Can being a woman be really that hard? Here is a short featuring Dianne Sison, the very talented and gorgeous (as you can see) actress, host, model and now cinematographer. Yes, its her. The real deal. And those are real tears.
I've been away for a couple of weeks now attending a cinematography workshop by the renowned British director/cinematographer Matthew Rosen. Yes, it's him. Another real deal no less. And all I can say is that the workshop was worth the time and investment.
This shoot was done using a Canon 5D in full HD 24p, a 1.4 50mm, a 2.8 100mm macro and a 2.8 16-35mm wide angle lens. I lit the set with an Arri 650 fresnel as rim light and the very expensive top of the line LED Zylite for fill. Camera movement was done via Kinetrax, and all shot within an hour because we were under time limit. Notice the technical jargon? It's the workshop baby! : )
Equally worth mentioning is the other talent in front of the camera (see the arm that lit the cigarette and then walks away?) that's actually Direk Kerwin Go of the "Eskrimador" fame. I borrowed his arm because it's too expensive if I showed his face. As you can see, he does know how to 'light' a set.
It's been a surreal three weeks and I feel that I have to digest everything for about a year before it all sinks in. The short film was fun to make and tested my abilities to the limit. Whew! At least I'm done with the most difficult task. What's left is to crew for the other participants, presentation/critic and finally gradualtion. Just a few more days and here I come Cebu!
Just an update: I changed the video to reflect the color grading scheme done by the folks at Underground Logic (UGL). Toni and Aurie, you are the chicest colorists I know. You girls rock! : )
To all the participants: I will miss you terribly. It would have been a perfect ending to be with you guys at graduation but all good things must come to an end. Mine is a few days short : (
Thank you Vans, Leo, Gilbert and the gaffers for all the help in my shoot. Sol, Niel, Caryl, Abby, Ronnie for the friendship.
To Direk Matthew for the workshop and giving us all the support we need. As I have said, I learned a lot from this workshop and will probably take me a year to digest everything. I look forward to another workshop in the future.
To fellow Cebuano Direk Kerwin, thank you for making me feel at ease, your full support and the invaluable American Cinematographer issues you shared.
Lastly, to Dianne who without hesitation agreed to be my talent and executed beyond my expectation and more importantly for being a real friend.