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#1 Francois Huysamen

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 03:37 AM

I know some of you might allready know about this, but still if you don't, check it out.

Silicon Imaging has let us use the prototypes of their new SI-1920HDVR to shoot our feature film, entitled SPOON. The film tracks the life of a man with an unusual medical condition that causes him to black out during moments of extreme stress. The condition leads him to make a remarkable discovery about himself that sets in motion events that changes his life.

Most exciting is the camera's, they are incredible and we can't stop talking about them. If you want to see what's up, take a look at our weblog at www.indiefilmlive.blogspot.com and tell me what you think. There are some pictures and video clips as well.
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#2 Tim Tyler

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 03:57 AM

Francois,

> Most exciting is the camera's, they are
> incredible and we can't stop talking about them

How are they incredible?
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#3 Francois Huysamen

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 04:26 AM

Well, where to start?

You are recording direct to disk, so no more expensive tape stock. Using CineForm RAW wavelet compressionso it's still 10-bit, it's integrated with the Adobe Software, so there's no need to render to start editing. The camera head can be seperated from the body, so it's basically just a lens and the CMOS chip, thus you can get any angle you want. Very neat: you are using FILM lenses on an HD camera, we get a depth of field up to arounf 1.4 meters. There's a lot more, check out the blog. You should look at the footage, it's great: it looks like HD, just nice and soft, but still crystal clear...
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#4 Chris Burke

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 06:11 AM

Most exciting is the camera's, they are incredible and we can't stop talking about them. If you want to see what's up, take a look at our weblog at www.indiefilmlive.blogspot.com and tell me what you think. There are some pictures and video clips as well.



Is that to say that the camera is more exciting than the script or the performance the actors are giving? Why is the camera called "the most exciting"? What does it matter? Is the story that boring or unimportant that what type of camera is the talk of the day? Sad days indeed.
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#5 Francois Huysamen

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 06:34 AM

Don't be snooty, I'm talking about the camera for those who care about camera's. It's giving us the oppurtunity to make a feature film on a independent budget, i.e. very small, but still enablign us to give high end result. And of course the script is good, how else do we get the little funding we got. It's not like in South Africa you can make a film about anything and get supported. We are still ateeped in racial history and most funding goes to film projects that reflect that. Do you know anything about HD or what?
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#6 Tim Terner

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Posted 21 June 2006 - 06:51 AM

Hey Francois those images look great. What disk are you recording staight to ? anyway best of luck with the feature
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Posted 23 June 2006 - 09:37 AM

Pentium D 840 EE 64bit
Supermicro PDSG4 Motherboard with Dual Core Intel D 3.2GHz CPU
500 watt power supply
UNeed x15e Case + Touch screen LCD
4 x 500GB SATAII 7200rpm HDD's (RAID 1+0)
1 80GB PATA System Drive
2 GB RAM
PNY Nvidia Quadro FX 540 (PCIe)
AJA XenaLH (HDSDI + HD Component)
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#8 Adam White

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Posted 23 June 2006 - 11:38 AM

he site look good, very informative, and stills are great quality. Any chance of seeing some stills of the footage?

Also, what lighting package are you using. How reactive is the camera to what you are trying to achieve? Are there any unforseen difficulties?

nice one

Adam
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#9 peter orland

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 10:16 PM

Hi Francois.

I've been following the blog since the beginning, I'm totally jealous. It's good to see that you are enjoying the process.

Thanks.
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#10 Ethan Lyu

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 03:01 AM

Hello Francois

thank you for sharing such valuable info/experience.
I am a newbie here, didn't know those kind of camera even existed.

How does one get such sponsorship from SiliconImaging?
Can anyone apply with a script?

thanks a lot,
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