Did a cute shoot yesterday for Jacqueline’s fashion and design blog, A Design Lifestyle

Her place is part of her interior design portfolio and these are some of the shots I took:

Office space

Desk detail

Little red bird

Flowers

Vertical

Vase one and two

Horizontal

Jackie

This past week I shot a robot for the very first time.  Meet Pepper:

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Pepper was shot for a project developed by Robot Labs. I shot on a Canon 6D and used Kino Flos for lighting.

Just finished another story this week. This one was also shot on the Red Dragon, 6k, RedCode 10:1. We used Canon lenses (I wish we had the budget for Zeiss, but hey, I’m cool with shooting on a 6k camera even if it’s with lenses that I’m not a huge fan of-not that there’s anything wrong with Canon lenses, I just like exploring different looks.)

The story of this movie, is actually two stories. One told at the bar of a restaurant, one at a table. The bar one is a bit more dramatic, the table one is pretty hilarious. In this story we really did use the camera as a storyteller. There are certain camera movements in this film, that are guided by the characters for very specific reasons, but I don’t want to say too much until post production is done.

For lighting we used Arri lights with gels and kino flos. Here’s some stills:

Story of Two - 6

Story of Two - 5

Story of Two - 3

Credits:

Writer Director: Kagure Kabue 

Camera Op: Taylor Gilkeson 

Gaffer: Geoff Norman

I worked as a DP. 

We were absolutely sure that there was going to be fog when we met at 6am to shoot this short film. Seems that the weather forecast failed miserably, because when we got to the location, there was nothing but blue skies and golden rays of sun.

We still got our shots, but something tells me that Kagure Kabue, the director/writer of this short will have to change the title. 

Here’s some Red Dragon stills from the project:

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Jason

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Through Trees

Taylor Gilkeson was the camera operator, I was the cinematographer and our actor was Jason Corning. 

Video will be posted as soon as it’s out the editing room.

In the filmmaking world, there is nothing more painful than a project that started with a huge potential and remained incomplete.

That was somewhat the case with a project I worked on in 2013, called Fish Eight Pyramid (don’t ask me about the title, I was only there to shoot it).

This was a story that was told through contemporary dance, choreographed by Fibre Performing Arts Company, and I still think that the plot and what we could have done with it visually, would have been truly amazing. However, things like producing, planning and money issues got in the way, so major scenes that were vital for the storytelling were never filmed. In the end we had a dance piece, but not the parts that connected the storyline.

The video got edited into a 10 minute art piece a few months after we filmed it, but it’s really not the story that the director wanted to tell.

I did however wanted to put together I very quick preview of the larger piece.

Here it goes:

Pyramid from Christiana Charalambous on Vimeo.

Directed by George Miller, shot by John Seale

Why this movie is called Mad Max it is beyond me. This is definitely not the story of Mad Max. It’s the story of many people and no one in particular. Actually, it’s almost not a story at all. The whole thing feels like an extremely dramatic musical that has as main theme a neverending chase scene, from the one side of the desert to the other, and then back again. 

Now, having said that, I really really enjoyed it. I thought that it was more like an (anxiety) experience, than an actual story, and that’s fine with me. The production design is just brilliant and the way that the scenes were shot is what pure cinematic magic is about.

Go watch Mad Max in the theatres, it’s definitely a  big screen/sound movie. If you like roller coasters you’ll definitely love this one. 

This is an awesome video of the making of Mad Max:

Making of Mad Max: Fury Road from ACS Victoria with John Seale ACS ASC and David Burr ACS from ACS Victoria on Vimeo.

Directed by Alex Garland, shot by Rob Hardy

If Her had a dark side it would be Ex Machina. I’ll be honest with you, I think I liked this movie a little bit more than Her. Which is sort of a paradox, because I think that Her-in a more objective way- is a better movie. Problem is, I am naturally drawn to dark themes.

In terms of cinematography, I think that Rob Hardy really understands how to tell a story. Ava was shot in such a way that you actually forget she’s a machine. It was probably all those beautiful reflection and silhouette shots.

One thing that I don’t get though, is why all machines/mother boards have to be women. What ever happened to Zordon?..wait, was he a machine or was he in some kind of weird trap? A mystery to be solved another time. 

In the meantime here’s some cyber space material on the movie: Ex Machina Blends VFX With Human Emotion.

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