VIDEO: Hearing Tarantino

Sound is one of the important elements of any film or visual media. In movies, sound can accentuate our perception and understanding of a scene and helps up appreciate what is taking place.  One of the masters of using sound to accomplish these objectives is Quentin Tarantino.

Tarantino is a master at using the art of sound and visual flourishes to accentuate scenes. He not only adds gripping sound effects to the flipping of dollar notes and the dragging of a cigarette, but also adds them during high action scenes, when doing a close-up, a zoom or a pan.

Take a look at how this experienced director does this below.

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David Gitonga

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LIPA NA MPESA Promotion Shoot – Prep

I have always loved documenting an event and in December 2014 I had such an opportunity for one of the biggest brands in the country.  We went on a 4-day trip starting in Nairobi – Nakuru – Eldoret – Kisumu- Kakamega. The trip was exciting for me and for the entire crew and we really had a great time.

Here are some shots of the dance team in Eldoret during their preparation.

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David Gitonga

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VIDEO: The Cinematography of Kevin Horn

I thought I would share this reel of Kevin Horn’s work, a cinematographer how has worked on commercials and films and get a glimpse of the different compositions, camera movements, and lighting approaches that make great cinematography great.

The reel below includes commercials, scenes from short films, web series, movie trailers, and music videos he has shot.

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David Gitonga

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VIDEOS: Aerial Filming with Philip Bloom

I love aerial footage, especially when it is used as a completely shot on a scene. I have been looking to get such shots for my productions and have therefore been researching for that perfect quadcopter and GoPro camera to give my productions that sparkle with aerial photography and video.

Here are some cool footage I dug up that show just how much of a difference aerial footage can do to your scenes and the value it can bring to your final edit.

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David Gitonga

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VIDEOS: How to Light Interviews

One of the most challenging elements of a good video is lighting your scene and your subjects. Lighting also happens to be one of the most expensive components of a shoot, and rightly so. Without good lighting, your scene will fail to achieve the intended purpose.

Cinematography is defined as ‘painting with light.’ As a result, it can rightly be said that lighting is both a technique and art.

 

 

I dug up a number of videos that show how lighting affects the look of a film, how to light an interview and other interview lighting techniques that any cinematographer or aspiring filmmaker can employ to improve the quality of their productions.

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David Gitonga

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Cinematography Techniques with Roger Deakins

If you are not into cinematography, Roger Deakins may not be a familiar name to you. However, you are likely familiar with such films as “No Country for Old Men,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “True Grit” and “Skyfall.” Deakins has been a cinematographer on the above and other feature films which has earned him awards and nominations including an ASC Lifetime Achievement Award.

Roger is a master in composition and his camera moves are classic. Here is a look at some of his classic shots and the behind-the-scenes look into how they were done.

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A slow tracking shot

 

 

                                                          A straight push-in Jib shot

 

 

A high speed tracking close up running for revealing emotions

 

 

 

David Gitonga

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VIDEO: Katy Perry “Wide Awake” Behind-the-scenes

I have always loved the Katy Perry song and video for “Wide Awake.” The song is not only great but so are the scenes, the camera movements, and the color grading that was done in the final cut. I love me a good music video and true to my nature, I dug up for the behind-the-scenes video………. and found it.

The video was directed by the French director, Tony T Datis. Tony has shot music videos for Skrillex and his work on Wide Awake was nothing less of exceptional.

One of the challenges of the video was that it was done in 3D.  The video employed a process called depth balancing where it was used during the quick shot transitions in the video.  Since there are many objects not at the same depth that need to hand off from one shot to the next,  it was necessary to move things in space to guide the eye smoothly from one object to the next.

The video includes a young Katy Perry, a detailed dark labyrinth, and plenty of props. While Katy Perry is much more feminine in this video than from her last piece, Part of Me, it’s pretty much the same Perry you are used to.

The video shoot took 3 days. Take a look at the behind-the-scenes footage below where Katy takes us through the shooting process.

 

David Gitonga

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VIDEO: Bay on Action

If you have watched “The Transformers – Age of Extinction” movie, and wondering how they create the robots and the action in it, you reading the right blog.

Michael Bay, the director of all The Transformers movies, breaks down his art of filming action scenes in this picture and why he had to make certain directorial decisions.

You are going to love this behind-the-scenes video.

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VIDEO: An Epic Shoot

I am always looking for inspiration in my shots and recently, I came across a fantastic series of images done by photographer Von Wong. I loved the shots so much I decided to dig up for the photoshoot.

Turns out, I wasn’t the only one who loved his work. Wong had also decided to do a behind-the-scenes video on how he came up with those epic images.

The fact that he did these photos in black and white makes them even more stunning.

Here is a look at the photos and the process of creation. You are going to love it!

NB: These photos  are not of sports professionals, but employees of SmugMug, including their CEO.

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And here’s the behind-the-scenes video:

 

David Gitonga

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VIDEO: How Color Grading Affects the Look and Feel of a Movie

The color of an image has always been an element that professional filmmakers manipulate when desiring to produce a certain effect. This is easier said than demonstrated and the video below shows just how much of a difference color grading can make to the final product.

Check out the reel comparisons below and see just how much of a difference color grading does to this short film.

In this film, the colorist used the DaVinci Resolve program to color correct and grade.

Enjoy!

 

Color Reel – The House On Pine Street from GradeKC on Vimeo.

 

 

David Gitonga

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