Equipment

  • Sony a6300

  • Sony FE-Mount 50mm f/ 1.8 Prime Lens

  • Sony 16-55 OSS f/ 3.5 - 5.6 Lens Kit

  • DJI Mavic Air

  • PolarPro DJI Mavic Air Filter 3-Pack

  • Sony ICDPX370 IC Voice Recorder

  • Lammcou Flexible Tripod

  • Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB

  • SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB

Note: Many filmmakers and photographers argue that gear is not as important. I disagree. A bundle for starters, such as the one above, gives me the flexibility to film in slow motion and use different angles and focal ranges. 

filmmaking  techniques

  • Before shooting plan the area accordingly: Think if the scene is good for slowmotion, 4K, time lapses, etc

  • Capture movement (cars, people, moving objects) from at least 3 different angles and perspectives (close up, wide shot & a creative composition)

  • With static objects play with foreground to add a sense of movement; with buildings create hyperlapses

  • You need shots that have something in common such as continuous action, movement, colour or content. The eye focuses on the continuity of the movements, colours or actions and this makes the cuts seem invisible

  • Double the frame rate & shoot manual if possible

organization

Filming hand held and on-the-go can make the editing process extremely intensive if they're not organized beforehand. For this video I shot nearly 1TB of raw footage, therefore, whenever I have free time or have a break (flights and at night) I preview the files in QuickTime Player, place them in folders and add keywords to each clip.

 

I first organize them by city or day and then by frame rate. I also add descriptive keywords to each clip such as "People", "Landscape", "Cars", "Transition", "Fast", "Right" "Left", "Night", "Fire", "Red", "Epic", "Water", "Reveal", etc. This allows me to find relevant clips faster when I edit the video in Premiere Pro.

Editing process

To create a continuous movement, every cut must appear to seamlessly transition into the other. In the sequence to the right there are several similar characteristics from clip to clip:

  • Color (red & yellow predominate)

  • Camera/Clip movement (shown with the arrows)

  • Overall theme (faith/religion)

  • Similar objects & places

  • Focus Area

  • Place

  • Speed ramping between clips

  • Sound design

You can only see if shots really work together while you are cutting them on the timeline.

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