9 August 2013

the BoomTown Gazette

"BoomTown Chronicles" Teaser

With a bunch of new equipment in hand, and another weekend of stellar weather, Nicole and I headed down to Girdwood, Alaska to get our chops up for our upcoming production. I've had a vignette in mind for some time now, so I figured I'd use that as a test-run.

One of the things I wanted to test was the dynamic range of my Nikon DSLR. The wide jib shot where our hero climbs down from the rocks is that test. I intentionally shot him against a bright sky to see how fixable it was in post. I just stopped down enough to get some detail in the sky, then used a luma-key in After-Effects to separate the two. It wasn't too bad, but I definitely know the limitations of the camera, and won't be getting too crazy next week.

Unfortunately, the quick release o the tripod head I had my DIY Jib mounted to broke during that shot, so it was quite shaky. Otherwise, I'm happy with the end result. I'm actually pretty happy with the "screw-ups", because they were a valuable academic exercise.


My DIY Crane Jib

The location we used was the historic Crow Creek Mine, which is run by my friends Nate and Kate. Nate is the actor in the video, and I can't thank him enough for taking time out of his unbearably busy schedule to help me out. We shot the piece in two 2-3 hour chunks, as Nate was available. I had just come off night shifts, so my mind was a little more scrambled than usual. But, it was fun, and we definitely accomplished what we set out to. And, as you can see in the picture below, we were among the fortunate ones.