Production Notes: Life Is A Beach (And I’m Playing In The Sand)

AC, NG, JC and special guest Jenn

This weekend, JC, NG and myself had the pleasure of capturing the lovely Laura Marie Cayabyab’s Cotillian (a traditional Filipino ceremony in which a girl is presented steps into her womanhood). The experience was a first for myself, as I’ve never been to any sort of coming-of-age event, be it a Bar Mitzvah or even a sweet 16. The food was delicious, and the court well dressed; that aside, the production was a new experience for us.

Camerawise, we used the Canon 5d, 7d, and 60d. On 5d, we primarily kept a 50mm f/1.4, and switched to a 35mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.8. The 7d we used a 35mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.8. We used our standard manfrotto monopods, and occasionally used a 70-200mm f/2.8. On our 60d, we generally use a 35mm f/1.4 and 11-16mm f/2.8, which we primarily used with our slider.

Some key events we had to focus on were an interview segment, setup, Father-Daughter dance and the formal presentation of LM.

Interview Segment
In the interview segment, we travelled to LM’s house, where we interviewed her friends, family and of course herself on the subject of womanhood and the future. We kept a 60d with a 85mm for close ups, a 50 mm on 7d for a medium shots, and 11-16mm on the 5d for a wide. Soundwise, we had a samson c02 stereo mic setup in a 3 channel mixer/Fostex Fr2le, and had our Sony wireless lav on LM.

Thing to note here was how we still have need of lighting equipment. We were able to utilize a 500 mm “switch/dim” LED light. We bounced it off the ceiling and used a small 120w LED as a fill.

LM getting her face done.

At this point, we only had NG and myself to get some early footage. I used a 5d with a 50mm and a manfrotto monopod to focus on LM getting her make-up done as well as her fitting in to her dress. No words minced she was absolutely gorgeous on this special occasion.

Father and Daughter dancing

Father-Daughter Dance

Here we wanted to shoot in 30 FPS to slow down in post, get a more fluid feeling to their movements. We had our 60d with a 11-16mm on a slider to obtain a wide master shot. We had a 50mm on our 5d and a  35mm on our 7d.

Presentation of Roses
In this segment, sponsers of the event shared a short dance and moment of support and wishful thinking for their beloved LM. We had a similar setup to the Father-Daughter Dance, except we switched back to 24fps.

After the event we had a chance to use JC’s new Macbook Retina display as well as his Thunderbolt adaptor. I got to tell you, it is extremely fast. We were able to transfer 16 gb in 3 minutes, and transfer 137 gb in 30 minutes.

Overall I felt the event was a new experience, and we had to catch up with any obstacles we encountered. What i think we need next time is a bigger team (at least 3 people for hte entire event; JC couldn’t come until about 30 minutes into the event). Also, what is greatly needed is a telephoto lens on the 7d, as opposed to the 5d. Reason being is the sensor. I would rather have a prime lens on the full frame to better control that need to zoom. Also, I prefer those fixed focal lengths as opposed to some random 78mm or 43mm.

Good news is that the previous things we have learned from the past Day Dream Nations have truly helped us in preperation for this event. We were able to work efficiently with each other. We knew what shots we wanted and we got a fair amount of them.

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