Today started out knowing I had a few interviews to do in Santa Cruz with some Paramedics from American Medical Response and a few other first responders celebrating a calls that happened throughout the year that had amazing endings. If the content doesn’t choke you up then I don’t know if you have any feelings left, I almost came to tears… but I digress.
I had downloaded the new technicolor profile setting from Vincent Laforet into both my new Canon 7D and Canon 5D. Shane Hurlbut actually recommends that you set Sharpness: 0 Contrast: -4 Saturation: -2 Color Tone: 0, which is what you see below. We were filming at 1/50, f3.6 on a Canon 70-200 is II. Audio you can see what with a Sennheiser g2 Series and I adjusted the input to -18dB for this to plug directly into the 5D for recording to CF media. I also have a MKE-400 on the 7D to capture more audio mainly for syncing in post. I used a Canon 16-35mm f2.8 on the 7D just to have a go to shot or CYA Shot. Instead of worrying so much about getting the picture right the first time I actually went into this interview with making sure I exposed the shot appropriately. I knew going in after reading the blog from Shane Hurlbut ASC that truly explain why it is important to begin with an image that truly offers the most graduation in blacks prior to going to post, so that it leaves you with the most opportunities in the end. Much like I have done in the past using the RED Cinema Camera when you start with the RAW image you can do just about anything to it in post. While this probably isn’t the best approach if you are trying to achieve a run and gun, edit and post the video work flow, it does make it easier to understand what and how much goes into the process of setting up even a simple interview and what you want to get out of it.
The image is flat, often dull, but offers more range with low and highlights
Just one example of how I would color correct with Magic Color Looks
Now this isn’t scientific or worth making a huge deal about for the average shooter and to be honest for those who are buying the DSLR for video, but are more focused on being done right, right out of the camera then this setting isn’t for you. I find that knowing this information offers me the chance to offer my clients more than what they bargained for. When you hire a Cinematographer and the end goal is to create amazing, compelling content and oh, to look incredible too… This is the difference and I have another tool in the arsenal!