For the past year, Tedwood Strong has been sharing pictures of bottle openers, spoons, forks and knives, things that he's been forging in his garage. He said, "I've only been doing this for a very short period of time, but I know that I'll be doing it for the rest of my life." And he's gotten good at it. In my micro documentary, I ask Tedwood why he picked up blacksmithing as a skill and why he loves it so much.
About two months ago, I started filming my first micro documentary. Now I'm just about finished editing all two minutes of it (that's a long time for me), making tweaks here and there until I'm satisfied. Mixing the audio and video may be the best part, because that's when the story comes together. I've got the clips spread out before me, scrubbing through them and trimming the fat, like meat on a cutting board.
I made General Tso chicken last weekend for the first time. I don't do much cooking, but it is very similar to editing a film. It's all about knowing how much is enough. My girlfriend and I added a lot of spices to the chicken. We coughed, sniffled, gasped for air. I thought it may been ruined, but it tasted really good. Cooking is a little more forgiving than editing; we all have to eat. And if it's pizza, you're golden because even bad pizza is still good.
So I guess I'm saying I hope the documentary turns out just as well as the chicken. Or at least pizza.
For the past year, Tedwood has been sharing pictures of bottle openers, spoons, forks and knives, things that he's been forging in his garage. He said, "I've only been doing this for a very short period of time, but I know that I'll be doing it for the rest of my life." And he's gotten good at it. It's an interesting hobby. I don't know anyone else who does it and I was curious to learn why someone would want to.Read More
I read an article on black and white filmmaking a couple weeks ago and felt inspired to try it. I've been practicing lighting, color correction and grading for video because I'm fixing to get out and film more often. This time I wanted to try something different.
For this test, I used a spot light as key and shot between two flags made of black cardboard paper for a narrow spread of light. Cardboard paper is inexpensive (and in my case, free, because they came with a portfolio case) but flimsy. A clamp wasn't enough to keep them from folding. I'm considering ripping apart cardboard boxes and spray painting them black. I placed a small LED behind me and bounced the light off a reflector for the rim light around my ear and neck. In my first test, which isn't pictured, I didn't use two lights, but happy I did for the final shot.
fter applying my color checker's corrections, I decided it didn't go far enough and tweaked the color wheels in Color Finale a bit. I'm happy with the results. In my last test, I forgot to disable the ND filter on my camera. Whoops! No wonder it looked so dark at 1600 ISO.Read More
I recently purchased a color-checker for video since most of the time I leave my camera's white balance on automatic. It does a pretty good job but it isn't perfect. So I'm practicing color correcting in my room before I go out in the field and make an ass out of myself.Read More
Candra and I have been volunteering at the Fulton County Animal Services, taking a dog out for the day. No cheeseburger treat this time, though. We took Khaleesi (cue the Game of Thrones theme) to Arabia Mountain near Lithonia, Georgia. I shot some footage of our hike using my phone coupled with a variable ND filter. It's pretty shaky. Walking on loose rocks is no easy task. Plus I was trying to keep up with a dog experiencing a sensory overload. Read about adoption here.