Cinematography

“Made to be Seen”. in 4K Resolution.

 is a videographer that works for acompany called Roadtrippers.com that has given him the opportunity to travel and film nature at it’s finest. The five minute video below is his demo reel of 4K footage that he has shot over the last two years. The footage is absolutely breathtaking, and if you can watch it on the biggest screen possible with the sound turned up. For more info on the film, click through to Vimeo where there is more info and links to his other sites.

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Slow Motion Color. Barbour Meets Pantone.

What happens when you take a few beautiful young people and shoot them with a Phantom Flex 4K camera with the frame rate cranked up to a couple hundred frames per second? You get the ad below for Barbour clothing. Produced by , the long form one minute and thirty second spot introduces a new line of clothing featuring Pantone colors. The spot has some really nice slow motion cinematography with the beautiful young people being pelted with handful’s of colored powder. No voice over, no editorial, no call to action, just people turning through the clouds of colored dust and emerging at the end to reveal the new line all set to a catchy pop tune.

EDITING: Vee Pinot
FLAME: Mark Beardall, Stephen Miller, Andrew Curtis
COLOUR: Ben Rogers
POST PRODUCER: Magda Krimitsou

BMW i8 As Envisioned by Gus Van Sant.

How do you sell your new one hundred thousand dollar all electric super car? You hire Gus Van Sant to direct the spots with DP Kasper Tuxen. Each of the three has a similar voice, yet features it’s own intriguing visuals and and motif. The spots are visually stunning with a muted color pallet and plenty of glory shots of the BMW i8 rocketing across the desert. While the spots say very little about the car itself, it’s really unimportant. If you can afford a $135, 700 electric hybrid sports car that will catapult you from zero to 60 in 4 seconds, you’ve probably done your homework on the car and don’t need to be sold. These spots are pure poetry selling the cutting edge of BMW tech.

“Icons” In One Single Fluid Shot.

The two videos below are for the Sunday Times Culture section. The first “Icons”, is the finished ad, the second the making of. This spot is one single dynamic camera movement featuring two actors. Over the course of fifty seconds the two become Forrest Gump, Don Draper, God, Daft Punk, and a couple of gun toting criminals. When you watch the finished piece it is hard to tell that this was done in a single shot. When I watched the making of, I wondered how many takes they went through before they got it right. In the making of, they were kind enough to drop a picture in picture frame so you can see what the camera operator was getting as he moved with the actors. For an in depth look, click here to go to the Making of website.

Directors – Us
Production Company – Academy Films
Executive Producer – Lizie Gower
Producer – Juliette Harris

DOP – Ben Fordesman
A&R Operator – Simon Wood
Art Director – Alison Dominitz
Hair & MakeUp – Lu Hinton
Stylist – Rebecca Hale
Casting – Hammond & Cox
Editor – Dave Stevens @ Assembly Rooms
Post – Electric Theatre Collective
Grade – Aubrey Woodiwiss
Audio post production – String & Tins
Musical Composition – Tom Player
Lead Actor – Gary Milner

Agency – Grey
Executive Creative Director – Nils Leonard
Creative Director – Dave Monk
Creatives – Jonathan Rands & Johan Leandersson
Agency Producer – Debbie Impett

Monday Inspiration. “Cowboy As I Am” by Philip Hodges.

The nine minute short film by  below tells the story of Steven Millward who was paralyzed in a rodeo accident almost twenty years ago. It is a story that focuses on his relationship with veteran horse whisperer Grant Golliher and Steven’s horses. The short film features some killer cinematography from James Coombs and Morgan Mercier. The editing, post and sound work help complete this, wonderful little documentary. Take nine minutes of your day and give it a watch. You’ll be glad you did. It is beautiful and inspiring.

“Bottled History” a Short Film About Ray Gascoigne.

The short film below from Commoner for Smith Journal is a wonderful vignette into the life and hobby of Ray Gascoigne.  Gascoigne makes “Ships in Bottles”, each one painstakingly crafted by hand and executed with precision. The film is wonderfully shot and edited, paced in a way that captures the speed of Gascoigne’s life. There are things about this film that really spoke to me, the humbleness of the subjects voice, the close up shots of his hands showing weathered age and ruggedness from a life at sea, the lighting and mood, and the models themselves. Hat tip to commoner for a  nice little story, and a glimpse into another’s life.

“Ancients” from Nicholas Buer.

Over the last few years motion controlled time-lapse videos have exploded on the internet. As the cost of the equipment has come down, and the quality of digital video equipment has gone up, people are producing some really spectacular short films. One that really stands out for me is “Ancients” by  . For the full back story on the video below click through to Vimeo. What I love about this short film is, unlike a lot of time-lapse landscape shorts, Buer uses framing to capture reflections of the stars in the foreground, or dropping the stars out of focus to create a dreamy bokeh behind a silhouette of tree branches. The editing, cinematography, and motion control all add up to a really nice piece with some stand out features. There is no list of equipment used, but this is all available at 4K resolution so I’m assuming he probably used a RED, a Cinema EOS or the equivalent.