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H is for Happiness and Hope

H is for Happiness and Hope

Long shots and small wins.

An article on Medium I wrote, H is for Happiness and Hope, about working on a family feature film, and going for those long shots that just might take you in the direction you want to go.

Filming FOR DISABLED SURFERS GREAT SOUTHERN

Filming FOR DISABLED SURFERS GREAT SOUTHERN

It was a privilege to be asked to film a promotion for the Disabled Surfers Association Great Southern in Albany - a fantastic voluntary organisation helping those that wouldn’t normally be able to surf have a fantastic morning out at Middleton Beach catching waves and having fun.

After a morning filming on the Saturday and then just completing the draft edit on the Sunday, I got an enquiry from GWN7 News on Monday morning to use some of the film for their news item - click here or on the image below to see the GWN7 News clip.

Here is the full promotional film for Disabled Surfers Great Southern

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’ (BTS is Behind the Scenes and EPK is 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. Check out the south coast stories podcast interview

I put together a short BTS BTS as a bit of fun showing the sort of questions asked in the interviews.

Here is the trailer for the film:

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 here or 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