Its been 2 months with my EpicM and have been meaning to write something about it, I can say in all fairness this camera quite easily found a way to humble my role as a Director and an individual. The camera has opened up so many more opportunities then I could have ever expected, my Bomb Squad (Brian Sheckelhoff) handler has been privvy to my tours across this planet, starting with Dubai, I ventured to Singapore, Barcelona, bit in Munich and Frankfurt, to Johannesburg and Cape Town. I now sit in Dubai with 4TB of footage that I just so desperately want to share. I met over 300 people in my travels, (I kind of know how TED feels) and in that time I met them all, the skeptics, the enthusiasts, the bewildered the flabbergasted and the random unknown. All the while people received the handling of the camera with fascination - all of them!
There was a stretch of 10 days that kept the camera really busy, some days the camera was rolling at 5am and being turned off at 2am, these particular days were in freezing cold conditions, the camera was so solid we only had one problem in a four day stretch, on a pinch zoom the Ouput monitor through the HDSDi split the screen (not physically obviously), we unplugged the cable and continued. We never lost a single R3D file, even if the battery died or someone accidentally pulled off the brick, we had 0 corrupt files, we recycled the 128gb drives at least twice per day (we had four) and then one of the best things about this camera was its battery life, we just rolled and rolled and rolled and it stayed on and got the shots.
In the short time that I have owned this camera I have produced and directed many projects, a few stood out, one a short film written and produced by Richard Lackey (a RED user) directed by Leon Laubscher. He asked if I'd be available to help him on a project. I was not really sure what I was getting myself into but found myself smack bang in a beautifully crafted and stylishly designed period piece. I mean, shoot an epic story on an EPIC, it really did justice for the production. We were limited by lights, 1k a 2.5k, a couple of Kino's, one reflector and a white bounce. I mean, really! We never shot anything over 400 ISO with this light setup, I can assure you we did beg for more lights and landed with a box of Dedolights that did help. The light sensitivity of the camera was truly astounding and we eventually started using less light watching our blacks and highlights carefully. In some shots we were proud that we only used one light. Warrick Mcleod was a genius with the lights and in the end we ended up getting way more then we expected.
In this shot we had no lights, HDRx turned on.
From there, as luck would have it I was offered a unique opportunity to shoot a ballerina, Alice, what an amazing artist. I will be sharing the final film once we have completed the edit and the grade. But this is a testament to her fabulous art and a thank you to the number of takes I made this girl go through.
In Summary, I have had the privilege of working with all formats, a week before my Epic arrived I was still shooting film, I still have a couple of jobs in October that require that format, but in all honesty I am going to attach my EpicM to the side of the 435 and shoot with both cameras. There is one thing for those I would advise anyone out there to do and that is to get a truck load of hard drive storage. Don't shoot HDRx if you don't have to, but for those technical boys out there this additional channel is perfect for 3D tracking and amazing at bringing out the blown out backgrounds! It has been a long 7 weeks, but we did a documentary, at least 3 TVC's, a more "corporate" film and a trailer for a movie by one of the big Post houses in Cape Town, the short film shown above and a passion project named Alice. Lastly, I have had the privilege of using a variety of lenses that most reputable equipment houses have to offer and I have my favorites... This topic I will not discuss now...
To the guys at RED - you have seriously humbled me...
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