining to the homeless man that is was going to be throwing the signs down he asked "like that Bob Dylan guy?".
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Old November 23rd, 2003, 02:09 AM   #623
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Old November 24th, 2003, 06:35 AM   #624
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Looking quite nice. I'm guessing the original 16mm version
looks better?
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Old November 24th, 2003, 09:11 AM   #625
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Old November 24th, 2003, 03:07 PM   #626
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Too bad that it's Real only. I'm refusing to install that player
because I've had very very bad experiences with it on previous
systems. Let me know if you get other formats up somewhere.
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Old November 24th, 2003, 05:45 PM   #627
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<<<-- Originally posted by Rob Lohman : Too bad that it's Real only. I'm refusing to install that player
because I've had very very bad experiences with it on previous
systems. Let me know if you get other formats up somewhere. -->>>

ditto for me too








oh yea MTV SUX!!!


...congratulations ;)
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Old November 24th, 2003, 10:05 PM   #628
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i know. real player does suck. i will post the link to the video once it is on our site.
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Old November 25th, 2003, 12:54 AM   #629
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Theatrical Play shot with 4 XLs, Jib and Steadicam - view it now!

This play was performed by high school students and is a version of Cinderella with a different comedic twist. As you will see there are males playing some of the female roles and it is quite funny and edgey.

The video below was mixed live with 4 XL-1s (standard) and mastered to a Panasonic AG-DV2000P DV deck from a truck. Post production was performed with Premiere 5.1c. Each camera ISO recorded its own POV for post. A jib was used in the live mix as well. Close-ups with Steadicam were shot during the full dress rehearsal the night before the first of three performance dates. We taped the mix on the second performance night. The close-ups were cut seamlessly into the mix in post and turned out quite well making it more like a film being by being embedded with the actors. These actors were so close with their blocking and mannerisms that the pre-recorded close-up shots matched very well. There are a lot of colors, much like Dr. Seuss, in the sets as well as different lighting changes. Sometimes the lighting is terribly hot while others it is just perfect such as with the deep blues in the ballroom scenes. These cameras performed very well with good contrast scenes. The cameras were left on Auto (not full auto) with the operators ocassionally adjusting exposure. I wish the play was specifically lit for video so all of it would have been even and clean. There was no rehearsal for us, the video crew, because of short notice and budget so there were mistakes as expected. I was able to fix a lot of that in post and tighten the edits in dialogue scenes. We received a single audio feed from an independent interior audio board mixing all of the stage and body mics. So, any audio dropouts or open/dead mics was not us. Overall it was a great show and some of these kids (actors) will go somewhere in this industry if they stick with it. Scenes labeled with Steadicam and/or Jib indicate heavier use of these tools in those particular scenes. This play is also a great expample as to how these cameras can perform under these various lighting conditions.

Note: The audio may be low without computer speakers with an amplifier, otherwise it is fine.


Opening - Jib

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...ENING1000K.asx

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...OPENING56K.asx


Dining Room - Steadicam

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...GROOM1000K.asx

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...INGROOM56K.asx


Cinderella & Mice - Steadicam

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...GMICE1000K.asx

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...INGMICE56K.asx


Kitchen & Palace - Steadicam & Jib

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...ALACE1000K.asx

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...-PALACE56K.asx


The Tutor - Steadicam

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...TUTOR1000K.asx

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...r/TUTOR56K.asx


Royal Announcement

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...EMENT1000K.asx

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...NCEMENT56K.asx


Music Box - Steadicam & Jib

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...ICBOX1000K.asx

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...USICBOX56K.asx


Sisters Preparation

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...SPREP1000K.asx

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...ERSPREP56K.asx


The Palace

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...ALACE1000K.asx

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde.../PALACE56K.asx


Fairy Godfather

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...ATHER1000K.asx

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...DFATHER56K.asx


King Size - Steadicam

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...GSIZE1000K.asx

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...INGSIZE56K.asx


The Romp & Ball - Steadicam (360 shot) & Jib

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...-BALL1000K.asx

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...MP-BALL56K.asx


Catty Ladies - Steadicam

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...ADIES1000K.asx

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...YLADIES56K.asx


The Search

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...EARCH1000K.asx

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde.../SEARCH56K.asx


Indecisive Blues & Credits - Steadicam & Jib

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...EDITS1000K.asx

http://161.58.78.36/asx/dvinfo/cinde...CREDITS56K.asx
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Old November 27th, 2003, 04:11 PM   #630
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Howdy Jim. I would recommend having plenty of appearance releases ready for liability protection. Make sure to get plenty of cover video for edits and roll on all the narrative audio you can get because you can always cover that with B-roll video. Make sure to have plenty of batteries because not all calls will amount to anything but you never know what will happen so roll on it until you're sure. That is one of the biggest frustrations, burning camera and light batteries and it turns out to be nothing. The good thing is you can always roll the tape back.

You need to get lead ins such as "we're in route to..." whether it's staged or not, the audience will not know, and also get on camera, in car or stand ups, follow ups/explanations for what just happened. If it's staged and at night, make sure the lights are flashing and/or the sirens are screaming to blend with the real footage of the incident. It's always good to have a siren audio loop if it's not appropriate to run it for the re-enactment. Just have them go to a remote area and run the siren for about 60 seconds. This can be mixed with the narration seamlessly in post for realism. The lead in and follow up can be cut together with B-roll and is a good way to intro and exit.

It is important to shoot for the edit. Occassionally when there is a natural pause in dialogue or composition, immediately snap to another shot and maybe slowly or whip pan back into the dialogue scene rolling continuously to avoid missing audio. This will cut together nicely and give you a multi-camera look. This takes some practice with anticipation and timing and sometimes it will burn you every now and then. You will learn a lot of what to do and not do on the pilot. You will be in the edit saying to yourself, what was I thinking and you will be ready for the next round from what you learned from the first shoot with what works and what doesn't.

Please be respectful of any victims' feelings and stop rolling if they say stop. You are viewing them at one of the worst moments of their lives. You do not want to interfere and make the situation worse. You may see some really tragic images so just use decent, good judgement. Oh yes, if you're with the police and you go onto private property, be ready to be sued. My rule was not to shoot on private property without consent. Some people don't mind if you're shooting a criminal that has been caught. But they may not like it if they themselves are the subjects, such as with domestic calls. If you have some time take a peek at the reality program that I produced many years ago. It was just like "COPS" but for the local area. Have fun and be careful. It can be very dangerous!

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