“Shitty Monday” (2014, RT 2:13) Mild NSFW

“Shitty Monday” is a fictionalized account of what Monday, February 3rd, 2014, felt like. Anybody who was near the internet or a TV will understand this film.

It was snowing that day, and I liked the light, so I randomly started getting some shots with my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. This continued into the night. Later, I cut together a 50-second reel of the footage (using about 1/3 of the shots), not thinking it added up to anything — though considering it might be a start for something.

By Wednesday, the idea for the short clicked, and I spent Wednesday and Thursday shooting and assembling the short without any audio. Friday was about creating the music, which required a constant back and forth between Premiere Pro CC and Garageband. Adding music adjusted the pacing and extended the run time by about 30-seconds. On Saturday and Sunday, I reshot a couple of inserts, did compositing with After Effects and color with DaVinci Resolve Lite.

On a technical note, I’d like to point out that 95% of the short was shot at ASA400. I believe there are 4 shots where I used ASA800. This was solely because of the extra 1 2/3 stops I got from using a Metabones Speed Booster. The Speed Booster opened up the T1.5 glass to roughly T0.9.

Camera: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, 1080p RAW converted to ProRes 422
Lenses: Samyang 24mm, 35mm, 85mm (T1.5), Samyang 16mm (T2.2), Nikon 50mm (f/1.8), Nikon 80-200mm (f/2.8).
Adapter: Metabones Speed Booster
Edit: Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Compositing: Adobe After Effects CC
Graphics: Adobe Photoshop CC
Color: DaVinci Resolve 10 Lite
Music: Garageband, Module V
Keyboard: AKAI MPK mini

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