On August 2nd, 2012, my crew and I shot a music video for Punjabi artist Deep Jandu in the GTA area. We shot using anamorphic/Canon lenses and utilized a 20-ft crane operated by industry veteran jib/steadicam Op. Bryan Trieb. It was a 16-hour shoot but fun as usual.
On July 23, 2012, I shot a music video on Red Epic using Lomo Anamorphic lenses. It was quite an intense shoot, as 95% of it was handheld. After the 1st hour, the Epic setup began to feel like a 20-pound rock on my shoulder:) The shoot involved me running in the woods, jumping in a creek and dodging traffic as we shot guerilla on city streets. We started at 5am and wrapped 9pm. Another fun day! More details about the shoot will be posted soon.
On July 10, 2012, Communitech Hyperdrive was launched. ”HYPERDRIVE is a new $30+ million tech startup incubator program with a global focus to seed, fund, and grow new businesses. HYPERDRIVE builds early-stage tech startups into “Series A” VC funded companies.”
This past weekend, June 8-9-10, myself and director Adnan shot the first scene of Umm Zakiyyah’s novel “If I Should Speak”. I am extremely honoured and proud to have worked with him. Initially I was brought on board as a Casting Director, but then I ended up more involved behind the scenes and earned myself the Producer credit. Considering we're in the independent scene of filmmaking, that's just a credit.
Over the weekend, my team and I shot the first scene of Umm Zakiyyah’s novel, “If I Should Speak”. It was shot on Red Epic in 5k resolution on 2x anamorphic lenses. Some screenshots:
On Sunday, we had a cast/crew meeting for our shoot on April 28/29th. Our actresses Alysa King (Jenn) and Jaicyea Smith (Tamika) along with DP (Walter Pacifico), Producer (Alberto Tihan), Production Designer (Brian Cohen) and Dolly Grip (Hamid Savalanpour) were on hand while we rehearsed the intense fight scene between “Jenn” and “Tamika”.
We tested the Red Epic with the lomo anamorphic lenses to gauge lighting and shot breakdown. It was quite fun but overwhelming, due to the fact that we have limited space and time to shoot this intense scene. We hope and pray for the best!!!
I recently test a Red Epic 5K camera with lomo anamorphic lenses for our upcoming shoot on April 28-29th. With the ability to shoot 5k resolution, the picture quality looks like 65mm film! Plus shooting 300fps@2k is not too bad either. Will post videos of the tests soon.