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!

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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

Madnomad Films is a video production house for corporate clients, startups, non-profits. We are storytellers, and that's why people keep coming back to us. Check out our work here.

Stanford Online High Video goes viral

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After the release of our first Stanford video in fall, the video went viral among the field of education. Our promotional videos inspire because they're not so promotional. On our first meeting with Stanford, and with any clients, we make it clear, we're not in the business of making videos that will look like what their competitors are doing. You've heard that before and clients have heard that before, yet many clients, and many more vendors just accept the status quo. We recently lost a deal because the client told us they were no different from their competition and they didn't want to stand out. We insisted about our approach, but to no avail. To come back to the Stanford video, it ended up getting noticed at Virgin America. They were so enthusiastic about the program (or at least about the portrait we made of it), they  decided to add to their In-Flight program, which thousands of passangers just have to watch while waiting for time to pass by in the air. It is a sure win for the school!

See it on Virgin's website here: http://in-flightmedia.com/categories/virgin-america/

Madnomad Films is a video production house for corporate clients, startups, non-profits. We are storytellers, and that's why people keep coming back to us. Check out our work here.