As I have mentioned in an earlier post, my brother and I did some quick and dirty shooting practice in an abandoned factory. I mainly wanted to practice with my JAG 35 shoulder rig.
The conditions under which I wanted to finish this clip were pretty basic:
- 1 day of shooting in an abandoned factory
- 1/2 day of shooting day nearby a corn field
- 1 day of cutting
- 0 visual effects
3 1/2 days for the whole thing
At the end, I needed 1 1/2 days for the cutting, because the first cut ended up being way too long.
And when we arrived at the corn field the corn was green! So I needed to key the grass and change its colour from green to a ochre. And I was itching to apply some VFX with destroyed whatevers in the far background but I knew that as soon as I started with that I would never get finished in 3,5 days.
Given the circumstances, I’m quite happy with the result – there is still a very, very long road lying ahead of me, though.
By the way: The soundtrack is not mine, the copyright is from one of the directors I admire the most – Grandmaster of horror John Carpenter. You can get the soundtrack at Amazon.
Noice! I like the washed out look. Also, the abandoned factory is a cool place to shoot. What camera are you using. The depth of field you were getting at the beginning was cool, too.
I use a Canon 5D Mark II, with a prime 50 mm Canon lens and sometimes (like in this shooting practice) I lend a 70 mm Canon L lens for face shots and a wide Canon zoom lens (I think it was something about 24mm-60mm, but I ususally would use the 35 mm setting, because I like the look of the perspective). And I got a ND filter in order to protect the glass.
I love the Canon, because for me it represents the very heart of modern day guerilla filmmaking, just like the old 16 mm cameras with b/w film decades ago. It has its restictions, but knowing how to cope with it … Isn’t that part of the fun? 🙂
If you want to go for a blurry background try out wider f.stops, like f1.4 or f1.8. (just don’t forget to compensate with a shorter exposure time / higher shutter speed in order to prevent over exposure, because a wide f.stop will let more light onto the sensor). And the closer you get to the object less depth of field you will get, which means that more parts of the image will be out of focus.