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#1 Patrizio De Sica

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 06:08 PM

I found this...

http://www.youtube.c...feature=related

It seems it is one of the SW's last portfolio pieces of work...
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#2 David Rakoczy

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 08:28 PM

Steve.. great work! Saw this on another thread last week.

How did you achieve that 'surreal' separation between the runners and the BG.. around sec. 9 - 12... What was done in post? Was it all green Screen?
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#3 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 10:48 PM

> Was it all green Screen?

I confidently assert that it was :P
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#4 Stephen Williams

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Posted 20 August 2008 - 12:50 AM

> Was it all green Screen?

I confidently assert that it was :P


Hi Phil,

There was no green screen in that commercial, other than individual crowd members, lots of painting & 3d replacement as the stadium was the 'wrong one' There is another Omega Spot '76' where there is 1 bluescreen shot, the girl looking over the wall (towards camera)which was shot in Zurich on my Ultracam.

We had 300 extras for 1 day, forground people are real. We shot some scenes with a Photosonics 4ER+ ( 200 -425 fps).

It was quite a difficult shoot, I only had the runners for 2 days, they were jet lagged & tired the 1st day & exausted the 2nd. The stadium only got sun through the roof for 5 hours a day, one day being completly overcast. We only got written agreement to use the stadium 5 days before the shoot.

Some shots got dropped because the post would have taken too long, especially shots using the Arri 8R lens

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#5 David Rakoczy

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Posted 20 August 2008 - 06:12 AM

Thanks Stephen!

Were you Swing & Tilt on the 'Watch'?

Edited by David Rakoczy, 20 August 2008 - 06:13 AM.

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#6 Stephen Williams

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Posted 20 August 2008 - 06:53 AM

Thanks Stephen!

Were you Swing & Tilt on the 'Watch'?


Hi,

The watch was shot on a Fries Mitchell with bellows using an 85mm Zeiss (Ultracam lenses) @T2.00.

The commercial with blue screen is here:-



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#7 David Rakoczy

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Posted 20 August 2008 - 07:35 AM

Thanks Stephen. Beautiful work!
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#8 Tom Lowe

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Posted 20 August 2008 - 06:25 PM

I'm super impressed, Stephen! I saw both those ads and thought they were great during the Olympics.

Bravo.
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#9 John Holland

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 11:51 AM

A beautiful piece of work Stephen . John .
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#10 Stephen Williams

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 12:09 PM

A beautiful piece of work Stephen . John .


Hi John,

Thanks very much, I wanted to use the 'Russian Arm' but unfortunately the budget did not stretch that far. It's funny the lighting was all brand new, I think they just bought my equipment list new from Arri, when I asked for a 4K I could not work out why it was taking so long. I went over to the truck & they were unrapping it :lol:

Stephen

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#11 Fran Kuhn

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 01:25 PM

Hi John,

Thanks very much, I wanted to use the 'Russian Arm' but unfortunately the budget did not stretch that far. It's funny the lighting was all brand new, I think they just bought my equipment list new from Arri, when I asked for a 4K I could not work out why it was taking so long. I went over to the truck & they were unrapping it :lol:

Stephen


Stephen,

Really beautiful work. I think these are two of the best spots on the entire Olympic roster. BTW: Who were the production Co. and Director? And maybe I should know, but where is that stadium? Fantastic location!

That Russian Arm-type rig (Filmotechnics or Lev's newer Ultimate Arm) seems to be getting a lot of use around the U.S.; they probably need an agent in Switzerland!

Again, superb work. Thanks for the production stills.

-Fran
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#12 Stephen Williams

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 01:45 PM

Stephen,

Really beautiful work. I think these are two of the best spots on the entire Olympic roster. BTW: Who were the production Co. and Director? And maybe I should know, but where is that stadium? Fantastic location!

That Russian Arm-type rig (Filmotechnics or Lev's newer Ultimate Arm) seems to be getting a lot of use around the U.S.; they probably need an agent in Switzerland!

Again, superb work. Thanks for the production stills.

-Fran


Hi Fran,

The Director was Liberato Maraia, Eye to Eye Zurich. The stadium is in Athens from the 2004 Olympics, we looked at most of the old stadiums, often the running track was in bad condition. When I went for the Rece 2 weeks before the shoot there was 30cm of snow & the airport was closed so we had a nightmare journey.

Stephen

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#13 Ram Shani

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 02:18 PM

great work!!!
looking at the BTS pic with the firing the gun i wonder why there is a 24*36 gobo in the 6*6 frame is it for blocking the source of the light(the sun) ?

looking at your web i am very very impressed by your work
it's great to see something i like on TV and then to know that i can talk to the DP here
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#14 Stephen Williams

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 03:02 PM

great work!!!
looking at the BTS pic with the firing the gun i wonder why there is a 24*36 gobo in the 6*6 frame is it for blocking the source of the light(the sun) ?

looking at your web i am very very impressed by your work
it's great to see something i like on TV and then to know that i can talk to the DP here


Hi,

It was for blocking the sun from hitting the gun, originally we were moving around on tracks, just a static version got used.
Thanks for the nice comments.

Stephen
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#15 Wendell_Greene

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Posted 22 August 2008 - 01:22 AM

Great work, Stephen. How did like working with the Arri 8R lenses?
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#16 Stephen Williams

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Posted 22 August 2008 - 02:27 AM

Great work, Stephen. How did like working with the Arri 8R lenses?


Hi Wendell,

I would have liked to have used it more, it's quite incredible. The downdide was portholeing wide open at T2.8, not obvious through the eyepiece. I guess it caused too many complications with the 3d & croud replication, the VFX supervisor suggested not moving the camera as it would make their work easier!

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#17 Patrizio De Sica

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Posted 24 August 2008 - 05:11 PM

Great work, Stephen. How did like working with the Arri 8R lenses?


They should be quite useful for the best screening on the TV screen or at youtube, sure... That is, if the Omega spot hasn't been seen on the movie theatre as well... Or am not I right? :rolleyes:
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#18 Stephen Williams

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Posted 25 August 2008 - 05:29 AM

They should be quite useful for the best screening on the TV screen or at youtube, sure... That is, if the Omega spot hasn't been seen on the movie theatre as well... Or am not I right? :rolleyes:


Hi,

Since the majority of international commercials are shot on Film using Cooke or Zeiss prime lenses I don't really understand your post.
None of the shots from the 8R got used as it would take too long in post, we only scheduled 3 months. We scanned @4k on a Spirit. The next spot for Omega I am woking on will be world wide for the Cinema.

Stephen
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#19 Allen Achterberg

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Posted 04 September 2008 - 12:21 AM

Most Impressive Stephen! I expected nothing less from a man with such a wealth of Knowledge! Good Job!
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#20 Stephen Williams

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 01:36 PM

Hi,

The production company has confirmed that the commercials were shown world wide in the Cinema as well as television. There have been some copyright issuse as the crowd contracts did not include cinema world wide.

Stephen

They should be quite useful for the best screening on the TV screen or at youtube, sure... That is, if the Omega spot hasn't been seen on the movie theatre as well... Or am not I right? :rolleyes:


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