Last week I went to Vilnius in Lithuania for a VERY BRIEF trip!
I was working for Five News, they sent me there to do a story on something called the 1984 experience, it’s also known as a KGB theme park! It’s a sort of real life theatre experience to remind locals and show tourists what life was like under Soviet rule.
I took my EX1, as I mostly do these days for jobs flying abroad. It wasn’t an HD commission, but that doesn’t matter. Shooting on the EX1 and down-converting looks better than shooting in SD.
I did a few pretty shots of Vilnius on the Letus but when I got to the Nuclear bunker in the woods 30 minutes outside Vilnius and had a walk around I realised the lack of light and the lack of control I would have would make it unrealistic. So I took it off and shot clean for the first time since December last year. It’s a shame, it would have looked great, but I needed more time and more control. I basically had 2 hours, the time of the “Show” and the max time I had to do it before we had to race to the airport to catch the last flight to London.
Shooting clean I put it lots of high speed shutter, to give it a Tony Scott/ Saving Private Ryan feel. The downside to this was it showed off the limitations of the rolling shutter in the ex1 quite badly. Although only on REALLY crazy whip pan reframes, I span the camera around so fast this is what I caught.
Pretty nasty! But I did loads of proper whips pans and didn’t get any of this. So basically To get this I had to have lots of high speed shutter in and really crazily spin the camera around.
This is the only time I have come across this, as I said, it’s a combination
of shutter and exaggerated movement. Don’t let it put you off the camera!
I was so pleased with the end results. I was handheld all the time, no shoulder mount and worked great. Here is a small edit I have knocked together for fun of some of the shots. Am cutting the actual story on Monday.
The next day I was filming concession stand food for showcase cinemas new HD plasmas for their cinemas, in association with Media 14, with their permission I hope to post some shots. Shot on the Letus and EX1 Such a versatile camera!
Here is the finished news piece: