12.16.2014

That's a wrap on "At the Edge of Time"

After 4 weeks of shooting, we've wrapped on At the Edge of Time, a science fiction time travel movie.  We got to shoot in a few cool locations and even though the weather threatened to rain, we managed to stay dry on our exterior days.

Special thanks to my 1st AC Nick Forte for the killer job he did despite the challenge of pulling focus on still photo lenses, which is tough in the best of cases and near impossible in some of the wide open, telephoto shots we did.  He was solid the whole time.  I should have some screen grabs soon and will update once those are available to me.

12.11.2014

Trammell Crow additional shoot

I've been very busy the past few weeks with shooting a science fiction feature.  During my two days off this weekend, I went up to Seattle to shoot a few more elements for the Trammell Crow job I did six months ago.  According to the weather, we were supposed to have rain, but got lucky and managed to only get lightly sprinkled on for a couple minutes at most.

We shot on Epic Dragon again with Zeiss Super Speeds.  For this segment, we wanted to capture the movement and energy of Seattle, so rigged the camera up on a DJI Ronin gimbal so we could move freely without the burden of a Steadicam.  The Ronin worked nicely (this was my first shoot using one) and the client was so pleased with what we were getting that they trusted us to get the last few shots and left early.  All in all, a good shoot.  I love the Seattle area and wish I had a little more time up there to explore, but had to get back to Los Angeles to wrap up the final week of the feature.

11.13.2014

Space Nebula FX elements

Today I got to experiment a bit and shoot some practical elements to create a space nebula.  In an age when CGI is over-used, it's a bit fun to get dirty and make my own practical FX elements.  No post processing or enhancing here folks.  Straight out of the camera.









11.09.2014

Pre-production

It's been a while since my last post.  I just saw a rough cut of the Ed Tullett - Malignant music video this week and am pretty happy with it.  We have a couple little insert elements we want to shoot, so I'll try to knock those out this week.  There are a few abstract FX shots I've had on my list to try to achieve, so I'll be giving a couple of them a try.  I've also been at work trying to line up some feature film shoots early next year, and at least one or two are looking fairly promising.

T-minus one week until we go into production on the next movie I'm shooting, a sci-fi feature about a time traveling madman and the women who are trying to stop him.  Should be an interesting shoot with a very minimal crew, so it's going to be challenging at times.  With only one week to go, I'm busy getting the final equipment items rounded up and will be doing a final lighting prep later in the week.  We'll be shooting on RED Epic with Canon/Rokinon EF lenses.  Watching Interstellar last week gave me a couple ideas for some shots in the space scenes.  This shoot should take me up right until the Christmas holidays, so it'll pretty much finish out my year.  I'll make sure to post up some set pictures once shooting begins.

9.30.2014

Space Command: Redemption, that's a wrap!

Yesterday we wrapped the second leg of shooting on Space Command: Redemption and that is a wrap on principle photography.  We shot 13 first unit days, 7 second unit days, and now we wait for editing and post to see if there are any pickups that are needed.  We had quite a few sweltering hot days, but made it through.

It was a pleasure to work with the many talented actors who came on board: Ethan McDowell, Sara Maraffino, Doug Jones (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, Falling Skies), Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager, Stargate: Atlantis), Bill Mumy (Babylon 5, Lost in Space), Mira Furlan (Lost, Babylon 5), Bryan McClure, Bruce Boxleitner (TRON, Babylon 5, TRON: Legacy), and Michael Harney (Orange is the New Black, True Detective, Deadwood).






9.18.2014

Space Command: Redemption in production

I've been busy the last couple weeks with prepping and shooting leg two of Space Command: Redemption.  We just wrapped day 4 and things are going well.  We're getting some really good footage.  The first leg we shot was fairly static, as it had a ton of visual effects and needed a more or less locked camera for the sake of not driving our VFX team insane.  So on this part, I've been taking advantage of us being on sets to add some movement and energy to the shots.  On our bridge set, I have the camera moving at all times, putting our Dana Dolly to good use.  Today we shot out a corridor of the ship and we brought in my Steadicam guy (and 2nd Unit DP), Scott Baker, who did a fantastic job.

It's been four long, hot days and we have six more days coming up,  five on set and one on location.  I'm tired and glad we have a 14 hour turnaround today, but I'm excited to see what else we shoot.  The shoot has been a challenge, but we are making our way through it and getting some great stuff.  Props to my fantastic G&E team.






9.01.2014

Ed Tullett - Malignant music video

Flew out to Chicago this past week to shoot a music video for independent artist Ed Tullett.  The weather forecast wasn't too promising, but we ended up having good weather for our shoot.  It was a sunset and night shoot in the woods, with us packing in all our lighting and power from a distant parking lot, so keeping the gear to a minimum while still lighting up a forest was a challenge.

We ended up picking up a couple generators (giving us 4 20-amp circuits) and I lit primarily with 3 2K Junior Moles (backlight and forest background) and a 1K Baby Fresnel through some half white diffusion for our key light.  One of the two generators ended up giving us issues, running for 10-15 minutes at a time before shutting off (with a 5 minute turnaround before it would start up again).  We managed to work around the problem, though it added an hour or two to our day.

We shot on fast Canon EF glass (F1.3) to maximize the small amount of light we had.  Camera was a RED Epic Dragon and we shot 48 FPS 6K 2.37 Scope format at 800 ISO for the majority of the shoot.

Written, produced and directed by Daniel Sather. http://danielsather.com/