No EVDO connection. No cell phone single. We've set up camp where the Skagit River runs into the Cascade River, surrounded on all sides by mountains ranging from 4,000 to 8,900 feet in elevation. It's very beautiful. People in town (Marblemount) say that we are 'in for a treat' tomorrow - I'm looking forward to it.
But I'm getting ahead of myself - I mentioned in my last post I was excited about uploading the first few 'official' shots (I say 'official' because we've been capturing tons with the two mp4 cameras and our Nokia), yesterday we stopped at a laundry mat in Concrete where I managed to import a few minutes here and there, and export them straight to quicktime-movies. This 1st clip is one of the many takes we captures with the sun setting behind the camp-site. It was very cloudy and grey all day but around 8:30 the sun came down under the clouds enough to just light everything up. I'm so happy with this 2nd clip - we had set up in the morning to get their 'taking off' moment, and on the 35 kit (HDV35), the guys had their zoom-lens (200). But Amanda had packed her SLR camera and one of the lens she has for it is a very long lens (a 300), we swapped it out and it looks just amazing. Unbelievably sharp depth of field. We stopped by a field yesterday to shoot some tall grass with the mountains in the background - and I couldn't believe how many 'layers' of field we could shift through. The great news is it's turned out to be much, much easier to film on-the-fly with the 45 kit mounted to the FX1. At first we were planning to only break it out for interviews. But Olivier is finding it very simple to focus and move at the same time - which I love, it's just one more 'look' we can play with for the film. I also can't believe how much I'm loving the mp4 and Nokia footage, it gives a less 'cinematic / grandiose' feel to the shot and makes it more personal. I've uploading some of it here, here and here... and one more here. We've been slowly and carefully breaking out our 16mm, we only have 30 minutes of stock for the entire two months (if anyone has any 100 foot daylight spools they'd like to donate, please let me know, we could use it). But... *deep breath* I do have some bad news. It was news that, I could tell, was very hard for Jay to come talk to us about. Amanda was curled up in her tent, and the four of us guys were at the picnic table looking at rushes and talking about whatever, when Jay let us know the situation with his knee. I've never actually talked about it here on the site, so this will require a quick catch-up: Jay is a snowboarder, actually a very good one. In the 2005 he took the bronze in the world championship. Yea, I know, he's good. But he's had knee trouble for years, gone through 5 major surgeries, and at the moment is actually completely missing his ACL. Both Larry & Jay have been training, in the mountains, a great deal - so it's hard to say if it's the added weight to the bike that caused the problem, or if it just finally caught up with him. But only 10 miles into the ride this morning and his knee almost brought him to tears, and Jay's a tough enough guy to know that's a problem... especially on a flat day like they had this morning. So, Jay is going to stay behind - Larry is pressing on... alone. He's, understandably, a bit terrified about the following 4,200 miles - but he's also a bit excited about the solitude. It changes things for us, not in a bad way, but we'll adapt with it. As a crew we are still trying to find the best balance for what we are doing - I know it will take some time in this kind of on-the-move environment. For example, Jeff and I had a hell of time today with a simple crane shot - not too sure if any of that footage actually worked out. But I am very sad to see Jay go - I know he was very excited and ready for this ride, I know he's sad to watch Larry ride on without him. But I understand and encourage him not to push himself to the point of ruining his snowboarding career, or even just simply ruining his knee. It's going to be a hard good bye tomorrow morning. Well, it's after midnight, I need to get some sleep. Goodnight for now.
(PS) I found out that a lot of the videos I uploaded with Transmit on the road didn't get transfered correctly and have been bouncing out bad files through the feed, sorry for this, I'll only try to upload from now on with a more reliable connection.
Creative Framing: I want a swooping crane shot for a dinner table scene. Unfortunately we have the location for only two hours and the lead actress had to bail to work the dinner shift at the steak house that actually pays her for her time. And I don't have a crane. Creative framing can save a scene in a situation like this, if you can isolate why the scene is necessary and frame your shot to highlight that exact point. In the video I use a really simple example: I need to establish a fun high school party, but I don't have any extras at this hour of the night, only crew people. Using creative framing, sfx, and the score I got my shot, established the party and moved onto the next major debilitating issue :) graduatesmovie****
Close up on statue outside an old (town hall type) building in South Wales. It has a clock tower, columns, red brick and stone. Men get out of cars in front of it. They are port managers, middle-aged men in suits . The enter the building up the stone steps. Violent red sunset over the sea. Bow of H R MacMillan sailing up the Severn Estuary to Newport, South Wales. Pan back to see whole ship in silhouette. Man's hands operating steering gear of boat. Sailor's face and early 1970's haircut. Bow of ship going through water. Long shot of whole ship ( 594 feet from bow to stern ) Man's hand operating ship's telegraph. Long shot of cargo of timber at the rear of the ship. Red sunset behind it. Small car (Ford escort ?) on the M4 motorway (main holidaymaker's route from London to South Wales). He drives under an overpass . Close up on front windscreen sticker.
Pan out to see whole family in car, en route to Ireland, via Newport. Car pulls away from camera. The boot is slightly ajar because it is overstuffed. Two boat workers on the lock of the McMillan. Tug boat pulling the McMillan into dock, still framed by red sky. Captain examining a map at his desk.
Pan around Swansea port in South West Wales. Port Talbot - no ships, just jetty and seawall. Aerial shot of the working port of Barry. Large marina and several large ships docked. Cardiff's dock. Large and complex commercial ships and private yachts berthed. Newport again. Aerial shot. Red town hall building shot at a distance from the air. Fade into ' Board meeting ' shot. All the managers sit around a large table in an oak panelled room. Maps are pasted up on one of the walls. There is a very large fireplace behind the main speaker. Managers take notes. Truck up on a pylon - type of structure ( scaffold ?) tips coal down a chute in Welsh coalmine. Articulated lorry carries steel to dock. Steel sheets lifted on to ship by a large crane directed by a man in a cloth hat. Steel rods lifted up by crane. Man operating crane - shot from inside his booth. His point of view of fruit being unloaded from the hull of a ship. Fruit being set down in a warehouse. Dockers remove ropes and chains from fruit packaging. Docker forklifts fruit. Inside warehouse - it's huge and full of imported produce. Long shot of dock - cranes and ships and warehouse. Large black suction tube draws up grain from a large silo inside a ship docked at Barry(?). Pigeons on roof of nearby building wait for spillages. Pan up large industrial building. Ford Escort car on motorway. Bored kids read comics in the back. Escort stops in the car park of the Severn Bridge Motorway Service station and the family get out. Severn Bridge can be seen in the background. Lots of very red timber being unloaded at Newport. Dockers and forklift trucks all around. Dock seen in distance through boardroom window. Discussion continues inside. Manager in hard hat and docker walk along the quayside together. Wood being unloaded behind them. Similar timber terminal at Cardiff. Wood loaded onto the backs of lorries. Pan around stacks of aluminium bars in storage. Large storage facility marked " Volkswagen". Large liner pumping bilge out. Flags denoting nationalities of ships, e.g. Sweden and England. Aerial shot of town hall building with cranes behind it, dlow pan back. Cut to dock activity, people on private yachts. Cut to outside Swansea terminal for Irish Car ferry. Quite uninspiring building. Ford Escort pulls up outside. Cut to girl child drinking from a plastic cup. People in the waiting area (old folks wear brown). Liner outside. Ship "Trentwood" going slowly towards the navigational lights of Port Talbot harbour. Pan across the length of the vessel. Its huge. Tug pulls Trentwood into dock. Trentwood docks slowly. Large white control building on quayside. Crane cab suspended on scaffold. Crane arms picking up 20 tonnes of iron ore from the hold. Cut to Swansea ferry arriving. Guard (marshal) gives the signal for cars to begin boarding. Cut to sunset across water. Dock buildings seen in silhouette. Solo male in flared trousers stands on the pebble beach and throws stones into the sea. Small yachts anchored at sea. Red sky behind them. Pretty sunset scenes. Cut to four bright lights on top of a building at Port Talbot at night. Crane and scaffold can be seen in silhouette unloading a ship. Daylight. Crane drops metal ore through a grating onto a conveyor belt. Steel works at Port Talbot - aerial shot of chimneys and grotty industrial buildings.
Http://www.fourtenvisuals**** This Video Production done for Linear Corporation in San Diego (Carlsbad) California included a training and Sales Demo for their LDCO800 Battery Backup unit for their Garage door opener product line. This was a Full production and provided Professional Wireless audio, stage lighting, 3 cameras and a lot of other Motion Track and Crane Shots. We shot this in 3 Locations and all graphics were also done by Fourten Visuals.
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