On this week's episode we are going over the very first commercial spot I shot after the feature film.  We wrapped the film on a Sunday in Sydney and we shot this commercial on a Wednesday in Perth.  

The shoot could not have been more different than the feature and after 30 days of chasing our tails 24/7 it was a nice change of pace to be back in the commercial world.

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Lost in Translation is our featured content this week and I tried to pull some key scenes to breakdown that looked different than what we usually discuss.

Plus we throw in a little Roger Deakins and top it off with a scene from La La Land.

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Modern VFX - Do Your Thing

This commercial was a big shift away from what we had done the last two months on the feature.  We shot Alexa XT Open Gate Arriraw for all the VFX and used Master Primes for their sharpness at the T1.3.

Camera Gear:

Check out the gear I use on all of my commercial shoots by clicking the link below:

Wandering DP Commercial Cinematography Gear

The only kit not listed there are the Master Primes.

For lighting we used a combination of LED and HMI sources.

The Spot - VFX Friendly

Set Up #1 - The Walk

The Shots

The spot opens on a young student walking towards the camera.

The Lighting

This shot was tricky as it was raining and we needed our talent to be dry.  This meant we had to cover the talent as she walked without taking away too much of the light as it was already overcast and gloomy.

The Result

Set Up #2 -The Drone Shot

The Shots

The camera whips around and morphs in to the drone shot.

The Lighting

The rain meant we had nice reflections on the ground and a sky replacement took care of the rest.

The Result

Set Up #3 - In Tight

The Shot

The camera starts in very tight and slowly pulls back to reveal a droplet of blood.

The Lighting

We were inside a boring classroom lab so to make ti more interesting we threw everything out of focus, added some colored lights with the Astera Titan tubes and we were set.

The Result

Alexa Open Gate - 3.2k to 1080

Set Up #4 - The Same but Different

The Shots

Same as above with different talent.

The Lighting

See above.

The Result

Set Up #5 - The White Board

The Shots

The camera tracks alongside two people looking at a clear drawing board.  This shot connects and morphs in to the handshake shot.

The Lighting

We used an M40 thru an 8x8 of magic cloth for the key light and then added neg fill to the side and above the two talent to create some more contrast.

The Result

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Shot #6 - The Coach Enters

The Shots

Much like the previous shot this one starts in tight on the professor's face then pulls back and whips around to reveal the rest of the classroom.

The Lighting

Same fixtures as above adjusted for the new camera position.

The Result

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Shot #7 - In Close

The Shots

This is the classroom shot that turns in to the bridge montage.

The Lighting

We used a series of M40s and sky panels to create the appearance of window light from camera right.

The Result

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Shot #8 - The Table

The Shot

In this shot the camera pushes in over the shoulder of the foreground actor and then tilts down to run along the forearms of the two people shaking hands.  Then that shot morphs in to a bridge shot.

The Lighting

We used the sun as a backlight then punched in an Arri M18 just off of frame left through a 4x4 frame to help add a little bit of contrast.

The Result

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Shot #9 - The Hand

The Shot

In this shot the camera pushes in over the shoulder of the foreground actor and then tilts down to run along the forearms of the two people shaking hands.  Then that shot morphs in to a bridge shot.

The Lighting

We used the sun as a backlight then punched in an Arri M18 just off of frame left through a 4x4 frame to help add a little bit of contrast.

The Result

Shot #10 - The FAMOCO

The Shot

This shot was the trickiest on terms of camera movement.  We had to shoot in a real classroom so we were tight on space but the camera had to travel the length of the classroom and hover just above the desks.

The grips built a goalpost rig that we then attached the movi to and we were able to use some ropes and pulleys to wheel the camera across the room.  

VFX removed the stands and voila.

The Lighting

This was all Astera Titan Tubes attached to the goal post set up and then a sky panel in a octobox for the professor..

The Result

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