Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Top of the World

The other night I had the opportunity to shoot some footage from the top of the largest office building in Sacramento. I shot some shots of the Capitol and other local landmarks.

I also set up a digital camera and did some intervalometer shots of the capitol as the sun set, and some time-lapse of the freeways. The camera was a Cannon powershot G5. It’s a point and shoot 5mp camera, but it has some nice features and the ability to be controlled by a laptop which is nice.

The intervalometer shots were taken with auto exposure settings, as a test to see how smooth the transition would be. The time-lapse shots were taken with a 4 second exposure at 4 second intervals. I will post some motion shots once they are compiled in After Effects.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The Emmys

This last weekend my wife and I had opportunity to attend the Northern California Emmy Awards. I was nominated in a category, and although I didn't win, it was quite an honor none the less. The event was held in the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, with a dinner reception afterwards at the exploratorium. After dinner, most of the attendees danced the night away to a collection of the most annoying wedding dance music, but went exploring instead. It was fun to play in the Exploratorium in a tuxedo and evening gown without any of the usual 4th graders hogging the exhibits! Well I hope we are able to attend next year...

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Fidelity Monitor

We just wrapped shooting on a spot for "Fidelity Monitor"
Sort of an investment advisory newsletter for the Fidelity Mutual Funds.

The concept is an investor is wandering thru the road of life (a white cyc) and is plagued with options for investments by print and TV advertisements (flying CG elements)

He stumbles across a mailbox with the newsletter inside.

As he reads it, the confusion is removed.

Now enlightened, he then ascends the growth chart (stepstool) of success. Note Post production supervisor Rey Jaraba supervising the stepstool of success...

We shot the principal photography in 3 1/2 hours, but spent a day and a half lighting the set. I paid more attention to lighting the floor this time and I am much happier with the results. Uncorrected right out of the camera looks great! We also shot some blue screen material of talking head TV investment advisors that will be turned into CG elements flying around him.