Kill Giggles pt. 3

camera tests

So before we fired off one shot of the movie, I knew that I needed to learn how to use a camera that I’ve never used before up until that time. I’ve mentioned it before, the Blackmagic Design URSA mini pro 4.6k. I was familiar wtih it a little bit since in the film school I ran we had an older model URSA mini, but I wasn’t able get much time on it myself do to the demands of running the place.

After thinking about how this movie was supposed to look for over a few years I was ready to begin seeing what kind of images we can get. I was excited to use these sodium and mercury vapor gels along with a new Aputure light kit.

So one evening before the shoot I went over to the 1st AC Tristan Chaika’s place.

He broke out his URSA and built it before my eyes.

non sequitur:

Thank the Film Gods Tristan agreed to be my 1st AC on Kill Giggles!!! He has been a good friend of mine since film school way back. He used to drum for me too while I butchered a guitar and posed as a musician 😛

I need to clarify that his drumming was great. My guitar work and singing were rubbish lol.

Tristan was perfect as my 1st on Kill Giggles. His painstaking attention to detail and his penchant for pretty much always being right was a win win for production.

Back to our story:

We set up 2-3 of Tristan’s Aputure lights with new gels attached.

For fun I brought my trusty little Guitar Center smoke machine and we created a cool looking mysterious environment.

We were joined soon by actor/clown wonder talent, Jaston Pendry, who graciously agreed to be our actor for the test shoot.

Director Jaysen Buterin (photos) showed up and then we had some fun together.

The camera performed well and I was pleased with the outcome.

About filmmakerjk

JK :: Films is a full service video production company specializing in commercials, music videos, documentaries, events, short/feature length films and more. Jesse Knight has been an active filmmaker since 1995 when he made his first film at the North Carolina School of the Arts during its Filmmaking Summer Immersion Program. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's Broadcasting and Cinema Masters Program he continued to make films while teaching at the College level. In 2009 he began Jesse Knight Films and has been servicing production needs of Western North Carolina and the surrounding area. Through the journey of life I have been creating worlds within my imagination. My outlets have been painting, drawing, writing, sculpture, photography, etc... Filmmaking is the culmination of many crafts, which intrigued me and has convinced me that it is the ultimate art-form and the best vehicle for bringing visions to life. I picked up a camera a long time ago and haven't put it down since.
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