1. As I was scrubbing for the long version of Danielle & Greg's wedding film I came across this and couldn't resist putting it up.

    Moments with VisualMasterpiece. Wow.

    Location: Turnip Rose, Costa Mesa, Ca - turniprose.com/GrandNewportPlaza.htm

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  2. This is a companion highlight to the BTS Shooter's Commentary for Joann & Donad's Next Day Edit (this video is also shown at the end of the Shooter's Commentary).

    For this edit we used the additional BTS footage that never made it into the Commentary cut and alternate shots and time-laps footage that we acquired the day of shooting but also didn't make it into the final edit of Joann & Donald's NDE.

    For more information please watch the full BTS Shooters Commentary here: vimeo.com/26316061
    For hands on training workshops please contact Rebecka@visualmasterpiece.com

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  3. Amos & Emily or (A+E)m as they are known, are an amazingly God centered couple and really wanted to share the importance of Christ between them. This film captures the heart of what they are about. Also, the couples first kiss, was their first kiss as husband and wife! That is a precious thing to capture.

    -M

    Editing notes:
    This was probably the most complete cut using FCPX so far; from Color grading (not nice compared to COLOR, but far better than FCP7.. looking to Resolve 8 or Red Giant Software on this one).

    I also took a shot at using FCPX's Soundtrack built in features.. mostly a good thing, surprised at how useful this was, and unlike what they did with Color, most of the manual power still exists in the FCPX version of Soundtrack (at least for me..).

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  4. After much thought I decided to make a cinematic trailer for Rahim & Sakinah's 5 day event, however this trailer only includes the three middle days. As you can imagine it was tough picking the shots as there were so many great ones and so many directions this edit could have gone.

    Rahim & Sakinah's wedding was held in Malibu California, from June 30th through July 4th (no fireworks). Rebecka and I stayed at Pepperdine University which was really nice. Most memorable though was just hanging out with this wonderful family again (Rahim is the brother of Salima, a wedding we covered last year: vimeo.com/16990973 )

    And yes there was a Maybach and Bengal Tiger in there :D

    Studio Technical Notes:
    Shot on 5D's, 7D and a 60D
    14mm, 35mm, 50mm 1.2, 16-35mm 2.8, 24-70mm70-200mm 2.8, 200mm 2.0
    Cinevate Cyclops with Simplis plate
    Cinevate Atlas FLT & 30
    Varizoom Tripods
    Varizoom Aviator MX Stabilizer
    Glidecam 2000

    Edit and Color grading with Final Cut Pro X

    Enjoy

    -M

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    Workshops: visualmasterpiece.com/blog/?page_id=1011

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  5. Our BTS Shooter's Commentary is a look into the production and post-production here at Visual Masterpiece.

    For more information about hands on training / workshops please contact Rebecka@visualmasterpiece.com
    or visit our Workshop page visualmasterpiece.com/blog/?page_id=1011

    The original film can be viewed here vimeo.com/22021695

    Cinevate Atlas 10 Review:

    We received the Atlas 10 with vertical pully/slider just before this event so this was our first run with it. As such we brought our trusty Atlas 30 just incase we weren't happy with the results. Nothing to worry about, before the night was over we packed away the Atlas 30 and kept the 10 by our side.

    Our first impressions of the Atlas 10 were "wow this thing is built like a tank" and no kidding it really is. Upon opening the box this slider says "I was made for professional use". It is finely crafted and fits in line with Cinevate's stellar reputation.

    For those of you familiar with the Atlas 30, the slide of the 10 is smooth, but not as smooth. The 10 requires a slight constant push, whereas the 30 glides along effortlessly. The 10 also has enclosed rails which keep them from possibly being dinged, which meant we could treat the 10 a bit more carelessly than we do the 30. However this ruggedness comes at a price of weight which is a downside after being already weighed down with tripods and loads of other cinematography equipment for gorilla filmmaking. Since we had the ATL legs, adding a strap was easy and essential for managing the additional weight. The ability to add a quick release plate at the end and middle meant no longer packing c-stands for the Atlas 30, which was nice since we always had a tripod nearby.

    The vertical system was really smooth. Although the 10 can be used without the pulleys, I feel the leverage they give does a better job than pushing the camera up itself. Cinevate supplies the vertical system with a counter balancing box that you can fill up with bolts, rocks or whatever. Although we did test it out with amazing results, we choose not to bring the counter balance simply because it doesn't work for this type of shooting. If we were in a controlled environment you bet it would be used! Having the vertical option gave us a new look that we took advantage of. Ring shots, dress shots, foreground shots all got another possible perspective thanks to the vertical system.

    To sum up this review I feel the Atlas 10 has a home among studio shooters, and field shooters who need the additional durability, however for most event based DSLR shooters Cinevate has a lighter version of the 10 called the FLT. The FLT can be set up as a dual vertical slider like the 10, and because of the weight loss on the FLT model I think it will be greatly favored over the more rugged version. As for the pulley system, I highly recommend adding the vertical pulley, just keep an eye on the slack in the line when using horizontally. At the price of these sliders its hard to imagine a local event based studio without one.

    -M

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