Northern Light Films was recently contracted to acquire stock High Definition footage of one of the world’s largest open pit lead-zinc mines. The camera used was the Panasonic HPX500 HD Camera. All shots were recorded in 1080p 24 and 1080p 60i. This project however; proved to be a very challenging endeavor, the first challenge was to pick the right days to film. In the winter…the ideal shooting conditions require nice sunny bright days which will give you the best lighting for recording good images….thing is, up here in the winter if it’s sunny it usually means it’s cold! And in the Yukon, very cold!!! I filmed some footage in probably the coldest part of the winter – between January 09 to March 09. On some days it dipped down to about -35 Celsius. The HPX500 proved to be the right camera for the job, I’m not sure if a tape-based camera would have coped with this kind of cold shooting conditions. My hats off to Panasonic for making their Next Gen cameras completely digital, enabling us brave shooters to film in very cold or very hot conditions! Anyways, enough about that… Here are some screen grabs directly from the footage. Just to give you a little view of the HD footage from the project. I cannot however; post any video of the footage as the client specified in the contract. So, here are some photos that will give you an idea of the quality of recording. These are compressed images so, they may not fully represent the actual quality of the HD source footage!
Overall, I really enjoyed this project. It had its challenges but the end result was very good, as the client was very happy with the stock footage. And I was also very pleased with the footage. Shooting this project for stock was alot of fun, and I look forward to doing similar stock footage shoots in the future.
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Its been awhile since my last post, my family and I were temporarily consumed with relocating. We recently moved from a medium sized community in the Yukon Territory to a small sized community in the Yukon Territory. The town I’m currently living in is a small, but wonderful place to live. There are maybe 250 people who live here, it is peaceful, the people are very nice and the opportunities to film are awesome! I have been looking into the whole shooting footage for stock and perhaps get in with a big company that sells stock footage to big name production companies and broadcasters and the such. I’m thinking of specializing in filming wildlife and scenery at the moment, since there is an abundance of wildlife and beauty in our new area.
There are tonnes of wildlife in this area, and many places to film wild sheep, moose, caribou, bears, and other small mammals. This summer’s projects will include building up my stock footage archive. I am also considering adding a cool new tool to my film making kit. A Digital SLR Camera that is capable of recording some astonishingly good High Definition footage. The DSLR camera is called the “Canon 5D Mk2”. The quality of footage is breathtaking, almost too good to believe. The 5d mk2 has a full frame 35mm sensor which gives super shallow depth of field and remarkable low light recording capabilities… this combined with a wide variety of Canon EF lenses that are reasonably priced is what makes it so attractive. I think this DSLR Camera will be a very nice addition to my arsenal. Atleast until the inevitable release of the RED Scarlet! Until then I will continue to make films with my current equipment which has been a joy to work with.
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