Thanks to a tip, we've been able to get more exclusive information about a new
TV Web Pilot that is in post-production. On twitter, Josh Negrin (see his IMDB Biography and previous work) sent us some info about a TV Web Pilot he's been making and gave us this additional info about the project:
UPDATE: D'oh – Josh informed me that I can't read LOL – it is a ‘web' pilot, not a ‘TV' pilot. My apologies!
“323” is a new web mini series comedy, about a young guy who has just moved to LA. Amongst his adventures he finds new friends and new love.
Our lead actress is Deanna Russo (“Knight Rider” and one of “Maxim” magazine's top 100 for 2009) (Deanna's IMDB bio).
The show pilot has been shot and is in post now. We're not sure yet what kind of color correction we really need to do, and that's a good thing. The video from the 5D Mark II looks awesome right out of the camera, as opposed to my experience shooting RED. The image from the RED comes into the edit looking flat and a contrast bump is a must with that camera, in post. We brought in a great d.p., Royce Dudley, who really knew nothing, at first, about shooting the 5D. His experience has been mostly with 35mm film. By the second hour of shooting, though, Royce had mastered the 5D's video capabilities. There were times when we had to try different things in order to get the camera to open the aperture of the lens, as opposed to shooting at 3200 ISO. As a general rule, we kept the ISO under 1600. I would go into detail, but I just read that we're getting manual control on June 2nd, and that is exciting!!
We shot with three lenses, canon 50mm f1.8 canon 85mm f1.8 and canon 28-135 IS f3.5-5.0. Any time we used either of the primes, we made sure we were locked down. Tripod, jib, or dolly only for those lenses. They produce amazing images, but not when you're handheld. We mostly used the IS lens, because of how wide some of our shots were, and also because we enjoyed the freedom of being able to take the camera off the sticks and go handheld. We were shooting so fast, we opted to not have a matte box or french flag. Anything that would slow down a lens change.
Overall, the 5D Mark II definitely had what it took to give us an amazing image to better tell our story. As for post, we batch exported all of the clips using a free program called MPEG Streamclip into the apple pro res format and will be editing in FCP.
The first three images are pulled straight from the video, with no color correction. The other images are behind the scenes shots.
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Behind the scenes:
Our many thanks go to Josh Negrin!
(Header Photo credit: snap from the TV Show)