So I've just wrapped my first RED shoot. It was a short film which we submitted to The Doorpost Film Project last week. I produced and DPed the shoot and raised enough money ($5,000) for the entire shoot and got to use RED finally. I spent a good day getting grips with the camera, settings, and features, and then shot the whole film over two days.
I used Zeiss Super Speed glass and was fairly happy with them for the most part until I started realizing how bad they started to bloom when opened up all the way. Since I was shooting mostly 120FPS, I went with the 16mm format prime set. I didn't realize the severity of the softness/blooming until the second day, after half the film had wrapped, so a few of the shots suffer from the softness. I'm not sure which model they were, but they were the ones that had the triangular Bokeh. I'm not sure I liked that much and will next time either try Ultras or a the hexagonal 35mm format set of Supers (or if budget permits, Cooke S4s).
The whole film was a one month turnaround from pre-production to submission in order to make it into the competition. I'm overall very happy with the results of the project and am excited to see how it does in the competition. I've posted some stills from the shoot. Let me know what you think and give me tips and insight on my lighting/cinematography.
My grip/gaffer was the only one on set getting paid and was giving me the worst attitude and was completely not helpful and would just complain and not do what I was asking for a lot of the shoot. I would have been happier w/ the project had my grip not gone all bi-polar on me. I've really learned the importance of having a good grip that you get along with! I'll never make that mistake again (although he seemed really cool before the shoot). It makes it very difficult to get the lighting you want when pressed for time when you don't have someone happily doing what you need them to do.
Anyway, feedback on the stills would be great, thanks!
More stills can be found at http://s972.photobucket.com/albums/a...rade%20Stills/