Alright so I wanted to give you guys an inside look into a video I just shot called “Stargazing”.
So it started snowing I think around noon on the day of the shoot and we were shooting in Columbus which is about an hour and a half drive for me. I was on my way there and I had to go like 35 on the highway, by the time I finally got down there the roads were even worse.
We went ahead and shot the first scene at J.A.I.’s apartment. I lit it with a Viltrox portable LED light to backlight him, and a quasar science tube as the key light. We brought in a smoke machine and it ended up adding a lot of depth to the couch scenes and overall made it look more cinematic.
The second scene was just right outside the apartment, we ended up kind of getting the scene together on the fly and I had J.A.I. stand in the bed of an F-150 while my friend Scene waved the LED back and forth for a pretty unique look. After that we headed to the final location which was a completely empty parking lot. It ended up being perfect for what I had in mind because we had the space to do it. I got the generator out and held up two quasar science tubes behind the car to act as a backlight and just for style. I made sure to keep the generator behind the car so you couldn’t see it in the shot, and I used the Portable LED on a light stand to act as a keylight for J.A.I.
We got a few shots here, I got a wide shot and then I switched lenses to my Sigma 30mm f1.4 and got some close ups to cut between in editing. I color graded the whole video in Premiere Pro as well I’ve been really impressed with the color develop module as they’ve released updates it’s just gotten way better. I made most of the effects in this video with after effects I’ve definitely been sleeping on it but I’m glad I started utilizing AE into my workflow.
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