I had my first opportunity to film with the a7s for a dentist in Lake Jackson. It was a fantastic camera to work with. I chose to shoot in the Cine gama 4 mode. I had not planned on shooting the broll in slow motion and captured everything at 24p. I used twixtor to slow the footage down, which I think turned out nice. There were a lot of set-up and directing scenes in this piece. We used family friends and co-workers to pull it off.
Shot on Sony a7s. Canon 24-70, Canon 16-35, Metabones adaptor. Color and Grade with Colorista III and Film Convert.
I was commisioned in April to produce eight company profile videos within 3 weeks to be shown at a celebration dinner. The purpose of the videos were to introduce the company and what they did, hear their advice for small business owners and give an acceptance “thank you” at the end of the video.
Time was critical with these and I knew I needed to turn these around very quickly. I spend ~ 2.5 hours on location filming the interview and staging broll sequences. The edit was completed in ~ 3 hours. I was able to complete each video the next day for the client after it was shot. Client liked to have movement in the broll, so a slider and/or stedicam was used for most broll shots. View the other videos of this series below.
Shot on Canon 6D. Canon 24-70, Canon 16-35. Color and Grade with Colorista II.
Deciding how to tell the story of Sky High for St. Jude and Anadarko’s partnership was a challenge. We needed to be sensitive in how we showed the kids, but also show how Sky High and Anadarko work together. We decided to focus on the journey of two Anadarko employees and how they helped contribute to the organization and a carnival event that would be held in Memphis. We wanted to show the preparations in Houston and then transition to the actual events in Memphis. We filmed over a period of two weeks to capture all our scenes.
I needed to have a transition shot from Houston to Memphis and thought this might be a perfect opportunity to use the DJI Phantom and get an aerial of downtown Memphis. I scouted the shot in Google Earth, which made it very simple to shoot without any guess work. I did have issues with the compass not calibrating, probably related to being in downtown, not sure. The second aerial shot was used by permission from another freelancer at the event. Stock footage had to be used at the unveiling ceremony and St. Jude campus. We were not allowed to film on their campus, unfortunately.
At the carnival, I primary used the 6D on either the Stedicam or monopod. I wanted to keep the camera small and not intimidating. GoPro was used in timelapse mode to capture set-up of the carnival.
Interviews shot on Canon C100, BROLL shot on Canon 6D, GoPro and DJI Phantom. Canon 24-70, Canon 16-35, Tokina 11-16. Color and Grade with Colorista II.
This was one of my favorite films we produced at Anadarko. We were tasked to tell the story of a decommision project, but to also talk about the artificial reef that would be made with the remains of the spar. My co-worker and I scrited the narraration and gave direction to our crew out in the gulf of mexico. We saw an opportunitiy to use 3D animation to help demonstrate the decommision process. 3D was created in Cinema 4D.
Studio interviews were shot in our studio. We had shot these ourself and designed the backdrop. There was a lot of sound design in this piece to help the ambient feel that we were in the Gulf of Mexico.
Shot on Canon C300 and C100. Color and Grade with Colorista II.
We rented the GH4 for this shoot for it’s 96 fps slow motion. The super slow movement looks great, but the image is a bit soft. Overall, I loved shooting with this camera outdoors. Had to use the view finder quite a bit since it was very bright. There are a few shots in there shot at 4k. The clarity is amazing.
We didn’t mean to shoot the interviews at 1p in the afternoon in South Texas, but that’s just how it unfolded. It was hot the whole day, but at this point it reached 110. I set up a 4×4 Scrim Jim to diffuse the sun. Second camera was on monopod using the 5D.
Footage shot on GH4, Canon C300, 5D. Canon 24-70, Tokina 11-16, 70-200. Colored with Colorista II.
We went back up to Pennsylvania to tell this awesome story of high-schooler, Brice Bason, building a Life Flight landing pad. We took a good amount of gear (again) and brought the pocket jib traveler and GoPro. I really wanted to get some great shots of the helicopter landing on the pad. Unfortunately on the day of the shoot, the helicopter was called off to go to an emergency (at least it was going to help someone!. We had to contract a freelancer to go back and shoot a few pickup shots of the helicopter. The GoPro was planted into the ground to capture a landing. I believe we set it at 720 to record 120 fps. Other than missing the helicopter, we had a great shoot. The family was so nice and they had a beautiful plot of land.
Footage shot on Canon C100, Canon 5D III and GoPro. Canon 24-70, Tokina 11-16, 70-200. Colored with Colorista II.
This is one of my favorite pieces for Anadarko and it took a year before we had it completed. This project tested my patience as it was very difficult to schedule most of these people. Each sequence was fully scripted and it came together very easily. We wanted this video to have a handheld feel and be less corporate. Lots of challenges along the way, but we were able to overcome! We started out shooting the first scene with the 5D. By the time we picked shooting back up, we had purchased the C100, therefore most of the scenes were shot with the C100 on a handheld rig.
Footage shot on Canon C100 and Canon 5D III. Canon 24-70, Tokina 11-16, 70-200. Colored with Colorista II.
This shoot was all the way out in west Texas (Pecos, TX). It was quite the drive, but it turned into a beautiful Texas atmosphere. I rented the 24-105 for the shoot. I wanted to shoot a handheld feel for the beginning sequence and out of the car a bit. The IS was awesome and definitely helped out on these shots. It was hard to find a decent interview location for the two school representatives. I ended up shooting one in their gym and the second was shot in an auditorium.
Footage shot on Canon C100. Canon 24-105, Tokina 11-16, Canon 24-70, 70-200. Colored with Colorista II.
This was a quick promo from the Veterans Day event held at Anadarko. I brought the GoPro to capture a few timelapses of the crowd. The timelapses at the begining of the video were done by the 5D. There is also a few shots in there from the Nikon D800 (shot by another guy in our group). I think the Nikon and Canon matched pretty well after some coloring.
Footage shot on Canon C100, Nikon D800 and 5D Mark III using Tokina 11-16, Canon 70-200 and Canon 24-70. Colored with Colorista II.
This couple wanted a fun way to surprise their family and friend that they were pregnant. In the beginning of the video, the couple is looking at a small piece of paper and smiles. After a trip to a library and a mountain of books at their table, their reality is revealed when we see their sonogram picture for the first time. We also incorporated pre-recorded video from a cell phone of the husbands reaction when he learns they were pregnant.
Footage shot on Canon 60D using Canon 24mm and Tamron 17-50mm. Support gear included Stedicam.
Shooting and Stedicam by Cody Walters
Director and Editor by Jennifer Walters