Here’s a video I did for a really awesome hip-hop artist, Destorm Power. Beyond pure talent, he’s also the most-subscribed hip-hop artist on Youtube. I had the always-amazing Bob Low gaffing for me, and production support by Tybee Diskin and Shane Brady. I was kind of a one man band on this one: wrote/directed/shot/edited/VFX sorta thing.
I shot on the Sony F3 again and had a GREAT experience. This camera can really handle low light and makes some smooth images. I had it plugged into an AJA KiPro to record to ProRes 422HQ, and the images were noticeably smoother (I compared them). I can only imagine it with S-Log. The lenses were Sony’s cine lenses, and the whole video was shot on a 35mm. I also want to note that the camera lasted ALL NIGHT on one battery. Incredible.
However, the form factor of the camera, when built out, made it as bulky as anything else. My back hurt for two days afterward, but then again, I’m not a strong man by any stretch. It isn’t great for shoulder work because the flip-out screen gets two inches from your face. Also, the KiPro seems like a (bulky) workaround, and we really need Sony to get off the XDCam format and hop aboard ProRes internally.
Post was pretty intense — we shot on February 2nd, and it was due on February 14th. I was booked for three of the days in between and working a coloring gig at the same time, so I really posted this monster in about six sleepless days!
The reception’s been great. Youtube tweeted about it, and it garnered nearly 200,000 hits in a few days. Definitely proud of this one!