One man on the brink of nothing is about to change everything…

A little about gear…

We rented all of the essential equipment for the Interior Observation Post scene, and we’ll be doing the same with the future shoots.

The essential things on set were obviously lighting, but the c-track from local rental house LSI really made for beautiful movement.

We’ve reserved what are called “speed rails” with LSI – this system is something they built on their own, although the idea seems to have been around for a while. We’ve also got a few other things in the works, but this is the score for the first exterior shoot.

The cameras and lenses that we are using are listed below,and were provided to us by Pro Photo Rental in Boulder, CO.

EOS 5D Mk II Body

EOS 7D Body

EF 24 f/1.4L II – CA24

EF 50 f/1.2L

EF 135 f/2.0L

EF 85 f/1.2L II

and for the first shoot:

EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS

EF 16-35 f/2.8L II

EF 24-70 f/2.8L

EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS

From a company called Telecorps Sales here in Denver, we are renting a Genus DSLR Mattebox, Followfocus w/ whip, gears, and rail support, as well as a Sennheiser MKH 416 shotgun microphone. The Genus equipment will give us precise control over the lenses, and the microphone is one that’s sworn by in the broadcast business, used on many film shoots.

In order to be able to see on SD monitors from the Mini-HDMI output on the Canon 5D MKII and the 7D, we have to use a box called the BlackMagic Miniconverter that converts HD into SD for video monitoring. This box allows us to have a 7″ monitor mounted to the camera, and a 17″ monitor out of the way of the camera.

As for the teaser, it was created using After Effects CS5, along with a plug-in called Particular by a company called Trapcode.

It was edited and text was applied in Final Cut Pro, with the voiceover edited in Soundtrack Pro.

The ambient music was created in a software program called Ableton Live 7,  using G-Force’s MiniMonsta and Spectrasonic’s Trilian, a plug-in called SupaTrigga, and some foley wind samples and choir samples. Putting Supatrigga on the track’s send  in Live gives a pretty tasty layering sound, and works well for anything with dynamic movement in the mid to high frequencies.

Ableton was also used to create the vocal effect heard on the voice at the end of the trailer; we recorded the voice part several times, and then each reading was layered along with the others, giving a very strange echo kind of sound. However, by re-pitching the audio on just some of the tracks, then filtering some of the tracks and adding radio static with a plug-in called PSP Nitro, we end up with the vocal prototype effect for how Sergeant Chamberlain’s voice is actually going to sound in the film.

(if you’re into crazy awesome sound fx, check out the rest of the smart electronix people)

We’ll be shooting set photography with the DSLR’s we have on set, but we’ll also be shooting 35mm prints from a Holga 120n, which produces some beautiful photography.


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