The moment we all have been waiting for...behind the scenes footage of SPOON and the SI-1920. These first few clips I have put together to try and show you a bit about what's going on and so you can take a look at some ways we are using the camera's and software.
Simon with software interface
In this clip you can see Simon, one of our directors, after just installing some new software we got from Silicon Imaging. The picture you see on screen is the interface we use to control camera operations, all with the click of a button. Here we just recieved software upgrades that enabled us to change shutter speed through the program. You will also notice, from around 35 second in the clip, how Simon is selecting the project archive he wants to record to. Each time the record button is pressed and then stopped again a seperate file is created for each take. This is a huge help in post-production as all your clips are already seperated and ordered.
Camera LCD screen
The camera head sends the GigE signal to our wafian boxes, and then the screen image from the computer screen is sent baack to the LCD mounted on the heads, as you can clearly see here. Thus what you see at VT is what the camera operator sees, and the other way round of course. This was filmed on our set that we built in the school hall.
Shaheen on the SI-1920
Our camera operator for Camera Head 1, Shaheen. The camera heads are quite light so actions like standing on a high ladder is no problem. The light heads have made various such shots possible that would have, though possible, been more dificult.
Couple of shots where we are using the camera on a Jib Arm. Very easy to control and it gives a very nice smooth motion to the shot.
Right, I hope you like our first behind the scenes footage, there are more clips, but I'll post them tomorrow. If there is anything specific you want to see, feel free to ask for it in the comments. Just as a teaser I will say that future clips include: outside shots, camera's on bungee rigs, close-ups of the camera, some stunts and Grant, our DOP, showing off the glyde-cam.