December 3, 2014 at 7:33AM

5D MarkII Magic Lantern Movie

This is my first short movie I did in France before couple years (2012/2013)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7myQzgyduw

we shot the entire film on Magic Lantern with 5D MarkII and Zeiss CP2 Prime lenses (a set of 35mm, 50mm and 85mm)

we shot the entire film in 2 Days and it was really cold!
please share your thoughts, soon I'll share my awarded short film which got the students' choice for best film in 2013

-I worked so hard for pushing the quality as much as I could as we lost from the quality for technical problem that we couldn't manage to discover yet, we enabled the sound from the 5D (for syncing purposes of course) and we shot with 1.4X on magic Lantern, I Don't know if that the reason for loosing the quality, we had fast CF cards..
I recently read that enabling the sound while shooting in higher quality might be a downside for the video signal)

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I didn't know how to move this to the discussion boards though*

December 3, 2014 at 8:33AM

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Ammar Quteineh
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Ammar, the film looks just GREAT! WOW! The quality is good, You've done a big job. I know how hard it can be when shoot on ML. Did you direct the actors too? What was your budget? Did you make casting? Thanks!

December 3, 2014 at 11:51PM

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Einar Gabbassoff
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Thanks Einar Gabbassov...yes I did the directing (I had rehearsals with my actors before month and before a week of the shooting). I was the casting director but not the only one, you can take a look on the credits at the end...
I think the resolution should be much better than that, bcz of the problem we got with Magic Lantern I think..we enabled the sound in the camera (for syncing purpose) and we shot in really high resolution (I think 1.4X for safety) even though the cards were fast but I think just because we enabled the sound it missed a lot in the resolution...
I pulled up the entire quality in post...

Ammar Quteineh

December 4, 2014 at 3:19AM

talking about budget it was around 2000$ (little more)..
spent on casting, catering, transportations (for the entire crew, you can figure out the number in the credits, they were more than 20 person)..
also spent on post and private screenings...
the budget was good because I had free access to professional light and cinema equipments...

December 4, 2014 at 5:49AM

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Ammar Quteineh
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Thanks Einar Gabbassov...yes I did the directing (I had rehearsals with my actors before month and before a week of the shooting). I was the casting director but not the only one, you can take a look on the credits at the end...
I think the resolution should be much better than that, bcz of the problem we got with Magic Lantern I think..we enabled the sound in the camera (for syncing purpose) and we shot in really high resolution (I think 1.4X for safety) even though the cards were fast but I think just because we enabled the sound it missed a lot in the resolution...
I pulled up the entire quality in post...

December 4, 2014 at 5:50AM

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Ammar Quteineh
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As someone who also uses a 5D2 with Magic Lantern RAW, there is a hardware limitation on the buffer or something on the mark ii, where it can't go much faster than 70ish MegaBYTES per second, meaning for me the highest resolution I can shoot continuous is 1880x816 (The mkii doesn't shoot true 1920, it upscales in the firmware) forcing me to shoot anamorphic unless I want to lower the resolution to shoot 16:9. So because the 5d2 has that limitation and you share the 70MBs with the sound, recording sound would cause you to have to drop frames or lower resolution. So I slate short films and sync the old fashioned way.

Josiah Duncan

December 5, 2014 at 10:20AM

Thanks for the info Ammar! I will carefully watch the credits. If you want to hear more feedback probably you should post your work somewhere else(don't know where). Sadly, here the majority of people are more interested in gear and camera comparisons and not actual film making.
Anyway, you just proved that beautiful stuff can be made even with the good old 5d2

December 4, 2014 at 1:41PM

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Einar Gabbassoff
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I really liked the movie. Well written and well executed! Do you mind sharing your workflow editing it? I can't seem to find a proper way to edit magiclantern RAW footage.

December 9, 2014 at 8:16PM, Edited December 9, 8:16PM

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r b
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Hello, the best is to navigate and browse your clips on davinci, export , edit..
then import xml from your editing software and after that you import it and you tell davinci to sync the media with the original one...like this you do color grading on the original media and not the media you edited, Davinci will import actually your entire editing so thats what we need...

December 11, 2014 at 6:27AM, Edited December 11, 6:27AM

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Ammar Quteineh
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I like your style.

January 25, 2015 at 6:14AM

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Ragüel Cremades
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Thanks!

Ammar Quteineh

January 29, 2015 at 5:54PM

Thanks Ragüel Cremades !

January 29, 2015 at 5:57PM

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Ammar Quteineh
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in two days THATS AMAZING!!

January 31, 2015 at 5:50AM

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