I’m very happy to announce that the music video for Losers‘ This is a war is out in the world! A good 2 years passed since the first talks, the shooting last winter and the release. I’m endlessly thankful to Edith and Tania for their trust and energy.
Here is the Visions Mag link: http://www.visions.de/news/25500/VISIONS-Premiere-Losers-veroeffentlichen-Musikvideo-zu-This-Is-A-War
The entire video was shot with a minimal crew and mainly on a rigged up Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (which is an amazing piece of hardware). Some additional underwater shots were done with a Sony AS15 action camera and some insects were captured with an Olympus OM-D E-M5. The DV footage is real VHS-C footage, captured to disk. Shooting with small cameras like the m4/3 systems is fantastic, you can switch lenses on all bodies, beside the compactness – you re just instantly stealthy. I never felt DOF is an issue, for run and gun shooting, the small sensor is even helping keeping things in focus. The original footage format is 16:9 shot on a super16 chip and indeed, sometimes a filmconvert 16mm stock just looks right with this sensor. Trying to shoot like a fullframe or 4k camera is not the strength of this camera, it has its very own charme and strenghts. There are some weaknesses to work around though, briefly: rolling shutter (no news), weird sensor pattern when light hits the lens from the side, camera reacts weak in tungsten light (very reddish, hard to fix.. gorgeous in daylight though), prores is a downer for me (I wish it records to DNxHD in mxf wrapper).
- Shot almost entirely on a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
- 1920x1080p / 24, ProresHQ and Prores422 (QT wrapper)
- B-cams: Sony AS15, OM-D E-M5, Panasonic S-VHS camera
- with various lenses such as Panasonic 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS LUMIX G, CCTV lenses (50mm/1.4), Sigma 24-70 f2.8 DG Macro, Nikon 50mm/1.8, Voigtländer Canon FD 28mm/2.8
- Ambience recording on Tascam DR40
- Edited on Adobe Premiere Pro CC
- Final grades w Adobe Lumetri engine and Filmconvert
- Smoothly edited on an ASUS UX501 with an ASUS ProArt 24″ and a Samsung secondary screen, preview on 42″ Panasonic plasma panel