This is various footage of my amazing girlfriend Danelle (the better half of "A Couple Of Night Owls") and other people walking around Auckland over various days (in-between busy work schedules) since i first got my blackmagic cinema camera. I shot at various times of the day to see how it would handle, including under the middle of the day "brutal" NZ sunlight. I really can't believe how well the camera handled those situations - the dynamic range is amazing. I shot at spots we have taken stills at before on our 5Dmk3's, and to put it bluntly the BMCC kicked it's ass! It was able to retain so much more information in shadows/highlights compared to our stills, i really wasn't expecting this even though there has been much talk about the dynamic range of the camera.
Blackmagic, i think you've done an amazing job with this camera. Yes, everyone is waiting for certain firmware updates and OLPF's etc, but the core image/colour is just fantastic. There were no lights/reflectors/diffusers used in any of this footage and i really can't wait to shoot some stuff with more 'controlled' lighting. There have been concerns about the 'small' sensor and getting shallow depth of field (i had them too), but what i've found is that not only does "deep DOF" look great from this camera, but shallow depth is completely possible and looks equally great. Getting "wide" shots in tight small rooms with some shallow depth may be trickier (you need fast/wide/good glass) but otherwise it's no real concern.
This footage is a mixture of RAW and Prores (RAW until around 1:15, then prores until the end - BMDFilm used for both) and they definitely have a slightly different look. RAW is full of detail and colour, but i also love the prores and i think in some ways it looks more "filmic" than RAW (dare i say it!). Some of the footage was also shot before i had built my shoulder rig and i was only using the screen on the back of the camera, but most was using my shoulder rig and there's a couple of (poorly executed) glidecam shots (i don't recommend trying it without a vest!! Thanks again to the Atkins brothers for the glidecam vest and Si Moore for the HD4000).
• Canon 14/2.8L
• Canon 35/1.4L
Tiffen WW ND1.2 / IRND1.5 4x4
Graded in Resolve, "assembled" in Premiere (hardly what i would consider an 'edit' :P )
Music (used with permission) by the amazing Ben King from the "Grand Rapids" album "Faintheartedness" (which i also had the extreme pleasure of mixing!):
//UPDATE - i've shared a custom LUT i created that i used in every shot of this video here:
Also some before and afters are shown here:
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