A few days w/ DJI Inspire and FS7

Two man crew capturing arial footage with a DJI Inspire

I can put four notches in my belt after this one. A mark for each charter school location where the crew captured interviews, class room sequences, arial footage, b-roll and time lapses. These guys are like working with the A-Team. Everyone rolls in with their specific skill set, and in the words of the week, the team “dominates” the job. In the photos above, George of Stearns Media is piloting, and Jon Brysh is operating the drone’s camera.

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“Long Exposure”

Long Exposure from Adrian Atwood on Vimeo.

This short film is a suspense/slasher concept. It’s also a love letter to my camera. I developed the concept around the time that I was doing a lot of timelapse and long exposure photography. I was also spending some time shooting video of landscapes, like the Mt. Pollux video I shot last winter. I knew I wanted to juxtapose the serene beauty of the idealized wild with the frenzied blood bath that nature really is.

A few crude storyboards I made “Long Exposure” scenes

We had to re-shoot a few sequences. The first attempt to shoot the stabbing scene didn’t pan out so well. There were some nice shots, but the sequence as a whole wasn’t working in context of what the (lack of) budget could pull off.  Night time crept up quickly and cut short what I had planned to capture that day. So we walked away with no usable footage, but a better understanding of how and what to shoot next time. Here’s the original stabbing scene.

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Boston Open Screen

Whether you sold your home to finance your 35mm masterpiece, or you made it last night in your basement — if your movie is under 10 minutes, we’ll screen it.

 Each month is a new assortment of short films, animations, documentaries, student films, works in progress and more. When the screenings are over,  we meet at Grainne O’Malley’s Tavern (201 Harvard St, Brookline, MA) to drink, eat, talk, rub elbows and make new friends.

BOS Hosts: Adrian, Adam, Phil and Vatche (pictured)

Find out more on Facebook at Boston Open Screen.

Pioneer Valley, Sony 4k, and Nutrition

Behind the B Cam (A7S w/Shogun)
A big thanks to Jon Brysh who brought me on as AC for his shoot with a college text publisher to produce videos for a nutrition course. This two location shoot brought me back to Massachussetts’s Pioneer Valley where I spent my UMass days. It was nice to be back in Hadley for a visit and then over to Holyoke Community College.
The pictures are from the first set up, with Canon cine 50mm and 85mm on two Sony A7Sii’s. Recorded in 4k to Atomos Shoguns. Jon, the DP, sent me the screen grabs fresh from recorders, no tweaks in post. He wanted to get a good looking, edit ready image in camera and I think he did just that.
Video Stills from Both Cameras, No Post Production

 

IFF Boston 2016

Pic from my station at the back of the house at Brattle Theater. 
 

I had the great opportunity to be a part of Independent Film Festival Boston this year. I operated a Canon XF 305 during the Q&A sessions of screenings from April 27-May 4.

Full interview video with the director and writer of Jahar.

 

Pingree Musical

Still from Camera 1 (on jib), Canon 5dmkiii with 24-70mm

A few quick looks at a reality show satire video that I was on this week. I operated second camera and assisted with lighting. The project was for a private school’s musical, and we used their performance stage to shoot and light. We brought some daylight fluorescents but were also able to use the stage lights to add creative flairs.

View from Camera 2, Canon 6D with 70-200mm