I have to say that right away, I don't endorse that you all go out with your cameras, I just explain what I do and why. Please do not do this if your country / city is blocked! Mine is not … for now. Also, don't forget that I've spent 17 years as a news cameraman in some pretty shady places. I know how to be discreet and safe. I don't take any chances.
We are all experiencing a very frightening time that most of us have never experienced. I will not go into my opinion about the situation and whether my government or other governments are doing the right thing. I'm not going to go into the financial implications it will have on all of us, most of us already know this. This short blog post is about why, as a documentary filmmaker, I feel like I have to try to capture what I can do about London, my home, over the next few weeks / months. Of course, this will only be possible if we are not given a forced ban and of course as long as I don't get sick.
The way I document will be through images, not words. My first video is from Richmond, the part of London I live in and has been the subject of many, many camera tests! I wanted to capture the mood and atmosphere during this time. Every few days I will not only go to Richmond but also to other parts of London to do the same. Things will change here over the next few weeks, things will change rapidly from day to day! I know that countless people film the capital, but I have to do it for myself.
I will take no risk, I will drive. I will keep my distance from people, as you will see, this video was shot entirely with long lenses, the Canon 70-200mm F2.8 IS L II and the Sigma 105mm F1.4 ART. I will take all necessary precautions. I don't feel like catching the virus, although there's a chance I had it a month ago when I got very sick because the symptoms were pretty similar, but until I can get a test that shows that I am had it and don't wear it then i will keep away from people. Not only to my advantage, but also yours. I can't even visit my parents, which is very difficult for me because I want to be there for them. I'm stuck at home alone, only with the cats in company!
Canon 70-200mm L IS F2.8: https://bit.ly/70200canonpb
Sigma 105mm F1.4 ART EF: http://bit.ly/105efpbsigma
This first edit was shot 3 days after the Prime Minister's request to avoid pubs, restaurants, bars, etc., and to create social distance. Are people listening? For the most part yes, but not all. Richmond was certainly not a ghost town last night. However, today he ordered them to close at midnight, so that tomorrow it would be a completely different picture.
I recorded this video with the Kinefinity MAVO LF in 6k at 50 fps. This is a nice frame rate as it is very easy to get to normal speed. In addition, the Kinefitnity cameras always record audio no matter what you record. If you do not work with the speed like here, the audio is saved as left and right WAV files. The microphone I used was the RØDE Video Mic NTG. The preamps in the MAVO are fine, but the great thing about this microphone is that you can send a really strong signal and set the camera level down nicely for a good, clean sound.
Get the RØDE Video Mic NTG here: https://bit.ly/rodevideomicntg
The picture from this camera is simply excellent. It was a bit unusual to track people with manual focus after shooting so much with the Sony FX9, but I did it well! I have the new 7 "Kinemon, which is beautiful and bright and has excellent tips. In addition, Canon EF lenses are usually easier to focus manually than Sony lenses because they are not only electronic but also mechanical. Why this camera and not my brand new FX9? Well I'm finally going to finish my camera review. The more footage I get the better. Plus it does 6K at up to 60p which is pretty awesome!
Anyway, enough chatter. Here is the first edit. I don't know exactly when my next one will be, I'll measure it by how busy Richmond will be over the next few days by going through it.
This was rated with the amazing new film conversion nitrate using the ARRI ALEXA profiles because the picture is so similar to them. I have shot quite often with high ISO values of around 12,800, especially when I use the 70-200 F2.8 later in the evening. The final shots on the river were 25,600. I used a bit of decent video there because I was still underexposed because it was so dark there. If you can shoot at high ISO, this camera is remarkably clean!
KINE LOG ORIGINAL IMAGE
RATED WITH FILM CONVERT NITRATE
The Vimeo version is less compressed. I shot in ProRes 422 and uploaded ProRes Proxy because the 6K 422 version was too big for my weekly Vimeo upload limit because it was 32 GB for 4 minutes and 15 seconds.