Set off on a 1650Km north to south journey: capturing the best wonders of Vietnam: Hanoi ancient quarter, the breathtaking Halong Bay, the claustrophobic caves in Trang An, the glamorous fabric merchants in Hoi An, the secret temples inside the marble mountain in Da Nang, the historical old capital Hue, the wet and tropical mekong delta and the white sandy beaches at Phu Quoc.
OFFICIAL SELECTION - 2016 Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival
Directed and edited by: Oliver Astrologo
Music: Passerby - Max LL - Licensed on MusicBed - Final Mix-Down by Massimo Diggio
Thanks to: Simone, Valeria, Chiara, Nils, Federico and everyone who helped me create this video.
I have received so many messages asking for details on how I produce my videos.
I put down this short piece: oliverastrologo.com/videotips this explains few techniques I have been using and includes a list of equipment. Don't hesitate to write to me if you need further details or have any recommendation.
Gear (Find a comprensive list of my equipment here: oliverastrologo.com/gear)
Sony A7ii @ 1080 50p PP7 (Exposed in S-Log2)
Video Stabilization: Nebula 4000
Here's a short test of some of the more popular picture styles available for Canon DSLR cameras. All three were posted with Film Convert, using a very basic grade. Music is by Subway, from the "Subway II" album.
Camera: 5D Mkiii
Lens: Sigma 50mm @ 1.2 / Genus Vari ND
NLE: FCP 7 with slight sharpening
Grade: Film Convert
Stock: Fuji 250D (8563)
Grain: 50 / 200
The first four shots are from a short film I'm currently in process of shooting/directing, starring David Asavanond. imdb.com/name/nm1957822/
More on this later! :)
Other shots of Bangkok, to show low light and examples of oval bokeh (all night shots were shot RAW).
Juxtaposed with some scenery footage I shot while working on production in Krabi, Thailand (ProRes).
For the short film shots, I used a voigtlander 17.5mm f0.95 and Sigma 19-35 f1.8 with and without pocket speedbooster on a bmpcc. To best utilize Optical Flow in Davinci Resolve, I decided to shoot 30fps at 108 degree shutter angle. I wanted to go even skinnier but this was the best compromise to sync with available street lights. Even then, I still got flicker under the traffic light. However, you see that most slow motion looks smooth. The monkey was shot in 25fps@180 degrees, and I got a lot more motion artifacts in comparison (hence all the cuts- the monkey moved more than that he sat still! :)
Grades were done with a combo of Captain Hook, BMCC and Alexa LUTs. All LUTS have purposes for different situations. The Alexa LUT made low light grading easier than with the other two, in my experience.
Overall my experience with this lens is very positive. It is the "correct" conversion to 2.37 aspect ratio, or 2.36 if you output to 2554 x1080 like I did here. In comparison to other anamorphic lenses, you get very good quality in a much more user friendly package than any of the 'vintage' lenses out there. I have used a Kowa 16-H 2x Anamorphic before on a BMCC at 2.5K. Very sharp, but big, heavy, and cumbersome in comparison to this SLR Magic. With the Kowa, you can rack focus a little but not as far a distance as with the SLR Magic. Also, even with diopters, close focus is very very dificult to achieve. With the SLR Magic, it gave stunning results overall, and the diopters they supply are better than any diopter I had before (including one Voigtlander +0.5 for my iscomorphot-1.5x).
The other lenses I have tried are a Century 1.33x and the aforementioned Iscomorphot. I will try to do a shootout between all lenses I can find soon. Since I got this lens while I was on a 2-month long film production, I could only shoot and edit everything you see here on my days off and after wrap time :) When I'm done, I should have some more time to do a proper side by side comparison.
The second track by Chris Zabriskie on FMA:
"Mario Bava Sleeps In a Little Later Than He Expected" freemusicarchive.org/music/Chris_Zabriskie/
He has a lot of great tracks under creative commons suitable for soundtracks.
Every Moment Counts is a short that follows the journey of Manny Vaughan who has been fishing for 70 years. This film features his journey of passion and drive through his many years living and breathing on the open sea.
Executive Producer, Director, Cinematographer & Editor - Preston Kanak
Producer - Amanda Mohammed
Photography, Cinematography, Creative & Support - Brent Foster
BTS Photography, Cinematography, Creative & Support - Michael Pavlovsky
BTS Camera Operator & Fixer - CJ Gibson
Original Score - Karrnnel Sawitsky
Piano - Kimberley Fraser
Guitar - Seph Peters
Mixed by Don Benedictson
Mastered by Al Hunnie
BTS Intro & Outro Script - Nils Sorensen
Aerial Photography - Dominic Fillion
BTS Photography - Paul Reid
Patrick & Heathr Coolen
Debbie & Craig Gibson
The Vaughan Family
The Peggy's Cove Community
Clifty Cove Motel
The Breakwater Inn