Sunday, 17 January 2010

Edit, Edit, Edit






Okay, well as far as blogging go, i'm not the most promt at updating. I've been having such a rad time going on shoots with Van and Sam and Les [my GORGEOUS wife] when she's around. Its been awesome having people to practice on. It is amazing when you have people around you that allows you to make mistakes every now and then - you grow so much quicker and learn so much faster.

This project is something I am quite excited and nervous about. Its going to be really, really simple yet its been challenging. Especially from an editing point of few. 

I am so torn as to what to focus on first, the audio mix or the video edit. 

After chatting to Rob Chiu and a few others, I decided to start with the audio first, this will in turn, cue the video edits, and hopefully at the end of the day we'll be able to conjure up something magical.

Its also been such an honor to have had some time chatting to Philip Bloom, who I was able to meet last week, trying to help him organize a local, Etisalat sim card. He gave me some useful gear advice, which: when the money comes in, I'll look at. 

Keep your eyes peeled.

Friday, 8 January 2010

New project

It is a new year, and I'm going to start it by trying my hand at a few new things. 

One of the new things I'm going to try and do is create more of a narrative story. Don't want to give to much away just yet, but here are a few stills of a short film I am working on. I've done only a few hours of shooting but am pretty happy with what to expect. I used only one lens for the shoot - a Zeiss 50mm f1.4 due its low-light sensitivity. I wish I had a wide-angle lens and a telephoto/zoom lens that worked in low-light,  in order to get better angles, but I reckon I could get away with what I have. A wider angle would've helped with the camera shake, the 50mm shook so much, but in hindsight I reckon it will help getting the action across. 

Not saying much more - keep your eyes and ears posted

shooting some more and then to score the piece, so it'll take about a month or so more for the final short

these images serve as a rough test on the color grade 

enjoy




Wednesday, 6 January 2010

OCD

One more post for the day - I was not impressed by the color of some of the previous pictures - IT'S a fun-fare - it HAS to be colorful. Here is a better corrected picture of one of the earlier ones - sorry a little OCD here [Les' suggestion actually - thanks Love!]

So last night I went out with some friends for somebody's surprise birthday gathering. I took my camera along with only the Zeiss 50mm Lens, purely because I did not want to lug everything around. It was a fun night of bumper cars and bungee shooting. We all met at a fun-park thing - Global Village. Not the biggest fan of these places, but sometimes they're pretty cool for images

I couldn 't get really cool shots, but I took a few which might be quite interesting. Here are a few from the night.

S






in.the.beginning

This really should have been my first blog, but oh well here it goes, let's call it Blog 1.1 - 'in.the.beginning'

I am so stoked to start this blog as a possible research and information tool to those interested in seeing what is happening creatively in the life of Dubai/Church and my family. 

Its very exciting being able to play with videos, photos and music. I reckon this blog will give all you peeps out there a thorough insight into what I'm busy with, my travels and random musings - maybe I'll even review some of the new gear which I will be purchasing for audio/video/photo projects. 

Much love and stay tuned!

S

Monday, 4 January 2010


A few weeks ago I started working on this video. It was to be used in our local church context as a 'gatherer'. Here I am with the first post to my blog. Let me know what you think. Will give more details about this video later.
 
A while back I thought about what we can do to start our church services more on time and what I could do to get people focussed before the service starts.

This took about 3 weeks to create and was inspired by Rob Chiu's OFFF opener. The aim was to make people aware of their great destiny here in the region of the Middle East. 

It was edited in Final Cut Pro, Graded with Magic Bullet Looks, and some effects were added in After Effects
The audio was done in Pro Tools in conjunction with Stylus RMX, FM8 and Reason

much love yo
video

For HD version check here