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.
Blog post: weddingfanatics.com/blog/2014/09/jessica-daniel/
“No Other,” performed by Kim Edwards and licensed through Songfreedom.
“All I Ever Wanted,” performed by Fate Under Fire and licensed through Songfreedom.
Blog post: weddingfanatics.com/blog/2014/03/lauryn-kristofor/
“Something More,” performed by The Royal Foundry and licensed through Songfreedom.
“Alive,” performed by All Sons & Daughters and licensed through Songfreedom.
We kind of want to be Kelly and Ryan. This couple is so classy, so sweet and so happy to be married. We loved everything about their wedding day: from the early morning ceremony at The Woodlands Church’ Chapel in the Woods, to the deliciously lit reception at Augusta Pines in Spring.
We were so honored to capture every smile on their happy faces! Kelly and Ryan, your love and admiration for each other is truly an inspiration. Please never forget just how in love you were on this very special day!
“These Three Words,” performed by Jake Ousley. Licensed through The Music Bed.
“God Gave Me You,” performed by Dave Barnes. Licensed through Songfreedom.
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