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RED Epic-X #395 Arrives!

Film Style, Production Nov 08, 2011 No Comments

Our Epic finally arrived!

The same camera that James Cameron is using for Avatar 2 and Peter Jackson chose for the Hobbit is now available for our projects and clients.  The new Epic-X will allow us to shoot 5K resolution RAW at 96 frames per second (or up to 300 fps at 2k!).

One of the most exciting aspects of working with the Epic is that the small package allows a lot of flexibility.  Most of the critical components fit in a case small enough to carry onto an airplane without a problem allowing us to travel light.  Because the camera body is less than 5lbs we’re able to take advantage of it on our Steadicam and lightweight crane for unique shots without sacrificing quality.

This doesn’t mean that our RED MX will be collecting dust – It’s a perfect match for the Epic as a second camera.  Now we’re able to offer a two camera RED MX/Epic package for projects at an incredibly reasonable price.

Check out the Epic 700 reel to get a taste of this camera’s amazing potential.

“Aftershocks” principal photography wraps

Film Style, Production Jun 06, 2011 No Comments

Here are a few behind the scenes photos from the set of the short film “Aftershocks” directed by Richard Krause, produced by Figaro Media.

Dolby Makes A Video Monitor?!?

Film Style, Post Production, Production Jan 24, 2011 No Comments

A few months back Figaro Media was fortunate enough to produce a marketing video for one of Dolby Lab’s lesser known products – the Dolby Pro Reference Monitor 4200. This is one of the cooler products that they make (and they make some pretty sweet stuff).  We interviewed several Dolby execs and engineers and spoke with many of the initial beta testers including:

  • Ron Burdett, GM of Data & Film DI Restoration – Laser Pacific
  • Bob Wilson, Director of Engineering – The Post Group
  • Bill Feightner, CTO – EFILM Digital Laboratories
  • Lou Levinson, Senior Colorist – Laser Pacific

Now, what sets this monitor apart from any of the other run of the mill, color accurate monitors?  Here’s a video that hopefully answers that question:

Dolby Labs PRM-4200 Launch Video

“B Sweet” Behind the Scenes

Film Style, Production Dec 16, 2010 No Comments

Following up on the case study that Vision Research posted on the recent Andrew Tinker music video Dolby Labs recently released a behind the scenes video for the making of “B Sweet”.

Let us know what you think!

“B Sweet” PhantomHD Gold Case Study Released

Film Style, Production Dec 15, 2010 No Comments

Vision Research has released a case study on Andrew Tinker’s “B Sweet” music video that we used a Phantom HD Gold to capture super slow motion video.  You can find it on the bottom left hand side of the page under “Case Studies” labeled “Dolby Laboratories Captures Intricate Details and Striking Imagery” (or you can just open the pdf here – Case Study )

Also – you should watch the video and read about the project if you haven’t already (here, here and here)

Dizzy Feet PSA’s Officially Launched

Film Style, Post Production, Production Dec 13, 2010 No Comments

Long time client Hit Entertainment recently worked with Figaro Media to produce, edit and composite “Dancing with the Stars” host Carrie Ann Inaba and “So You Think You Can Dance” stars Nigel Lythgoe and Adam Shankman into the animated world of “Angelina Ballerina”.

The public service announcements are part of a campaign for the Dizzy Feet Foundation founded in 2009 by Nigel Lythgoe, Adam Shankman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Katie Holmes to support, improve, and increase access to dance education in the United States.

Filmed on a RED MX in Los Angeles at Source Film Studios.  Here are the finished pieces:

Carrie Ann PSA

Nigel and Adam PSA

Also – here’s a link to Dizzy Feet’s website for anyone interested.

“B Sweet” Music Video Officially Released

Film Style, Production Aug 31, 2010 No Comments

The music video we shot a couple of months ago with Dolby Labs for Andrew Tinker’s song “B Sweet”  has been officially released.

The video was shot in Rockwall, TX over a few of the hottest days this summer.  We had a great team and used some cool gear including an Optimo 24-290mm lens in front of a RED MX and Phantom HD.

Hope you like the video – you should be seeing a lot of it.  Word on the street is that Dolby is going to be releasing it in a major way pretty soon.  Stay tuned…

Why You Always Need A Prep Day

Film Style, Production Jul 31, 2010 No Comments

“The shutter is just randomly engaging… maybe it’s the servo?”

Bob Frederickson, our 1st Assistant Camera Operator, looked frustrated.  Booked with almost no notice he was busy prepping our gear at a facility that resembled more of a water closet than a film equipment rental house. Read more »

DSLR For Video 1st Impressions

Film Style, Multi-Camera, Production Jul 14, 2010 No Comments

Recently I jumped on the Canon 5D band wagon. I had an opportunity to try out a Canon 5D and 7D side by side at an Andrew Tinker concert. It was an interesting test. Read more »

“B Sweet” Principal Photography Wraps

Film Style, Production Jun 27, 2010 1 Comment

We’ve wrapped photography for Andrew Tinker’s song “B Sweet” – it was a grueling shoot but we ended up with some amazing footage. Read more »