Over the past 8 or so months I've travelled around Scotland usually getting up at offensively early times to get good light. I wanted to make a film which really shows what a beautiful country Scotland is. Living in Edinburgh we're fortunate to have some truly magnificent sights on our doorstep.
Filming this has been incredible, most of the shots have involved some kind of adventure. From camping on top of Sgurr a’Mhaim as the sun sets, driving overnight to the Old man of Storr on Skye catching the sun rise and stomping through fields chasing the Jacobite Steam Train.
Shot on a DJI Phantom 2 with a Gopro 3+ (with FPV) this little Quadcopter is quite incredible. It allows you to get shots that a helicopter couldn’t even get into. By shooting 2.7k on the Gopro I was able to scale up the footage in a 1920p sequence to get tighter shots, this allowed me to stay within the CAA UAV regulations. The Gopro was shooting mosting on 2.7k Medium or Wide CAMRAW and was graded with speedgrade. Despite it’s size the camera is great as long as there is enough light! Hopefully over the next few months i’ll be upgrading to the DJI s900 which will take a GH4 camera.
I found a great website called Suncalc which projects a chart onto google maps which shows you the angle that the sun will rise from at specific times which was really helpful in planning where to be when. Fortunately the Met Office and MWIS forecasts were pretty spot on so there weren’t too many wasted trips. Walkhighlands.com has been a great resource for researching routes
In the film there are shots from Skye – Quairang, Old man of Storr, Buachaille Etive Mor, Sgurr a’Mhaim – Devil’s Ridge, Ben Nevis, Forth Rail Bridge, Dunbar, Rannoch Moor, Wallace Monument, Edinburgh, Glenfinnan Viaduct, The Kelpies.
- Shot in RAW with the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera
- Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f1.7 lens
- Color grading in Davinci Resolve Light
- Osiris Luts (Vision X LUT)
- Mostly handheld shots, with a couple tripod shots mixed in (shot in 30fps and slowed to 24fps, and stabilized with warp stabilizer in Premiere Pro)
- Edited in Premiere Pro
By the time I was a student, I spent more than a year in Scotland. 6 years later, I decided to come back for few days. There are no words to justify the beauty of this country. There are no words to explain how amazed and touched I was to see again these places.
This video is dedicated to all the people I met over there. Friends.
This first GH2 movie is also dedicated to Emeric (http://www.hybridcams.fr/) for his precious help and advices on the GH2 and patches but also to Jean-Baptiste Lefournier (vimeo.com/ghostlayer) who played a major role in convincing me to buy one through his stunning videos.
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Full story (in french) + pictures : http://www.romain-world-tour.com/ecosse/video-ecosse-highlands-edinburgh/
I’m super excited to test for the very first time a new plugin called NeatVideo, a super powerful Denoiser.
All the noisy shots were removed from the previous versions of this video, thanks to that plugin. Get it here : https://www.neatvideo.com
Soundtrack : Hans Zimmer - Time (buy it on iTunes here http://itunes.apple.com/fr/album/time/id380349905?i=380350246)
Lumix GH2 (Driftwood Quantum X Orion v4b)
5D Mark II (Timelapses + 1/2 low lights shots)
14-42mm + 24/70 L f/2.8
NO tripod (forgotten in France)