A ‘behind the scenes’ clip from a recent shoot I co-directed with photographer, Michael Alberstat, for Hotel Le Germain a few months back. This was an incredible experience overall, as I not only got to collaborate again with a very talented photographer, but also it was one of my first Red One shoots – not to mention, the client and hotel setting were extremely pleasant to work with.
Working with the Red was just incredible – the overcranked frame rates combined with the dynamic range really put my DSLRs to shame (as I’m sure many Red users would agree). I found the footage under natural light (our main source for most shots), to come out quite cinematic in the tone and style that I’m trying to further achieve – one of a raw documentary style look.
It was also interesting for me to let go of the camera and allowing a camera operator to take over controlling the camera. Our op, Pasha Patriki, was a great guy to work with as he allowed me to maintain the perfect amount of objectivity all the while allowing us to set the frame, light, compose, etc.
This was also a bit of a different shoot from the traditional commercial workflow in that we worked directly with the client. I wouldn’t say the experience was better or worse, just different. For one thing, it allowed us to outlet our full vision from beginning to end. It was also neat dealing directly with the client in terms of developing our initial treatment and idea. In a way, we got to work on it together and was able to produce a final product that I feel is one of my favorite pieces to date.
While every shoot has it’s challenges, I have to say the crew and hotel staff were so top notch on the day, that everything went incredibly smoothly and on schedule. A big thanks to Producer Naomi Finlay at Alberstat Productions Inc., who did a kick ass job making sure everything was ok at all times.
Enough talk. Enjoy.