H is for Happiness

H is for Happiness

I’ve been working as an intern on EPK BTS for the film ‘H is for Happiness’. I knew what BTS was (Behind the Scenes), but had to look up EPK (Electronic Press Kit). EPK covers interviews with the cast and crew, behind the scenes of the filming, any special action shots and stunts and film of the general location. The EPK team (Producer Abi Tabone, EPK Camera Martin Lundmark and me on second camera) filmed Richard Roxburgh, Emma Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Daisy Axon, Wesley Patton as well as director John Sheedy, producers, crew and other actors. It has been a fantastic experience and thank everyone on ‘H is for Happiness’ for helping me out.

Some of my footage has recently been used by GWN7 News for a segment about the filming in Albany and the crew spend in the region. I am even in a couple of the shots…with BTS, filming BTS, filming the filming…!

Click on the image below to see the news item:

Anamorphic Lens

Anamorphic Lens

We've recently got our hands on an anamorphic lens to try and capture some more cinematic images in a small form factor.  The lens is from Moondog Labs, a firm based in New York that has been producing lenses for over a century. Here is a very short clip. Straight out of the camera (iphoneX) using FilmicPro. No colour correction, no filters, luts etc.

The lens is a 1.33 anamorphic. With the FilmicPro app, you can de-squeeze in camera, so the image you see is in the correct aspect ratio. With this lens, you can buy a camera case which the lens will screw directly into. The lens itself comes with a lens protector and also a back cover, that goes into a soft bag. However, the first thing I got was a small hard case to store and protect it.

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So you can go hand held, but my current setup is the Zhiyun SmoothQ gimbal to give steady footage. Due to the weight of the lens, you will need some counterweights that magnetically link together and go on the other end of the gimbal.

 Case, lens, filter adaptor

Case, lens, filter adaptor

If you want to keep the shutter speed down, to say 1/48 if shooting at 24fps, you will need an nd filter. To attach this you will need an adapter to go from the lens to a standard 52mm connector. You can then screw in any nd or variable nd filter. With FilmicPro you can then adjust the shutter speed, otherwise when shooting outside, everything will be overexposed at 24fps. FilmicPro can also shoot log profile.

  Rhinoshield case  that lens directly screws into

Rhinoshield case that lens directly screws into

 Counterweights on the SmoothQ gimbal

Counterweights on the SmoothQ gimbal

 FilmicPro App

FilmicPro App

Music from Manus - 5 days not 5 years

Music from Manus - 5 days not 5 years

Due to recent developments on Manus Island and on-going concerns for the treatment of refugees, the film has been released to raise awareness of the situation on Manus Island, which appears to be getting worse rather than better.

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Dawn Barrington (musician) and Tim Maisey (filmmaker) went to Manus Island to play music and listen to stories from their friends on Manus Island. Their friends are refugees.

Dawn and Tim spent 5 days on Manus. Their friends have been there 5 years. Dawn and Tim travelled from the south coast of Western Australia after crowd funding the trip. They wanted to take footage of the experience and share with their local community. Tim had no experience of refugees or Manus Island and before going asked the basic questions about their situation. Dawn had been in contact with refugees on Manus though her music.

Dawn and Tim didn't know whether they would get a visa, get onto Manus Island, be arrested, have their equipment taken or stolen, or whether any refugees would even come and see them. They stayed mainly in their hotel room as they were not allowed into the camps and it was generally not safe to be outside especially at weekends. The film was captured as it happened depending on who visited on the day. They ventured outside only occasionally - they visited one of the camps to try and get in, talked to the guards, but were turned away. Some of their friends saw them and then they played music nearby in the shade of a local's stall.

Three weeks after returning from Manus Island, the project was featured on the front page of the local newspaper, together with the first public screening of the film which included live music from Dawn and a question and answer session.

Many thanks to our friends on Manus Island and Port Moresby who came to see use, welcomed us, shared with us and fed us. Many thanks for their personal stories and personal film. It takes courage.

Any money generated from this film will go towards supporting refugees on Manus Island and Port Moresby.

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 Excerpts from the film have been shown at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain as part of a session dedicated to the refugee theme relating to artwork from Javier Téllez on view at gallery 103 in the Guggenheim.

Excerpts from the film have been shown at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain as part of a session dedicated to the refugee theme relating to artwork from Javier Téllez on view at gallery 103 in the Guggenheim.

 Dawn and Farhad

Dawn and Farhad

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50 Years Coop Himmelb(l)au

50 Years Coop Himmelb(l)au

I studied this architecture company at uni and had to build a physical model of one of their buildings - not easy!  Check out their website which has some great concepts.