It’s that time of the year again. Open House Melbourne 2015 has been in full play and I’ve been back on the horse shooting several short interviews.
The video was shot beautifully by my long time collaborator Matt Wood and graded by Marcus Smith at Blue Post, who also happens to be a member of Number Station. The “talent” in front of the camera is yours truly and I also handled the edit.
Great credit must go to Marcus for the quality of the grade. I enjoy pushing colours/saturation and we’ve really cranked it up on this occasion. Certainly times have changed when you end up virtually ignoring the $20,000 HD CRT in the telecine suite in order to use a Mac laptop as your main reference monitor.
Three person crew across pre, production and post. Amazing what you can accomplish these days.
Michael Williams is a great photographer and DOP. Having worked with Michael on many projects over the years I can confirm he has the proverbial “good eye”.
He has an upcoming photographic exhibition at the Colour Factory Gallery in Fitzroy where we will have the opportunity to bathe in his Chromophobic fixation.
Click here for details…
There’s plenty of occasions when you put lots of work into a project only to find that for one reason or another, the job fails to take off.
It goes without saying this is extremely frustrating but you know, who’s to say that some of that work shouldn’t be made available for investigation and discussion?
I was recently working with Matt Wood DOP and Mike Gordon VFX guru on an idea to do a live action clip inspired by the Pink Floyd record cover for Ummagumma.
In the following statement, Mike Gordon eloquently details the planning behind such a tricky endeavour. If you are in any way allergic to “post talk”, best you step slowly away from your screen or else suffer the fate of “infinite tech regression”.
I’ll hand it over to Mike now…
“After many experiments, the infinite mirror corridor was created using the 3d camera tracker in Adobe After Effects.
The “mirror” on set was simply a frame with tracking marks that, when the camera move was solved, was cut-out, revealing footage of the “next room”, as though a reflection in a mirror.
This “next room” plate was positioned back in 3d space so that when the hand held camera travelled towards it, the cut-out frame revealed it in all its shifting parallaxical (sic) glory.
The next camera solve (travelling in the next room) had to match the last frame and velocity of the first one and that was pretty much done by eye and hand keyed.
To continue travelling, these steps were repeated, taking care not to get lost in the maze of nested pre-comps!
Lastly, to sell the fact there was a pane of glass between us and the next “room”, a transparent layer with water marks and dust was placed in the same plane as the wall. There’s no such thing as a perfectly clean mirror!
To sell this further I would have scaled up the dirty “mirror” surface as the camera moves through the frame to enhance the feeling that we are passing through these dirty marks…forever!”
Did you get all that? Here’s a short test we did to see if the idea would float.
The Open House Melbourne program provides a wonderful opportunity for people to familiarise themselves with some of Melbourne’s most outstanding architecture.
This not-for-profit organisation showcases an abundance of buildings that run the gamut of time periods and uses, issuing an investigative and selective challenge to all interested parties.
At the request of Emma Telfer, I was asked to shoot several short interviews with Melbourne personalities as they spoke about their favourite Melbourne buildings, all of which feature in the Open House Melbourne program through 26-27 July, 2014.
The first video (top) was made with the ever ebullient Peter Maddison from Grand Designs Australia, who riffs eloquently on the architectural and historical value of the Mission to Seafarers in Melbourne, Australia.
The second video (below) features Peter Hitchener from Channel Nine News Melbourne, who speaks of his fondness for the National Gallery of Victoria.