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September, 2011


September 14, 2011 10:57 pm

8 Hours in Brooklyn

Shot over an 8 hour period on location in Brooklyn, New York, this short piece from Next Level Pictures utilizes the Phantom Flex to great effect and features some stunning slow motion photography. Director Jonathan Bregel has done a tremendous job in capturing the beauty of urban street culture and the almost frozen tableau give the viewer plenty of opportunity to absorb the richness of moments which would otherwise be neglected by passers-by.

Bregel explains:
“[T]he idea behind this video was to document whatever sort of culture we could find within an 8 hour span with literally no pre-production. I have honestly seen too many slow-motion explosions, face slaps, and popping water balloons, that I thought capturing real culture, and real emotion would be a cool change of pace. My goal was to successfully pull of a few of these shots with a small crew in order to be able to pitch the Phantom Flex for a lot of the documentary work we shoot/produce. A big misconception is that you need a massive crew and massive lights in order to use this camera…false. However, you do need to know how to use natural daylight to your advantage along with having a kick-ass core crew to support you.”
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September 7, 2011 11:20 pm

Moving forward

It has been a long time since I posted a blog entry – I’ve been pretty tied up with my Master’s degree which has been all consuming. But it’s over now, and I suddenly have my evenings and weekends back – not quite sure what to do with them.

I’m pretty happy with the way that my final term Masters Project turned out. I learnt a huge amount whilst doing it, not only in terms of visual effects technique, but also about shooting narrative and working with actors – something which I found both challenging and rewarding. It has been hard work, but a great experience and the feedback that I have received about the project has been universally positive.

I guess its time to start thinking about the next project …