Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Decorations around the House

I've started taking video around some of our family events, both for sake of preserving memories, as well as for practicing shooting and post-production. Here's a very short video of the decorations in our home in PA. The star lanterns in the windows are a traditional Filippino decoration. We usually just have electric candles in the windows; my Nanay (Tagalog for mom) and Dad got creative and put the electric candles into these lanterns in order to light them.



In terms of video technical aspects:

Camera: Canon HF200
NLE: Final Cut Pro
Grading: Magic Bullet Looks

In closeups of the tree, it appears to be wobbling. This is a side effect of me using the SmoothCam filter in FCP to try and get rid of the effect of my shaking hands holding the camera. As good as it may look in the viewfinder, it seems like this will inevitably be a problem unless I use a tripod. Shaky tree seemed preferable to completely shaky image, so I kept the SmoothCam filter on.

This is also one of the first videos I've done using Magic Bullet Looks. It's tricky, because there isn't a terribly specific look that I was going for, and I also want to avoid MBL's more aggressive stylizations. So this used just a light film stock emulation filter, with some added vignetting.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Mike and Rob Discuss the Impending Zombie Apocalypse

A short video I shot while Mike and I were driving home to PA for Thanksgiving.

Central Park and Rockefeller Center in December

Last Sunday I took the afternoon to get out to the park and take some pictures. I would have rather gotten shots of the park with snow on the ground, but I wasn't sure if I'd have another free afternoon to get out there. Then, conveniently enough, later in the week I was walking up Fifth Avenue and had the chance to stop by Rockefeller Center. Not an all encompassing "Holidays in New York" set by any means, but I'm glad to have been able to at least catch these bits.

Hope all are enjoying the holidays, and best wishes for a happy new year.

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Ode to 30 Rock

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If you look close at these, there's something almost TIm Burton-esque about them.

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Soldiers staring each other down across the skating rink.

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The Mall in Winter

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This is right by the spot where we filmed Second Glance.

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Reminds me of this planet in Battlestar Galactica.

There are a few more photos from these days; I've posted all of them up on Flickr.