After another nine days of principal photography, we wrapped on Nobility. This was my first full two camera shoot (three cameras on one day!) and I'm starting to see why some DPs hire camera operators for all the cameras. It can be a bit tricky to know what exactly all the cameras are getting when I'm busy operating one of them and not able to closely supervise the others.
Lighting was a big challenge on this project, as the sets kept changing and I'd come back in the morning and have to light a completely new space. Our lights were minimal and I had no gaffer or G&E crew, so it was all me. We managed to make it work and even wrapped early a couple days, partly in thanks to our director and 1st AD running a tight ship. They kept things moving, but were always willing to give me an extra minute or two to move lighting around if I needed it, which I greatly appreciated.
We shot RED Scarlet for most of the shoot, with a little bit of Epic Dragon tossed in and we even dusted off a RED One MX for a couple days. Due to it being a low budget affair, I couldn't afford to hire my normal 1st ACs so we got a revolving door of random guys. I ended up pulling my own focus for a good chunk of the time (as the ACs were pretty green), but we also got a couple really good guys that I would certainly consider hiring on future gigs.
It was a pleasure working with our very talented cast and Walter Koenig was hilarious. I'm curious to see what they do with this in post and am looking forward to seeing the San Diego Comic Con trailer they are cutting for the Nobility panel. This, along with Space Command (which I'll post about soon), makes two projects that I'm shooting that have panels at San Diego Comic-Con this year. I'm really excited to go and check them both out.
A couple pictures here of Walter Koenig: