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"Juggernaut" means "an unstoppable force", and that is exactly what the Hilux Pickup truck is on ice covered roads. We approached this project with the idea of showing a pickup truck doing drifting and breakslading at various locations. The look of the Hilux truck on ice reminded us of the carton "Bambi" in that the driver has no control what so ever.
Another big challenge was the lighting on this project. We were shooting this at the time of the year where the day is dominated by darkness. We didn't have any external lighting systems. Having this in mind we knew we where going to have to find a way to deal with the night time cinematography. We started out early by prioritizing the shutter speed. We tried shooting this at 1/160s, but found that the 16-35L series lens with an aperture of 2,8F didn't provide the sensor with enough light. So we went to the fastest of lenses we had available (50mm F1,4). We pushed the shutterspeed down to 1/60s and 1/50s. I dont really like operating with that low shutter speed, but due to the circumstances we had to do so. We where able to vary the iso/asa from 1600-4000 depending on the light. For certain shots (like the one where the snowmobile passes behind the hilux) we where able to have a shutter-speed of 160/s due to the light.
One of the weaknesses with the 5D mkii is that you cant shoot raw video with it. That means you can't correct to the same extent as you can with other cameras the white balance, sharpness, contrast and such in post. You shoot a jpeg sequences on the 5D, and jpeg means that the image already have been rendered with the setings mentioned above. Any changes you do with the temperature in post is layered above the original layer and often makes a goofy result. We had to be cheerful with the WB, especially at high ISO/ASA performance. We experienced that having the correct WB also hides noise better in the texture of every frame.
In colorgrading "Juggernaut", we did extremely few changes to the color in the particular scenes. I don't like the look of yellow street lights when you can see a lot of noise in that frame so we tried to turn down the temperature in the highlights. The result of that was quite successful. The color yellow tends to light up the areas where noise is represented, so turning down the temperature in the highlights made noise go away.
Juggernaut is a film that we shoot over a time period of one day and in dark conditions. It`s the kind of film where we just had to make the best of what we had. I am quite satisfied with the finished result and believes that it is good beginning of an amazing year.
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