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Transfer Samples – Super 8

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Some recent footage shot by Jeffrey Moneo for Cherry Blossom Season. Mix of Super 8 200T and 500T. Especially impressed by the resolution on the last image. Click to enlarge. Some really slick footage…

2006 Cinematographer Demo Reel

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

My demo reel from 2006. Stumbled across it in my archives, figured I’d share it with you guys. All film originated. Mix of super 8 and 16mm.

Cinematographer: Justin Lovell
Format: Super 8, 16mm

Transfer Samples -Super 8

Monday, November 17th, 2008


Super 8 sample transfers for recent clients (in order- 2x 64T reversal, 2x 200T 7217 neg, 2x 500T 7218 neg). Just giving you more of an idea of what is possible with super 8, and the different looks that the stocks can provide. Thanks for choosing us!

Emily Haines "Our Hell"

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Video shot by our super talented cinematographer Mike Leblanc. Shot with a military issue infra-red camera. Nominated for the UK Music Video Award. Currently up for best music video in Poland’s CAMERIMAGE. Recent award winners include Sven Nykvist, Vilmos Zigmond, Owen Roizmen, etc. He has also been requested to speak on a panel about his work as a cinematographer. Pumped for Leblanc and his recognition by this esteemed festival.

super 8 transfer comparison

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

A client bring us footage to have re-transferred after having it done at a different transfer house. The image looks muddy and flat, like a VHS dub. The problem was the equipment that the other transfer house was using. Take a look at the detail in the watch and the overall color rendition in our transfer on the right. (click to enlarge)

We take pride in the custom work we do here. If you think you’re getting a wicked deal somewhere else, it may be too good to be true. Do your research, as we have!

super 8 transfer stills

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Some stills from a recent transfer for Homegrown skateboards. Wicked group of guys producing their own custom skates and videos out of Nova Scotia.

Stock: 7218 500T + 64t Cross-processed
Format: Super 8mm
Processing: Niagara Custom Lab
Transfer: 8 bit upcompresed QT files

Super 16 – Gadfly Trailer

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Trailer for “Unbearable Prospect”.

A super talented group of dancers from Gadfly Dance Company Toronto. Shot their performance on Super 16. Edited by Ofilio Coto Portillo. Features Jesse ‘Jester’ Caitbog from So You Think You Can Dance Canada. Watch out for them…

Camera: Eclair NPR s16mm
Format: S16mm

Stock:
Fuji Eterna 500T (expired stock)
Cinematographers: Justin Lovell

Super 8 -64T cross processed

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Behind the scenes on the short film BecomingKindly cross-processed at Niagara Custom lab.  Knew there was going to be a lot of greens and yellows in the image and was dying for a chance to see those colours pop from the cross-processing.  Adds more texture and grain to the image as well.  Added a soft glow to the highlights/shadows in the transfer. Could be a cool look for your next project…

Camera:
Canon 1014xls (max 8)
Stock: Ektachrome 64T
Processing: Niagara Custom Lab
Transfer: Frame Discreet – colourist Justin Lovell
Cinematographer: Justin Lovell

Transfer stills- Super 16

Monday, October 13th, 2008


Recent short film titled “Spores”. Directed by Peter Huang. Dark and bloody. Has a great look to it created by frame discreet cinematographer Barry Cheong. Peter came and hung out here supervising the transfer and the look of the images. Note to all camera assistants- be sure the lens/lens mount is seated correctly. The slightest fraction of a loose mount can throw the focus out completely.

Camera: Eclair NPR, Zeiss 11.5-115
Stock: Kodak 7219 500t
Cinematographer: Barry Cheong

Transfer stills- Super 16

Monday, October 13th, 2008


Overcast rainy day held back a lot of the bboys from showin’ up. Between the rain, these raw dancers were throwin down representing Toronto to the fullest. I love the tonal range that this stock has on skin tones, super sexy when exposed correctly. Did I mention you can get 1000′ of this stock for under $200 direct from Kodak…?

Cinematographer: Justin Lovell
Stock: 3374 High con (processed as neg)
Camera: Eclair NPR, canon 25-100, Kinoptik 5.7

Transfer stills- Super 16

Monday, October 13th, 2008


Dean and Lena Vargas’ wedding day. Super couple, super day. Colored to have a vintage 16mm look.

Camera: Eclair NPR S16, Ziess 10.5-115, Canon 25-100, Kinoptik 5.7
Stock: Fuji 500D
Cinematographer: Justin Lovell

Transfer stills- Super 16 music video

Monday, October 13th, 2008


Transfer Samples from a recent music video shot by frame discreet cinematographer Michael Leblanc.

On Location- RED one BRAVO! short "Becoming"

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008



7 days of putting the RED one to a real field test. Some great features on this camera including ‘false color’ which maps out the your IRE values (clipping/shadows/midtones) on the screen in a color scheme. Anything overexposed/clipping goes RED, Midtones are shades of yellow and underexposure is shades of blue. Fantastic tool.

We recorded 4k images to a Compact Flash (CF) card at times to save weight on our 10′ EZFX jib arm.

90% of the footage was a beautifully choreographed dance between the actress, the dolly, the jib and the remote head’s movement. Required 3 operators working together in harmony to pull it together. Keep your eyes out for this short… the visuals are stunning…

Visual effects by internationally renound Carlos Lascano.

Production Company: Wandering Eye Productions
Camera: RED ONE 4k, PL Mount, Zeiss Primes
Cinematographer: Guy Godfree

On Location- METRIC – Documentary

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Got pulled on board with talented Toronto cinematographer John Price to work on a music series to be aired on IFC. We shot the recording of the new Acustic Album that Jimmy Shaw and Emily Haines are working on. Sounded amazing and looked beautiful. Lit with 100W diffused practical lights with no fill. Director Bruce MacDonald had us shooting some very powerful tight shots of couple as they subtly interacted during their recordings. Going to be an awesome album. I remember Jimmy stating something about how if people can’t listen to their music around a campfire then really what good are they…?

Camera: (3) HVX-200 720p,
Cinematographer: John Price, (B cam) Justin Lovell

Parkscapers- short version (5min)

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Short Edit Version

Sept 1 2008

Transfer: Frame Discreet / Notch

Camera: Eclair NPR s16mm , Bolex rex-4 S16mm, Konvas 35mm"
Format: S16mm/35mm

Stock:
Kodak Vision 1 250D, Vision 1 200T, Vision 2 500T
Cinematographers: Justin Lovell / Guy Godfree

Parkscapers End Credits

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

End credits

Sept 1 2008

Transfer: Frame Discreet / Notch

Camera: Eclair NPR s16mm , Bolex rex-4 S16mm, Konvas 35mm
Format: S16mm/35mm

Stock:
Kodak Vision 1 250D, Vision 1 200T, Vision 2 500T
Cinematographers: Justin Lovell / Guy Godfree

On Location- DIRTSURFER Colorado

Saturday, August 9th, 2008




Just got back from Colorado @ Snowmass Resort. Working on a documentary ‘unveiling’ film for DIRTSURFER. Was shooting the pro team in Colorado at the US OPEN of Mountainboarding. Competitive boardercross and freestyle/big air. Awesome shoot, always stoked to get offered these opportunities. Met up with the boys from one5media who shot ‘the shralpdown’ another awesome production company working with Mountainboarders. Shot a ton of high speed super 16 on the riders ripping it around the hills. Going to make for some slick footage to really help promote the emerging sport. Will try and post some samples for you guys!

Stock: 7246 Kodak 250D
Format: Super 16mm
Camera: Bolex Super 16 (POE 16-100 zoom, 5.9mm Angenieux)
Cinematographer: Justin Lovell

On Location- Team Ryouko

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Just got back in town, and went right back onto set. Shot a fight scene for the Team Ryouko boys, (recently stunt doubled on Jumper, WAR, The Mummy, 300). James and Chris Mark headed the production as the heroes and Directed by Mark David (Mayhem videos). We Shot with 2 Panasonic HVXs alongside my 2nd camera op Devon Burns. Story takes place in a night club- during the day. Two brothers who have been separated since birth, one chose the gang path of violence, the other a clean lifestyle. Both excelling in martial arts. They are reunited later in life. They both enter the club to fight off against a gang of thugs. Stylistically we chose to shoot the tough, troubled brother handheld long lenses and the ‘good brother’ was shot with steadicam, dolly and smooth jib shots. I cranked down the shutter to 90 degrees giving us crisper frenetic frames and let the action take control.

Format:
720P P2
Camera: 2 HVX-200
Director:
Mark David
Cinematographer: Justin Lovell

On Location- Team Ryouko

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Just got back in town, and went right back onto set. Shot a fight scene for the Team Ryouko boys, (recently stunt doubled on Jumper, WAR, The Mummy, 300). James and Chris Mark headed the production as the heroes and Directed by Mark David (Mayhem videos). We Shot with 2 Panasonic HVXs alongside my 2nd camera op Devon Burns. Story takes place in a night club- during the day. Two brothers who have been separated since birth, one chose the gang path of violence, the other a clean lifestyle. Both excelling in martial arts. They are reunited later in life. They both enter the club to fight off against a gang of thugs. Stylistically we chose to shoot the tough, troubled brother handheld long lenses and the ‘good brother’ was shot with steadicam, dolly and smooth jib shots. I cranked down the shutter to 90 degrees giving us crisper frenetic frames and let the action take control.

Format:
720P P2
Camera: 2 HVX-200
Director:
Mark David
Cinematographer: Justin Lovell

On Location- Dirtsurfer Roadtrip

Monday, June 30th, 2008



I’ve been touring around with 3 of the other Dirtsurfer Pro Team riders shooting a promo video. Just hit up Smuggler’s Notch in Vermont, and now I’m in Sault Ste. Marie at Buttermilk Ski Resort. It’s amazing at both resorts. They gave us free reign to ride whatever we want to and to do whatever we want to. Got to play in the on hill springs and water trampolines in our down time 🙂 At Buttermilk, they started up the chair lift for just us 4 Riders to use all day long. No one else was on the hill. It was like a dream come true. Got one more day left in us, then back to Toronto.

*UPDATE* Stills from the transfer


Stock:
7246 Kodak 250D
Format: Super 16mm
Camera: Bolex Super 16 (POE 16-100 zoom, 10mm Switar, 5.9mm Angenieux)
Cinematographer: Justin Lovell

New online TVSHOW for tv/film.

Friday, June 20th, 2008


http://www.reel-show.tv/

Awesome. Very technical for those interested in what’s new with gear and equipment. Hardware/software reviews, tech notes from recent films.. etc. etc. Check it out.

On Location- Lighting Tricks

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Frame Discreet Cinematographer Guy Godfree devised this cool rig with his gaffer for their latest hip hop music video. Essentially a short 2′, 4 bank Kino flo stripped apart and taped together. Creates a pleasing soft source ‘ring light’ effect, also gives off an interestingly shaped catch light in the eyes. As a note, be careful when rigging something like this so that the bulbs are flagged off from flaring the lens.

SHORT FILM – Picnic at Sea

Monday, June 16th, 2008

U.S. Director/Cinematographer Sam Kuhn contacted us to do some HD testing for some of his upcoming projects. Check out some more of his *really cool* work here: SAM KUHN

Stock: 7217 200T
Format: Super 8mm
Camera: Nizo S800 (ext. shot between f 11-22, int. shot @ f-2).
Director/Cinematographer:
Sam Kuhn

Understanding HD / SD formats

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Found this excellent site that explains SD / HD aspect ratios, frame rates, interlaced vs. progressive and more.

Simple to understand yet still quite thorough. Worth checking out.

http://edu.moviola.com/rc_kzone_main

Super 8 – Corrected VS. Uncorrected

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008



Sample frames of 7217 Vision 2 Super 8 Corrected and Uncorrected (flat) in the transfer. It is essential to make sure that your transfer house has the controls to properly manage the colors, contrast and density of the new (fabulous!) negative film stocks. We’ve had to do a number of ‘retransfers’ for people who have had their films transferred elsewhere and were not satisfied with the results.
Stock: 7217 200t
Format: Super 8mm
Camera: Canon 1014xls
Cinematographer: Justin Lovell

Upgrading our Color Correction Management

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008


Check out some of the frame grabs from the new color corrector we’re testing out (click to enlarge). It’s pretty sweeeeeeet. Allows to load full 1D/3D LUTS. For those familiar with photoshop, we can now do color corrections in Curves. This is awesome for digging out information in the shadows. Also amazing for being able to selectively build a look by selectively modifying the gamma curves for each primary color. Each correction can be stored as a seperate scene file along with the histograms/RGB parade stored with a still frame. This allows us to technically and visually match up shots scene by scene. So much cool stuff in the new remote, I just can’t get into it all in one post… exciting!

On Location- "ICON"

Saturday, May 10th, 2008


I got a great opportunity to shoot a short film for Kathleen Smith last week. After many discussions, we decided to shoot on the HVX 720p and super 16mm. The film is a narrative piece influenced by the work of Werner Herzog. Shot over the course of a day, Smith walks 35kms from Bloor/Bathurst (toronto) to the Metro Zoo (5:30am-7:30pm).

I really wanted to steer clear of the typical handheld, reality tv, documentary feeling. So in taking a more cinematic approach to documentary storytelling, I shot 80% of the film on our Jib arm and dolly track. Fellow cinematographer Guy Godfree was on location and helped develop a solid workflow with the Jib that took us mere minutes to have it out of the wagon and ready to shoot.

A large portion of the film was shot at 30 -48fps to give a more poetic look and to allow the narrative to breathe. We would have shot more film, but unfortunately the spring snapped on our bolex during our first roll. Sad day, but worked out for the best as we really couldn’t afford the reload time. Camera is back with our Pal, Jean-Louis, at Concordia University for repairs. He is the only guy I will trust with my camera (he did our super 16 modification).

Premiere screening June 5th at The Theatre Centre 1087 Queen St. West 8pm.

Stock:
7246 250D
Format: Super 16mm / 720P P2
Camera: Bolex Super 16 / HVX-200
Director:
Kathleen Smith
Cinematographer: Justin Lovell

Super 8 Timelapse- K40

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008


Some super 8 timelapses I shot across Canada for Tell Us the Truth Josephine: A Bitter Immigrant Story. First shot was done on the 1 frame every 5 seconds interval setting. The rest were shot on the Nizo variable interval settings. (Awesome camera for timelapse- has a B setting to keep the shutter open for night timelapses and a fully variable intervalometer).

Stock: Kodachrome 40
Format: Super 8mm
Camera: Canon 1014xls, Nizo S800
Cinematographer: Justin Lovell

On Location- The Adrenaline Project- YTV

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008



Now that the show has aired on YTV, I can post some stills from the shoot. The show is called The Adrenaline Project- an extreme sports reality show for kids. I was hired on to teach the kids how to dirtsurf, and to also shoot some B camera ride along footage with Toronto DP Kevin Wong’s HVX-200. Super fun time out with the guys. Frame Discreet cinematographer Barry Cheong was also shooting on 2nd unit.

On Location- Dundas Square Bboyin

Monday, April 28th, 2008


Hit up Dundas square this weekend. Shot super 16 of a bunch of bboys gettin loose in a fun 1 on 1 battle on stage. Afterwards got out and shot a little more street dance of Troy Feldman and Yukon Nick. Slapped on my 5.9 angenieux wide lens shooting low angle with Toronto’s mini “times square buildings” towering up the background. Fired off some 64fps and a little bit of hand cranking of the boys dancin in the street. Got some wicked Udon Noodles after the show and did some scouting for parkour filming for the upcoming summer days.

UPDATE:
Rough Cut sampler of some of the footage (May 17/08).


Stock: 3374 (black and white High Con) + 7246 250D Vision 1
Format: Super 16mm
Camera: Bolex super 16mm with POE 16-100mm + angenieux 5.9mm, 24, 32, 48, 64fps and hand cranked.
Cinematographer: Justin Lovell

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