StillMotion Shoots Video At An Aquarium With The Red Epic

As we have said many times before, we are huge fans of the crew at StillMotion for their wedding work. In this video, the team steps outside of their standard job to shoot for Shedd Aquarium. They decided to film most of the project on the new Red Epic so that they could shoot at variable frame rates up to 300fps. In the video below, they take us behind the scenes of the creation of this project and below that you can check out the reel.





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James's picture

No one can denied that the quality of the images with the epic are
mind-blowing ... but not as mind blowing as the prices of their
cameras. 

They talked about some light flickering issues, but they haven't adressed this particular issue during the video. Can someone shed some light on this problem and its solution ?

Mike's picture

found this on the reduser.net forum:

Lighting for High-SpeedLighting issues are not specific for the Phantom cameras but for high frame rate photography in general. Even with the great sensitivity of modern cameras, be prepared to use a considerable amount of light. Beyond illumination, the largest issue in high-speed lighting is flicker. Tungsten lights actually have a flicker rate. When powered by alternating current (AC) electricity, the power cycles 50 or 60 times per second (depending on the country and its power system). During the down cycle the tungsten lamp filament can dim slightly, causing flicker. The amount of dimming is related to the type of bulb, wattage and physical size of filament. In general, we have found that lamps larger than 2000 watts use tungsten filaments so large that they do not have time to cool and dim before the power cycles back up. Therefore, we recommend using 2K or greater tungsten light fixtures when shooting above 120fps in 60hz countries and 5K or greater when shooting above 100fps in 50hz countries. Be aware that a unit such as a nine-light is NOT a large fixture but is actually an array of smaller lights and as such can flicker.Some additional recommendations are to use DC power for tungsten lights, which eliminates flicker entirely. HMI and fluorescent lights are generally fine for speeds under 120fps as long as they use electronic ballasts. Magnetic ballasts should not be used. HMI lights can suffer from “arc wander,” whereby a plasmatic “hot spot” can move about within the bulb, causing an amorphous shifting movement in the light output. LED lights are subject to the electronic circuits driving them which can create a vast array of refresh rates, but generally we have found that LED fixtures designed for the production community will not flicker as long as they are not dimmed.Finally, the shutter angle on the Phantom can affect flicker as well, as a greater shutter angle allows for a longer response time from the light. When shooting extremely high frame rates, it may no longer be necessary to retain a 180-degree shutter to capture the motion generally preferred for a filmic look. A 360-degree shutter allows both more light sensitivity and reduced flicker possibilities.

James's picture

Great example of how you can be competent at
something and totally hideous at something else...

Donny's picture

what program was he using to edit the pictures or video?

 Honestly, the image quality on those cameras is amazing, it's all put together well, it's a very soldi video produced at the end...

BUT, it doesn't jump out at me as amazing cinematography.   The wedding videos you linked to before are brilliant because they offer something more than the norm, something different.   This doesn't feel so different (especially with so many people shooting high frame rates at the moment).

are you kidding? Did you miss the turtle eating the turtle lettuce? Pure magic! lol. 
I guess Nat Geo, Discovery and others have been doing such a good job at filming amazing nature moments that this just seems like more of that.  

I guess that must be it...
Don't get me wrong, it IS incredible, but when you've seen similar stuff done before, I guess it loses impact...

I'd also like to know what is the program they're using for post production

If you view the Vimeo page for the BTS (http://vimeo.com/31360361) it mentions:
"RED footage shown in this clip was mostly shot at 4k and reviewed in redcine-x before going to post in premiere. color was done in davinci resolve."

Eric C. Gould's picture

It's a crime some much great footage did not make it into the final promo. Well done guys. Jacques Cousteau look out.

These guys are so good it makes me sick!  soooooo good!

Wow. I really loved that reel.
How incredibly expensive that production must have been. They had a Truck! I wonder how many generators they needed to run all those lights.