Indie Film Live

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Batteries and Stars

Our shoot at the power station is still going on and the cameras keep performing excellent. Apart from the cameras I also need to thank Anton Bauer for the batteries they are supplying us. We are using Hytronic 140, 140W batteries or Dionic 90, 90W batteries on the heads. We are getting around eight hours of filming from our Hytronic 140 and over four hours on the Dionic 90. These are the best batteries we could hope for so go take a look at their website at for more information on them.

Also for those who have not heard we have an appearance in the film by Rutger Hauer, who plays the lead of Daniel's father. Rutger Hauer has made over 100 television and film appearances since his debut in 1969 in the TV series "Floris". He later appeared in more well-known films and series such "Blade Runner", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Alias", "Smallville", "Sin City", "Batman Begins", and many more. In 2001 he also directed a film by the name of "The Room". So if you are a fan, look out for him in our movie. For more information on Rutger Hauer, visit his official website at

As you can see Simon did a big technical update with his previous post. For you other techies: I have asked our photographer to get some shots of the wired rigs and will be posting them hi-res for you to get a closer look. Ari on your question in my previous post: that is a normal GigE UTP RJ45 connection. Also for those who are wondering about our sound recording. The sound is recorded separately, not together with the footage, but with the video we record a reference clip so that we at least have some sound in playback on set and editing

What do you all think of the footage so far?


  • Here are a few of the quotes from the Forums:

    "wow...It's gorgeous. It's not video,....but not quite film either. It's the FUTURE!!Depth and color are ridiculously good,.....and the movie looks pretty interesting!!"....Ian Mora

    "That's gorgeous footage- a big step up from the heavily compressed 1/3" ccd hd cameras."...Steven Madsen

    "I was a critic of the previous demo footage, which looked a bit soft to me. But I have to say, this is downright awesome!"...Glenn Gipson

    That last clip was seriously impressive( Kassana

    When does Rutger Hauer make his appearance?

    How many more weeks of shooting do you have?

    Do you have any behind the scenes videos that you can post?

    Are you recording scratch audio in the AVI all the time?

    What is running from battery? Is 2-hours of recording time or just time from turning the equipment on ?

    By Anonymous Ari Presler, at 11:29 PM  

  • Wow... I'm stunned by the footage. It's unbelievably good. Just shocked by it and drooling on my shirt.

    By Blogger Andrew J Wahlquist, at 9:18 PM  

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    By Blogger francois, at 4:25 AM  

  • Thanks for the good feedback everyone.

    We have finished our filming with Rutger, so I will see if we can post a shot of him. We have been shooting for three weeks now and are about a third of the way through, so we have about 40 days of planned shooting ahead.

    As for the audio, yes we are recording scratch audio all the time. It just helps to have it when we quickly want to take a look at a shot.

    The batteries are powering only the camera and the LCD screen mounted on top. In actuality we are getting about double the time than I said, it's just when restarting the camera that takes some time off. Since the camera is working as long as it is on, recording doesn't take that much off.

    You asked earlier about the flash settings...we are running 1/50sec exposure actually.

    By Blogger francois, at 4:35 AM  

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