Behind the scenes blog of "Ultimate Boston":
I have a Letus Ultimate in my possession and with the busy schedule of the Playoffs, I have not been able to use it enough. I managed to put aside time to shoot for an entire day, from 5am to 6pm in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. I met up with a friend of mine, Craig Stevens, and we shot a lot of great images. Craig also shot a bunch of still photos of me in action for my behind the scenes blog.
We pushed around all the gear on a Magliner cart for almost 12 hours. It was close to 90 degrees and many people were outside enjoying the weather.
I did many time lapses with the Celestron 114GT telescope panning/tilting head and all of them where set at one frame for every one second. The motor head was set at "5".
Most of the footage in this short was filmed with the Letus Ultimate. Some of the Red Sox time lapse and the baby geese at the end were shot last spring in Boston with the Letus Extreme. You can see the difference (as far as seeing the pattern of ground glass in the shots) compared to the super sharp and clean Letus Ultimate.
The shooting locations for this short were the banks of the Charles River, Paul Revere Park, Quincy Market, Post Office Square Park, South Boston Waterfront.
I shot this short with the Sony PMW-EX1, Letus Ultimate, Vinten Vision 3 tripod system, and Nikon manual 35mm film lenses.
I used mainly these lenses: Nikon 200mm f4 tele, Nikon 300mm f4.5 tele, 50mm f1.4, and the 16mm f2.8 fisheye.
I color graded in post with my own secret brew using Magic Bullet Looks. I also used Twixtor to slow down some of the footage to 26-55 percent. The ripples in the water look great when processed with the Twixtor 4.5 plug-in.
I shot most of this film in 720 30p in over crank mode (60 frames per second). A few of the shots were shot at 30p.
The music is "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers and it has been remixed by Jacques Luconts, Thin White Duke. I must thank the kind people at Post Office Square for allowing me to shoot inside the beautiful park.
TRT: 7 minutes 06 seconds
Size: 160.5 MB
Type: Quicktime mpeg4 720p HDTV