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On Location- Wedding Proposal

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Had a strange request from Mimmo & Naz last week. Got to shoot a proposal for a wedding on super 8. Adam Caputo (soon to be groom) arranged the whole thing to be shot without her knowing. Felt kinda like a spy with myself and cinematograper Guy Godfree sneaking around filming the happy couple having coffees and exploring the distillery district in Toronto. Used a Nikon 80-200 t 2.8 (with c-mount adapter) on sticks for some telephoto work. Bright sunny day for the most part, until the rain came down right in the middle of their meal. (Adam arranged one romantic table outside the resaurant for the proposal). Unfortunately they had to move inside- where it was too dark for me to get a descent exposure. We rigged him up with a wireless mic in the washroom (recording digitally to a Jukebox 3), and decided to have him propose in the rain on the open cobblestone street after the meal. It was beautiful.

Stock: 7217 200T Negative (Processed at Niagara Custom Lab)
Format: Super 8mm
Camera: Beaulieu 4008ZMII + Nikon 80-200mm (c-mount adapter) + Schneider 6-66, B Camera- Canon 1014XLS- Superduper 8, 24fps- transfer at 18fps
Cinematographers: Justin Lovell & Guy Godfree

On Location- "Suck it Up Princess"

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

I was on set today shooting Documentary style alongside Bongo (shoots So You Think You Can Dance). Project is Suck it up Princess. Headed by Hop To It Productions, the show will be airing on OMNI in Canada.

We shot inside a large banquet hall on the 33rd floor. Used 3 1200W HMIs bounced into foam core on a balcony to help create a nice even fill on the floor and to balance out all the window light pouring in. Little frustrating working with the DSR 570 because I couldn’t set the ZEBRAS to 100IRE. I like to be able to see where my whites clip at 100, but this camera only does max 90IRE. Brought out our JIB arm and got a few dynamic shots when I was able to. It was tough to sneak in the jib shots because I had a wide angle lens, two boom poles and a second camera man that I had to try and keep out of the frame.

Camera: Sony DSR 570
Show: Suck It Up Princess

On Location- Dundas Square Bboyin- X-process 64T

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Absolutely love the colors and gritty grain that come out of having the film cross-processed. Samples above show normal exposures, overexposures and uncorrected with/without the 85 filter. Really helps to nail your exposure and to have the proper filtration in the camera. Vignetting from the C-8 wide angle adapter was unavoidable, Though could be cropped out with a tighter widescreen matte.

Stock: Ektachrome 64T (Cross-processed at Niagara Custom Lab)
Format: Superduper 8mm/Max 8mm
Camera: Canon 1014XLS- Superduper 8 + C8 Wide attachement, 24fps- transfer at 18fps
Cinematographer: Justin Lovell
Transfer: Justin Lovell @ Frame Discreet

On Location- Sony F900 on "Apollo’s Pad"

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Frame Discreet Cinematographer Michael Leblanc just linked me with some production stills from “Apollo’s Pad”, a puppet show he is currently shooting. Leblanc is well respected for his 35mm and 16mm cinematography. Taking on a new challenge, he is shooting this all in HD with the Sony F900. The results have been stunning.

Camera: Sony F900
Filter: 1/4 black frost to help blowout the highlights a little bit and soften the blacks. Shot in 24p mode
Show: Apollo’s Pad

On Location- Lens testing on Beaulieu

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

I’ll be shooting some long lens/telephoto work coming up and was looking for the best solution for super 8. Came up with a few options on our 4008ZMII package: Ang. 12-120mm, Sigma 28-300 with cmount-nikon adapter, + 2x tele extender or the original 6-66 schneider lens. The 300mm lens is meant for a 35mm still camera so 300mm becomes almost 1200mm + the 2x extender it becomes a crazy 2400mm lens! (I would normally be shooting at f-11 in this lighting, but with 300mm, the 2x extender and light loss from the zoom I ended up around f-3.5). Will be getting back results this week.

2006 VFX demo reel

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Just dug this one up, thought I might post it. Showcasing a little of the older After Effects work that Justin Lovell has done.

Transfer Stills- "Real Street" – 500T Super 8

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Stills from recent transfer of Nick Norton’s Super 8 colour negative. Just goes to show how much detail you really can get with the 7218 in low light situations. Even works well in Exterior day situations. Nice images Nick. The 220 deg. shutter gives you a slightly softer/motion blurred image but allows you to shoot in lower light situations.
Stock: 7218 500T
Format: Super 8, 24fps
Camera: Canon 514 SV Auto Zoom & Canon 1014xls with 220 deg. shutter
Cinematographer: Nick Norton
Justin Lovell @ Frame Discreet

Frame Discreet- On Location "Latch- MTV"

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Frame Discreet team, Justin Lovell and Guy Godfree Co-DP’d a commercial spot for MTV and Panic and the Disco. Fun shoot, had a Reindeer, Emu, Peacock and over 40 screaming teenagers. Put to use our newly acquired EZFX JIB ARM. Used the extra undersling attachment and 6 foot extension. Shot at 720p on the HVX200 allowing us to do some 48fps shooting.
Shot most of it with longer lenses to compress the background and help hide that we didn’t have a full crowd. More importantly, we made use of shutter speeds between 1/500 and 1/1000 to give a more frenetic and energetic feel. Had ordered 2 1200W HMI lights, but somehow the order was messed up and ended up with 2 575W HMIs. Guy took care of most of the lighting organizing the day to always have the sun backlighting our subjects. He also doubled as a great AD 🙂 Justin dealt with camera operating and movements, utilizing a modified Arri shoulder bracket and a magic arm clamped to a T-Bar for low angle tracking shots. Working as a co-DP team really provided us with the freedom and time to focus on getting some rockin’ images.

Frame Discreet- On Location "Nike/MTV"

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Frame Discreet Cinematographer Guy Godfree tackled a Nike commercial this week with a full on Motion Control Tracking shot. Shot on the HVX200 in 720p, the shot consisted of over 30 passes of the exact same camera move. Each take had different lighting elements, characters and explosions! They’ll all be composited together for a crazy mash of two ‘worlds’ revolving around a runner. Justin Lovell dropped in to get a few behind the scenes shots and see how things were going. You should have seen the insanity happening outside trying to black out the windows… the wind and rain were causing havoc for the grips!

Frame Discreet- On location "Twilight"

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Frame Discreet Cinematographer Michael Leblanc created a very surreal look on Twilight, referencing the feeling of “The Polar Bear Express” and “The Saddest Music in the World”. Shot on Super 16 with the Arri SR III & Fuji 500T (for a softer, grainier look). This film is a period piece. After some major testing, Leblanc settled on using a Soft FX 2 filter to create a diffused beautifully soft look (photographs above are without filters, just showing you our lighting setup for reference). Justin Lovell was shooting B Camera inserts with our Super 16 Bolex, 5.9 wide angle lens with Soft FX 1/2 filter. This camera was meant to capture a more jarring ‘in your face’ perspective of someone in the midst of the party happening on the train.

Wedding Doc – Superduper 8 & Super 16

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Shot by cinematographer Justin Lovell for Matt & Michelle Crowly. Mixed film formats, superduper 8 (max 8), super 16. Cross processed all black and white Tri-x as a negative. Cross processed some Ektachrome 64T on super 8 giving some crazy color shifts- also added a little more contrast in the xfer (hard to see in this version but this type of processing also makes the grain more pronounced). Custom processing carried out by Niagara Custom Lab.

The wedding ceremony and part of the reception was shot on 250D 7205 on super 16. Ceremony was fun to shoot, using our bolex S16 package. 1 man crew, Justin still managed to get 2 dolly shots off during the ceremony 🙂 Stylistically I shot all the S8 handheld and all the 16mm on sticks. Didn’t matte the widescreen, I liked the look of the frame lines composing the image. You can really see the vignette on certain focal lengths on the super duper 8 modification. This gives you a good chance to see the stability difference between Super 8 and 16mm. Oh and I shot portions of the reception at the end at 9fps with a 220 deg. shutter to get more light onto the image.

Editing has a rough, raw feel to it, asserting most of the edits in camera. Enjoy the collage of formats and processing techniques 🙂

Stock: Super 8- Kodak 7217 (200T), 7218 (500T), Ektachrome 64T, Tri-X 16mm – 7205 (250D).
Format: Max 8 (super duper 8), Super 16
Cameras: Canon 1014xls Superduper 8mm, Bolex Super 16 (POE 16-100 Zoom)
Cinematographer: Justin Lovell
Transfer: Justin Lovell @ Frame Discreet

Documentary- BBOY battle on Super 8

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Frame Discreet’s Justin Lovell was at it again documenting a bboy battle at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. Shot with the Canon 1014xls & C-8 wide angle attachment. Used 8 rolls of Kodak 7218 500T. Accented the lighting with a 1k Fresnel getting a t-4.0 in the highlights and 1.4 in the darker areas. Shot it all at 1.4, going to let the highlights blow out a little but will also print it down in the transfer to give me a slicker image with less grain in the shadows. Overexposure will also help as I was speed ramping to 36fps without compensating the iris. Will post some footage once its back from Niagara Custom Lab’s processing.

Music Video- The National (Super 8)

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

“Fake Empire”- The National

Transferred here @ Frame Discreet by Justin Lovell.


Stock: Kodachrome 40, processed @ Dwaynes
Format: Super 8

production company: Scott Cudmore Film
photographed by: Lee Towndrow
styled by: Corrina Allen
edited by:Matt Hannam
produced: by Mike Smith

from The National‘s 2007 album, Boxer, on Begger’s Banquet.

Music Video- Hayden (super 16)

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

“Where and When”- Hayden

Shot on location in stunning Brussels. It was an awesome experience shooting out there. Tried and true the bolex was great for this shoot as a lightweight workhorse. Little note, on super 16, daylight spools must be loaded in the dark to avoid light leaks.


Camera: Bolex Rex 4, Super 16 (lens Switar POE 16-100, 10mm switar)
Stock: Kodak 250D 7205 & Fuji 500T

Director: Scott Cudmore
Producer: Mike Smith
Director of Photography: Michael LeBlanc (Frame Discreet)
Editor: Matthew Hannam
Camera Assistant: Justin Lovell (Frame Discreet)
Produced by The Field, 2007.

Super 16/Super 8/Max 8 Comparisons

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Nice test for you to see how the different formats compare when using the same stock. (Click images for larger versions). FYI Max 8 is a modification made to widen the gate of the camera allowing image to be recorded where sound used to be recorded. In the transfer you are able to ‘zoom out’ and see more of the image resulting in tighter grain and a 16×9 image area. There are some limitations to this modification though as you’re not able to see the extra are in the viewfinder of the camera and certain focal lengths will vignette.

Stock: Kodak 7218 500T
Format: Super 8, Max 8 (super duper 8), Super 16
Cameras: Canon 1014xls S8, Eclair NPR 16mm (lens Zeiss 11.5-115)
Cinematographer: Justin Lovell
Transfer: Justin Lovell @ Frame Discreet


Thursday, March 27th, 2008

LED PADS for sale. Same thing ROSCO is selling at a fraction of the price. Various sizes, runs on 12v batteries, lightweight sweet little product. $80-$320 depending on the size. More info HERE: LED PANELS from Frame Discreet.

Stock: 7218
Format: Super 8
Camera: Canon 1014xls
Cinematographer: Justin Lovell
Transfer: Justin Lovell @ Frame Discreet

Frame Discreet on Location

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Guy Godfree and Justin Lovell teamed up to shoot a documentary on Super 16 and 35mm capturing the Parkscapers snowboard park rebuild at Devil’s Glen. Was an awesome experience covering the complete reconstruction of the park into one of the best in Ontario. We had a jib arm setup and dolly track on hill getting some slick moves on the riders rippin it on the new features. Thanks to Chad, Chris, Doug and the rest of the team for all the wicked support. JTK photography was on site for the night photo shoot, alongside the quicksilver snowboard team.. it was craaaazy… some stills to come!

Frame Discreet on Location

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Frame Discreet Cinematographer Guy Godfree created some beautiful images for director Ada Vaughan in Toronto’s Wallace Studios. Captured on 35mm using Vision 3 500t. Frame Discreet owner Justin Lovell was on set lending a hand and having a laugh. Its always a good time on set with us 🙂

Transfer Stills- Super 8 7217

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Stills from a recent transfer we did for Cinematographer Cabot Mcnemly. He captured some beautiful images taking full advantage of magic hour on Toronto Island. Shot with a Canon 1014E, pushed 1 stop in the processing at niagara custom lab.

Shooting a Jib Jam on Super 16mm- Bleach Bypass S16mm

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Cinematographer Justin Lovell got out to Osler Bluff’s no Guff Snowboard Jib Jam this weekend. Shooting with our Super 16 Bolex package to capture some high speed and 45 Degree shutter angle shots of the event going down. Used Kodak 250D 7246 & Fuji 500T when the sun started to fail. Plan to have it processed with a bleach bypass at Niagara Custom Lab to give it a desaturated more snappy contrast. Doing this process will also push the film 1 stop to help with underexposure. If all goes well with the sound design and editing, it’ll be screened at the Blue Mountain Multimedia Showcase this weekend.

Stills from the transfer- Bleach bypass processing on 250D(7246) & Fuji 500T by Niagara Custom Lab, Transfered here at frame discreet. Top Sample is the 500T without 85 filter & corrected in transfer.

Here’s the video, music composition courtesy of Adam “pink socks” Barnes.

Transfer Stills – S8 Ektachrome 64T

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Recent Super 8 transfer done here @ frame discreet for Humber College student Jono Hunter. Always a pleasure working with students (especially since I was once enrolled over at Humber College in the Film program).. !

Shooting a BBOY battle on S16mm

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Frame Discreet Cinematographer Justin Lovell attacked the scene with 400′ 500T Fuji and our S16mm Eclair NPR package. He discreetly lit up the main floor with 2 1k Fresnels. May have to push this stuff 1 stop in processing as I was shooting 40fps ramping in camera leaving me underexposed by a stop. Will post the results once its transferred next week. This is all part of a much bigger project that I’m keeping under my cap…

Stills from the frame discreet transfer. 500T Fuji pushed 1 stop. 3rd image has been Bleach Bypassed in the processing at Niagara Custom Lab.

SHORT FILM- Troymotion

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Troymotion (5 minutes/2006)
Directed by Justin Lovell; performed by Troy Feldman

Troy Feldman and Justin Lovell take us on an aggressive street tour of motion. Elaborate cinematography exploits Troy’s stunts that are a mixture of break-dancing, gymnastics, martial arts and running like hell.

Camera: Beaulieu 4008ZMII, wide angle adapter, 45 deg shutter, in camera speed ramps
Stock: plus-x (cross-processed), 7217 (200t neg)
Transfer: Frame Discreet

SHORT FILM – Stuntman

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Final web release for Stuntman. I’ve been Holding it back for long enough. One of the first transfers I ever did on the old transfer system.

Format: Super duper 8 (12 mins)
Stock: Kodachrome 40
Director/Cinematographer/Editor: Justin Lovell
Featuring Troy Feldman and Anna Maria-Ezekiels.


Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Shot 2007 by Frame Discreet Cinematographer Michael Leblanc, 2nd Camera Guy Godfree and Gaffer Justin Lovell. Bolex 16mm 7218 (500t) and Ektachrome 100D. Directed by Benjamin Weinstein, produced by the infamous Dan Beckerman at The Field

COMMERCIAL- "Indslev Svane Hvede"

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

A poetic short commercial spot shot and edited by the talented Mikkel Zall.
Super 8 Tri-x, transferred here at frame discreet

Transfer Stills – David Mason

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Stills from a recent 16mm transfer for David Mason. Some nice work, tricky to shoot reversal black and white. Can be very contrasty, but when handled well, it’s beautiful. Film stock: Plus-x/Tri-x.


Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Shot by Frame Discreet Cinematographer Justin Lovell. Ektachrome 64t Super 8mm with Canon 1014xls. Transfered here at Frame Discreet. Great little project to work on with an up and coming first time director/filmmaker Emma Banigan.

The Dead Sleep Easy

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

We transferred the super 8 for Petr Maur’s Film The Dead Sleep Easy. Check out the trailer online and be on the lookout for screening dates near you!

Here’s the write up in the EYE and OTTAWA X-PRESS

Toronto Screening date:
The Royal (608 College) this weekend (Feb. 15-16), The
Dead Sleep Easy

S16mm compositing tests

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Got a new 2min Super 16 short that I’m working on with Mikkel Zall. We also shot on HD to compare the images produced.
Stills posted are from our first tests compositing the S16 footage. Video is a comp test just to see if the concept may work. Shot in studio with our Eclair NPR S16 package, Zeiss 11.5-115 and Fuji 500T. Model- Jessie Francavilla.

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