I was hired to shoot a short film style commercial in Olympic National Park. This was a long hike where size and weight would be big restrictions. I was chosen because I had the right style and because I would actually do a shoot like this where I am sleeping in a freezing tent in the wilderness and building shots with the gear I can carry.
It was a great experience and I shot so much more than made it into the edit. It needs a much longer cut to get all the great content out there.
After a few years waiting for distribution. Biker Fox the movie is finally available on iTunes and everywhere else.
This was a movie that I edited and shot with director Jeremy Lamberton. I did a huge amount of post clean up and fixing probelems with old consumer format video from the late 90’s. Even though it was shot in teh 2000’s it was done with old cameras for most of the direct address stuff that Biker shot himself.
The Vault was made for the Shot on Red film festival. It was a good oportunity to try out some visual effects and try some other techniques in the process. I really wanted to try some extreme lens flares.
So I did the edit and picked out the take I wanted to use.
I did the lightning gun effect. Still pretty normal.
To get the right look in the lens I projected the lightning effect into the Red using the same lens I had used during the shoot. This way the lens flares would be similar to what might happen if any of this was actually real. I then got the same flashes and pops, optically captured, just like the on set lighting.
Combined the layers and did the color grade. Since the flares and effects were already synced it was just a matter of compositing them all together and adjusting the intensity of each layer.
Here is a great description of how they used the same technique of optical capture of lens VFX lens flare for Gravity.