Rollerblading in Brunei

21 05 2010

What originated from an intention to participate in a film festival has now turn into a short documentary about rollerblading in Brunei.

I haven’t finished the video yet, as I need more footage and interviews. But here’s quick snap of the editing.

Work in progress

^On the small screen on the left is Hazman doing a BS Backslide at Komunis Gadong and on the right screen is Ruddy during a shoot in Lust SkateStudio

I’m hoping to finish a rough edit by July this year. The estimated running time would be about 20-25 minutes.

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The “L”

13 05 2010

In my previous post, I talked about my dslr rig and how audio plays an important role in delivering good videos.

Now, here’s something that will improve image quality significantly. I present to you my 2nd L lens ever, the great canon 50mm f/1.2. Big thanks to David Cheok who helped me get this lens from Ed Noorislam.

Canon 50mm f/1.2 L

Here’s an iphone picture of the first image I took using the lens right after I got the lens (13/5/10), though you can’t really see the quality of the picture.

Wide open at 1.2

I tested the 50mm on video mode, and it was just amazing! I really love the colors, sharpness and the bokeh… Will try to post the video soon. In the mean time, here’s a still photo prior to shooting the video of my daughter.

My daughter Qisya

Another lens that I got recently was one that I’ve always wanted. It is the canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L. I got this from a forum member (bruneiforever forum) nick named Kulimpapat and this is my first ever L lens. This lens should help you during those moment where you’re recording video but you’re stuck with a prime lens and wished you had a decent zoom lens. At 24mm, it is not that wide and at 70mm, it is not that tight, but at both ends, it is sufficient.

Canon 24-70 L

Here’s another iPhone picture from the 24-70mm.

Qisya

I will try to post some pictures from these lenses soon. And in the coming posts, I will be talking more about video related equipments that I’ve gathered in the past months. In particular, I’ll be talking about my new Go Pro Hero HD cam, JVC HM100, the slider (similar to the glidetrack), Azden 325ULT wireless mic, and the one I’m really excited about, my new ProArm crane (the ProArm crane package is on it’s way to Brunei, and it is estimated to arrive in the next 2 weeks). So stay tune for further updates from me and expect to see sample videos in the coming weeks.





My DSLR rig

14 04 2010

It is said that video with bad audio can kill an otherwise good story. If you have bad audio, you’re more likely than not to stop watching the video.

In weddings, speech, words, laughters and cries are all too honest and sincere. Of course you can hear all these in everday life, but it’s different in wedding environments. And when using DSLR in weddings, audio is a major issue.

With that in mind, I have set up a rig that allows me to use my DSLR and record clean audio at the same time using my Zoom H4n. Here’s a quick picture I took last night.

This rig can easily be mounted on tripods, glidecam or my shoulder mount. But I’m thinking of modifying it to make it into a handheld rig. I will post update as / when / if I get around it.

UPDATE:
Here’re a few more pictures showing my rig on my tripod, glidecam and shoulder mount.





The Shape (The experiment part 2)

15 01 2010

Here’s a short film Adam and me made sometimes last month. This was done as part of our experiment with storyboarding, DOP and equipment. We were only using my 500D with 50mm f/1.8, 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 and Pentex 135 f/3.5. Only available lights were used. We got the chance to try out the my DIY mini dolly and the new glidecam we just acquired. I think it took us about 6 hours to get the whole story done. Could’ve been better if we had done pre-planning before shooting hahaha but it was all good and fun.





DIY Mini Dolly

12 01 2010

I managed to do finish another DIY project. This time, I was making myself a DIY mini dolly using 1/2′ rails, small angle iron and my rollerblade bearings! Here’re are iphone pictures of the dolly.

And here’s a quite edit I made.





Glidecam Experiment

8 01 2010

Hi. It’s been a while I’ve posted here. Will try to blog more often. Anyways, here’s a short video that we put together testing the Glidecam 4000 Pro & Smooth Shooter. I was operating the XL2 on the glidecam while Adam was on the 500D with the shoulder mount.

This video was actually done after we got back from a wedding. It was really fun BUT tiring! Sore shoulder and back! I was operating the glidecam from 10-530, so yea… but it was really fun. I need more practice with it, but I’m getting the hang of it now. Can’t wait to take it out to the next wedding.

Oh yea, speaking of weddings, for 2010, I will be doing more wedding coverage with my partner in crime, VAdam Groves of Visual Dimensions Productions. I will be one of the 3 camera operators and the glidecam operator as well. I will try to blog more about my experience with the glidecam in the near future. If anyone’s interested to learn or share knowledge about the glidecam, please do so and email me surkrew[at]gmail[dot]com.

So if you’re getting married or know anyone who’s getting married, contact us to be YOUR wedding videographers. Interesting packages are offered. Contact us for more details.