Film School - Filmmaking

  1. I went out for a wander with my new HV30 and Letus Mini on Saturday, but a bunch of problems (a brutal hangover, backfocusing with the Letus, forgetting to switch it on and general focusing difficulties on the small LCD of the HV30) led me to give up for the day, come home, set up the HV30 (sans-adapter, but with a ND8 graduated neutral density filter) on my balcony, set it running and kick back with some chocolate soya milk. I had it previewing on my 37" LCD via HDMI, which is nice to be able to do and a shame I couldn't cart that round with me for the Letus!

    It ran out of batteries before it ran out of tape, after my afternoon wander, but still got plenty motion for a timelapse and to spend an evening playing around with Magic Bullet Looks and finessing the slow pan technique courtesy of Mr Philip Bloom. I probably went a bit over the top with the MBL, but I like the dramatic effect.

    The music is part of the soundtrack from The Assassination of Jesse James. I think I'll probably keep experimenting, out and about, with my Letus/HV30 combo till I find 2.30 minutes worth of footage to mix this in with, for the complete length of the track and pull back the grading to something a bit more natural. But here's this taster for now.

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  2. I went to see my mom last Saturday - brought the Steadicam Merlin that I'm still learning to use. There's less pendulum effect in this footage - maybe because I'm walking around slower than in my forest footage:

    This was shot in 25p (PAL) TV mode (1/25) and AWB. I think, I need to use a faster shutter speed for moving shots - maybe something like 1/100 instead. I think that would have given me less blurriness.

    The Steadicam Merlin is not a toy that instantly makes any footage look like a million dollar production - you need to practice with it for some time before you get to know it well.

    If you don't mind the price, I can highly recommend it for any advanced user. By advanced, I mean someone with a good portion of patience and someone who's not expecting it to be perfect right out of the box :)

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    This is a test that I made whit my Canon HV20 camcorder taking a lot of picture in to the Flash Mini SD Memory, them i put every photo together in my editing software.
    I made these tests in the city to improve my skills because this year I will make a documentary about architecture and urbanism which will use similar shots on the city.
    I noticed that I will have to buy filters to darken the image a little more because while setting the shutter to 1/2 everything goes too bright and over exposed even when I lowering the exposure to the minimum.
    Here is the fist test:
    I love the music and especially as it combines with the video.
    Don't be shy you can repeat as many times as you want.

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  4. Had some extra time and tape last Saturday evening.
    Playing with a new free Plug-in from

    How many Prius, City Buses, Boats, Firetrucks are there?

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  5. Trying to apply Photoshop techniques to video. Works pretty much the same just scene changes obviously cause the effect to differ. No keyframing on this one. :)

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Film School - Filmmaking

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