Finals & Glitter.

I’ve been hard at work on my final video for my Experimental Cinematography class. It’s a reiteration of my last project but more finished and more put together. As always I used our RED camera and lots of glitter.StoryBoard_2 StoryBoard_3

Before I started I planned my shots with the use of digital collage. Which from looking at the footage, it pretty spot on to my vision. I was very happy with the shoot and the various shots I was able to create. I shot in 60fps and used a 24mm lens and a macro lens to create interesting shots that showcase glamour. Using RED CineX, I made the color on the footage gorgeous. I won’t be humble because it is beautiful.

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The Unexpected inspiration of Matthew Barney: Moving Forward

I’ve had quite a bit of inspiration lately, I guess that comes with all the things that happen in life.

Recently I have decided to expand the Ophelia project that I have been working on for a final project in my Experimental Cinematography class. As we were discussing it in class my professor pointed out to me that my idea and visual is similar to Matthew Barney. Which is really interesting to me because four years ago I would have laughed at that. But now I think that is so awesome. I’ve been watching his work and getting really excited about costume and set ideas.

I have this small black box to work in but I really think I can suspend reality and create a surreal working space in a short amount of time. It’s really quite exciting.

I think I need to write more about it but that will come this weekend.

I also have been working on this project in my Sensors class that is dealing with desire. Soldering a final project is stressful but I am glad I have my friend helping me out on it. It should be pretty great, visually at least. That’ll be posted later.

RAW Footage, Resolve, and Crystal Castles

I haven’t posted since January. Life’s been crazy. But everyone’s is.

Crystal Castles broke up yesterday so in memoriam:

I’m not going to complain I’m going to show. Because I’ve made a lot of cool work worth showing.

First off. Via Art + Tech (my major) I’ve gotten experience with so much software and cameras. Our project was essentially creating a 3D object in Maya and compositing the object into a video that each of us shot. I used the RED Epic which was amazing. Shooting in 5K is amazing and using RAW footage makes life so much easier to color correct later on.

Thus the workflow is essentially shooting the footage- Red CineX (RAW color adjustment)- SynthEyes (tracking the camera and models)-Maya (modeling)- After Effects (Compositing final model to final footage). Pretty confusing but pretty awesome that I learned this professional software.

Mine was set up for disaster upon starting because I didn’t think ahead for tracking correctly and various other problems. Thus, I learned a lot but don’t have much to show for it. Hence the photo below.

3D Compositing

On a better note I recently finished my next project for the class. For this project I wanted to explore the idea of Intimacy and the idea of the body as a landscape. Thus, with help I shot close up images of my own body and the weird folds and wrinkles it creates by movement. I used a Macro lens on a hacked Canon EOS 5D with Magic Lantern to shoot RAW footage. The result was beautiful, close shots that were unrecognizable close up. I learned the basics of Divinci Resolve to color correct. Resolve is a beautiful program and I look forward to working with it more to grasp its full potential. Below is a still from the final video.

Intimates Still

Here’s the final product:

I have another project due in two weeks which I will possibly be posting about if I set my mind to it.