Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sundance 2011 - Filmmaker James Boyd's Ski Day

Shot at Park City ski resort during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with the Canon 5D Mark II and 14mm f/2.8L lens.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Filmmaker shoots feature film on 7D, sells it for $4 million @ Sundance.

Filmmaker Drake Doremus (LIKE CRAZY) has sold his feature film to Paramount Pictures for $4 million dollars after its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

When dealing with HDSLR technology, once again the freedom and flexibility of HDSLRs win out over slow & bulky cameras of the past.  According to Drake, "I wrote ‘Like Crazy’ as a sensitive love story that would be character-driven. We had a young cast and I wanted the actors to be able to improvise and go with the flow of the take without having to stop the cameras every two minutes. With the 7D we ran lots of takes for 10 minutes without stopping the camera – at appropriate moments I was able to step into the scene and give the actors subtle direction and let them continue to perform. It was amazing to be able to let the camera roll knowing that we weren’t burning through our budget. The actors loved the opportunity to stay in the moment and experiment with different approaches.”

HDSLRs are taking the indie world by storm, and it's more about intimacy than budgetary concerns.

UPDATE: "Like Crazy" has won the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

Read the entire article here from our friends at Planet 5D.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sundance 2011 - "Crazy Beats Strong Every Time" short film

Day 1 - Los Angeles to Las Vegas (4 hrs)
Day 1 - Vegas Layover
Day 2 - Las Vegas to Park City, Utah (6.5 hrs)
Canyons of Arizona

80 MPH - I'm starting to see colors...
Frozen Deer Lake behind Park City

Living Room
View of Egyptian from condo

DAY 3 - Opening night

Party #1: Artist At The Table event.

Sold out crowd at Eccles Center for the Harry Belafonte world premiere of "Sing Your Song."

Danny Glover at "Sing Your Song" premiere.

Robert Redford intros the "Sing Your Song" premiere.

Harry Belafonte seated at the "Sing Your Song." premiere.

The prince of Park City - Morgan Spurlock.

Filmmaker party on opening night.

DJ Scooter rocks the house at the filmmaker party.

James Franco steps out on Main Street to pose for pictures with his adoring fans.  He was gracious enough to chat for  about 20 minutes before the crowd swell forced him to retreat.  Great guy, and total stud to give some love to the people.

James Franco flashes the money maker.

James Franco drifts away in thought.  Congrats on the Oscar nom.

Franco swarmed by fans.

Me shooting some random b-roll on Main Street with 5DMKII & 70-200mm with 2x extender.

Sundance filmmaker's late night lounge.

ESPNzone's NFC/AFC championship party at Tao underground.

Lance Weiler's transmedia exhibit at the New Frontier for PANDEMIC.

The cast & crew of "Crazy Beats Strong Every Time" screening at the Holiday Cinema IV.  Photo: James Boyd

Cast & Crew of "Crazy Beats Strong Every Time"  - Sundance 2011.  Photo: James Boyd

The cast & crew prepare for the Q & A after the film.

Crowds line up for the "Crazy Beats..." screening.

Lead actor Dante E. Clarke.

Writer-Director-Producer Moon Molson at the screening of "Crazy Beats Strong Every Time" in Sundance Shorts Program III.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

3D Rig For GoPro Sports Camera

If you're into cameras, then you know all about the GoPro 1080p sports cameras.  They now have a double camera housing kit that syncs the two cameras for 3D.

This is an ideal system for 3D sports videos, where lightweight, wearable cameras mix with high quality HD.

Check out the Gizmodo article for more pics and details.

UPDATE (4/4/11): Here's a review of the GoPro 3D rig.

Monday, January 3, 2011

HALF-LIFE screens on Sundance Channel - Wed 5pm PST

The award-winning feature debut from director Jennifer Phang will make its cable premiere on Sundance Channel this Wednesday Jan. 5th at 5pm PST.

It also screens on Thursday Jan. 6th @ 5:25 am, and Sunday Jan. 16th @ 12:10 am.

"Half-Life" world premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and went on to win several awards on the festival circuit.  The shoestring-budgeted film was shot on 35mm film, and is combined with some killer animation.  It stars Julia Nickson, James Eckhouse, and Leonardo Nam.  I was the co-executive producer on the project.

"Half-Life" is also available on DVD through & Netflix.