I’ve been in discussion for some time with Director Jennifer Perrott for her ambitious short film The Ravens.
One of the tricky things about executing this short will be photographing what I’ve since learned is one of the most intelligent and therefore “un-trainable” birds, the Raven (or Australian crow).
For extra complication, we also have a young child interacting with a Raven….what was that about children and animals again ?
One of our early tasks is to try and work out what we can do to meet the storytelling requirements using real live ravens and then explore augmentation or perhaps digital ravens.
We organised a preliminary pre-test shoot to look at a few things. Firstly we’re auditioning the trained Ravens and seeing what they were like to work with and what we could expect from them in terms of performance, how long they would take to get used to us and if they could even do what we required them to do !
The star of this shoot was Russell (Crow). He was a very handsome looking bird and we were able to get some amazing shots of him perched and flying. And he didn’t even throw a phone at us ! – and yes…I am wearing safety glasses !
Behind the scenes some EPK footage was shot using the Pocket cinema camera and a Lumix 14mm lens. If you want a *sort of* greenscreen test with the pocket maybe this will be of help too.
Here are 6 ungraded ProRes shots.