During February 2016 I had the special opportunity to shoot with the upcoming RED Weapon 8K camera. These are the earliest of days for 8K and this was as much a camera test as an actual shoot for me. However, this format size and resolution are two important things for me as we are getting into the VistaVision+ format size.
As for the concept, I wanted to put together something fairly unique for my first 8K shoot and have wanted to work with Bladesmith Tony Swatton for over 7 years as his swords have been on a few films I've worked on in the past. This video documents Tony over the course of several days as he forges and constructs a modern take on a Roman Gladius Sword that features damascus steel. It was a special few days shooting with Tony in his shop as he gears up to move into a new location after 25 years. I've always found damascus to be one the most beautiful ways to craft a blade. In this case there's a 93 layer damascus technique in the blade, twisted in the grip, and in detailed pieces throughout the guard and pommel nut. The finish of the blade maintains a darkness, yet still captures a shine from the light.
If you are interested in the lenses used, lighting, post workflow, or some behind the scenes stills; I've written up a small BTS here: phfx.com/articles/forgedIn8K/
10.19.2015 - This practical camera test was designed to reveal how RED Weapon Dragon performs under various common lighting conditions, compare the color response of the different OLPFs, explore custom LUTs, numerically color matching to the Color Charts, examining ISO Texture, and to see if there any differences between native REDCODE RAW capture and internal ProRes recording.
During the last week of August 2014 Southern California received the largest waves it's seen in well over a decade from Hurricane Marie. I'm a local with a particular fondness for the ocean and I had to grab my gear to check it out. We were getting a few waves over 30 feet. Very impressive.
Red Epic Dragon 6K WS 96fps. 300mm, 600mm, and 70-200mm here and there. Forgive the web compression, the original footage is utterly gorgeous. Best I can do here is allow for the download of the source .MP4. I can watch waves in slow motion forever.
Track: Nine Inch Nails - 18 Ghosts (Creative Commons)
In April 2014 I was invited by RAPA, RED Korea, and DVInside to conduct a workshop in South Korea to demonstrate the UHD 4K Workflow from capture through post production. Broadcast and Cinema Professionals experienced shooting 4K+ resolution, color grading, editing, and finishing for 4K Delivery over the course of 3 days. Many working with 4K+ for the first time.
We used Red Epic Dragon Digital Cinema Cameras and explored the full Adobe Creative Cloud Suite as well as DaVinci Resolve and Redcine-X Pro.
This is a compilation of various footage I shot at 6K on Red Epic Dragon with Zeiss Ultra Primes, Schneider Cine-Xenar III Primes, Voigtlander, and Canon Lenses.
For me, this was a tremendous and unforgettable experience.