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Photos From Set

Cinematographer, Josh, on set with the AF100 and Atomos Samurai.
Cinematographer, Josh, on set with the AF100 and Atomos Samurai.

I love to support local filmmakers, especially students and those just starting out on their independent film careers. Last night, Branden, a friend and local film student, needed some help with a camera yesterday to finish shooting some scenes for his current film project, so I brought over my Samurai and AF100 for he and his crew to use. While I was there, I snapped a few pics for fun.

Mandy B. in makeup.
Mandy B. in makeup, ready for a scene with Branden.

The very talented Lawrence Mercado¬†(http://notbotfx.com) was on hand to make up the lead actress to look like she’d been abused, and I must say Lawrence outdid himself. What an amazing job! The best part of the story is that she had to walk into a Walmart after the shoot, looking like that, because she needed to get makeup remover. Unfortunately, none of us had a GoPro to stick on her for that so we could record people’s reactions!

 

Shooting for the New York Times on the Panasonic AF100

The New York Times called me yesterday about shooting an interview of San Antonio mayor Julian Castro, who will be making the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in a couple of weeks. The shoot, which was this morning, went really well. Mayor Castro is always nice, respectful, and reserved. Plus, he’s a great interview. I can see why the Democratic party is grooming him to be a future superstar. As a San Antonio native, I have to say, he’s arguably the best mayor we’ve ever had. I enjoyed this assignment very much, and of course the AF100 was awesome.

I used my Nikon glass for this one, and a three-head fresnel kit. It was a very basic setup, but the results were great. I wanted to roll to the Samurai, but since I knew I was likely going to have to transmit this footage, ProRes422 was right out, and instead I opted to record to AVCHD. I didn’t mind, since it was destined for the web, and also I knew that the footage wasn’t going to have any large color moves applied to it. Note how dirty my camera is from filming outside for thirty days during a very hot and dusty South Texas summer. Maybe I should do some detailing this week…

Detail of Mayor Julian Castro in my Panasonic AF100 screen
Detail of Mayor Julian Castro in the screen of my Panasonic AF100.
Interviewing San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro for the New York Times
Rolling video on an interview of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro for the New York Times

Shooting Soccer with the Panasonic AF100 and a Fujinon 10×4.8 ENG lens

I’ve been dialing in my ENG-ized AF100 for some time now. Recently, I added a Varavon lens support to relieve some tension from the not-so-robust Micro 4/3 mount. The Varavon works really well, and I especially like that it has a rubber strap that holds the lens down onto the post suport. This not only provides negative-G stability, but also prevents the lens from torquing the mount when I’m using the ENG hand grip.

Darren Abate shooting with a Panasonic AF100 and Fujinon ENG lens at a San Antonio Scorpions soccer game
I’ve found my new Superhero pose. Thanks to Tony Morano for the pic of me shooting the Scorpions game on July 4th.

On July 4th, I was hired by the San Antonio Scorpions professional soccer team to shoot some b-roll before and during their game against FC Edmonton. I thought this would be the perfect chance to try out the new rig. I wanted to make it as light as possible, so I elected to remove the Anton Bauer plate and battery, which powers the lens’ servo zoom, and just roll using manual zoom instead. The total package consisted of AF100 body, Fujinon 10×4.8 Super-wide ENG lens, rails, Atomos Samurai, and a Cineroid Metal HD-SDI EVF.

The client wanted 720/30p for web and broadcast use. I set the Samurai to record ProRes422 LT and it looked great. A lot of people overlook LT but it’s superb when you want to save space and you’re not going to be doing heavy color moves in post. Even though it’s “LT” it’s still a heck of a lot better than AVCHD. I recently switched to Intel X25 SSDs in the Samurai, and I couldn’t be happier with them. Fast and tough. That’s all I can ask for. I was using a Corsair SSD, and after three RMAs from failed drives, the switch to Intel was needed.

Here is a two-minute reel of raw clips from Wednesday night. These are ungraded, straight from the camera:

Watch this video on YouTube or on Easy Youtube.

More Photos from the Set of “Lilia”

Friend and filmmaker Sam Lerma used my AF100 kit again last Saturday, for some pickup shots for his upcoming short, “Lilia,” which has now wrapped principal photography and has moved on to post. It promises to be a very nice film, indeed. More updates on its status will be posted here when they become available.

 

Photos from the set of "Lilia," a short film by San Antonio filmmaker Sam Lerma, shot with the Panasonic AF100.
DP Yuta Yamaguchi composes a shot.

“Lilia” director of photography, Yuta Yamaguchi, made use of a Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L zoom mated to the AF100 via the Kipon EF adapter. Most of the shots were hand-held. The AF100, being such a light-weight camera, is quite balanced in the field.

 

Panasonic AF100 on the set of "Lilia," a short film by San Antonio filmmaker Sam Lerma.
Director Lerma improvises a slate.

 

Someone on the crew of "Lilia" had some fun with the slate.
Someone on the crew of "Lilia" had some fun with the slate.

 

Amby marks a scene on the set of "Lilia," a short film by San Antonio director Sam Lerma.
Amby marks a scene for "Lilia."

 

Sam Lerma directs his lead actors on the set of "Lilia".
Director Lerma talks to his lead actors on the set of "Lilia".

 

San Antonio photographer Darren Abate on the set of "Lilia," a short film by San Antonio filmmaker Sam Lerma.
Yours truly with my trusty Canon 1D Mark III.

Stills from the set of “Lilia.”

Friend and local filmmaker Sam Lerma decided to go “non-DSLR” for his next film, a short entitled, “Lilia.” Instead, Sam and DP Yuta Yamaguchi opted to rent my AF100 to shoot the project. After setting up the camera for them this morning, I snapped some stills on set with my 5D2 and Zeiss 50/1.4 ZE.

AF100 stills from the set of Lilia
Sam Lerma and Yuta Yamaguchi on the set of "Lilia."
AF100 in action on the set of "Lilia".
AF100 in action on the set of "Lilia"
Yuta sets up a shot with the AF100
Yuta Yamaguchi sets up a shot with my AF100
Yuta sets up a shot with the AF100 on the set of "Lilia"
Yuta sets up a shot with the AF100 on the set of "Lilia"
Sam checks a shot in the monitor atop the AF100
Sam checks a shot in the monitor atop the AF100

I’m excited to see how this film turns out. There has been a lot of buzz about it in the local film community, and I know from personal experience that Sam, Yuta, and producer Ralph Lopez are all guys who are very passionate about film, and are dedicated to making a fine film.