Adrenaline Televion’s Steve Connor hired me to do my “thing” at Duxford Air Show this week in Cambridgeshire. He wanted someone new to the Air Show world to bring a new eye to it. Others cameras used on this shoot were my F350, an HDCAM 790 and an XDCAM F700.
I shot about 60GB worth of footage! That is quite a lot. There was so much to film, great images, great characters.
This was also the first shoot I did using the new Redrock Matte Box and the first shoot using the brand new Production Ultimate. Unfortunately there is a problem with the new Letus Rods that I had that meant they could not be used on this shoot. I need to get them sorted before I can use them. From what I saw of them they are a massive step up. I just got a problem with the blase plate holes being too inset. This has now been fixed on the models shipping.
The Redrock Matte Box is great, as Benji Barnes who assisted me will agree, I change lenses A LOT. The swing away was a joy. The filters trays held my Tiffen filters fine but the Formatt ones with the metal surround didn’t grip well and needed a bit of gaffer tape on the top edge to make it grippable.
It is very solid and feels more expensive than it is. I played with the new EX1 Arri Mattebox, which is lovely but is not swing away, costs 5 times as much but the Redock is more flexible. It has been a long wait for it and hopefully they can ramp up production as they are going to sell thousands.
A real quality bit of kit.
I have always mounted my Letus with a drop down but this has always caused problems with balance on the tripod. With the Matte Box on this balance was unusable. So I mounted the Letus upside down as you can see in the photos and was able to move the tripod plate to the correct centre of gravity. Downside of this is you cannot now close the LCD all the way. Bit of bugger that. Won’t be an issue with the EX3 but despite that, this is the way I will mount the Letus from now on.
I will post the short I made as soon as I get permission to do so.
Also great to meet everyone in Manchester, Glasgow and especially Dublin where I had a very warm welcome. Thanks guys!