1. Pete


    from England Your England / Added

    24K Plays / / 115 Comments

    Pete explores ideas of space, time and social freedom, focussing on his experiences of squatting in empty commercial properties throughout the UK. As a self employed poet and performing artist living on a low wage, Pete represents a growing group of our society who are having to find DIY solutions to live and thrive in our cities. Shot in and round multiple London squats, as well as the now empty Olympic Park, the film asks important questions about the illusionary housing crisis and the link between the mass privatisation of space and the lack of affordable housing in the UK. Pete is part of the film series England Your England. For more films and information visit www.englandyourengland.tv, facebook.com/englandyourengland or twitter.com/yourengland

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    • 35mm Film adaptors explained


      from Philip Bloom / Added

      19.5K Plays / / 105 Comments

      Everything you wanted to know about the Letus line of 35mm DOF adaptors. A lot of the information in this film is relevant to a lot of other 35mm adaptors out there. Get some popcorn. It's LONG! I think I was slightly drunk in opening statement, took me a few takes and kept on drinking G&T each time, definitely slurring in it! Presented, filmed and edited by Philip Bloom. Thanks to Mum and Dad!

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      • Ultimate Boston - Letus Ultimate 35mm Film


        from Tom Guilmette / Added

        62.8K Plays / / 81 Comments

        Behind the scenes blog of "Ultimate Boston": http://www.tomguilmette.com/wp/my-blog/archives/1588 I have a Letus Ultimate in my possession and with the busy schedule of the Playoffs, I have not been able to use it enough. I managed to put aside time to shoot for an entire day, from 5am to 6pm in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. I met up with a friend of mine, Craig Stevens, and we shot a lot of great images. Craig also shot a bunch of still photos of me in action for my behind the scenes blog. We pushed around all the gear on a Magliner cart for almost 12 hours. It was close to 90 degrees and many people were outside enjoying the weather. I did many time lapses with the Celestron 114GT telescope panning/tilting head and all of them where set at one frame for every one second. The motor head was set at "5". Most of the footage in this short was filmed with the Letus Ultimate. Some of the Red Sox time lapse and the baby geese at the end were shot last spring in Boston with the Letus Extreme. You can see the difference (as far as seeing the pattern of ground glass in the shots) compared to the super sharp and clean Letus Ultimate. The shooting locations for this short were the banks of the Charles River, Paul Revere Park, Quincy Market, Post Office Square Park, South Boston Waterfront. I shot this short with the Sony PMW-EX1, Letus Ultimate, Vinten Vision 3 tripod system, and Nikon manual 35mm film lenses. I used mainly these lenses: Nikon 200mm f4 tele, Nikon 300mm f4.5 tele, 50mm f1.4, and the 16mm f2.8 fisheye. I color graded in post with my own secret brew using Magic Bullet Looks. I also used Twixtor to slow down some of the footage to 26-55 percent. The ripples in the water look great when processed with the Twixtor 4.5 plug-in. I shot most of this film in 720 30p in over crank mode (60 frames per second). A few of the shots were shot at 30p. The music is "Mr. Brightside" by The Killers and it has been remixed by Jacques Luconts, Thin White Duke. I must thank the kind people at Post Office Square for allowing me to shoot inside the beautiful park. TRT: 7 minutes 06 seconds Size: 160.5 MB Type: Quicktime mpeg4 720p HDTV

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        • Arizona Cactus - Letus Extreme Film


          from Tom Guilmette / Added

          19.6K Plays / / 77 Comments

          For more info and blogs, check out http://www.tomguilmette.com I am visiting my sister and her husband in Tucson, Arizona. I will be working on a job later this week, but in the meantime, I am running around the desert shooting the crazy stuff that grows here. We do not have spiky cactus in New England! I am using the Sony PMW-EX1 with the Letus Extreme. I have my trusty Vinten Vision 3 lightweight carbon fiber tripod and my bag of Nikon Nikkor manual lenses. I checked out the Catalina Highway where the Saguaro cactus grow up to thirty feet high! They reach toward the sun and this time of year, the sun is very comfortable and the temperatures are very mild. The wind was very strong and I had trouble using my telephoto lenses because of shake and wobble. I recorded some sound of the natural windy environment and incorporated it into the film. I almost stepped on a rattle snake while carrying my kit and found that wondering around the desert underbrush in shorts is not a great idea. I wish I had my mountain bike out here, there is fast single track everywhere.

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          • Ghost Town Ruby Arizona - Letus Extreme Film


            from Tom Guilmette / Added

            11.4K Plays / / 67 Comments

            Please visit http://www.tomguilmette.com for more info. Ruby is a mining ghost town 50 miles southwest of Tucson and 4 miles north of the Mexico border. At 4,200 feet above sea level, Ruby is full of desert plants, range grasses, mesquite, walnut and oak trees. But the vegetation is not why I traveled down the remote and rugged dirt roads to visit this place in the middle of nowhere. Ruby is one of the few ghost towns that has not been vandalized by people and it has been protected for years. The only thing that has eroded this old town is the environment and time itself. So this would be a perfect place to shoot in the afternoon fading light with the Sony EX1, the Letus Extreme and the Vinten Vision 3 tripod. My bother-in-law and I walked the many acres with my gear and shot for about four hours. I shot just about everything that was sitting in good light. Unfortunately, I could not include any shots of the open mine that was in the hillside. I did not bring any lights with me on this trip. I shot this film in 720 30p in overcrank mode (60 frames per second). I color graded each shot with Magic Bullet Looks. I used a Nikon 16mm f2.8 fisheye, Nikon 24mm f2.8, Nikon 50mm f1.4, Nikon 135mm f2.8 and a Nikon 300mm f4 telephoto lens. The 50mm f1.4 was very helpful inside when shooting the piano because there was very little available light. I'm gonna watch "The Hills Have Eyes" again when I get home. TRT 2min 30sec

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            • Screaming Swamp - Letus Ultimate Film


              from Tom Guilmette / Added

              6,557 Plays / / 52 Comments

              I shot this video a few hours ago. Please visit my website for more info: http://www.tomguilmette.com This video is different from all the other Letus videos I have ever made for Vimeo. This video was shot with the Letus Ultimate 35mm lens adapter. It works brilliantly and I am very happy that I have it. I was a little worried using it so close to the waters edge, this one is a demo from Letus! I do not want to return it with water pouring out of it. For those of you who do not know, the Letus Ultimate is much different than what I have been using, the Letus Extreme. The Ultimate uses a spinning ground glass element, instead of a vibrating one, to work its magic. The spinning glass keeps dust and debris off the film plane and also results in a sharper and cleaner picture. Unlike the vibrating glass in the Extreme, the Ultimate does not show any “wax paper” pattern ever! I tried everything and the only way I could see the ground glass in the Ultimate was to simply turn it off. Even when I stopped way down, closing the aperture on the film lens to a pin hole, my depth of field was deep and no patter appeared. I cannot do that with the Extreme. This video was shot because the opportunity simply presented itself. I was going for a bike ride along the power lines and whilst at the parking lot getting ready, I heard a strange sound. I looked through the chain link fence behind my car and saw hundreds of frogs in a little swamp jumping on top of each other. The were expanding their necks and “screaming” their mating calls. I got back in the car, drove a few minutes to my house and got my camera. When I returned, the frogs were not as active, but there were still plenty of them to shoot. They got use to my camera after a few minutes and some swam right to me. Most of them were on their own, making quite a bit of noise. I used the Zoom H4 solid state stereo recorder to get all the wild sound and I also used the great bit of gear for my voice over. I shot this short with the Sony PMW-EX1, Letus Ultimate, Vinten Vision 3 tripod system, and Nikon manual 35mm film lenses. I used three lenses: Nikon 200mm f4 tele, 105mm f4 macro, and the 16mm f2.8 fisheye. I color graded in post with my own secret brew using Magic Bullet Looks. I also used Twixtor to slow down some of the frog footage to 26-55 percent. The ripples in the water look great when processed with the Twixtor 4.5 plug-in. I shot most of this film in 720 30p in over crank mode (60 frames per second). A few of the shots were shot at 30p. Two things, I do not know what type of frogs or toads these are, so please educate me... and also, note my cameo in the reflection of the frog at the end of the film. I was about six inches from him with my face in the mud! I got a few emails about this video and wanted to thank Dale Allen for pointing out the fact that these are "Eastern American Toads". Whilst I was editing, I looked them up in a New England field guide, but was not completely sure. I had always thought that toads did not go into the water! It looks like they do when they breed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_toad for more information. TRT: 2 minutes 19 seconds Size: 49.6 MB Type: Quicktime mpeg4 720p HDTV

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              • AC - Downhill Mountain Biking Film


                from Tom Guilmette / Added

                9,706 Plays / / 46 Comments

                For more information, please visit http://www.tomguilmette.com Downhill Mountain Bike Film featuring AC shot at Attitash Mountain in Bartlett, New Hampshire (September 2009). Alex is a Giant Bicycles/Michelin Tires rider and he rips on a 2009 Giant Glory DH mountain bike. Shot on a Sony PMW-EX1 with Letus Ultimate, Canon 5dmk2, and a Panasonic Lumix ZS3. I used all Nikon prime lenses. I also used a Redrock Micro Matte Box, Vinten Vision 10 AS tripod (carbon fiber and baby legs), homemade 5dmk2 helmet mount, PVC pipe dolly and Zoom H4 audio recorder. Edited on Final Cut Pro. Music: The Killers - Shadow Play Shiny Toy Guns - Rainy Monday

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                • Letus B4 Pro Relay and Letus Ultimate on Sony HDW-730S HDCAM


                  from Tom Guilmette / Added

                  7,017 Plays / / 33 Comments

                  You can find more great reviews at http://www.tomguilmette.com I have been working in television for over ten years and one of my biggest challenges is to shoot engaging b-roll that catches the eye of the viewer and helps tell a story. I have always been a big fan of shallow depth of field and I would achieve it by shooting at or near the end of my television zoom lens. Often, when I am shooting sit-down interviews for a documentary or a feature, I will physically move my camera back away from the person being interviewed so that I can use the telephoto portion of my lens to get the desired shallow depth of field effect. Now that has all changed. 35mm shallow depth of field is available for professional 2/3 inch high definition full sized broadcast television cameras. I had the privilege of shooting with the Letus B4 Pro relay and the Letus Ultimate 35mm lens adapters a few weeks ago and I loved it. I mounted the contraption onto a Sony HDW-730s HDCAM and walked the streets of Boston with help from Bill Travers and TJ Powers. As I shot at 135 mbps HDCAM, Bill and TJ shot some behind the scenes stills with their DSLRs for my video blog. I used a cart to move the gear around the city, but I carried my heavy camera, Letus, and Vinten tripod all by myself! I was very impressed by the low light performance of the relay paired up with the Letus Ultimate. It was nice to be able to set the back focus on the relay and lock it out. I could also open or close an iris on the relay to help when shooting in bright lighting conditions. Again, this is lockable and you do not have to worry about it slipping. All your focus and aperture can be controlled manually on just the film lens as you shoot. If you already own a high definition television broadcast camera and you want the shallow film-like depth of field, I highly recommend this product. It is built well, mounts and is supported safely by the Letus V2 rod system and it is super sharp at all f-stops. For more information on this relay and 35mm lens adapter, please check out http://www.letusdirect.com TRT: 7 minutes 42 seconds Size: 174.7 MB Type: Quicktime mpeg4 720p HDTV

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                  • HMC150 with Letus vs Canon 7D


                    from doug marcum / Added

                    4,562 Plays / / 33 Comments

                    Both cameras were fitted with Nikon 50mm lenses using same apertures. The IRIS was manipulated on the Panasonic as was the ISO settings on the Canon. Gain was added to the Panasonic in the last few tests, as noted. No filters including built in (ND) filters were used. The 7D is limited in brighter settings with a frame rate of 50fps (to emulate film), without the addition of external ND Filters. With ISO set at 100, and a lens f-stop of 11, the images were still quite bright. The HMC handles these situations effortlessly with the application of one of the 3 built in ND filters. This allows the use of even the lowest f-stops on the camera lens. All lens settings are the same on both cameras. This being said, anyone who owns a 7D has already invested a couple thousand, so another hundred bucks for some filters should be no big deal.

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                    • Fenway Flavor - Letus Ultimate Footage


                      from Tom Guilmette / Added

                      13.6K Plays / / 32 Comments

                      http://www.tomguilmette.com This is a sample of the work I have shot for broadcast television this fall at Fenway Park with the Boston Red Sox. This footage was used for playoff promos but as many of you know, the Sox are out! :-( This was shot at 1080 30p with a Sony PMW-EX1 and a Letus Ultimate 35mm lens adapter. I used all Nikon prime lenses (mostly a 55mm f1.2). The dolly moves where created on a PVC skateboard dolly and I used a Vinten Vision 10 AS tripod. Behind the scenes blog with pictures: http://www.tomguilmette.com/wp/my-blog/archives/2208 This video is courtesy New England Sports Network and cannot be downloaded.

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