About the Video
25 Hours in Manhattan was shot in chronological order. I opened with a time lapse shot of sunrise at 6:30am on Saturday and ended with a time lapse shot from Columbus Circle, ending the shoot at 7:30pm.
Camera Settings and Accessories
The opening shot was shot at 600iso with full open Shutter and aperture. It was the only shot in the video that I used my good ol' EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS. It was a little too grainy for my taste (and a little too blown out) so I vowed to shoot at 300iso for the rest of the trip... which I did except for the Skyline shots. After a nap, we walked down 8th and hit a few shops before finding one that had the EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS.
PLUG: NY Camera & Electronics at 494 on 8th will match any price... and upsell you like a champ. They had plenty of lenses though and have no problem with letting you slap their lenses on your Camera Body. Service may vary depending on who is at the counter.
The lens typically comes stock with the 7D, but I really jumped the gun and wanted the 7D sooner than it was widely available and I settled for body only. It cost me an extra $200 in the end, but at least I feel like I earned the right to use the lens... in some odd way. The lens works great, but in the subway, if I did any zooming at all, I would lose a lot of light... I mean A LOT. I tried to keep the lens full open when shooting in low light. It was hard to keep the ISO at 300... but "Look Ma, No Grain!"
The skyline shots from the Empire (that I used) were set to full Automatic.
For the most part I used my 561BHDV Video Monopod with Fluid Head for shots on the street and the subway. On the Empire State Building, I had to go handheld since they do not allow any pods. It was really windy and cold and the building was swaying... so LOTS of stabilizing in post. All of Time Square shots and the Time Lapse footage were shot from my 503HDV,351MVB2K Aluminum Video Tripod Kit. I shot a few shots at 60FPS and did slo-mo (The only reason to ever shoot with 60FPS in my opinion). I did this in 30fps, but plan to shoot everything else (Besides TV ad's) in 24p.
My wife and I had an amazing shoot and I am finally getting the hang of this cam. I'm looking forward to future 7D projects!
Also: Props to Adrien Veczan, the photographer who posed for the image at 1:26. He does some great work I discovered. Check out his work out at: Veczan.com
"Eddie's Theme" from Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Composed by: Alan Silvestri
Performed by: The City of Prague Philharmonic
Canon 55.0-250.0 mm
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Red Giant Software Magic Bullet Looks
Manfrotto 561BHDV Video Monopod with Fluid Head
Final Cut Pro Studio 3