October 23, 2009 -- Unlike the first two days of sessions at Re:Frame, Wednesday's sessions were broken up by a field trip where everyone had the opportunity to spend time out in the field learning from Bruce Patterson, Philip Bloom, and Jason Magbanua - three incredibly talented and award-winning cinematographers and filmmakers.
Re:Frame hired models to act as our bride & groom and had rented a beautiful gown from a local bridal shop to compliment the models style and beauty. They also scouted a beautiful location in San Fran that served as the backdrop for our stills and video.
Our group of 75 were separated into three smaller groups so that we could spend some time with each of the workshop leaders before rotating.
Bruce Patterson, one of four members that make up the Re:Frame Collective, provided the opportunity for all of us to get some hands on time with some of the cool tools of the trade. This gave everyone access to trying out a Glidecam camera stabilizer with or without the vest, as well as a few of the sliders and Glidetracks that he brought with him. Bruce spent all afternoon answering questions and helping us out with the gear.
The group that started with Jason Magbanua back at the hotel had the rare opportunity to take part in a mock bridal prep. I, unfortunately, was not part of the group that attended this session, but heard from others that Jason shared a lot of information about the lenses and angles he uses - along with an explanation of what goes into those decisions. Once the session was over, Jason and his group hopped on the bus and headed over to the park to meet up with the rest of us. If there was one disappointment from the entire week, it would have been that only a third of the group got to experience first hand how Jason approaches the bridal prep. Coming from me that's a minor quibble, especially considering there were four full days of which nearly everything was perfect.
While we all didn't get the opportunity to shoot a bridal prep with Jason, we did get the chance to shoot by his side at the park as he set up some stylish motion candid's of the bride & groom.
If getting the chance to shoot with and learn from Jason and Bruce wasn't enough, everyone also had the opportunity to shoot and learn from Philip Bloom, arguably one of the most well known personalities on the web in this new video DSLR movement. Philip knowns the EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D inside and out - and is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to getting the most from these camera's. If you had a how-to question, Philip had the answer and would gladly walk you through the steps needed to achieve the result you were looking for: Time-Lapse; how to acheive a shallow depth-of-field even in bright daylight; the best methods for capturing audio; avoiding the 'rolling-shutter' effect; and which lenses to use to achieve the look you want.
Here is some footage that I captured during the shootout on Wednesday - along with some additional footage captured on the streets of San Francisco that evening. I hope you enjoy.
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