Metropolis II - a short video with GH2

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I've been working on my filmmaking and editing skills (still pretty weak). Here is my latest project. It's about 2 1/2 minutes long.

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All handheld footage (no tripods allowed) so it's a bit shaky. I used the 14-140mm, the 20mm, and the 45mm at various times. Edited in iMovie 11.

Enjoy, and CC appreciated!
 

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Looks good.

I think you should get a small stabilizer. Something like this: eBay My World - steady-dragon-stabilizers
Thanks. I do have a small stabilizer like that, but it would have been useless in this particular situation. There were tons of people mobbing the exhibit, and I kept switching the lenses. Trying to get the stabilizer balanced in those conditions would have been virtually impossible.
 

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Very nice! The shakiness is the biggest problem I see and if you couldn't use a tripod then it has to be. Well shot and edited. Any longer and it would have gotten monotonous, so a good length. Love the reference! I just watched Metropolis on Netfix the other day , the version with the new footage added. A film that was well ahead of it's time.
 

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That is so so awesome! The shaky footage was noticeable but it didn't bother me. This is more about the installation then the footage.

Don't waste your money on a stabilizer they are hard to balance and if you got budget spend the moneyon more lenses with IS. A gorilla pod works well too. You can shape it into a rig that will help.

I think the music choice was spot on.

Good job!
 

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and I kept switching the lenses

I would have used just the 14-150. Was there a particular reason to change them around, other than testing them?


Don't waste your money on a stabilizer

Stabilized lenses wouldn't help in this case. If you want to move with a handheld camera, you really need a stabiliser. If you don't need to move, then a tripod or even a couple of books, will do just fine.
 

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I would have used just the 14-150. Was there a particular reason to change them around, other than testing them?




Stabilized lenses wouldn't help in this case. If you want to move with a handheld camera, you really need a stabiliser. If you don't need to move, then a tripod or even a couple of books, will do just fine.

Looks like they were all static shots so how would a lens with IS not help?
 

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Really enjoyed that. Nice match of film to music.

Mesmeric.
 

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Nice video! Did you try to use iMovie's stabilization feature?
I did try it on a couple of shots. But I have found that the stabilized footage has a tendency to make objects in the shot look wobbly, like jello. Especially when there are obvious straight lines in the shot.
 

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This is awesome. Really cool project and I thought the music and editing were very well done.

Shake was not really an issue for me but I did find myself thinking that some camera movement would have been nice. Hard to do pan-tilt stuff handheld, of course. Maybe a shoulder rig or a fig rig could have been used?

Anyways, just a minor comment. Great work!
 

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This is awesome. Really cool project and I thought the music and editing were very well done.

Shake was not really an issue for me but I did find myself thinking that some camera movement would have been nice. Hard to do pan-tilt stuff handheld, of course. Maybe a shoulder rig or a fig rig could have been used?

Anyways, just a minor comment. Great work!

Thank you! Perhaps I should have waited to go to the museum on a day when it was not so crowded! (It was museum free day, plus the Metropolis II exhibit had just opened that weekend.) When I was on the floor, I was literally jostling elbow-to-elbow with other people for space to stand and a clear shot. Plus the museum guards kept telling people to keep moving. Up on the balcony, I was able to rest the camera on the railing and get a little more stability that way.
 

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I remember back in one of my very first classes in college, intro to Env. Design, one of the professors showed us this tip where you get a string and screw to provide tension and thus provides some stability without the hassle of a tripod - wonder if this would've been helpful at LACMA? Here is a video showing how that works...
[ame=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLlJl7TbXTA]Easy Image Stabilizer For Any Camera - Photography Trick - YouTube[/ame]
 

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I've been working on my filmmaking and editing skills (still pretty weak). Here is my latest project. It's about 2 1/2 minutes long.

<iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/35805675?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>

All handheld footage (no tripods allowed) so it's a bit shaky. I used the 14-140mm, the 20mm, and the 45mm at various times. Edited in iMovie 11.

Enjoy, and CC appreciated!

tilt shift extraordinaire!
 
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