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A publication of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers The Canadian Society of Cinematographers (CSC) was founded in 1957 by a group of Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa cameramen. Since then over 800 cinematographers and persons in associated occupations have joined the organization. The purpose of the CSC is to promote the art and craft of cinematography in Canada and to provide tangible recognition of the common bonds that link film and video professionals, from the aspiring student and camera assistant to the news veteran and senior director of photography. We facilitate the dissemination and exchange of technical information and endeavor to advance the knowledge and status of our members within the industry. As an organization dedicated to furthering technical assistance, we maintain contact with non-partisan groups in our industry but have no political or union affiliation.
FEATURES – VOLUME 3, NO. 7 DECEMBER 2011
Pulling Double Duty on Foresight Features’ Monster Brawl and Exit Humanity By Brendan Uegama
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In Global Hotspots with John Holosko csc
By Fanen Chiahemen
Behind the Scenes with Jasper Vrakking: Digital Imaging Technician
By Fanen Chiahemen
COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS 2 From the President 4 In the News 18 Tech Column 21 Camera Classified 24 Productions Notes / Calendar Cover: DOP Brendan Uegama (centre) on the set of Monster Brawl with actors Kevin Nash as Colonel Crookshank and Robert Maillet as Frankenstein. Credit: Jesse T. Cook
Canadian Cinematographer December 2011 Vol. 3, No. 7 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Joan Hutton csc EDITOR EMERITUS Donald Angus EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Susan Saranchuk email@example.com EDITOR Fanen Chiahemen firstname.lastname@example.org COPY EDITOR Karen Longland ART DIRECTION Berkeley Stat House WEBSITE CONSULTANT Nikos Evdemon csc
FROM THE PRESIDENT Joan Hutton csc As 2011 winds down, I would like to make two important announcements regarding the CSC vice-presidency and the 2012 CSC Awards. The CSC vice-presidency is a multi-faceted position that can be very timeconsuming. To help shoulder the duties and bring even more depth to this volunteer job, the CSC has appointed two vice-presidents. I am very pleased to announce that Ron Stannett csc and associate member Carolyn Wong have agreed to share the responsibilities as the new co-vice-presidents.
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Carolyn Wong has been a CSC member since 1990, with the last three years as a director ex-officio on the CSC Executive Board. Carolyn began her career in the film and television industry working as a production assistant, then a camera assistant, before settling in as a cinematographer. She is well known and respected for her craft and skilled as an indie film maker, producing and shooting many of her own projects. Carolyn’s experimental documentary Yin Yin/Jade Love won the “Outstanding Short Film Award” at the ReelWorld Film Festival. The CSC is lucky to have Ron and Carolyn as vice-presidents and I wish them all the best in their new roles. It’s almost that time again! The 2012 CSC Annual Awards show is just around the corner. The CSC awards committee has made two major changes to the upcoming competition. For fairness and expediency, the format for all submissions is now DVD or Blu-ray only. The exception is the features category, where all formats are still accepted. The other major change is the creation of a new award for certain categories to better reflect their unique style and the exceptional skills required to master them. The new “Shooters Award” will be presented to individuals who have exhibited brilliant camera work in the following categories: Roy Tash Spot News, Stan Clinton News Essay, Lifestyles/Reality and Corporate Cinematography. All other category awards remain the same. The 2012 deadline for award submissions is January 31. The CSC 55th Annual Awards Gala will be held March 31 at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. For details and entry forms please visit: www.csc.ca On behalf of the CSC Executive, I would like to wish all our members, sponsors and readers a merry Christmas, a happy holiday season, and a prosperous New Year.
An Eye On The World Mark Irwin, ASC, CSC, reflects on advantages of global resourcing “The thing I like the most about cinematography is the ability to use an Austrian camera with a French zoom lens on an Italian fluid head with an English tripod and also rely on a set of German prime lenses. The reason I get my gear from Clairmont Camera is very simple. To me, it’s not a rental house—it’s a portal into the World of Cinematography. I started out in the business in Canada and managed to travel a lot while shooting films, so I gained an appreciation for all things international. At the same time, I found that a “monoculture” point of view could not give me the options I was looking for. What I find in Clairmont is a group of people who share my outlook; people who travel to trade seminars and cinematography forums all over the world; people
who can understand my shooting conditions and discover new equipment—film or digital—to meet those needs. I can’t get to Germany, France, Japan or the UK to find the next best thing so I rely on Denny Clairmont, Alan Albert, Tom Boelens, Andree Martin and Mike Condon to go there and bring it back so I can use it. Call me selfish, but I eagerly await the chance to shoot my next project with the latest and greatest equipment; the Arri 235, the Sony F35, the Arri D-21, the Iconix, the Red, whatever—and repeat the same experience I have had for 16 years and over 38 film and television projects: excellent equipment, innovative modifications and quality service...from quality people I’ve come to trust.”
IN THe NewS
Laser projector photo courtesy of Kodak.
ohn Holosko csc was awarded a Silver award in the 2011 PromaxBDA DesignNorth America Awards in the Art Direction and Design: Promo News category for CBC News Toronto: Neighbourhoods. In other news, Magnolia Pictures has bought Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz, lensed by Luc Montpellier csc, for U.S. release in summer 2012. Meanwhile, IFC Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights for the Steve Cosens csc-shot Edwin Boyd; Myriad Pictures will distribute the film worldwide. Also, Ascot Elite has bought the Ken Scott-directed Starbuck – shot by Pierre Gill csc – for German-speaking territories.
William F. White Promotes Paul Roscorla
Photo courtesy of william F. white.
laser projection products. The deal will enable IMAX for the first time to deliver the highest quality digital content available to IMAX film-based screens larger than 80 feet and to dome theatres. This technology also will allow IMAX to distribute content with greater efficiency to the company’s global theatre network. IMAX expects to introduce the new laser-projection technology by the second half of 2013 and that it will provide the company’s largest screen and dome customers – which have previously only had access to analog film – with a full array of digital content, which often includes Hollywood’s biggest IMAX DMR titles. Kodak engineers will work closely with IMAX engineers over the next 18 months to assist with the implementation of the technology into the IMAX product family.
Canon Announces Cinema EOS System Canon Paul Roscorla
Production equipment supplier William F. White International has promoted Paul Roscorla to EVP and COO. Roscorla, who has worked at WFW for 30 years, was most recently VP of sales and marketing at WFW Vancouver. Reporting to WFW Chairman and CEO Paul Bronfman, Roscorla in his new post will oversee company operations nationwide.
IMAX Licenses Exclusive Rights to Kodak’s Next-Generation Laser Projection Technology IMAX and Kodak announced that IMAX has licensed from Kodak certain exclusive rights in the digital cinema field to a portfolio of more than 50 patent families covering fundamental laser projection technology. IMAX also licensed from Kodak certain exclusive rights in the digital cinema field to a broader range of Kodak patents covering complementary technologies useful for
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Canon last month launched its Cinema EOS System, a professional digital cinematography system spanning the lens, digital video camcorder and digital SLR camera product categories. The camera features a newly developed Super 35 mm-equivalent approximately 8.29-megapixel CMOS sensor, which reads full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) video signals for each of the three RGB primary colors, decreasing the incidence of moiré while realizing high resolution with 1,000 horizontal TV lines. Supported by a heightened signal read-out speed, the CMOS sensor reduces rolling shutter skews. Additionally, the combination of the sensor with Canon’s DIGIC DV III image processor facilitates high-precision gamma processing and smooth gradation expression. Canon also introduced seven new 4K Cinema Lenses—two EF cine zoom lenses, two PL cine zoom lenses and three EF cine prime lenses—which complement the company’s current lineup of interchangeable EF lenses for EOS SLR cameras.
RED Launches Scarlet-X RED Digital last month released the Scarlet-X. With burst
modes up to 12 fps at full 5K resolution alongside 4K motion capture from 1-30 fps, the camera allows photographers and cinematographers to simultaneously capture motion footage and still content. Scarlet-X comes standard with a Canon EF or PL mount, which can be swapped using Scarlet-X’s interchangeable lens mount system. Panavision, Anamorphic, and Nikon lenses are also compatible with the camera. The Scarlet-X, which can capture 5K REDCODE RAW stills and true 4K motion footage, produces visually lossless files that can easily be graded and finished.
Digital Domain Standardizes on Tweak Software’s RV-SDI and RV for Stereo Dailies Tweak Software announced that digital production studio Digital Domain has standardized on Tweak’s RV and RV-SDI software to enable a common collaborative viewing experience from desktops to screening rooms for image, sequence and 2K stereo dailies review throughout its studios. RV enables easy review of images and sequences through a flexible dailies workflow and an advanced media architecture that can automatically combine media of different resolutions, frame rates, color spaces, and audio sampling rates. RV-SDI provides dual link SDI output with embedded audio to handle 2K stereo playback/review in screening rooms and theatres. Digital Domain also tapped RV’s open API and SDK to integrate RV tightly with its proprietary DMX dailies system. The result is a seamless experience for users during dailies whether they are all together in one room or remotely connected from different facilities.
events in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto. Recognized for its groundbreaking performance, Stereo3D CAT is a one-ofa-kind monitoring and analysis solution that helps professional stereographers quickly solve spatial disparities that commonly disrupt 3D shoots. It was introduced at NAB 2011 and won “Best in Show” for its ability to simplify stereoscopic 3D camera calibration and monitoring. [Editor’s note: see The St. Judes: NFB’s New 3D Documentary, Canadian Cinematographer, November 2011 .
Meduza Systems Launches 3D Camera for TV Production Meduza Systems recently launched the Meduza TITAN, the first fullycontrollable, lightweight, 3D precision single HD camera with 1080p dual sensors for 3D television production. Featuring two 1080p CMOS sensors, the 3.5 kg TITAN is capable of a full range of frame rates, from 24 fps to 120 fps in 10 bit, and has fast, fully motorized inter-axial and convergence. Convergence is accurate to 1/1000 of a degree and the inter-axial to 1 micron.
FUJIFILM Optical Devices Posts Online Video as Part of Social Media Initiative FUJIFILM’s Optical Devices Division recently posted a video tutorial on “How to Clean A Lens” on its YouTube channel, Facebook page, and corporate blog. The three-minute video, the first installment of a multi-part video series on “Lens Care Maintenance,” features Thom Calabro, director of marketing and product development for FUJIFILM North America Corporation’s Optical Devices Division. Supported by on-screen graphics and illustrations, Calabro describes proper lens cleaning techniques. The “Lens Care Maintenance” series expands the Fujifilm Optical Device Division’s online video library, including tutorials on “Optimum Focus,” “Optical Stability,” and many that detail the features of the company’s lens line. The videos are part of a social media initiative introduced in March 2011 as a means to better inform the market about the unique benefits and features offered by FUJINON lenses.
Dashwood Launches Commercial Version of 3D Technology Dashwood Cinema Solutions launched the commercial version of its award-winning stereoscopic 3D (S3D) production technology – Stereo 3D CAT – at three special
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Photo Credit: Joan Hutton csc
ZTV founder Steve Zajaczkiwsky in his workshop.
i, I’m Steve!” I was shaking hands with Steve Zajaczkiwsky, the owner and founder of ZTV, one of Canada’s foremost professional video equipment rental houses. A young-looking 40-something, wearing a small button-down checked shirt, black cargo shorts, black Reeboks, and sporting a green ear stud, Zajaczkiwsky is not exactly the image one has in mind for the head of an enterprising broadcast services company. He may be the CEO, but Zajaczkiwsky is still willing to roll up his shirt sleeves and dirty his hands to get the job done. “I’ve been in the back with the fellows, moving and cleaning gear,” he says. The company name, pronounced ZEE-TV, was inspired by Zajaczkiwsky’s name. To many of his friends, he’s known as Steve “Zee,” and it didn’t take much for it to be pressed into service as the company moniker. The ZTV story runs something like The Little Engine That Could. Starting off 20 years ago, literally as a one-man rental band working out of his basement, Zajaczkiwsky nurtured and developed ZTV through the years into an evergrowing concern that is now housed in a spacious 10,000 squarefoot industrial complex in Mississauga, Ontario. Zajaczkiwsky earned his industry chops early in life. As a teenager he drove, for over a year, the equipment truck for Norman Jewison and his Canadian Centre for Advanced Film Studies. “They had this boxy truck, like the mailmen drove. The logos on the sides were painted over, but you could still see them. The insides
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By Guido Kondruss had been ripped out and shelves installed that were loaded with lights and cabling, like a grip truck. The Centre didn’t have much then and made do with what equipment they could get. It didn’t pay a dime, but I was fed, I got to take the truck home, and I learned a lot about the business,” Zajaczkiwsky says. What followed for Zajaczkiwsky were stints at the CBC working on shows such as Mr. Dressup, Street Legal, and The Kids in the Hall. He also worked City-TV’s Much Music before gravitating to equipment houses where he acquired his taste for the rental business. “I was also freelancing for all these different staging companies, making contacts. I saw where it was all going and thought, ‘I’m going to buy myself one of these cameras. I can do this,’” he recalls. Right from the beginning, ZTV carved its niche in the video rental business, servicing the live staging industry with cameras, camera gear and camera crews. Whether for television or the huge screens at a rock concert rolling through Canada, there’s a good chance that ZTV will be there. In fact, they provided the cameras for U.S. comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s tour this past summer. Another area of ZTV that is growing exponentially is production rentals to cinematographers, right from videographers through to production DOPs. Helping facilitate ZTV’s rapid growth is the newly appointed sales and marketing whiz Ted Mitchener and his expertise in cameras. With decades of industry experience under his belt, Mitchener spent 17 years at Precision Camera
honing his skills before calling ZTV home. “With Ted coming on board,” says Zajaczkiwsky, “it took ZTV to another level. We’re bigger, better, and the sky’s the limit.” Specializing mostly in Sony, ZTV also has Panasonic products and can put together Hi-Def or Standard Def, single camera or multi-camera packages depending on a customer’s needs. “There is a market for everything,” says Mitchener. “Technologically we can supply gear from the 1990s to present. We’ve got Betacams and DVCAM, but we’re definitely into HD with the Sony PMW F-3 and their EX1 and EX3. We’ve just acquired the new Sony Digi Trax HD/SD Multi-Format Camera System. Plus, we have Panasonic, such as the AG-AF 100AVCCAM and their AG-HDX900.” However, Mitchener warns, one can’t stand still when it comes to the rental game. “In this business you need to buy it before you need it,” he says. Zajaczkiwsky agrees, saying you’ve always got to keep an eye trained on future trends, anticipate your clientele’s needs, and continuously add to your inventory. “I’d like to have a couple of Sony 800s in the next six months. We’re going to be buying a wireless HD system probably in the next few weeks. Our acquisition wish list is endless.” It could be said that ZTV is the house that trust built. This is trust from clients underpinned by ZTV’s knowledge, experience, service and quality equipment. Zajaczkiwsky says trust doesn’t happen overnight, that it took years of nurturing to cultivate
relationships of this type. Judging by the volume of returning customers, ZTV has a winning formula. “People have choices, they can go many places. It’s all about who they trust. This is a personal business built on relationships. I think if you have good service and people trust you, you will do well,” Zajaczkiwsky says. And providing good service is a 24/7 commitment when people rent from ZTV, according to Zajaczkiwsky, especially if there is a problem that needs solving. “I’ve got this old-school pager. It’s no wonder doctors have these, because they work in underground parking lots, they work in Sudbury, they work everywhere, while BlackBerrys and iPhones, well, you know, they are limited. If a client can’t reach us then what good are we to them?” The dedication to excellence and customer care permeates throughout ZTV and is mirrored by its staff. For longtime employee Henry Pinnock, in charge of rentals and technical support, it’s all in a day’s work going that extra mile for customers. “If there is a problem we’ll solve it, we’ll make it work even if it’s in the middle of the night. That’s what we do,” he says. ZTV may have been the little company that could at one time… Well, it did do it and is now a robust shiny express train with no expectation of slowing down. For Steve “Zee” it’s about what’s important and being all that one can be. “It matters to me what people think, so if you are going to do something, do it well,” he says. For more on ZTV, please visit their website: ztvbroadcast.com
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By Brendan Uegama 8 â&#x20AC;˘ Canadian Cinematographer - December 2011
n 2008 I lived in Toronto where I first met director John Geddes, who is one of three Foresight Features producers. Geddes and I always talked about making a film together, but before long, I moved back to Vancouver. Luckily, when the time came, Foresight called me back to Ontario to be the director of photography on two films, Monster Brawl and Exit Humanity. Filming for Monster Brawl began in August of 2010 in Collingwood, Ontario, north of Toronto, and I spent a month in prep with director Jesse Cook. He and I approached the film with an “anything goes” mentality. After all, we were making a movie about monsters fighting in a graveyard! The main set is an old graveyard and was constructed in a warehouse by production designer Jason Brown. In the middle of the set is a wrestling ring surrounded by tombstones, two large crypts, an announcers’ booth and a few hundred trees surrounding the perimeter, plus a few dump trucks of mulch on the ground. Behind the trees, we hung about 25 20x20 solids to keep the background dark and infinite. With a 21-day schedule and a fair number of cast members to accommodate, I knew we needed as many of our lights in the sky as possible and to have it all run to a board. I hired Oliver Glaser as my gaffer/key grip and he did a great job organizing the board and lighting the film for me. We had lighting setups designed for each direction we were looking, and we could quickly adjust for new setups by flipping a few switches. Above the ring, we hung a bunch of 2Ks through a 12x12 Black Silk to create a slightly dawn-ish colour in that area. Around the rest of the set, I placed some 4Ks and blonds to highlight certain areas of the trees and other set pieces. We did not use many lights on stands, which made it easy for us to move around and for the actors to be free when fighting.
The Monster Brawl graveyard set was constructed in a warehouse by production designer Jason Brown.
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Brendan Uegama (centre) with first AC Duncan Vogel (left) and director John Geddes on location filming Exit Humanity.
Photo Credit: Devin Lund
Bottom The real fire gives warmth and texture to this scene in Exit Humanity.
Another main set is the announcers’ booth where commentators Dave Foley and Art Hindle sat. Since we were shooting a movie about monsters fighting in a graveyard, I felt the announcers’ booth should have a more sinister look than a sporting event on television. I put a few 300-watt Fresnels with snoots for backlight and allowed them to be in shot. For key light, I decided to give it a menacing feeling of warm up-light. I hung three 650-watt Fresnels directly over top of the announcers’ booth and spotted them on the table in front of the actors. We gave Dave and Art pieces of white paper to use as their “notes” and had them scatted on the table top, which in turn bounced the 650s back into their faces. The key light became a nice up-lit bounce, and the colour we gave this scene is a reddish-amber that feels like an evil glow from below. In the film, before each fighter comes out to the ring, the announcers give a breakdown on each monster, leading into a fiveminute backstory. To shoot those, we spent six days away from our main set, all at various locations around the Collingwood area. It’s amazing how diverse that area of Ontario is. We shot in a
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swamp, the woods, a castle and more, all within a 20-minute drive from our home base. Each one of the backstories has a different look from the fight. It was almost like making a short film on each character, and we had different approaches to each backstory. Much of the movie is dark and set at night, and we employed RED One digital cameras with the MX sensor upgrade to photograph the film. The MX chip in that camera is fantastic. We rated the RED at 800 ISO for all the scenes, including the few day exteriors, and our shadows and blacks looked great. For the majority of the film, we used one camera, operated by Devin Lund. For the days that we used a second camera gaffer, Oliver Glaser -- who is also a DOP -- stepped in to operate, and I occasionally operated as well. I generally operate on all the films I shoot, but decided not to for this, partially because of the tight schedule. I wanted to have Devin Lund on board because he is one of the best documentary cameramen I know and he relies heavily on his instincts. During our final fight between Frankenstein and Werewolf, there
is a lighting gag where suddenly the graveyard looses power, including all the lights, transitioning into a moonlit scene, followed by lightning. Naturally, we wanted to have lightning strikes, but because of the rolling shutter on the RED MX, it was proving to be too risky. So instead we went back to the basics and used shutters in front of our HMIs. The main problem with shutters was finding them in Toronto since they are so infrequently used today. We got all of our equipment from William F. White who had a couple left. We set our moonlight at a good base, and then overexposed our lighting by a few stops. It worked great, especially at the end of the film during the big monster showdown. It’s the highest point of intensity in the film, so we really used the lightning to heighten the effect. We finished the film at Optics in Toronto. Our colourist was David Hedley, and he and I spent six days colouring the film. It was a tricky film to colour, mostly because of the wrestling ring and the consistency of the atmosphere that was in every shot in the graveyard. David did a great job, and I enjoyed working with him and the guys at Optics. Monster Brawl was chosen as the opening night film at many festivals, including Fantasia and Toronto After Dark. It won the Audience Award at Fantasia and has also been picked up by Anchor Bay for distribution. We started filming Exit Humanity in October 2010 just outside of Kimberly, Ontario, a small town three hours north of Toronto. Principal photography ran just 25 days. The production rented a farm with some acreage that had fields, a small stream and a variety of forests, and most of the film was shot on the farm, with our main sets constructed on site. The weather was harsh and the land was covered with inches of mud, so we used ATVs to get around. Exit Humanity and Monster Brawl were very different films, and we approached them very differently. With Exit we kept the film in reality and shot it as a drama, rather than a typical horror. When it came to the lighting and camera work, everything had to be motivated, unlike Monster Brawl. Director John Geddes and I kept telling our crew that the film is a drama with horrific events, so our filmmaking must cater to the dramatic side and allow the horror to unfold naturally. Since the story is set in the 1870s, we took a minimalist approach to the lighting. All the day exteriors were shot without any lights or bounce, and we only used negative fill occasionally. Geddes and I really wanted the film to be bleak and grey since we were telling such a dark story. We fought the sun as much as possible, and luckily the clouds were on our side most of the time. If the sun was out, we tried to move inside or find a shady location to do the scene, yet every now and then, we had to embrace it. Many scenes depict the main character, Edward Young, hiking in fields, valleys and hilltops, and the few times we had the sun, it turned out to work well as it helped show the passage of time. During that time period, the only source of light at night for the average person was from candles, fireplaces or torches, so that’s
how we lit those scenes, except for moonlight, which we created using HMIs. Again I brought back Oliver Glaser as my gaffer, and he made a few flame bars that we used on almost every night setup. The flame bars we used were great because they came with long 5-foot copper pipes that had holes running halfway up. The copper pipes could be bent in any possible way and we could put them wherever we needed. Generally speaking, we had 250 or 216 diffusion in front of the flame bars at a safe distance, which gave a very beautiful quality that I felt could never be achieved with movie lights. The flicker of fire is so unpredictable that early in prep I knew using real fire was the only solution for this picture. In the film, Edward journeys across the state of Tennessee by horse and foot. One of the main sets he comes across is an underground tunnel system left over from the civil war and now occupied by General Williams (Bill Moseley) and his team. Production designer Jason Brown constructed a bunch of tunnels made from wood, mud and hay. When shooting there, we generally lit the scenes with the torches the actors were holding. Often, to create a bit of separation, we would have our flame bar lit around a corner so we could capture a glow coming from somewhere else. In one scene, where the medic (Stephen McHattie) is doing tests on a victim, we lit the small set with our flame bars as our key light, and we had our lamp ops holding torches off camera to keep the firelight approach. The warmth and texture that the real fire gave the scene is so perfect, I don’t know how I’ll ever go back to lighting fire scenes with lights! Another main set is the “witch’s hut,” where the character Eve, played by Dee Wallace, lives. We built this set in the forest and put large wild walls in the home to not only put the cameras through, but to also control the daylight coming in to avoid the use of HMIs during the day. The witch’s hut was small but had a large fireplace that always had a fire burning. That worked well for the scenes, but also for the crew as it was close to freezing many of the nights. Exit Humanity was entirely a one-camera shoot, shot on a RED One with the MX sensor. I generally prefer working with only one camera because I feel when watching a finished film, the audience will only ever see one camera’s POV at a time, and all our attention as filmmakers should be placed into that. Once again I brought back camera operator Devin Lund, who did a great job. He and I share such a similar eye for composition I rarely had to ask him to frame something differently. We had a couple days of steadicam, and Oliver Glaser, who owns a steadicam, operated. One of the things we tried to do on Exit was to always move the camera. There is rarely a static image, and when there is, it’s for a reason. John Geddes is a passionate director, and working with the Foresight team proved to be a unique experience filled with hard work, difficult filming locations and a large amount of satisfaction. Shooting Exit Humanity reminded me of what is possible with a small amount of light. We let the actors do what they needed and relied on the basic principles of photography to create a natural look that worked perfectly for this picture.
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In Global Hotspots with
JOHN HOLOSKO csc By Fanen Chiahemen
ohn Holosko csc doesn’t choose to shoot a lot of documentaries. But when director Giacomo Moncada, a friend of 20 years, asked Holosko to go overseas with him to shoot documentary footage for the Gideon Society, Holosko knew he had to accept, even though it would mean three weeks of travelling in the most remote parts of Cambodia, Ethiopia, India and South Sudan. The Gideon Society may be best known for distributing bibles in hotels, but it also partners with other organizations around the world that teach Bible classes and use the Bible to teach English. So, Holosko and Moncada, along with camera operator Lloyd Surdi, set off this past summer to document such
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work for videos that the society will post online or distribute throughout churches. Their quest to capture that footage turned out to be a feat that could make a documentary in itself. For one thing, most of the locations were so remote that infrastructure was virtually nonexistent. “Let’s say we landed in South Sudan,” Holosko says. “Then we’d take a small plane an hour or two and land in a field. Then we’d get in four-by-four vehicles and drive till there were no more roads, and then sometimes we would walk after that.” Resources were also often scarce. A lot of the time, Holosko says,
so that we could work with available lighting, and then I could accent and sculpt it if need be.” After the interviews, with the locals’ attention focused on the interview camera, “that’s when we could clandestinely sneak around and get the shots we truly wanted,” Holosko says.
Fortunately for Holosko, he had the creative license, from both Moncada and the Gideon Society, to document whatever he Attempting to look less like filmmakers and more like backpack- found compelling. “They weren’t looking for accolades. They ers seeking a particularly didn’t tell me, ‘Shoot kids off-the-beaten-path brand with flies in their mouths,’ of adventure, the trio careven though that was there ried equipment that could and it would tear your fit into three backpacks diheart out,” Holosko says. vided among them. They “It was just to document took the Sony EX3 and the people.” The juxtaposiEX1, as well as the Canon tion of breathtaking beauty 7D, not only because it can and grinding poverty propass for a tourist camera, vided plenty of visuals for but also because, as HolosHolosko. “We were rolling ko explains, “I like the imall the time. Anywhere we ages I get due to the size of went, I’d stick a GoPro on the sensor and it would cut the hood, on the roof, at in with the way we decidthe rear of the vehicles, on ed we were going to treat a bicycle through the rice the footage after we shot paddies,” says Holosko, it.” In addition, he took who sometimes went to two HD GoPros, wearextreme lengths to capture able and gear-mountable local colour. “In India I digital cameras designed for adventure or sports photography. “I stood in front of this very famous temple, put my camera on knew power would be scarce or non-existent, and weight was an the ground and shot a sunset right in the middle of an intersecissue. Realizing that we would be in vehicles at times for hours a tion, with cars six inches from me and motorcycles going by to day, I brought power bars and inverters, and as a result, we never do a time-lapse shot,” he says. Where life moves at a fast pace, missed a valuable moment, high-speed shooting is cruknowing we would probcial because nothing can ably never come back to be orchestrated or staged, these remote locations,” he so most of the footage was says. captured at 60 fps. “We liked the high-speed shootHaving several cameras faing because it gets us mocilitated the two-fold task ments that are magical. of shooting interviews and Giacomo and I have used capturing local colour and high-speed shooting in scenery, often covertly. “Gimost of our projects over acomo and I have a unique the years and have develcreative relationship and oped a high sensitivity and always carefully discuss our respect for the imagery we approach in great detail for capture. We wanted to get every project regardless of shots, for example, of chilits subject matter,” Hodren turning their heads losko says. For interviews, while running in the field. Holosko would mount flex Top: An interviewee in Cambodia. Bottom: John Holosko csc shows his camera to If we saw the opportunity, fills and battery-run LED a child in Cambodia. one of us would run out lights, and he occasionally and capture it,” he says. used his lighting kit. “And very carefully [Moncada] and I would choose a location that would be photographically appropriate, Visually, the landscape also served up plenty for Holosko to make the people comfortable and capture the emotion of the work with. “Photographically, it was amazing, the light, the landscape,” Holosko says. “He would allow me to study the area colour temperature and the atmosphere,” he recalls. “Each place Canadian Cinematographer - November 2010 •
Photo Credit Top: Lloyd Surdi. Bottom John Holosko csc
“there was no running water, no electricity, no restaurants, no cell phone, no nothing.” But one of the biggest obstacles was trying to avoid the radar of the authorities, who were reluctant to have certain aspects of their societies -- such as poverty and child prostitution -- captured on film, according to Holosko. “They never told us that, but they do not want the rest of the world to document it. They don’t want the world to see this reality,” he says.
Photo Credit: John Holosko csc
had its own look and colour. I could just build creative images and have fun and capture, for example, the dust off someone’s foot walking through a barren landscape, or a cloud formation over a beautiful Hindu temple.” But the beauty could also be captured in the simplest things. Holosko gives an example of an image that is one of his most memorable. “I had a shot of barbed wire in the foreground with a flower in a pool of water, this floating lily pad-type flower in it, and you pull to the background of the flower and you lose the barbed wire. That was just one of those shots I think that’s worth a million dollars as far as saying what exists there,” he says.
Photo Credit: John Holosko csc
Photo Credit: Lloyd Surdi
Women in India study the Bible in classes organized by the Gideon Society.
“Anywhere we went, I’d stick a GoPro on the hood, on the roof, at the rear of the vehicles.” - John Holosko csc
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Filming the locals often called for an adjustment of tactics. According to Holosko, many of the people they met had “never experienced any type of technology, even TV, so they don’t know what to make of the camera, so they’re not in fear of it.” On the other hand, he says, “a lot of the Muslim women you couldn’t really point the camera at them, so we had to be very clandestine, very quick. That’s when I would grab the Canon 7D and use longer focal length lenses.” Navigating cultural differences and the logistics of filming in resource-poor environments was one thing, but the team also had to keep their wits about them to safeguard their wellbeing. They survived on beef jerky, pepperoni sticks, peanuts and crackers, watched for cobras and scorpions, and often slept in places that had no walls or ceilings. “I remember in one place we stayed in I went out in the middle of the night just to take a look at the moon to see if I wanted to do a time-lapse shot, and I heard a growl. I bolted back in there and shut my door. I’m sure it was a lion or a cougar or something,” Holosko says. Still, he says he never felt his life was in any real danger. “I’ve been all over the world, I’ve been in crazy places most people never go, from the Arctic to Cape Town and back, but I’ve always felt that I would know if I was going to not come back.” Also, Holosko says he feels the risks were worth it. “A lot of the world thinks, ‘The Gideons just put bibles into hotels,’ but there’s other work they do. They just really wanted to document what they do,” he says. “I have had the opportunity to travel all over the world, and this particular trip has left me with some of the most powerful images of abuse and poverty I have ever been exposed to. The world has to become a better place, and I will continue to do what I can.”
escribing his job duties takes more than a few sentences for digital imaging technician Jasper Vrakking because he rarely does the same thing twice. “The position on the set changes depending on what the show is,” he explains. His role, however, he can describe more succinctly: “I work for the director of photography and I try to help him make sure his vision and decisions show up in post exactly as he had hoped,” he says. Translating the DOP’s images into reality can involve recording to camera, colour work, data management and copy, setting up look-up tables, adjusting camera settings, and monitoring exposure. It all depends on the chosen camera and workflow of any particular project.
Photo Credit: Brooke Palmer
Jasper Vrakking (left) with cinematographer Brian Gedge on the set of Saw 3D 3D.
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To determine his responsibilities on a set, Vrakking first has to develop a workflow with the director, producers and DOP. “I have to hammer out all the ramifications of how data gets from our cameras recording on set into the post house. What the process is going to be, how it’s going to get into post, where the colour is going to be done, how the dailies are going to be generated,” he says, adding that some workflows are more established than others. “If you take for instance an F900 show, everybody knows how that’s going to run,” he explains. “But if you take an ALEXA uncompressed-whilerecorded show, pretty much nobody knows how that all is going to work, how it’s going to affect the day-to-day.” In addition to designing the parameters and compiling the necessary gear, Vrakking also has to maintain the workflow so that everything works as the DOP would like, ensuring the proper operation of all the technical aspects of the cameras. “Somebody needs to have read all those manuals and know what those settings are,” he says. Indeed, a major feature of Vrakking’s work is reading manuals. He started out in the business before the age of digital image capture, working for a rental house, mostly fixing cables and cleaning gear, and it was then that he got into reading manuals. He learned how to work all the gear that was current at the time and figured out “when things went wrong, what they looked like when they went wrong, because diagnosing things quickly” is part of the job, he says. “You have to delve into it to see exactly what it won’t do as well as what the glossy brochure tells you it will do.”
DIGITAL IMAGING TECHNICIAN
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Vrakking sees his position as a cooperative effort between his contrast to colour work and the DOP’s lighting that ensures the DOP peace of mind at the end of the day. “There was a time when the cinematographer would shoot all day but couldn’t go home happy because he hadn’t actually seen anything he’d shot. It wouldn’t be until the next day that he gets the dailies coming back or neg reports coming in that there was nothing wrong with the film,” Vrakking says. “With digital and being able to review on the set, everything started being more comfortable. Now with having the colour work already done on set, the colour in dailies looks exactly as they watched the previous day, things start getting a lot more comfortable. The director of photography gets to go home and have the assumption that everything that goes off to New York or LA, that goes to the executive producer, it all looks exactly like what they saw and approved the day before. So that’s how I let the director of photography go home and sleep well.”
As HD shooting has expanded, the demand for Vrakking’s skills have increased, and he has helped many DOPs transition to digital shooting. During the late ‘90s when he was starting out in this role, “a director of photography was coming into digital from having shot a lot of film. It was a learning process for the director of photography, and there was a certain amount of risk involved and a certain amount of adventure in the whole process,” he says.
creativity on my side to try and bring out what they’re describing to me.” In addition, he sees putting together the disparate elements of the workflow and data flow packages as “an electronic edifice” that he builds, and “there’s got to be a certain amount of creativity to that,” he says.
The ever-advancing technology is what both challenges Vrakking and keeps him interested in the work. “Cameras are evolving constantly, and when the cameras aren’t evolving, there’s something else in the process that’s changing. There’s new monitors, new recording devices, new ideas about how the same camera should work the next time, different ways that people would like to do colour or speed,” he says. “If I ever get to do two shows exactly the same way, I’ll be pretty surprised.”
According to Vrakking, who has worked on everything from commercials to big-budget films like Cosmopolis and Total Recall, his job is rarely impacted by a production’s budget. “It’s more a matter of getting all the tools you need. Once you have that, it doesn’t make any difference whether you’re working on a $260 million movie or a $6 million movie, it doesn’t affect the work very much,” he says. “It’s when you try to skimp on various tools and various aspects of what it is that you’re trying to do, that’s what can invite disaster or cause problems. That’s the joy of having a workflow that functions properly.”
Digital imaging also calls for a large measure of creativity. “Especially on the colour, although there’s a certain amount of guidance from the director of photography or the directors, sometimes I get to come up with the basic grade myself,” Vrakking says. “Plus at a deeper level it is a collaboration. Let’s say as we shoot a historical piece, if you move further back in time, the colours can change a certain way so that it’s a visual cue to what time period we’re in, or if we enter into a flashback or something like that. There’s always things that a director or a director of photography have in their head, how they want something to look. And I’m the person sitting at the controls so there’s an awful lot of
Vrakking says that even as cameras become more sophisticated and no longer require technical support, opportunities in his line of work will continue to flourish as cameras become obsolete. “I see a waterfall effect of the cameras: as they get older and more people become familiar with the controls and the workflow, those cameras fall back to the types of productions that don’t require the technical support. Those cameras stop being used on the more current, cutting-edge shows, because there will be some better camera or a newer idea. There will always be more manuals for me to read. It’s never going to stagnate to good enough,” he says.
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Teradek Cube By Sarah Moffat
n late October I met with Brian Young, Product Manager Video and Production Technology at Vistek, to review and test the new Teradek Cube, which provides options in HD and SD. Here is what I learned: The Teradek makes a great tool for wired or wireless camera monitoring, streaming, proxy recording, or even remote camera connection (backhaul). You just need to adjust the setup of the Cube to optimize it for whatever application you wish to use it in. Out of the Box: The inputs are HD-SDI/SD-SDI, or HDMI, one type per unit. The Cube is initially set for the monitoring application, using medium quality transmission in Ad-hoc Wi-Fi mode, one-to-one transmission between transmitter to receiver or to iPad/laptop. For this basic use it comes preconfigured to the 2.4MHz Wi-Fi band on channel 3. This allows for plug-in and HD wireless monitoring of camera signals up to approximately 100 feet. You may need to adjust the Cube if you are in an area that has a lot of Wi-Fi activity. To do so, adjust the Cube setup within the supplied application TeraCentral. The use of thirdparty freeware can help you to see other Wi-Fi activity in your area, simplifying set-up. Testing the Cube and all other wireless devices on the camera in as close to the actual environment you will be shooting in as possible is strongly recommended. For example, if you are using a wireless controlled Preston motor on set it might cause some image breakup because the Preston and the Cube might be set on the same channel.
Photo Credit: Sarah Moffat
Typically, the Cube will produce an excellent image with about a one-third of a second image delay from camera to monitor via wireless in full 1080x1920 in Ad-Hoc mode. In the Teradek web interface, there is a slider bar on the desktop page. With Long Range at one end and Image Quality at the other, it is easy to slide between how much and less you want of one or the other. Some of the tests I did at Vistek showed me everything from severe image freeze and poor resolution when trying to push too many devices at once -- looking a bit like Skype on a bad connection -- up to a very clean HD image with a very short and brief image delay of one-third of a second in a one-to-one Ad-Hoc setup to a monitor or laptop. I also varied the encoder Mbps rate, which contributes to the quality and affects latency too. This was done in one room with high wireless activity in the area, and it generally worked okay when optimized. So, test, test, test your range needs before you go on a real job, and get to know the web interface system.
TeraCentral: TeraCentral software, which comes with Cube, allows you to easily see what Cubes are running on your network via an on-set computer. In TeraCentral you can select “configure settings” to launch the online web interface for Teradek, where you sign into your account and then configure the Cube in use from there. From TeraCentral you can also “play video” to launch the bundled VLC player and see the image being transmitted. It can be run via the USB stick that comes with the Cube or installed on your desktop.
Streams and Device Connections: Best quality can be achieved by sending one channel to one device (wirelessly) as there is a 5Mbps channel limit. However, you can configure the Cube so one medium quality HD stream, along with one SD quality stream or 3 SD quality stream, could be sent simultaneously. You can also set up a multi-cast to network player over a wired network with the addition of an optional multi-cast license.
Latency: Image delay versus image quality can be adjusted when using the Cube, but one must accept certain limits. If the desired choice is less latency, then anticipate image quality loss.
Infrastructure Mode: Using an Infrastructure Network means setting up a separate router as the middle-man. The laptop or Cube receiver and Cube transmitter then join that network
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and the transmitted signal is able to go beyond the average 100 feet of a one-to-one set up. The router will get you to approximately 300 feet. A router with a larger antenna will get you even further! Like with any equipment, some time spent playing with it will make the user more aware of its programming requirements. IT/IP savvy minds and patience recommended. Other Applications: Stream live wireless from your camera top to the Internet to “LiveStream” or embed the stream directly in your website. New 4GLTE support is coming for using cellular networks to transmit streams. Use the Cube as a real-time encoder, playing
out selects from your camera or encoding a stream for the Internet from your timeline in editing. It is also possible to use the Cube to send a “feed” online to Master Control of a broadcaster. Master Control can then put the feed into a switcher and cut it live to air, much like a satellite truck for CBC, say. A Proxy Key option from Teradek allows your computer to record the proxies from RED or ALEXA automatically as the camera records/pauses, then share those files with the production team on your wireless network. The Teradek website provides plenty of helpful hints and videos, as well as an online forum for questions and answers, or you can go into Vistek and talk to some experts in person.
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CSC Affiliate Member Colin Davis Retires
Photo courtesy of Technicolor.
SC Affiliate member and Technicolor Creative Services, Vice President – Film Services, Colin Davis has announced his retirement after more than 45 years in the entertainment industry. Davis was born in Guildford, England, and immigrated at the age of 20 to Toronto where he landed a position at what was then Pathé-Deluxe in October of 1966, followed by Filmhouse and then Kodak in 1975. He worked in the industry his entire career, spending 27 years at Kodak, both in Canada and in the United States, in all capacities from Sales Executive to Vice-President & Business Manager Entertainment Imaging. In 2002, he joined Command Post &Transfer Corporation, and finally Technicolor in 2004.
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Davis got his foot in the door by chance after hearing about an opportunity for a job in a laboratory from an acquaintance, but he quickly fell in love with the industry. “It just seemed to be the place to be,” he says. “It was an evolving industry, a fledgling industry in those days, so it had great potential and has grown to be an important part of the global business today.” He says one of the best features of his career has been the people he’s met, especially through industry associations like the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and the CSC, relating to the science and technology aspect of his work. His time at Technicolor has been very enjoyable “from the standpoint of taking it to the next level. It was the first name in film, going back to 1916, so it’s been interesting to see how it has evolved and gone beyond that of an imaging company, albeit film or digital,” he says. Davis, who was awarded the 1996 CSC Bill Hilson award for outstanding service contributing to the development of the motion picture industry in Canada, has fond memories of the CSC and says he is honoured to have collaborated with such people as Fritz Spiess csc, Bob Brooks csc, Richard Leiterman csc, Bert Dunk csc, asc, Nicholas Allen-Woolfe csc, Harry Lake csc, David Herrington csc, Rene Ohashi csc, asc, André Pienaar csc, sasc, and John Holosko csc, to name but a few. Davis says he now wants to take some more time to focus on some home projects and spend time with his family. “After 45 years of giving so much to the industry and enjoying so much about the industry, it’s time for my family,” he says.
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PRODUCTIONS & CALeNDAR
Production Notes Antiviral (feature); DOP/OP Karim Hussain; to December 9, Toronto The Chronicles of Riddick (feature); DOP David Eggby; OP Francois Daignault; to January 26, 2012, Montreal The Firm (series); DOP Adam Swica csc; OP Russ Goozee csc; to April 18, 2012, Mississauga King II (series); DOP Rudolf Blahacek; OP Dino Laurenza; to March 15, 2012, Etobicoke The Listener (series); DOP Stephen Reizes csc; OP Cudah Andarawewa; to February 15, 2012, Mississauga Lost Girl II (series); DOP David Greene csc; OP Rod Crombie; to January 22, 2012, Toronto Mama (feature); DOP Antonio Riestra; OP Angelo Colavecchia; to December 9, Toronto Nikita (series); DOP Glen Keenan csc & Rene Ohashi asc, csc (alternating episodes); to Apr 10, 2012, Toronto Republic of Doyle III (series); DOP Malcolm Cross; OP Tony Guerin; to December 14, St. John's Resident Evil: Retribution (feature); DOP Glen MacPherson csc, asc; OP Robert Stecko; to December 23, Etobicoke Rookie Blue III (series); DOP David Perrault csc; OP Frank Polyak; to January 23, 2012, Mississauga Still Seas (feature); DOP Guillermo Navarro; OP Gilles Corbeil; to April 13, 2012, Toronto
Calendar of events – December Nov. 30-Dec. 4, Whistler Film Festival, Whistler, BC, whistlerfilmfestival.com January 19-29, Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah, sundance.org 31, CSC Awards entry deadline, csc.ca February 3-12, Victoria Film Festival, Victoria BC, victoriafilmfestival.com 16-26, Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, Montreal, rvcq.com March 1-4, Kingston Canadian Film Festival, Kingston, ON, kingcanfilmfest.com 15-25, International Film Festival on Art, Montreal, artfifa.com 23-Apr. 1, Cinéfranco, Toronto, cinefranco.com 31, CSC Awards, Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre, Toronto, csc.ca April 12-21, Images Festival of Independent Film & Video, Toronto, imagesfestival.com 26-May 6, Hot Docs, Toronto, hotdocs.ca Correction In the item “Sony Products Unveiled at CSC Meeting” published in the “In The News” section of the November 2011 issue, the Sony F65 4K digital camera should have been listed as the unveiled camera rather than the NXCAM FS100U. we apologize for the error.
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