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Rich Rubasch
Todd, how are you pushing your C300?
on Jan 11, 2014 at 6:42:14 pm

Hey Todd..do you have any samples where you literally pushed the envelope on your C300 either with high ISO or custom (and radical) in camera color settings? Anything with filters that gave a very unique look?

Love the images off our C300 but wondering if anyone was pushing it creatively with in camera effects or settings that gave your projects a new look....not talking about post effects.

Or is that where you give the footage its final look?

Rich Rubasch
Tilt Media Inc.
Video Production, Post, Studio Sound Stage
Founder/President/Editor/Designer/Animator
http://www.tiltmedia.com


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Todd Terry
Re: Todd, how are you pushing your C300?
on Jan 12, 2014 at 3:21:57 am

Hey Rich...

Well, to be honest, we really haven't pushed the C300 that much. I'd say if we were getting what we're getting out of our previous camera rig (the XLH1 plus the P+S Technik lens converter) we would have been pushing the heck out of that camera... but the C300 does so much and does it well that I don't really feel like I'm pushing it at all.

As a fellow user I know you've found the light sensitivity just mind-boggling. It's really changed the way we light things... much more subtractive lighting than additive lighting. And we generally leave all the bigass instruments at home now (unless specifically needed) and light with only battery-powered LED fixtures now (no more stingers!). I've not really pushed it though... I'd say I try to keep my ISOs under 1000, or even lower. But I know I could crank them up if I needed to.

Pushing the latitude waaay past what we could get before has been amazing. Recently we did an automotive spot, we put a car and talent in the two-story lobby of a very high-tech almost all-glass building. I would have never attempted that before, the windows would have just been impossible to combat. The C300 handled it fine. Now I did have a fair amount of light in there... I had at least four HMIs and a number of Kinos... but still I didn't have to ND or screen windows (which would have been impossible, solid walls of windows 40' tall). Yes they were a bit blown out, but it was a perfectly acceptable look and they weren't completely blown out by any stretch.

I do virtually no radical in-camera manipulation. I have several profiles that I shoot (some from Canon, some by way of AbleCine, a couple from Technicolor, and a couple I made up). But the goal of each is just to record very good dry images, not to manipulate it much or bake in a particular look. Here almost ALL of that is done in post. I just try to give a good clean image to maximize the ability to do good color grading. I never put any filters in the matte box except the occasional ND (when the in-camera ND isn't enough), or sometimes a polarizer.

Here are a couple of things we've recently done with the C300... none of these are pushing the image envelope at all, the look is really quite basic, but they are nice and clean I think....

http://fantasticplastic.com/portfolio/news078.html
http://fantasticplastic.com/portfolio/news079.html
http://fantasticplastic.com/portfolio/news081.html
http://fantasticplastic.com/portfolio/news082.html
http://fantasticplastic.com/portfolio/news083.html

T2

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Todd Terry
Creative Director
Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc.
fantasticplastic.com



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Rich Rubasch
Re: Todd, how are you pushing your C300?
on Jan 12, 2014 at 4:41:30 am

Thanks! How about the camera moves...looks like you take a jib to every shoot! Nice look and I see how you set up sequences of moves as you go from wide to closer to subject.

Slider or jib?

Rich Rubasch
Tilt Media Inc.
Video Production, Post, Studio Sound Stage
Founder/President/Editor/Designer/Animator
http://www.tiltmedia.com


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Todd Terry
Re: Todd, how are you pushing your C300?
on Jan 12, 2014 at 5:33:14 am

[Rich Rubasch] "looks like you take a jib to every shoot!"

Yeah, I pretty much do.

I tend to like to keep my camera moving, some would probably say too much. We recently did a big campaign with a bunch of spots where, by design of the concept, all the shots were locked down, not even head moves. It almost killed me to do that.

So yeah, a jib and a slider most always go with me. I used to use the jib like crazy, but not as much now as I used to as I'm using a slider a lot more now. I honestly can't even remember the last time I laid dolly track (now that I've said that, I'll probably have to Monday).

If you see me do a relatively short faux-dolly move, if it is exterior chances are it's a jib... if it's interior, it's likely a slider. Although I do plenty of slider shots outside and lots of jib shots indoors.

I'm actually probably going to spring for a new slider, soon... just haven't decided which.

T2

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Todd Terry
Creative Director
Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc.
fantasticplastic.com



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Rich Rubasch
Re: Todd, how are you pushing your C300?
on Jan 12, 2014 at 8:38:52 pm

Have you seen the stuff at MYT Works? We have their 4 foot medium and it is a beautiful piece of gear. The owner and designer of MYT is a fanatic about building great gear. Have a look!

Rich Rubasch
Tilt Media Inc.
Video Production, Post, Studio Sound Stage
Founder/President/Editor/Designer/Animator
http://www.tiltmedia.com


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Todd Terry
Re: Todd, how are you pushing your C300?
on Jan 13, 2014 at 11:43:27 pm

Hey Rich... I wasn't familiar with the MYT. It looks like great gear... and very affordable, which is an unusual combo.

It also looks BIG and HEAVY, which are two of the things I've desperately tried to eliminate. Now that I've turned 50 (as has every member of my usual crew) our watchwords are "smaller" and "lighter"... I'm getting too old/tired to travel with 2000lbs of gear.

Over the last year we've really pared down the stuff we travel with... which is one reason I went to the C300PL. Not only did we trade a 24-pound camera for a 4lb one (well, ok a 4-pound body... rigged out the camera is still about 11 pounds), but now I don't have to lug nearly the arsenal of lighting instruments that I used to. That's another reason I'm doing a lot of slider shots now, just to avoid the size/weight of the jib or a "real" dolly.

I also don't need anything nearly 4' long. Most of my slider moves are pretty short and subtle... 2' or less. The exact slider I want unfortunately doesn't seem to exist... there's about three of them that I'd love to combine into the exact features I'd like.

Actually, what I'd really like is for edelkrone to make one that's a little bigger and beefier than what they have... which I think is just crazy inventive and innovative...







Is that not the coolest mechanism? They are surprisingly very inexpensive, too.

I'm currently over-weighting the little slider I have. The camera itself is not too bad, but I can't seem to give up my Oconnor tripod head... and the head also weighs 10 pounds, so I end up putting about 21 pounds on the slider (which is a lot better though than the 34 pounds that I used to ride on it). I just haven't found another head that works as well, as smoothly, and that I can operate so well.

The search goes on...

T2

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Todd Terry
Creative Director
Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc.
fantasticplastic.com



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Rich Rubasch
Re: Todd, how are you pushing your C300?
on Jan 14, 2014 at 2:16:12 am

MYT is not a heavy slider at all. Just well made. But love the Edelkrone stuff!

Rich Rubasch
Tilt Media Inc.
Video Production, Post, Studio Sound Stage
Founder/President/Editor/Designer/Animator
http://www.tiltmedia.com


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Craig Alan
Re: Todd, how are you pushing your C300?
on Jan 16, 2014 at 4:40:52 am

The small unit in that family is 3 feet and under $1000. Looks pretty cool. Reminds me of artifacts from the industrial age.

The Small Glides weigh between 5 and 15 pounds depending on length, and are mountable on tripods, baby feet, c-stands, and other grip alternatives.

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