Interview avec Olivier Babinet réalisateur de SWAGGER

Olivier Babinet est venu présenter son film SWAGGER au Festival International du Film de San Francisco. C'est un film très touchant qui nous présente 11 adolescents d'Aulnay-sous-bois (93). Il a présenté le film à des élèves d'école publique de San Francisco, souvent défavorisés. Voila un entretien qu'il nous a accordé après le film dans la salle de projection du ROXIE de San Francisco, une salle de cinéma indépendant qui survit à San Francisco grâce aux fans. On vous conseille bien évidemment d'aller voir le film. On a beaucoup aimé.

  • L'interview a été conduit par Nathalie Gobbi de LOSTINSF.
  • Filmé et édité par moi-même, Olivier Bonin pour Madnomad Films.
  • Musique: JB Dunckel - Felicity Price (BO du film Swagger)
  • Caméra: Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro.

Ocean Beach filmed with the URSA Mini Pro

I've started filming with the new Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6k camera. The camera is a high end professional camera that records RAW and PRORES. There are many reviews online. The camera produces stunning images with lots of latitude to work with in POST.

Here's a short video filmed at Ocean Beach in 120fps to test the slow motion, especially with surfers in the big surf of this place. Enjoy.

Music: Doctor Flake | Sueurs Froides

COLUMBIA SQUARE by KILROY

Client: Kilroy Realty Corporation
Producer: Transparent House
Filming and Editing by Madnomad Films
Location: Columbia Square, Central Hollywood, Los Angeles
Content: Historical perspective on the facility built for CBS radio and its full innovate renovation

Filmed with Canon C100, Sony A7Rii, Canon 70-200mm f2.8, Canon 24-70 f2.8

Background: Built in 1938, Columbia Square was the ost modern technology facility of its time. Designed by renowned architect, William Lescaze in the vanguard International Modernist style, its state-of-the-art recording studios and theaters cemented Hollywood as the entertainment center of the universe.Stars such as Jack Benny and Orson Welles recorded their best-known work. A young comedienne named Lucille Ball filmed her TV pilot. James Dean was an usher; Bob Dylan and Carlos Santana recorded legendary hits. Beyond its stars’ performances, Columbia Square gave birth to an industry of innovative engineering, sound effects, editing and film. This is the place where science and art met, fell in love and said, “I do.”A decade after CBS abandoned its 4.7-acre site, Columbia Square leads Hollywood’s revitalization. Where Hollywood first planted its roots, a new creative center will grow. Columbia Square makes a promise to the community—to honor the companies at the forefront of entertainment and technology, and to construct a space where they can incubate exceptional ideas.

The Young Ones - Our Own Private Scene.

A short but powerful film on adolescence and the constant search for who you are and who you can be. Almost too short! I like the way you see the three teenagers so intimately. In a way this is so far from what I see in the US.

Featured on NOWNESS

Filmmaker Leo Adef explores subculture and self-discovery in a coming-of-age portrait of three 17-years-olds in a small French town. Read more on NOWNESS - http://bit.ly/2kMaV3B

Losing a child at birth

If you know parents who have dealt with the loss of a baby very early in life, or have experienced this yourself, listen to these parents who went through this. This is especially helpful for friends and families as it's sometimes hard to understand how to best approach the grieving parents and actually be of help. Please forward to those who know who are going through this difficult situation. In the US, 1 out of 160 births is a still birth. It's a lot. Yet the subject remains very taboo.

In this video we used almost no b-roll. The editing consists almost entirely of interviews. This was important in this case, as the subject is very heavy, and we didn't want to distract the viewer or disrespect the interviewees and those suffering the same loss. Yet the film is very effective in communicating a compassionate message to the grieving families and their relatives.

The video was commissioned by HAND of the Peninsula. HAND is a non-profit organization supporting families during the normal grieving process after miscarriage, stillbirth, a pregnancy that was wanted but interrupted for medical reasons, and infant death in the first year of life.

Parents, for support, information and resources, please see HAND’s website at HANDsupport.org
Care providers, to learn how to better support grieving families, please see HAND’s website for information and resources at HANDsupport.org

À Peu De Choses Près!

In the age of instant gratification, making short films is always brave, as audiences don't have the patience anymore to wait for character build-up and the story to develop. I invite you to watch this fun 15 min short film. A very well constructed and told story! Turn on the Subtitles (CC button) for English :)

À Peu De Choses Près, directed by Jérôme BERNARD

The BIGGEST CALLIGRAPHY ARTWORK IN the WORLD

Taking calligraphy to another level. Pokras Lampas used one ton of Paint to cover the Red October plant roof in Moscow with a circular calligraphy. Between graffiti, calligraphy and performance, this is is a fun video to watch. The cinematography is just as nice as well, by Sergey Valyaev. We can't wait to see the next project!

An animation about our dependence on OIL

Patrick Jean made a fun little animation about our dependence on oil, whether we like it or not. The animation uses google maps. A giant robot emerges from Los Angeles looking for its most precious source of energy, what does it mean? Check the video below, it's fun watching until the end. No need for words, the great visuals say it all.

Proper exposure settings with S-Log2 | Sony A7rii

So we've recently acquired a Sony Alpha a7rii camera. It's small, it records 4K internally, it even does slow motion in HD. The camera is also very sensitive to light, so it does a lot better than the Blackmagic. But of course it only records in 8-bit 420. That means when you record in S-Log2, a very flat gamma curve, you need to expose your footage correctly in order to take the full advantage of the 14-stop dynamic range (DR) capabilities of S-Log2.

S-Log2:

  • Should only be used when you need 14-stop of DR.
  • Should generally be exposed +1 or +2 stops above the camera recommended exposure. That allows to lower noise in the picture by bringing the shadows up. This leaves less headroom for highlights but there's still plenty of room.
  • Don't push exposure over +2 stops over you lose details in skin tones and everything else in the brighter part of the picture.
  • Generally Skin should be exposed b/w 45% (recommened camera exposure), 55% (+1 stop) and 70% (+2 stops). Or a white piece of paper should be exposed b/w 62% (+ 0 stop), 75% (+1 stop and 87% (+2 stop).

You can find a lot more valuable information here on Alister Chapman xdam-user.com blog post:

http://www.xdcam-user.com/2014/08/exposing-and-using-slog2-on-the-sony-a7s-part-one-gamma-and-exposure/

Alister Chapman is an expert on all Sony products, and I highly recommend reading his blog if you need a better understanding on all technical aspects.

Sony A7Rii with Sigma Fisheye 15mm f2.8 and Metabones EF mount adapter. Autofocus works very fast in this combination!

Sony A7Rii with Sigma Fisheye 15mm f2.8 and Metabones EF mount adapter. Autofocus works very fast in this combination!

Aerial San Francisco

Drones are great, but regulations is making it harder and harder to use them on prime locations like San Francisco. We filmed the following clips mostly from an Helicopter flying over and under the Golden Gate Bridge, flying right above downtown. The speed of movement makes an helicopter a lot more suited to this type of shooting. Enjoy the view from above! Check out our post about this as well: http://www.madnomadfilms.com/aerials-over-san-francisco

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Whole Foods

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Whole Foods Market employment policies are unique among large Wall Street companies. And it's easily reflected in what their employees (Team Members) have to say about their job there. Madnomad Films was asked to pick 10 people among 700 employees who had accepted to be interviewed and be profiled in these video portraits. It was a huge undertaking for which Whole Foods gave us a blank slate. The idea was to hear Team Members' personal stories and their relationship with the company. People come to Whole Foods for many reasons, often for the quality of the food they find there, but there are plenty of other good reasons, listen to the voices of the people who work there and filter out the noise from the news for a bit!

KICKSTARTER Campaign

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Kickstarter == We all know Kickstarter, it's the #1 crowd-funding service, operated right here in San Francisco. And in San Francisco, the famous city by the bay, there are many landmarks that are slowly disappearing. One of them are those sculptures of "dachshung" dogs. They were made the mascots of the Doggie Diner restaurant chain here in the SF bay area. With the last restaurant gone in 1986, this landmark is also leaving. John Law bought 3 of the Doggie Diner dogs back in the 80s, and has been taking them all around the bay area for 30 years, but the dogs are old and they're threatening to collapse. So he's starting a kickstarter campaign to restore them professionally before it's too late, so the bay area can enjoy for another 50 years. We made the video for the campaign, here it is. The project was successfully over-funded to $51K+. As a reminder sculptural project like these are very hard to fund with Kickstarter, now most funders are expecting something in return, something they can hold in their hands. The most successful projects are for products and essentially people are buying the products in advance, it's not really like supporting an artist or a film. But with the Doggie Diner it's about supporting a group of artists, and 3 sculptures of dogs, that most will only see passing by in front of them throughout the city of San Francisco. So it was a real success to be able to fund this project. The feedback was huge on the video. It conveyed everything people needed to know, but it also conveyed the un-explainable, that human connection that good filmmaking is able to create, so watch the video and let us know!

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Stanford University

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Stanford University contacted us about a High School program they have developed over the past 4 years, and that is now complete. This is a curriculum to teach teenagers about  Public Health and how to become advocate for their own community. The program is not standard class material as it directly gives tools to students so they can tackle real life issues in their own city. For this Stanford needed to make a video that would show potential teachers of the program how hands-on the program is and how it has been designed with students in mind. The video needed to not be a simple promotional/testimonial video, but needed to show teachers how much impact it has on students who take the class. So we embarked on an 8-month journey, between Stockton, Berkeley and Stanford to go in-depth and figure out who would be the best voices to present this great new program. Watch the video and see for yourself how hard work and upstream research can produce a very compelling video. Stanford University couldn't be happier. They now have a simple and effective tool to get attention from teachers who don't have much time in their hands. Madnomad Films has also done some work with Stanford STEP program, and SPIRE Stanford, an alumni group of professionals in Real Estate.

Working on Timelapse

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Timelapses are fun, but work and time intensive. I'm preparing to shoot timelapses for a new building downtown featuring all 4 cardinal points views from 5AM till 10PM with a bunch of Canon 5D mkiii cameras. Doing timelapses is tricky because the exposure can sometimes shift too much from one frame to the next, generating flicker when you assemble it into a 24fps or 30fps video. The best way to not generate any flicker is by changing the exposure manually every time you lose or gain a stop of light. But that means you need to touch the camera, and so you have to be very careful to not move it even slightly since this will obviously be very visible on the final video, or it means that you will have to spend some extra time fixing these issues and that's not fun and time consuming. Once done with the shooting I generally use Lightroom and LRTimelapse to process my timelapses, and then do the final edit in Final Cut Pro 7 (yes they still haven't made anything better regarding Online Editors!

Check it out!

Aerials over San Francisco

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We worked with Lennar to produce a video about their new development in Hunters Point. We needed to rent a helicopter and shoot over San Francisco in different locations. And the shots over Hunters Point were showing that location as it is today. So we worked with Transparent House in order to add 3D modeling of the future buildings onto the footage. A quite work intensive task. But we are now very pleased with the results, and this is a great demonstration of what is possible with helicopter footage and 3D modeling. The helicopter was equipped with a Cineflex camera. Those camera basically costs $1 Million and so we rented it. The camera uses a 5 point gyroscopic setup so the image is extremely stable. There's no point flying in a helicopter and paying for all that gas if you don't have that kind of setup, since the cabin shakes a lot when you're in the air.

Here are a few extraction from the original video with no color grading. So it's all RAW.

Check out the video here: http://www.madnomadfilms.com/lennar/

All images are the copyright of Madnomad Films ©20123 Helicopter shoot with Cineflex over Golden Gate Bridge

Helicopter shoot with Cineflex over Golden Gate Bridge

Helicopter shoot with Cineflex over Transamerica Pyramid San Francisco

Helicopter shoot with Cineflex over downtown San Francisco at Sunset looking out towards the Golden Gate Bridge