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Monday, 18 October 2010

Flower day in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens

It was a beautiful sunny day in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens yesterday, when the Bush Telly crew visited to test out the new prototype camera rig S-1. We tried out everything we could think of while filming flowers using total manual camera control.

The crew made a big list of what was forgotten to bring or needed fixing. The idea is to focus on the problems that get directly in the way of a good shoot.

We will be filming every few days, until the bugs are ironed out, and then start real filming in a few weeks.

Filming will be on 2hrs short notice via the crew mailing list - dependant on weather and key crew availability. It would be good if all crew members had at least a turn so we can get warmed up as a team. The Canon EOS 5d Mk 2 camera is fantastic but it's more like a movie camera than video camera and needs a hell of a lot of practice to get top results.

To bring next time:
  • Top flag for Arri matte box
  • ND filter
  • Cineslider
  • Coffee
  • Camera bag for 5dmk2
  • Rain cover
  • Sun hats
  • Support for long telephoto lens
To fix or make ASAP:
  • Stabilise handle
  • Long handle in the way
  • Right angle HDMI adaptor needed on camera so it doesn't poke camera operators nose
  • Where does on board mic clamp on?
  • Where does headphones plug in?
  • Make base board for low hat
  • Make back plate with Velcro for radio mic receiver
  • Solve SmallHD monitor poor visibility in bright sunlight at 6 o'clock despite sun hood

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