Many people are trying out Twixtor to slow down HDSLR video (especially from cameras like the Canon Rebel T2i/550D which have 60fps) and Ryan Cockrell from Lunch & Recess sent us his latest example. The twist tho to this story is that he didn't do the Twixtor work, he found someone to help him with his project by reading planet5D! Read Ryan's story below
I'm a big planet5D fan. Thanks for keeping us all current on all the developments in the world of low budget, high production-value story telling. I just wanted to let you know about a pretty cool project we did that was recently released:
Note: This is from a series of four videos featured on the bicycle safety campaign channel on youtube Ryan is talking about below…
These four spots were a part of a bicycle safety campaign called “Safe Streets Save Lives” launched in SC in an attempt to increase awareness of rules of the road amongst bicyclists and motorists alike. This bicycle safety campaign has a great message to push on the web. Motorists and Cyclists alike need to understand the rules of the road and respect one another. Lives are at stake, and so is our future. If we can make the streets safer for bicycle commuting we can pave the way for more bicycle commuting and less vehicles on the road. We all know the less fuel we burn, the better off we all are.
The first piece titled: Let's Get There Together (above) called for some super-mega-slow motion. We considered shooting with the phantom, but there was nowhere near enough budget for that. I remembered a really cool project I saw here on planet5D by Oton Bacar (featured in this planet5D post)
where he used twixtor and after effects to create the sickest slo-mo effects with bmx. It was a really popular video so I figured he would be too busy to work with lil ole Lunch & Recess. But I gave it a shot and contacted him through vimeo. To my surprise he wrote back to me right away – all the way from Slovenia – and was really cool. He was totally open to working with us, so we hired him to create the smooth slo-mo, augmented slushee flying, and color grading. We shot the piece on a Canon Rebel T2i at 60fps. Then we edited a rough with place-holder-janky-slo-mo. Then we sent Oton the rough cut as well as the original files without any slow motion. He worked his magic and sent it back. It all worked out beautifully.
The rest of the four spot campaign for bike safety was shot on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. I've played with the Red and the af-100 and I continue to watch the comparison videos with sony's new large chip cameras. I find the developments interesting and potentially life changing if I could leave behind the technical awkwardness created by the 5d. The simple fact remains that the images it captures just look cool. I feel strongly about the 5D2, it has magic, so I'll keep using it to get the cinematic look and feel even with all the weird technical hiccups it causes. The risk/reward is worth it.
Our company is based in Charleston, SC. I think it's pretty cool that we handled the whole project through email, skype, and dropbox. Oh yeah and paypal:) Oton is a gifted film-maker and we were honored that he was willing to work with us. We hired him based on what we saw on the planet5D blog. Thanks to planet5D for helping us make a connection.
Ryan, it is quite our pleasure and we're just thrilled to hear success stories like yours. We get a lot of email and many folks simply write to say thanks – and to tell us how much planet5D has helped them. It really is humbling! I'm just so thrilled planet5D is something that helps folks around the world. What a great “job” I have!
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)