I brought my new Blackmagic Cinema Camera with me on a recent trip with my wife to the Bahia de Banderas area of Mexico. We stayed in Mismaloya, about 20km south of Puerto Vallarta. If I had it my way, the camera would have been glued to my hands for the entire trip, but considering it's not water-proof, I had to leave it at the hotel quite a bit.
We did a day trip north of Puerto Vallarta and explored towns, beaches, and did a small jungle hike. In Valle De Banderas, they were celebrating their town's anniversary, or at least I think that's what a banner said. At any rate there were many people out celebrating.
I love shooting with the BMCC! Little issues aside, it is an amazing camera! I love how it makes me slow down while shooting. Considering I'm getting about 25 minutes of raw footage on each 240gb SSD, and the fact that you can't delete clips or format the drive from the camera, makes me feel as if I'm shooting film. On this trip I had no way of downloading footage or formatting the drives. It felt like having an old slr film camera with me and just a couple rolls of film.
I shot all raw and processed the images in Lightroom. I had thought to take Resolve for a spin, but my main workstation stopped working and Resolve won't run on my laptop. I used a calibrated HP monitor.
I experimented with different color grades and you will see different styles in this film. There's even a single random BW shot in there. Uncompressed raw and 13 stops of dynamic range is a powerful mix. Being able to process the raw images in a variety of programs is freeing, and re-processing old footage with new color correction tools is something I look forward to.
Download the original if you want to see the full quality. Not much else to say really. It's good this camera will be shipping in larger quantities soon. Sorry to use an already over used phrase, but this camera is a game changer and needs to be in more people's hands! I can't wait to see what people shoot with it, and what the other camera manufacturers come up with to compete.
P.S. The reality of owning a camera called the Blackmagic Cinema Camera is at times a bit awkward. I'm finding myself saying things like, "No, I'll use the Black Magic." which tends to make strangers in the vicinity raise an eyebrow. Oh well. It's a small price to pay.
Music: I Wanna Go by Summer Heart
Canon 24-70mm (no iris control yet, so all wide open at f2.8)
Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS Mark II
B+W ND Filters
This BTS film was commissioned by Blackmagic Design to be shown in conjunction with the film A Night At Nine Lems made by James Tonkinhttps://vimeo.com/55217018 for the 2012 European roadshow tour. The brief was to test the Blackmagic Cinema camera in a real world shoot, with minimal lens, grip and shot over a single night on location at New Covent Garden market. All shot in ProRes FILM to demonstration workflow with FCPX. I was charged with shooting the BTS documenting how the shoot came together.
I challenged myself to shoot largely with Prime Lenes and all hand held- this was to see if you can use the BMCC as a valid hand held documentary rig. Also we used no additional lighting, again to test the camera entirely using available light.
Camera: Blackmagic Cinema Camera (EF Version)
Lens: 11-16 Tokina, Zeiss ZF.2 18mm f3.5 , 25 f2, 35mm f1.4, 50mm f1.4, 85mm f1.4
Grip: Zacuto BMCC Rig
Post: FCPX & Resolve.
Den Lennie - Shoot, edit, grade
Alan Witts - Music
Paul Moss - Trader
Mohan Randhawa - Shopper
A quick test shoot with the Black Magic Cinema Camera to see it's low light shooting capabilities. Shot by Joel Crane and Tanya Voltchanskaya, featuring Chloe Flockart.
Unfortunately, the compression turned out really bad when I uploaded it, so for those keen to see, I've put up a few ungraded stills from the shoot. Download them here: joelcranephotography.com/teststills.zip
Music: Means by Monokle & Galun
Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Cine Lens
Tokina 11-16 F2.8
Switching between 800ISO and 1600ISO
Recorded in ProRes with Film Curve.
Using entirely available light except for the car exterior shots, which were lit with small Ikan LED kit.
Entirely Handheld or on basic Shoulder Rig
No Denoiser, Stabilisation or Rolling Shutter Fix has been applied.