October 25, 2014 at 9:33PM

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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).

https://vimeo.com/90435046

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!

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Nice work. Great camera movement.

October 25, 2014 at 10:51PM, Edited October 25, 10:51PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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It's impressive. With only 55 Grands???? :D

October 27, 2014 at 3:42AM, Edited October 27, 3:42AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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Thanks Raguel!

October 27, 2014 at 10:04AM

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Taylor Camarot
Director of Photography
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How did you use the speedbooster with the super speeds? I didn't realize the speedbooster could take PL mounts. I'd be curious how this was achieved. Also I noticed the BART logo in one of your shots. Are you SF based also?

October 27, 2014 at 6:33PM

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Jerome Stolly
1st. Assistant Camera
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Sorry I meant the super speed version of the CP.2s. And no, I'm Austin Texas based

October 30, 2014 at 1:56PM

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Taylor Camarot
Director of Photography
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Do you use a profesional actors or semi pro? I do you know how much paid to an actor for one movie of this buget?

October 28, 2014 at 9:59AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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The lead actor plays bit roles on shows such as CSI (you may recognize him as the owner of pollos hermanos from Breaking Bad). I do not no exactly how much he was paid, but It was definitely lower than what you'd pay him for a bit role. Actors that are up-and-coming will take considerable pay cuts if they are offered a lead role.

October 30, 2014 at 1:59PM

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Taylor Camarot
Director of Photography
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great job taylor. I'm curious about the superspeeds with the speed booster also. Typically (atleast the earlier MKs) superspeeds are not good wide open, did you use the speed booster to get a clean image at wide aperture without going wide open? and how did you adapt? arri to m43 then the speedbooster?

Thanks!

October 28, 2014 at 2:52PM

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LJ
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I shot with the CP.2 superspeeds, and rarely went wider than a t2.8

October 30, 2014 at 2:00PM

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Taylor Camarot
Director of Photography
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That is is really nice stuff! Only 55K? Wow!

October 28, 2014 at 5:16PM

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Enrique Olivieri
Film Maker/Writer/Actor
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It definitely has a very cinematic look - well done guys!

November 6, 2014 at 10:12AM

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The shots are really great, thanks for posting your work ;)

December 20, 2014 at 2:38PM, Edited December 20, 2:38PM

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Piotr Matyja
Director/Filmmaker
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Great photography!

May 29, 2015 at 8:01AM, Edited May 29, 8:01AM

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