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"Old Stuff" -- an E-M5 short film

Discussion in 'Video to Share' started by mgowin, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. mgowin

    mgowin Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 16, 2010
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    I've been wanting to try the OM-D E-M5 as a filmmaking tool so I made this:

    [ame=http://vimeo.com/61765641]Old Stuff on Vimeo[/ame]

    Still have a lot to learn (especially with audio) but this was a fun first step.

    Enjoy.
     
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  2. fluberman

    fluberman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Alex
    Love it...
    Is the B&W coming from the camera or in post-processing?
     
  3. marcsitkin

    marcsitkin Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 24, 2013
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    Marc Sitkin
    Nice- but relatively speaking, the guy at the end doesn't look too old...
     
  4. mgowin

    mgowin Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 16, 2010
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    Thanks.

    B&W was done on each clip in post in iMovie '11:

    1. Set saturation to 0
    2. Adjusted black and white levels
    3. Boosted the contrast a bit to taste

    Fancy, right?
     
  5. mgowin

    mgowin Mu-43 Regular

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    Relatively, Marc, perhaps. But my kids think I'm old. :wink:

    Cheers--

    Michael
     
  6. mrjr

    mrjr Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 25, 2012
    Very nice. Thanks for sharing that. I need to get around to learning how to shoot and edit video. I should do a little project like this to help me learn.
     
  7. mgowin

    mgowin Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 16, 2010
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    Thanks, mrjr.

    A personal project is a great way to get started. The secret for me: choose an interesting idea and keep it small. The more constraints or restrictions you put on the project, the better.

    Here's what I mean:

    For this film, I wanted to do the whole thing in two days and wanted the finished product to be under 3 minutes. After I came up with the theme (old stuff), shooting was mostly done in and around my home with a 90-minute jaunt downtown. I found a song that fit my time limit and then went to work on post-production. During editing, I limited each clip to 4 seconds (a couple may have gone beyond that, but most were 4 seconds).

    Having started and abandoned big ideas in the past, this approach allowed me to get something done in a short time.
     
  8. mrjr

    mrjr Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I see. Thanks for sharing your approach. I agree that constraints usually bring out the best in our creativity and productivity. Anyway, the formula you chose seems to have worked a treat. As soon as I get a bigger hard drive, there will be video, haha. I've decided that should happen. Thanks again.
     
  9. JoeV

    JoeV Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 22, 2012
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    Joe Van Cleave
    Michael, I looked at this and your other two videos on Vimeo, and I must say that I really like your quiet style, especially the Bingo video where you replaced the room noises with over-dubbed music, gave it a very documentary style that inspires me to try my hand at it. Thanks for sharing.

    ~Joe
     
  10. mgowin

    mgowin Mu-43 Regular

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    Thanks for the kind words, Joe.
     
  11. phl0wtography

    phl0wtography Mu-43 Veteran

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    Very nice. The OM-D's files are very good for B&W conversion. Subtle tones, rich blacks, and lots of leeway to play with shadow, and hightlights.

    Did you play the transcription of Bach's Cello Suite (BWV1007) yourself? I'm playing the Piano too, and can't find sheets. Do you happen to have them?
     
  12. mgowin

    mgowin Mu-43 Regular

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    Thanks.

    No, I didn't play the Bach. You can find the track here. Maybe the pianist can help you ;)
     
  13. danimal

    danimal Mu-43 Supporter

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    Dan
    I love it. Quick question, did you shoot in 720p or 1080i?


    Thanks, Dan
     
  14. mgowin

    mgowin Mu-43 Regular

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    Hey Dan--thanks.

    This was shot at 1080, whatever the highest quality setting is for movies (don't have the camera at hand now).

    Are you asking because it looks good or because you think it should look better than it does?

    Cheers--

    Michael
     
  15. BLX

    BLX Mu-43 All-Pro

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    Morten
    Cool work - love it!
     
  16. teddoman

    teddoman Mu-43 Regular

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    I have sort of come around to a similar idea, that I need to pick a really concise theme or story as a starter project. I like the idea of setting a filming time limit to really force yourself to finish getting your footage done and then move on to editing. Anything to not have excuses to drag it out.

    How did you pick 4 seconds for your clip length? I have noticed this seems to vary. Are there rules of thumb about clip length?
     
  17. Robstar1963

    Robstar1963 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Robert (Rob)
    Great work.
    The humorous ending works well
    Like the constraints ideas - I tend to work much better myself within set constraints like this with regard to tasks in general - encourages you to focus the mind much more clearly and onto what is needed and no more
    Regards
    Rob
     
  18. danimal

    danimal Mu-43 Supporter

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    Dan
    I was asking because it looks good to me and I just wanted to know what you'd used.

    I'm starting to shoot some video and I am planning a project. I am torn between the progressive frames of 720p and the increased resolution of 1080i. Of course this is why I'm doing a bunch of tests right now to see what works best for what I'm doing. I know that if I want more options or get more serious I'll get something like the GH2 or GH3, but for now my E-M5 is perfect for what I need.

    Thanks!

    Dan
     
  19. mgowin

    mgowin Mu-43 Regular

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    Thanks, Ted.

    It was a very scientific process: the default clip length in iMovie is 4 seconds, so that's what I used. :rolleyes:

    Vimeo has a running "5x5" project--5 clips of 5 seconds each. I initially planned to do 5 second segments but couldn't find out where to change the default clip length in iMovie.

    Lame, I know.
     
  20. mgowin

    mgowin Mu-43 Regular

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    I don't know enough about the advantages of progressive vs. interlaced to choose one over the other. I just figured that 1080 was better than 720.

    Is the quality of 720p that much better than 1080i that a person would choose 720p? What are the advantages of "p" vs. "i?"

    MG