FOR THE RX100 quick look go to bottom of this post.
I did a few of these a while back. Most people got the idea that this was not a competition but a challenge to get you off your bums and out there shooting and improving. A small minority got uppity that there were no prizes and that I didn’t give feedback on all videos. So in the interests of a quieter life I didn’t do anymore. BUT I have decided to revive the weekend challenge and try to make it bi-monthly. Setting new challenges every two weeks and giving you just the weekend to do it. These are going vary in topics. Some will be more challenging than others, but all WILL make you a better filmmaker as you learn every time you shoot. I stand by this 100%.
SO, the challenge this weekend is…THE SEQUENCE.
So simple. So important. So easy to make dull or just plain screw up. The sequence is a sequence of shots that need to be able to be cut together. Once they are, they should tell a story. An example of a REALLY boring sequence is this.
INTERIOR DAY: Man is sitting alone at a desk. He opens computer, types for around 5 minutes, then closes computer and leaves.
That was me writing this post if you didn’t get it. Dull, but you can tell a story from it
Below is an example of two simple things that I posted a few weeks back. One was my mum washing the windows, and the other was my dad smoking a cigar. YES they were shot at 240fps so they look cooler, after all everything looks cool at that speed! BUT even at normal speed it would still look interesting. Look at the shots I did and how I pieced them together. I am not saying do all your entries like this, but this should give you an idea!
Here is the challenge. Take an action, a process or something similar. For example, brushing your teeth or making a bed or frying an egg. Create a film of 45-60 seconds, no longer, thinking really hard about how you can tell the story of this action in a creative way. Take a step back, think hard, plan it, shot list it if need be, but I want to be surprised as to how you can take the simple things and make them look great.
You have until Monday 9am 30th July UK time to upload to this group. PLEASE only upload video to this challenge.
There is no prize other than a chance to see how others take this simple challenge and run with it. After all, if you can make an egg being fried exciting, what could you do with something more exciting. The skill is making the dull look brilliant!
I make no promises to watch them all and give feedback, but I will try. Please watch others, comment, critique, share!
Thanks for taking part and if this goes well I will make this a regular bi-monthly thing.
I won’t approve any videos uploaded after the deadline. Deadlines are GOOD! They push you! You must upload to the Vimeo group here and I will post my 10 favourites mid next week with WHY I have chosen those ones. I am also going to do one myself, so feel free to critique mine!
EDIT: BLIMEY!! Someone has already done one…check it out below!
The Sony RX100 is a really powerful little camera. I haven’t had it long (24 hrs) but I did manage to shoot my entry to this challenge on it today. It’s a top end fixed lens compact camera with many cool features. It has raw, a 1 inch 20 megapixel sensor which is roughly 2/3 the size of micro 4/3. Sound confusing? Well check out the sensor chart below from DP review
Stills wise it is very strong but I have yet to really put it through it’s paces other than to take some shots of my cats. It shoots raw but no software I have can take it yet. The fixed lens is equivalent to 28mm to 94mm. It’s F1.8 at the wide end and slows right down to F4.9 at the long end.
Video wise at it’s highest bit rate of 28mb/s in Full HD with either 50p (what i have) or 60p (for US and other regions). Great thing about 50p is throw it on a 25p timeline and it just drops a frame to get lovely 25p as there is no setting in camera to do it. For 60p if you want 24p it’s more complicated. Of course full HD slow motion at 50p/ 60p is very cool. I had to use the micro HDMI out of the camera (not full screen whilst recording) for this little piece as you can see below but blimey what a dumb place to put the HDMI socket!! Right by the 1/4 20 tripod mount. I managed via filing down my micro HDMI lead and using the Kessler Quick Release plate which is full of mounting holes to make it work…but seriously…what a place to put it!
It’s too soon to give my final opinion, but so far after 24 hours I am very impressed. Powerful in stills, with ISO up to 25,600. A large sensor for a compact and lovely video mode…although I couldn’t work out how to get a flat picture profile yet. I am hoping to work this out without resorting to the instruction manual which of course men simply don’t use!
Biggest downer? It’s not cheap.$650 in the US. You can buy a DSLR for that but that is not the point. This is aVERY small camera with a crap load of stuff in it and it does most of it, from what I have so far, very well. The best pocket camera I have used to date, beating my beloved Canon S100.
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