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Day Four of Arose The Coward

Last weekend was full of intense shooting for “Arose The Coward” using the Panasonic AF100, of course. Sunday was a particularly long day. Since I started using the AJA Ki Pro Mini, there has been an ongoing problem with it; every so often, it would freak out and delete clips, or spontaneously rename them. I FINALLY figured out why it has been doing this, and corrected the problem.

I thought of the solution while I was driving to set on Sunday. I was thinking about what could possibly cause these issues, and it hit me. When I bought my Fuji X100 stills camera, there was a known issue regarding downloading images from the camera to an iPad. When the SD card was reinserted into the camera, it would cause the X100 to freak out and become unresponsive for about thirty seconds. This was due to the fact that Apple iOS was saving hidden files to the SD card when it was inserted into the iPad’s card reader. This is not a new issue; Mac OS has always saved hidden files to media that is mounted onto the system. However, the Fuji didn’t know what to make of them, and this caused problems.

Habitually, when I’ve used the Ki Pro Mini on set, instead of reformatting the card in the unit, I would simply delete the files and then empty the trash on my Macbook Pro, because it was a lot faster. It dawned on me this weekend that that was probably what was causing the Ki Pro Mini to freak out; hidden files left on the CF cards by Mac OS.

So, I made it a point to always reformat the card in the Ki Pro Mini after dumping clips, and sure enough, the problem hasn’t resurfaced. Yay me.

Here are some shots from last weekend’s shoot:

AF100 on the set of Arose The Coward
Arose The Coward director Buddy Calvo checks playback in the viewfinder of the Panasonic AF100.
Panasonic AF100 on the set of Arose The Coward starring Anthony Guajardo of Walking Dead
The Panasonic AF100 rigged to a hostess tray to capture lead actor Anthony Guajardo (of The Walking Dead) during an outdoor walking scene.
Rigging the Panasonic AF100 onto the hostess tray
First AC Kevin rigs the Panasonic AF100 onto the hostess tray to capture lead actor Anthony Guajardo (of Walking Dead) during an outdoor scene.

New AF100 Production: Arose The Coward with Machina Cinema

Last weekend saw the start of my latest project with Machina Cinema, a short entitled “Arose The Coward,” which is being filmed on my Panasonic AF100. I’ve recently made some upgrades to my system, and I’ve been looking forward to putting them into service. I switched out the Kipon Canon EF to M43 mount for the new Redrock Micro LiveLens mount adapter that allows electronic interface with the Canon lens aperture. It’s pretty cool, although it doesn’t work with all the EF lenses. Not sure why. It works great with the lens I need it for most, though, which is the 16-35/2.8 L. It also works with my 70-200/2.8L IS, and my 300/2.8 L IS. However, it does not work with my 24/1.4L, which is a serious bummer, as that’s my go-to low-light lens.

For the start of production, I outfitted the AF100 with a Ki Pro Mini ProRes422 recorder, which I’ve tacked a Hytron 140 battery onto for field work. A fully charged 140 will power the Ki Pro Mini for at least 5-6 hours… pretty handy on set.

Below are some photos from the first day on set. Friend Kevin Sloan recently acquired a Steadicam Provid and was looking forward to trying it out on set. As luck woud have it, the entire first day called for Steadicam.

Panasonic AF100 and Steadicam on set
Kevin and Scott set up the AF100 on the Steadicam
Balancing the AF100 on the Steadicam
Balancing the AF100 on the Steadicam

 

Panasonic AF100 on Steadicam
Panasonic AF100 equipped with AJA Ki Pro Mini, Canon 16-35/2.8L, Redrock Micro EF-M43 adapter, remote follow focus, and Redrock Micro matte box.

 

Panasonic AF100 on the set of "Arose The Coward"
Panasonic AF100 on the set of "Arose The Coward" starring Anthony Guajardo and Viviana Chavez from the hit TV program "The Walking Dead".

 

Yours truly setting up a shot on set.
Yours truly setting up a shot on set.

 

Setting up a shot with the AF100
Setting up a shot with the AF100

 

Setting up a shot with the AF100
Setting up a shot with the AF100

 

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.