The past week has been a busy one. A fashion show on Friday, shooting on a short film Saturday and Sunday and more filming for a local photographer and his video blog on Monday. What does all this mean, lots of editing to be done. On Friday I mentioned that Whitney and I worked at a fashion show put on by Fashionable Giving a non profit organization that selects a new charitable organization for each event they hold. This last event they had everything covered except for an MC for the event. Luckily at the last minute Ry Russel of VR Marketing stepped up to MC the event and did a fine job. While we were getting ready for the show that day we had some time to pop off a couple of quick images of Ry and his business partner Sean Violette. Sometimes both location and the natural light can lend to a nice head shot as was the case this day. here are some of photos of guys looking good.
This past week I had the pleasure of working with an engineering firm located right here in my home town of Yarmouth Maine. To make it even more interesting their offices were located in the old Spar Hawk Mill which is where I first worked when I came to Maine some fifteenth years ago. Back then I came to join a young little software company called Kepware now Kepware Technologies. So it was good to be back in the building were I got my start here in Maine. One interesting little side note regarding the Spar Hawk mill is the rumored ghost that still wonders the old wooden floor boards of the mill. I didn’t get in to a lot of details with the guys at Investment Engineering as we had just met and I like to let folks get to know me a little before they find out I’m a little crazy, Just Kidding,, maybe…
Well our friendly ghost didn’t make an appearance which was just fine since we had a busy day taking photos of the team. The goal for the shoot was to create a set of photos that was a mix of somewhat classical head shots along with some images that were more stock like in their appearance. As you can see from the selection below I think we accomplished that fairly well.
I use my Canon DSLRs to capture both stills and video. As a still camera you always have the option of capturing you photos in the RAW form which gives you a tremendous amount of data to work with when manipulating the image. In video mode however the camera must do everything it can to reduce the amount of data it is generating in order to get as much video onto the limited space of a memory card. I know, it’s kinda hard to think of a 16 Gig or 32 gig memory card as limited but when it comes to video they are just that. With this in mind the camera does what it can to fit the video image into a small 8 bit color space. In the process of doing this a lot of information can be lost from the video image. This lost data can make it very hard to “grade” film term, for adjusting the look. So the good folks at Technicolor developed a better picture style for the Canon cameras which gets much more visual data into the video than would normally be possible. This extra data makes editing and coloring the video much easier. Here is a video I made to demonstrate how much additional data is captured when using the CineStyle profile. When you watch this you will find yourself saying “I like the look of the Standard profile best” and that’s fine but this is what you might want as an end result after you edit, not what comes right out of the camera. Here is the demonstration:
The CineStyle profile can be found here at the Technicolor web site, CineStyle Profile for Canon Cameras .
This past week we filmed a 30 second TV spot for local business owner Crystal Rogers of Crystal Events and Design. I met Crystal as a result of our Zombie Kickball video that she saw on one of the local social networking sites. We developed the concept for this ad over the course of two meetings. After submitting some potential actors for the piece Crystal made her selection and we were off to the races. Filming took about four hours. I had some help from my son Alex and my friend Scott both of whom made the paper explosion possible. I have included some behind the scenes photos so you can see how the video was shot. If you are a small business owner here in Maine and need to promote your company, products, or services please give us a call. I am sure we can craft and fun and exciting video for you.
Sometimes you just have to get out and do something just for the fun of it. Today was just such a day. Each year a since 2006 a group of very dedicated members of the undead get together to play a friendly game of Kickball here in Portland Maine on our beautiful Eastern Prom. Its a great event for all that come to watch. A lot of the folks really pull out all the stops when it comes to their costume and makeup but judge for yourself. Here is a little video I put together using my trusty Canon 60D and Panasonic GH2.
I would also like to thank Pete Witham & The Cozmik Zombies for letting me use their song “I Wanna Be A Zombie”. Find this song and more at: