Well. It’s been a while between drinks on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera footage front.
I’m literally getting emails and tweets everyday clamouring for more footage ! I think I’m actually very close to being able to show some more clips. There are some things coming up which I can hopefully talk about soon.
In the meantime, I wanted to share with you some stills. These are framegrabs out of Resolve for a little test I did this weekend with writer/director Ben Phelps. You’re looking at ungraded and then graded stills. My Resolve skills are still amateurish at best, and these grades are single node grades with no noise reduction or sharpening.
The footage was shot using ProRes 422 (HQ) with the “film” curve. This is still something that’s being feverishly developed, so it will still change by the time the camera ships, but you can see these lovely flat ProRes files are grading up beautifully.
Lighting here is very very simple. I was by myself really with no electric support. (I did have the excellent service of Ella Gibbons who pulled focus for me. )
I had just the ambient bounced daylight that was coming though the big windows. The sun was hitting the building across the street. I had a few pracs on which didn’t do much in the scheme of things. I also had a single Kino Diva set as a mixed grill and a 1×1 Lite panel. I was basically using these as edges and for shaping.
There’s a lot of mixed colour temperatures in here. Daylight (changing as the light went down) plus the Kino, the daylight litepanel AND a mix of pracs in both tungsten and fluro. Plus some regular domestic fluro. A great test for us !
The camera was shooting at ISO 800 @ 5600K and using Zeiss CP2′s in EF mount (supplied by my friends at Lemac rentals). Most of the CU’s were shot at T2.8. The wider shot towards the windows was T8 (from memory).
EDIT. The wide shot below here was the 18mm. The two close ups were the 85mm and the final shot was a 50mm.