Curiosity

This summer has been quite the adventure for us as a company. A year ago, I would never believe we’d be at where we are today. Filled with exciting moments, filming every week (usually multiple times per week), we’ve been stretched but we’re always up for another challenge. This time, with the team from Paperback Films on our way to filming a wedding, we decided to fit in a 30 minute brain storm, interview session and find moments between filming the wedding events to piece into a short film. Yes, it’s another short film contest; one that’s being put on by Stillmotion, Kevin Shahinian, and Joe Simon as part of their Event Cinema Workshop coming up in Chicago / Boston. I believe this one stands as our least planned out short film, but we were pretty happy with the way it turned out. By the way, cellular data can be scarse when you’re 2,450 metres up in the air.

We found, as we were filming, there were so many well-defined parallels between what we were doing here, and where we want to go as filmmakers. This film touches on where we’ve come from, what gives us that push to continue, and where we’re headed as a team. As a sequential progression, we’re revealing a bit of what our journey has been so far. The colour is warm, sharp and punchy -exentuating the beautify of what we’re exploring out here in British Columbia; a place we hadn’t been to film a wedding before.

This story parallels who we are, as a team and our journey as it stands. We are very excited to be able to have the opportunity to do what we love and share that gift with others. We’ve had ups and downs, but we know where we want to go and what we want to do. We’re very much looking forward to where life takes us on our journey over this next 365 days and even more looking forward to sharing the films we’ve created over the next little while.

// Technical notes //

Equipment used: 2 Canon 7Ds, 1 5d MarkII, Canon 50mm 1.2, 35mm 1.4, 85mm 1.2, 135mm 2.0, 24mm 2.8, Tokina 11-16mm 2.8, two manfrotto monopods, one manfrotto tripod, dp slider, steadicam merlin, rode microphones, pelican cases (used as stools for the interview), macbook pros, lacie ruggeds.

Picture profile: Neutral

Software used: Final Cut Pro 7, Apple Color, Soundtrack Pro

  • http://www.oneplusonedesign.ca Jessie

    Gorgeous guys! Keep up the great work. You’re really making me jealous of your little trip to the mountains :)

  • http://www.digital-pro-video.com Evan

    Saw your video on the Still Motion site. Amazed by it. As soon as I saw the mountains I thought this was probably Canadian. Particularly impressed by the road shots of driving in the mountains… the shot is so steady!?!?!?

    Nicely done.

  • http://www.shadesofgraydesign.net Stephen Gray

    Hi Evan, thank you so much. Yes, it’s definitely a good Canadian landmark to have – I just wasn’t prepared for the lesser oxygen at 2400 metres in the air while carrying gear and walking a few miles :) The shots while driving in the mountains were done with two suction cups from the interior of the SUV we were in. Very happy with how they turned out.