TTOU: London Update
The London shoot for The Three of Us wrapped last week. I have had the week to prepare for France as well as fit in some corporate shoots.
Photo Credits: Myself & Mathew Hodgkin.
Thanks to the TTOU production team for the use of these images.
The shoot has gone incredibly well so far, at times I am producing the best work of my career. The greatest revelations have been the power of the Odyssey 7Q combined with the Sony FS700 and the LitePanels Astra.
The Odyssey 7Q brings the Sony FS700 to life, and at 24fps using the 4K>HD ProRes Codec I can’t wait to see what I can achieve in the grade.
It’s also the perfect on set monitor, and it has spent as much time on my camera rig, as it has off on a stand for the crew to use as well.
Vitec kindly loaned me a LitePanels Astra and a Sola12. Both are fantastic. The Sola was only used once in London as most locations where very tight.
It’s output is fantastic for a LED fixture. I used it to replicate a powerful street lamp through a bedroom window.
The Astra has been a revelation. I’ve never used an LED with such fantastic output, with such accurate colour and beautiful soft light. I added a layer of LEE Half White Diffusion, but this wasn’t to eliminate the multi shadows that LED’s normally create. This was to enhance the wrap the light created. I love it!
The output is fantastic, one unit easily fought off the sun on a cloudy day. I used it as fill for most scenes when I was using natural light as my key.
The unit completely replaced my Dedo DLH4x150s 600w Soft light, as my soft key and fill. I would still use the Dedo when I have the room or need for larger soft sources, as I can put on quite large soft boxes and keep the light intensity. But as the unit is tungsten, I loose stops adding CTB. The BiColor Astra has the same output at Tungsten or Daylight.
This unit is fantastic and I can’t wait to get using it in France. The only downfall so far, seems to be the lack of an easy place to secure Gels.
Another revelation has been Manfrotto Magic Arms. I’ve been using them for years, but on this shoot they seem to be saving my skin every single day. I am always finding a way to get out of a tricky corner by placing a Dedo Light on one.
Here is a bunch of BTS still for you to enjoy.
Thanks for Reading.