End Of The Line - New short

I Just finished a new short, End Of the Line
http://www.vimeo.com/28707060
This was shot in under 2 hours, editing took 1 week. This was the first time i've edited a continuity short with split screen shots - The main purpose of this was to get some practice with my steadicam in, the ground was very uneven and the stabiliser worked well under the conditions.
Equipment:
Canon 5d Mark II
Canon 550d
Merlin Steadicam
Canon EF 20mm f2.8 USM Lens
An old 50mm lens
[img]http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6071/6123043381_cd304f1bee_z.jpg[/img]
Snow jump by StrikeEm, on Flickr
Edited with:
Final Cut Pro 7
After Effects
apple colour
[img]http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6075/6123585534_3cc0944f90_z.jpg[/img]
Dave Profile by StrikeEm, on Flickr
[img]http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6080/6123043703_25f2ec52c1_z.jpg[/img]
Snow Profile by StrikeEm, on Flickr

Comments

  • good job ! :P
    the Fx are well and you have adapted your gun sound to the area.
    just a bad point ( but a little one ^^ ) wind noise :-?
    keep on ! B-)
  • Good job Strikem! I only missed to hear two different gun sounds, both the two different guns sounded alike, they should sound differently.
  • Great! I liked this- you got some really nice shots with the steadicam- very fluid. I also like the bulletholes in the wall- the sound for the dual pistols sounded were very good as well- i especially like the one near to the beginning when he was chasing the guy in the balaclava and he leaned round and shot one through a gap. Very cool StrikeEm.
  • The results from the steadicam are lovely. How hard is it to work with?
  • Thanks for watching everyone!

    just a bad point ( but a little one ^^ ) wind noise :-?

    we would normally use a rode stereo videomic with a dead cat on, but as i had not had a chance to set up the weights on the steadicam with the mic, we decided to leave it and just use the on camera mic for speed.

    Good job Strikem! I only missed to hear two different gun sounds, both the two different guns sounded alike, they should sound differently.

    I had used two different sound effects for both the pistols, and each time i altered the pitch to add subtle variation. In some cases the two guns were firing in unison ( or with a single frame difference) it's difficult to make both sounds noticeable with such a small gap - the effects simply blend. I'm no audio expert so if anyone has any tips for this type of thing i'm open to hearing them.

    The results from the steadicam are lovely. How hard is it to work with?

    The steadicam takes a bit of getting used to, getting the weight and level correct takes some set up time - once you know your set up the process is much quicker but even the smallest addition can mess the balance up.
    The most difficult part is controlling the top, as you can see in the video I still don't have the control perfected, especially at the end of a running track i have an rocking motion going on sometimes. It can be tricky controlling the top when there are sudden gusts of wind, plus having to keep so many factors in mind can distract from keeping the frame correct; granted if this was a planned project I would have taken multiple tracking shots in an attempt to keep the shot both smooth and framed perfectly.
    In short, the stedicam has a learning curve, it can be difficult to use in some conditions - but i'd say it's worth it for the shots, plus the added weight helps reduce rolling shutter on DSLR's, but that could be down to me knowing the limitations of my equipment.
  • ok !

    what model of stedicam model are you using ?
  • as said in the main post, it's a merlin steadicam - designed for hand held camcorders, prosumer style cams, ect.
  • While I dont know anything about film making the stedicam and the splitscreen both looked very effective to me.

    I enjoyed the short film but it was kind of sinister towards the end how happy the guy with the two guns looked at thought of killing someone
  • Another great little short Strike . I think the sounds (particularly from the BIG POWERFULL MAGNUM) were sometimes a bit quiet. I still thoroughly enjoyed it however.
  • Why don't you try cutting the on camera mic sounds unless theres dialogue . That way you can cut that choppy wind noise. If you cut the camera sound, and just had the music. Maybe add some foley sounds. Still great though !
  • Thanks Dani and lurkerish, I'm slightly surprised by the fairly good reception people have been give about this sequence, considering it did't have any planning other than throwing a few shot ideas back and forth over a bacon roll.
    I'm currently playing around with the colour grade a bit more, having re watched the film and feeling underwhelmed by the drab and occasionally inconsistent colours (two different lenses, one had more contrast)
    I did think about cutting the sound, but as we didn't have any foley at hand, I didn't. I'll find some appropriate effects and add them to the updated version - which i'll let everyone know when thats done - which will probably be soon.
  • I've now finished my Colour re-timing, i'm much more satisfied with this version (main post auto updated) - i also removed those pesky wind sounds.
    I have a before and after for you too:
    [img]http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6209/6137316784_50bb508856_z.jpg[/img]
    CC Difference original by StrikeEm, on Flickr
    [img]http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6152/6136774407_3201207b82_z.jpg[/img]
    CC Difference Updated by StrikeEm, on Flickr
  • Looking good!

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