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#1 Alex Richardson

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Posted 09 March 2018 - 03:43 PM

Hello all - I'm completely new to these forums, and already excited to start delving deep into all the information here.  Just wanted to share a trailer for my feature, DON'T. STOP. RUNNING. which, as is often the way with microbudget indies - I wrote, directed AND shot...  Never again...!

 

I used a BMPCC and a range of M43, C Mount, M42 and Arri B-mount secondhand and new lenses, and was amazed to see the quality we could get from that little camera. We shot, for the most part, outside in a British summer (occasional bits of sunshine interspersed with long periods of slate grey skies) with just a sun direction app, a couple of reflectors and an Artem smoke gun. 

 

I'd love to know what people think of the trailer - a bit of feedback and critique is the best way of learning!

 

Thanks,

 

Alex.

 

 

 

 

 

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#2 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 09 March 2018 - 04:34 PM

Sweet.

 

I had a conversation last year with someone who wanted to make the English woods look like a jungle.


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Posted 09 March 2018 - 05:33 PM

Sweet.

 

I had a conversation last year with someone who wanted to make the English woods look like a jungle.

Ha! Did you have any suggestions?  Some sunlight dancing in a bit of smoke seems to go a long way!


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#4 Vital Butinar

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 08:26 PM

The trailer looks awesome! :)
I hope I get to see the movie. :)

 

Unfortunately I have no idea what consists as a micro-budget because all of the stuff I've done has been no budge stuff but we did work fairly similarly trying to use piratical lighting and we are usually one person for many different things. I usually write, direct, film and do the editing. 

 

Really nice. I hope I'm able to get footage looking that awesome. 


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#5 Mark Kenfield

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Posted 12 March 2018 - 08:45 PM

Looks fantastic Alex! Way above the usual microbudget dreck!


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#6 Alex Richardson

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 07:57 AM

Looks fantastic Alex! Way above the usual microbudget dreck!

Ha! Thanks Mark!


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#7 Alex Richardson

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 08:02 AM

The trailer looks awesome! :)
I hope I get to see the movie. :)

 

Unfortunately I have no idea what consists as a micro-budget because all of the stuff I've done has been no budge stuff but we did work fairly similarly trying to use piratical lighting and we are usually one person for many different things. I usually write, direct, film and do the editing. 

 

Really nice. I hope I'm able to get footage looking that awesome. 

Thanks Vital - glad you liked it!  I'll post an update on here once we know where we stand with distribution.

 

As far as the camera side goes - I tried to plan my scenes (with a sunfinder app) so I could backlight (for the daytime scenes) and (where possible) sidelight for some day-for-night stuff we've got.  For close-ups we'd often use a reflector or two, or we'd do a bit of negative fill with the black side.  There's quite a lot of smoke haze in some of the forest scenes too, which helped us out as it that diffuses everything too.  That, and the BMPCC - it's a cheap little camera, but with some good glass on it the quality is great if you're on a teeny-tiny budget (the colour science and dynamic range kick the ass of a lot of far more expensive cameras, in my opinion).


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#8 Vital Butinar

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Posted 13 March 2018 - 10:51 AM

I really like it. I took another look and a look at the website.

Really awesome. 

I can't wait to see the final movie.  :D

 

 

Well I've been using only DSLRs and on the stuff that I've done and a couple of times I've been really happy about the lighting and in turn the quality. But I'll bet that the BMPCC makes an even better image.

 

I always try to find the best already existing lighting and I've used the sun finder app.


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Posted 14 March 2018 - 12:25 AM

I liked it a lot myself, interesting grading too. What made you decide to forego 4K? Budget?

 

Really like your movie!


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Posted 14 March 2018 - 04:07 AM

I really like it. I took another look and a look at the website.

Really awesome. 

I can't wait to see the final movie.  :D

 

 

Well I've been using only DSLRs and on the stuff that I've done and a couple of times I've been really happy about the lighting and in turn the quality. But I'll bet that the BMPCC makes an even better image.

 

I always try to find the best already existing lighting and I've used the sun finder app.

Thanks Vital - I'll post on here when it's available online!


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Posted 14 March 2018 - 04:11 AM

I liked it a lot myself, interesting grading too. What made you decide to forego 4K? Budget?

 

Really like your movie!

Thanks Samuel!  To be honest, when we started shooting I'm not sure that 4k was readily available in our budget range (the majority of this film was shot waaaaay back in 2014... that gives you an idea how long post has taken!).  I had a lot of M43 lenses, and the BMPCC offered great quality for low cost so it seemed like the natural option.  I think I bought one for around £600 (and then the week we started shooting Blackmagic had a flash sale and were selling them for £300..!) - which is still an absolute bargain I think.  Also, storage - shooting 4k RAW would have necessitated a LOT of extra storage and postproduction heavy lifting, so all round it wouldn't have been a viable option.


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