Posts Tagged ‘5dmkII’

Enhance it! – Part 2

September 20, 2011

Yes, I’m still working on this one!

This weekend we had an awesome shoot at Sloan’s Calzones. The owner, Brent Sloan, was kind enough to open the doors of his business on a Sunday for us to come in with a ton of equipment.

If you’ve never been to Sloan’s, here’s a completely non-solicited plug that I’ve been telling people for a long time- Sloan’s has an awesome slice of pizza, and is the only place in Decatur that I know of where you can just waltz right in and grab a slice of pizza without waiting. And if you go, make sure to try the homemade chips.

This shoot was for a short sequence during the credits. It went really well, and there was some fantastic ad libbing. So much so that we had to do a few retakes because I laughed and shook the camera. Mitch also provided a dolly, so I got to go for a ride too!

I cut it together that night, so everything is pretty much in the bag. There are just a few post-production things to take care of, mostly dealing with After Effects. I’ll be posting it as soon as it’s finished, but until then, here are some photos from this weekend.  Thanks to Adam Casner and my wonderful wife for taking some awesome behind the scenes shots while I was busy.

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Yellow Jackets

August 2, 2011

Last year, while we were on vacation, we stopped in Chicago to spend some time with my parents. One day we noticed some yellow jackets hard at work on a hive. They were nice and low, so we couldn’t pass up the chance to get the tripod and take a look at them up close.

So we grabbed the 5D, slapped on the macro lens, and went to work. I tried to keep my distance, standing back from the camera as much as I could. I didn’t get stung, but whenever I went up to adjust the camera they would get on edge. If you see shadows moving in the background, that might just be me running from a few that are buzzing me.

So here’s a couple minutes of up-close wasp footage set to some weird music that reminds me of the sound of buzzing pests. The video isn’t too exicting or action-packed, but it is pretty neat to watch them clean themselves. They have fascinating mouths. Their stingers are also pretty neat; they seem to pulsate. Enjoy.

Oh, What a Laugh

April 18, 2011

It’s finally finished!

In December I filmed this short Christmas comedy. It was too late to have it ready by Christmas, but releasing it the week before Easter actually makes sense once you watch it.

I’ve got a few more projects in pre-production mode, so hopefully this is the first of many short comedies to be gracing my site.

Now here comes the fair warning for family, friends, and clients: this is a fictitious piece of work, and it contains naughty language and situations. Especially if you stay past the credits…

I’ll leave it at that and trust that if you hit play, you are cool with some good ol’ sophomoric humor. Enjoy!

UPDATE: I don’t know how I missed this, but I completely left out a “Thank You” to Madison’s parents, Steve and Angel Gentry! They took time out to have Madison rehearse the music, and then bring her out to a few different shoots. I don’t know how I overlooked that, but I’ll say it here: Thank you!

Full plate of pre-production

March 4, 2011

Instead of working on excuses for not blogging, I’ll just share some things that I’ve been working on.

  • The Christmas movie that I previewed in the last post is just about finished. The audio is being tweaked at the moment and will be ready for viewing very soon.
  • After getting a taste for shooting that movie, I’m moving forward on a few more projects. I’m in the process of casting two projects and securing shooting locations. If you are in the Central Illinois area and are interested in acting in a short film or working on a crew, email me! I will be using this blog as a platform for casting calls in the very near future.
  • And the most exciting part: Alida and I have been booking weddings like crazy! Meeting with the new couples and parents has been really fun, and I can’t wait to get back to shooting. We also just ordered new business cards, which I’m really pumped about. Check out Alida’s blog for more info and a great promotional deal!

Speaking of weddings, I’ve had this one done for a while now and haven’t shared it! Kristin and Brian were married on October 30th, so at midnight they surprised the guests with costumes. Combine that with an awesome live band (Green 13 – seriously, check them out) and you have a pretty awesome wedding reception.

Two of Kristin’s bridesmaids also had me shoot their weddings, and I am so happy I have been able to work so closely with this group. It’s nice to recognize so many guests and family members, and feels less like work and more like I’m just hanging out with my friends.

Here’s the montage video for Brian and Kristin, shot with the XH-A1 and the 5D MKII (I told you I’d be using this more in the future).

Oh, one more thing: Alida and I have been working on a new website for Hulida Productions. I’ll be giving my blog a face-lift when we launch the new site!

A wedding back home

November 12, 2010

I always have fun shooting weddings; if it wasn’t fun, I’d stop. The wedding I shot in Chicago this summer was an even better time because the bride and most of her bridesmaids were good friends from high school that I hadn’t seen in a very long time.

It was so great to be part of an old friend’s wedding, and to see people I hadn’t seen in so long. After shooting the ceremony and the main highlights of the reception, I was free to have a few drinks, mingle, and dance with my wife. It has been a long time since I could actually dance at a wedding. Sometimes I’ll see how steady I can hold the camera while I do the Cupid Shuffle, but that’s as far as I’ll go with dancing on the job.

This was also the first time that Alida was able to tag along while I shot video on my own. Most of the time we are either a photo/video duo, or I am assisting her with the photography. This time she was assisting me, which meant the 5D MarkII was available. I think I’m in love. The XHA1 is a great camera, but after seeing the footage from the 5D, I think I may need to start using it for weddings more often.

A wolf spider and his buddies

May 6, 2010

I don’t really have any clever anecdote or back story this little video. I just saw these little critters while I was outside and did what came natural- grabbed the camera. Enjoy!

I know some people treat the web like I treat books and go straight for the pictures, so here are some stills I pulled from the video!

Little jumping spider wandering around my patio

Fly on a mushroom

Ants carrying something... I have no idea what it is

Wolf spider that tried to dart into my living room

Wolf spider, out of my house.

Nice yellow-green toad

A bit closer on the toad. See the sun's reflection in his eye?