Sony FS700 Rig

Welcome

I’m a freelance camera operator based in Sheffield, working mostly in the corporate sector but I’ve worked in Broadcast, Theatre and Live Events. I’ve got 10 years of experience in a wide range of countries and industries.

I work mostly with my FS700 but also with C100/300, DSLRs, EX3, or sometime ENG cameras like the PMW-350. I have an ever growing wide range of equipment, including lighting and sound recording. I edit using Final Cut Pro X on a Macbook Pro Retina.

 

Behind the Scenes shot

Rhymes Of History – King Harold

I shot this piece on my FS700. Most of the grade and colour was achieved in camera, using a custom picture profile based on Cine4. S-log2 was too wide for this and lifted the black background too much. Only used two lenses, Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L and the 70-200 f/2.8 L.

Key is a 500w softbox, filled with a Sachtler Reporter 300. Backlights are two F&V K4000 Daylight Panels. There are then two Dedolights, one adding a bit more cold light onto the black cloak, and the second one with the DP1 kit, break up gobo and purple gel to add some dappled reflections from the crown.

It was also the first time I’d used my new Sound Devices 552 mixer/recorder – feeding it with a Sennheiser G3 lav kit clipped to his t-shirt, and a Sanken CS3e Shotgun. The limiters in the 552 really helped me cope with the huge range in volume from the very talented actor.

It makes for a rare treat that I can shoot something and share it here – most of my work being for internal use within corporations!

You can see more about the book and project here: www.rhymesofhistory.com - along with a second video featuring Queen Emma.

I was working for, and it was produced and edited by my good friends at oXyFire

6 Feet Under

So it’s my most recent short film made for a competition. Shot on my FS700, all with the Speed Booster and using Canon’s 16-35, 24-70, 70-200 and also the 85mm f/1.8 USM. Edited in FCP X and coloured in Resolve.

World Water Bombing Championships

A short highlights edit for a recent event I covered for MacMillan Cancer Support.

Shot with two FS700 kits and a bunch of GoPro 2s and 3s.

Stroke Association

Here’s a little video I helped shoot about Jay McGeneghan, his VW Caddy and his work to support the Stroke Assocation.

Extraction

Here’s a little short action film I shot with my Sony FS700.

 

DJI Phantom Quadcopter

So a little while ago I bought myself the DJI Phantom Quadcopter. Designed for the GoPro it really is a remarkable device. Here’s a little video of my first few flights wikth it and one of my GoPros.

A Decision

Sony FS700

Sony FS700 has arrived!

So I came very close to buying the FS100 – but I held out and I’m glad I did. I’m now the proud owner of the FS700. I’ve used it on a whole bunch of projects so far and I’m increadibly impressed with it. Using it with the Metabones EF Adaptor and my collection of Canon lenses produces some stunning images.

I’ll try and put up more info and maybe some sort of review but right now I’m too busy shooting with it!

Here is a quick little edit I put together of some Slow Motion test shots on the second day of owning the camera:

Peru & Bolivia 2011

I spent most of August and some of September over in Peru and Bolivia. After some close calls with airport security (they don’t like you carrying two cameras and five lenses) I got in and got some fab photos and video. What with all the work getting in the way it took me a while to edit the video but here it is at last. Edited in FCPX, shot on a 550D and a GoPro.

More of the photos can be seen here.

DSLR Video vs Sound

DSLRs allow for amazing picture quality (when handled right and paired with good glass…. I don’t mean to say it’s easy). I don’t think DSLRs are the be all and end all, but my 550D does a great job, on certain jobs.

It’s pretty well reported that most DSLRs fall down in a few areas. Clip Length, Sound, Video Output etc. Personally I believe there is no right or perfect camera. Just the best for the job. When you are using a DSLR, you can improve things, with extra tools, like Magic Lantern, rigs, EVFs, Sound Recorders.

This post was prompted by an improvement to my choice in Sound Recorder, Tascam’s DR-100. It’s a smashing bit of kit, made even more smashing: Cinescopophilia

I don’t treat the DR-100 as a sound recorder. I treat it like a back up device. It’s primary task is as a Pre-Amp, used in a similar fashion to JuicedLink’s boxes of tricks. On my rig (Jag35) I mount my DR-100, and connect up whatever microphones/inputs I want for the job – could be a wireless lapel mic receiver, could be a shotgun mic, could be a reporter vocal mic, could be a combination. What I then do is take the Line-Out (minijack) from the DR-100 and connect it to the Mic Input on my 550D. I use magic lantern to set that up as a stereo line level input, and tweak the gain so that the VUs on the 550D match those on the DR-100 (or sometimes a bit less). I also disable AGC.

This means, my 550D gets a nice, clean, noise free signal from the Tascam. It’s not *quite* perfect, but it’s damn close. Most of the time I just use this when editing, which means no Pluraleyes, no syncing at all – it’s as if it was shot with a ‘proper’ camera would you believe! Then, should I get it wrong, say it’s peaked out or distorted, I have the WAV file recorded by the Tascam as a lovely backup – and because they’re the same mics, it’s usually a doddle to sync it up. Lovely.

It also, by the way, gives me a headphone socket on the DR-100, which I use to monitor the sound whilst recording.

Now – I do have a gripe with the DR-100 – which is possibly fixed in the MKII. I often don’t have enough gain. With the pre-amp set to ‘High’ and gain maxed out to 10, my NTG-2 mic will still come in a bit quiet. Usable, but quiet. Hey, like I said at the start – nothing’s perfect – but for me, the DR-100 is the best solution for DSLR Sound.

I hope this was helpful to someone – if you have any questions on my setup, just drop me an email!