A creative vacation video shot on (and off) of Chebeague Island. Located a few miles off the coast of southern Maine. Shot on a Hacked GH2. Download Original for maximum quality (FINALLY a PLUS member)! And watch it on a big screen for some awesome Vistas.
Tokina 11-16mm f2,8
Lumix/Leica 25mm f1.4
Zeiss 85mm f1.4.
Filter: Singh Ray Vari-ND DUO (Vari-ND and Polarizer in one)
Simple color corrections within Final Cut Pro, and some Magic Bullet Looks
"Daily(drops) - 5/1/2012 [Day One] (1)" (Infinite Third) / CC BY-NC 3.0
Notes on Filming:
I shot this video on a vacation trip in July this summer. Me and my girlfriend (who is the actress in this) and her family went to a small island off the coast of southern maine. Chebeague Island. I immediately fell in love with the cinematic landscape.
Seeing that it was a vacation on an island I could only pack so much. I took the GH2, 3 Lenses, Singh Ray Vari-N-Duo filter, Tripod, and Varavon Loupe. All were indispensable on the trip. Each lens was used for the most part equally. I love the Tokina 11-16mm on the GH2. Perfect focal length and sharpness for wide shots. I use it TOO much probably. The 25mm Leica/Lumix f1.4 is the workhorse on my camera. It is the lens that can do just about anything. Wide enough to creat space, but shallow enough to seperate subjects for medium to close-ups. If I had only one lens on all the time, it would have to be this lens. The Zeiss 85mm 1.4 ZF is an amazing lens for close ups, or long telephoto shots to compress space. Used a few times here in the video, to really bring the background closer to the subject and make it feel larger than life. These 3 lenses give me that wide-medium-close choice that is a must on most projects.
The Singh Ray Vari-ND and polarizer in one has been a lifesaver since I bought it. Allows me to open the iris for that cinematic look, but also to control reflections and highlights on skies and water (and anything). And in a location like this, it was a must. Really helps create the appearance of more range outdoors. The Varavon loupe was also very important. This viewfinder was designed for the GH2 and allowed me to lens my shots perfectly and in focus every time. Another indispensable item for outdoor filming.
Overall the process went smooth, except for a few falls. I sacrificed my body for the gear numerous times. I'm sure you all have done it. I can't wait to go back at some point and try a different spin on the location!
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