October 25, 2014 at 6:33PM
Footage from a Feature Film Shot with BMCC
Hey Nofilmschool community,
A few months ago I had the privilege shooting an feature indie drama on the blackmagic cameras in RAW, with speedboosters. Here is some footage from the film, budgeted at $55, 000 (about 95% of the video is footage from the film, though the entire reel was shot on blackmagic though).
We had 3 8tb thunderbolt g-drives, and 3 LaCie 5Big drives. We ended up shooting about 15tb, allowing for three copies of the raw footage plus dailies and audio files (each 5Big was paired with a g-drive). The DIT and I did everything in Resolve, using its checksum file checker to verify all of the data was copied correctly, its color correction for dailies, and even used its (slightly barbaric) editor on set to cut together some of our more complicated scenes, being sure we always had the coverage we needed. The editing feature definitely needs some work, but for a quick and dirty cutting software that will edit our RAW files natively, it worked great.
We shot mostly with one fully rigged bmcc, sometimes with two for effects heavy days. We used the cameras with the speedbooster and zeiss Super Speeds, and the new Otus 55mm. We put these cameras through the ringer, using cranes, car mounts, countless dollies and a ton of steadicam. The only issue we started having was with the weakness of the lens mount, where it wouldn't fit as tight on the lenses and the Bartek follow focus would not bite the lens properly all the time, even with a lens brace. This was more of a minor annoyance than anything, and the only solution would to be using camera equipped with a pl mount.
Anyways, I'd love to hear what you guys think of the look of the film or the process we took!