Motorized Precision and Kira

I started a new company last year and now I can share it with the World.

It’s call Motorized Precision and has a product called Kira. Kira changes the way we work on set and speeds up our workflow and  opens up our minds to just what we can achieve.

Check her out here: Motorized Precision

Kira RED WEAPON

The Giving Tree Short Film

Back in Summer of 2014 I had the magical experience of filming a short film, which was based upon Shel Silverstein’s book,    “The Giving Tree,”

The film is directed by Brian Brose, produced by Chris Buchal, and I was the Cinematographer. Harrisen Howes was AC/Stedicam Opp for a few shots and the film was beautifully color graded by Jordan Snider.  We all came together to bring Shel Silverstein’s book to life with fresh eyes.  It turned out many other talented people shared the same vision and worked on this movie.

We had a great cast of Greg James, Brady James ( his son), Janet Day Brelje, Dennis Fitzpatrick, Jessica Lynn Skinner and David Koshuba.

 

WebThe shoot was completed quickly over the course of a weekend during beautiful Portland summer days. If I recall it was shot on the Red Scarlet with Canon Cinema Primes.  Brian wanted to capture the feeling of being in love, which we discussed as bright beautiful, and flowing with tender grace.  The sparkling eyes of childhood, would pop with saturated colors, and vibrant contrast.

Attached above is a look at the first scene in the movie, when the boy was still young and in love with the Tree. We wanted this scene to be the most vivid color wise in the whole film and really speak to what it feels to be young and in love.

Stay tuned for more scenes from the movie as we gear up towards the release of the short.

Thanks for reading.

Sean

Subaru Japan- Dentsu

This spring I got to travel to Norway and all around Oregon working on a Subaru campaign for the Japanese agency called Dentsu

They cover about 11% of the global marketshare for ad’s.

I wanted to share a few links to the work I shot for them and the Discovery Channel Japan.

Music Video Break Down. C100 and Ninja2

Today’s blog will be focused on break down of visual tone and style in a recent music video.
I shot a music video for a local Canby,Oregon Band and didn’t have much time to put into prep, but did have a few things I could control.
I was bringing my friend Bailey out to act in this video so I could control the wardrobe she wore and I also had some control or choice in the locations. We shot in a forest area and in a Dahlia field. In this field I was able to chose different color rows of flowers to put the subjects in, to fit the story lines.

Our story and song was about breaking up in a relationship, most of us have had this at one point in our lives. I wanted a strong contrast between the dark song lyrics and the strong emotions coming from the band and the beauty of the flower field. For all the band parts we had the lead singer in a Black dress. For all the flower scenes we had her in a White dress with black accents. For the apposing character the “soon to be Ex girlfriend” played by Bailey we had her in a Black dress with White accents. I think it works great.

In this image below we have the Girlfriend(Actress) and the boyfriend Band member(Camron) in the field. I gave them a back story of meeting in this field where they first met in order to try to give the relationship one last try. We placed them in RED flowers to show love and also to show fire for hate.

On to the images from the last scene. We had a lot of visual contrast going on in this scene. We had the White Vs Black Dress of the Girls. We had the White Field of Flowers VS the Black on the Main Character (Camron) and the visual contrast between the White Dress girl and black dressed man. Also the jib up to separate the old and new girls with a pan down to leave us with the new couple.

Over all we did what we could to visually tell this story as best we could with what we had on the day. It was a fun shoot and looking forward to sharing what we got.

Thanks to Chris Mead and Tim Jankowsi for helping on the shoot and Chris for Producing it.

Sean D Brown

The lock down. What goes into it, and why it’s not just pressing record

Hello everyone,

A new spot that I shot for North in Portland is airing all over the web and TV. It’s getting a lot of attention due to the nature of the spot. Healthcare in Oregon.

Here is the spot:

 

So lets look at what went into creating a “Lock down” spot like this one.

For the tech people I will just give you a list of gear that I used to shoot this spot.

Gear List

Red Scarlet X 4kHD 6:1

Canon Cine Primes 24,50,85 Arri FF

True ND Filters, .3-1.5

2 12X12 with Silks   1 8×8 Ultra Bounce    4×4 diffs   1 4k HMI

 

So we got to set around 5-5:30 am. It was a overcast day with sun shine expected around noon. We were going to be shooting till around 3 pm or so.

I knew we would be getting our first shot around 8:30 and that at the time the sun would be just over some trees shining right on the subject straight on. We were lucky to have some nice cloud cover to give us a even light but it was very flat. I knew that would happen as we scouted the location a few days before. So I had the crew set up a 12X12 to help fill in the stage left side of the actors, as the sun was moving to stage right over time. We also had the 4k HMI on stage left side with a 4X4 Diff in front to help take some of the punch out.

As you can see we were going for the community theater look and feel for this spot and the director and I talked about lighting it like we were at the theater, if we can have hints of that. So the 4k also helped to at as my spot light for Laura. 

Next once the lighting was dialed in I had to deal with the increase in suns intensity as the clouds were shifting away. So we used the True ND filters in front of the lens to have matching looks and feels through the spots and time it took to film them. They are wonderful filters for the RED cameras as they deal with IR issues also. They were on loan from Bandpro! Thanks guys. Using ND outside is a must in these types of shoots. Not only did it let me keep my shooting f stop that I wanted but it allowed me to also with my background sky and keep the exposure level of the whole scene right where I wanted it.

After lunch we shot the 2nd spot.The sun had come out so we lost the 4k and set up a 12X12 white griff and used that as a big bounce source to even the fill side of the talent. It worked but we got lucky with some cloud cover that I liked much better and shot around the sun.

So over all a lot goes into a locked off shot on the behind the scene of it. The director and the production team did a wonderful job putting together all the events that take place on screen the talents were great and the set was a blast to be on. Thanks for checking this out and thanks again to Cover Oregon and North for having me aboard.

Sean D Brown

 

 

 

 

Downtown Portland Office

Well, I got a new downtown Portland Office location now with lots of space and creative people to be around. 123 NW 2nd Street Portland Oregon is the new Location.

Write me an email and come check out the space.

Sean

 

Updates

Hey everyone,

Here are some updates of what I have been up to.

I worked on a few TLC shows, Shot a TV spot for Downtown Portland with North.Shooting a music video for a Seattle band called The Classic Crime.

Got some new gear in including  Rokinon Cine 35mm T1.5 – Canon EF. Nice to have some new fast cine glass.

Working on a few more projects but will fill you all in when I have more to say 🙂

Thanks for reading.

Sean D Brown

NAB results.

Hey Readers,

So first I would like to say I posted a lot of photos to my Facebook page and my Twitter account that you can find up with my links in top right of the main page.

Here is a list of things I loved.

RED– HDMI wireless,new ssd sizes,New Dragon sensor(not sure if I will upgrade or not) and new 9 inch touch screen

Zeiss– New cp.2 Super speeds of the 35 1.5 and 85 1.5 they also have a 50 1.5 but it similar to there 50 1.4  of the cp.1, There ANAMORPHIC LENSES! The new 15 mm cp.2 is great.

Phantoms new smaller 1500 FPS camera looks great.

Wooden Camera shoulder rig and the new Titam shoulder rig for red cameras were great.

The New Cooke I5 lens were great!

Small HD has a new DP7 I love it but hope it cost less when released.

The Sony F65 looks amazing as well.

Letus rigs are great as always.

The Blackmagic 2.5 k Cinema camera was interesting but I don’t like the 2X crop on all the ef mount lens which is all it takes. I do like it shoots RAW to off the shelf media.

I loved Adobe CS6! I would really look at this if you are editing multi formats or cameras.(Speed grade)

G-tech has some new thunderbolt drives so do lacie.

Go pro is updating the Hero 2 to add Log curves and 35MB recording.

Apple will upgrade FCX to add RED support sometime…

I love the new LED lights from(Color temp changing) Kino flo and the new Imara 210 light!! Love them!

I loved meeting all the people that I did and hanging out with people who I don’t get to see that often.

 

Well I hope this helps. Feel free to contact me with any questions you have or would like to hear more.

Sean D Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nissan Leaf Commercial

So yesterday I shot a Leaf Commercial. It was tons of fun and all sorts of adventures with weather and locations and cars and much more. We have one more shoot day to go to finish the spot but the footage is looking great. We have great crews in Oregon and I have lots of friends that made this all happen. Thanks to all of you.

Here are some screen grabs and BTS from the event.

RED Scarlet for Stills.

Levy Moroshan of Levy-Moroshan-Photography asked me to come up to Portland and help out with a head shot session with my RED. I had a great time and got to do a few of my own tests while the model was their. I tried some new catch light styles you will see in the photos below. One of them we used two kino banks in a sort of X style  one infront of the other to create a very interesting almost division sign looking catch light. I had a great time and love the way the head shots turned out. Stay tuned for levys take on the event.