Transitions: Film to Digital By: Anthony Cohen

TransitionsMy first real camera was a 1980 Canon AE-1, I was 18 and in my first semester of college when I entered my first dark room. After only a week I experienced the magic of an image materializing on the page for the first time. I never looked back. Nothing is better then blasting some music chilling out and processing film after work.

If you have ever made the transition from film to digital, you lose some of the magic. Digital media is amazing; a marvel of modern technology; you get to take photos lightning fast and review them instantly. These are major bonuses but the finality of clicking the shutter is gone and photography becomes less special.

That is when I received my second real camera a Sony a5100. To be honest I bought it for its amazing video, and have moved up through the line buying a Sony a6000 and a Sony a7s.  When I first got into video production I noticed some of the old magic coming back you have that one chance to capture a moment perfectly you can try an recreate it but its never exactly the same. You might argue that its the same way with digital photography, but I feel it more when I am filming something. From the calculated and controlled click of the record button to the hours it takes to edit and refine a video into a workable piece the similarities between shooting video or 35mm film are there.

When I started shooting live events the similarities became even more apparent just like using film you have timed shots you need to take your time and not miss anything but your camera can only be pointed in so many directions. There is a sort of adrenaline rush knowing you have one chance to get the perfect shot. Shooting video just like film just feels more personal.

 

I now mainly shoot on a Sony a7s and a a6000 but I do carry my old AE-1 around from time to time. I still get to use the dark room at the local university.

Cameras:

Sony A7s shooting in XAVC-S or externally

Sony a6000 to XAVC-S

Canon AE-1 loaded with Illford Delta 400 usually pushed to 1600

 

Programs:

Adobe Premier Pro CC 2016

Adobe After Effects CC 2016

Local dark room using Illford RC matte paper

By Anthony Cohen

Bozeman Winter Farmers Market – Behind the Scenes

 

On January 30, 2016 the Bonafide Crew woke up early, still exhausted from filming a concert for a documentary the night before. Luckily today was a easier, very pleasant job that didn’t involve carrying heavy gear through the snow.

Having prepped the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema the night before, it was rigged up with the 7 inch field monitor, Zoom H4 audio recorder, Rode Shotgun Microphone, 10,000 MaH external battery and the big memory card in the belly of the camera. It was mounted on the Manfrotto 60 inch tripod with the Manfrotto fluid head. Justin would be operating this camera today.

Anthony grabbed the Sony a6000 as the B cam, which he used for wides and zoomed cutaways. Due to the a6000 having a “Custom -3 -3 -3 mode” it can come close to the soft, desaturated image of the Blackmagic.

We spent about an hour at the event, starting by filming B-Roll of the hallways upstairs, while Anthony found out where the event is actually held (downstairs to anyone wondering). Once we made it to the farmers market, I started filming wides of the crowds while Anthony did some sniper shots on ceiling lights.

After a few minutes of that, we got a bearing on who was interested in talking to the camera. Luckily Justin noticed that there was something going on with the audio as the Blackmagic was showing no active levels, so we pulled the Zoom Recorder off of the rig and set it in front of people as they spoke. This caused a very high level of room noise, but was better than nothing.

After having some very pleasant conversations with quite a few of the vendors, we decided to head out.

Once home, both of the cards were dumped to our working drive. Since the Blackmagic records to ProRes HQ and the Sony records to XAVC S, no transcoding was needed.

A little over a week later Justin started editing in Premiere Pro CC. After cutting he chose a very warm soft color scheme, that matches the feeling of being at a farmers market. Very little After Effects CC work was needed, besides some warp stabilizing.

 

Cameras Used:

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema
Sony A6000 Shooting in XAVC S

Software Used:

Premiere Pro CC
After Effects CC

 

 

Five Rivers Lodge – Behind the Scenes

fiveriverslodgeOn January 17th, 2016 The Bonafide Film House crew set out in our production van to Dillon, Montana to film Five Rivers Lodge. Armed with our Black Magic Cinema, the Sony a6000 and a slew of GoPro 3’s to compliment our Aerial footage.

We arrived at the Lodge around 9:45 am and quickly unpacked our equipment and got the drone in the air. After capturing some stunning footage of the surrounding mountain ranges and breathtaking views we set the drone aside to set up our time lapse cameras (GoPro’s in this case). After pressing record on those we moved into the lodge breaking out the Black Magic, lights, sliders and manfrotto fluid head to capture the each rooms unique feel.

Once we completed the inside of the lodge we moved back outside with a freshly charged DJI Phantom 3 Professional and used the birds eye view to really show the vastness of the property and the beauty of its surroundings. Start to finish with the 3 hour drive time we where in the field for 6 hours.

Once we got home we started ingestion; dumping and rendering all the time lapses out into the cineform mezzanine codec. Justin took over from there, using Adobe After Effects CC 2016 and Adobe Premier Pro CC 2016 to edit, stylize and color correct all our the lodge to the best of his ability. In the end Bonafide Film House produced a quality piece to help promote the lodge.

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Waves of Ventura – Behind the Scenes

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On December 25, 2015 I flew from Bozeman, Montana to San Diego international airport. I packed light for the trip, ditching all the heavier clothing for shorts and a t-shirt in preparation for the transition from temperatures, just above zero to  those in the 60’s. Packing light allowed some room to not only bring my Sony a5100 and a few extra lenses but a small Manfrotto tripod and fluid head.

After a few days visiting with the family, my wife Amanda and I drove north towards Ventura, California where this piece was filmed. The first few scenes of the film were taken in Ventura harbor while walking along the beach. The surfers and sunset clips where shot on the last day of our stay. The airport sequence was taken before we took off from LAX to return home.

Once I returned home the data was all ingested by Justin. Time lapses where built using Adobe After Effects CC 2016 and the footage was color corrected and cut together using Adobe Premier Pro CC 2016. Justin took all the footage and weaved it into a great little piece showcasing the Waves of Ventura.

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Boxes of Bozeman – Behind the Scenes

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If you have driven around Bozeman, Montana any time in the last year in a half you have seen them… electrical boxes wrapped in the beautiful art of local artists. A few weeks ago Justin and I where driving back from a shoot over by Whitehall, MT. We where brain storming about different local projects we could do and we stumbled upon boxes. What could be better? Not only where we producing something about art that bozemanites and and people from around Gallatin valley get to experience on a daily basis but we could showcase local artists and the beautiful works they do. So Boxes of Bozeman began.

We used the Black Pocket Magic Cinema as our primary camera for this shoot. Its high dynamic range and light weight made it the perfect camera for running around in the snow around town. Being a side project we mostly captured boxes between shoots as we saw them on the side of the road. Over the course of a few weeks we got enough footage to put together this piece.

All said and told we shot about 150 gb worth of footage in RAW on the Black Magic. Using a Konova slider, four foot Indy jib and a Manfrotto fluid head we where able to capture movement and make each shot more dynamic. The Time lapse was shot at night on a Sony a6000 it was set at f/11 to keep everything crisp with a shutter speed of 1.5 sec.

Once we had enough footage Justin put it all into Adobe Premier Pro cc 2016 and Adobe After Effects cc 2016 for final editing. He used high end color correcting techniques an a modern editing style to give the video a simple yet clean feel.

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Leftovers – Behind the Scenes

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Leftovers was a pet project of Justin Kietzman. As 2015 started to wind down Bonafide Film House found that we had a huge collection of time lapse shot from over the past year shot with a variety of cameras. These time lapses while all decent each have a small flaw in some way, They may have been bumped or something unusual happened in frame. For one reason or another these pieces where not used in our final projects.

Justin took these and ran with them using a his creative flair he was able to piece together a final product that shows the power of a time lapse. The completed film was edited using a variety of productions suites including Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2016, Adobe After Affects CC 2016 and Go Pro studio.

These time lapses where shot on a variety of different camera’s including:

Filming Locations:

  • Bozeman Montana
  • Ventura California
  • San Diego California
  • Sarasota Florida

Tom Catmull “Addiction” – Behind the Scenes

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Hailing from Missoula, Montana Tom Catmull was scheduled to play at Norris Hot Springs on January 31st, 2016. The Bonafide Film House crew packed up the production van and headed south towards Ennis, MT to capture his performance in the best quality possible. Heading out from our studio near main street Bozeman, Montana we made good time to Norris. Arriving an hour and a half early put us there at magic hour allowing us to capture the stunning sun set as it slid behind the tobacco root range.

After meeting with Mr. Catmull the crew quickly unloaded and assembled the equipment. Due to the unusual shooting conditions at Norris Hot Springs we chose to shoot a 3 camera set up. We used the Black Magic Cinema as our primary camera set up as a wide angle of the stage built within a geodesic dome. Our two B cameras where set up within the dome. The GH3 getting a 3/4 shot of Tom playing at his chair and the Sony a6000 rigged up with the field monitor on a shoulder rig to get close ups and more dynamic angles.

Once the performance started, Anthony used the shoulder rig within the dome stage, while Justin manned the Black Magic, Lumix and made sure the audio was on point. At the end of the night with over 200 Gb of raw data and some amazing shots using only the stage’s preset lighting we headed back to the studio.

Justin Kietzman handled all the post processing. He finished all data ingestion the night of the performance and then edited all the footage a couple days later using Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2016 And  Adobe After Affects CC 2016. The entire project was completed within 4 business days.

 

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