Fairmont GoPro Video Contest: Kauai Adventure

Last year my wife suggested we enter a video contest that Fairmont Hotels was running for a chance to win a trip to any destination in North America OR (more importantly) their destinations in the Caribbean. We chose Barbados thinking we may not win.

As part of our initial submission we had to create a video that showed a place we had visited and all the “off the beaten path” experiences we had. Having visited Kauai and Hawaii recently we knew it was the perfect subject matter. Here’s our short entry video edited very quickly.

Surprisingly we made it through the first round and we won our trip to Barbados! The kicker was we had to film our experience using the provided GoPro camera. I’ll post the follow-up video shortly.

Nike Photosynthesis Pack Stop Motion Or…

Had to post this, can’t tell if it’s stop motion of affected 3D animation but it’s beautiful.

Results from IR Photography shoot in Paris with Kodak Aerochrome

Well some photos turned out better than others unfortunately. Getting the right focus proved much more difficult in a shoot on the fly scenario. Lighting and blow out also seems to be an issue although the days were mostly overcast. Luckily there were a few gems among the roll to enjoy below!

I would definitely recommend this type of film for anyone wanting a new technical challenge in photography or just to give a familiar setting a new perspective.

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Speed up editing in Premiere Pro CC for Mac

Tired of lag from a complex timeline? I was too so I started experimenting to get the speed up the Mac Pros (Mid 2012 silver towers) where I work. These are tried and true tips that will save you a lot of time when editing:

– get an SSD boot drive, it will cut down on program lag performance
– get a second SSD for your cache drive, all those .pek and preview files writing to a faster drive will cut down on your lag time.
– RAID your footage drives to reduce seek time and help you playback multiple streams of HD
– get a CompressHD to speed up your H.264 exports especially if that’s your dedicated export format
– upgrade to the best GPU you can afford, this really helps with effect playback and rendering to a master format like ProRes 422.

This list seems short but these tips ensure an aging Mac Pro runs smoothly for years regardless of ingest formats.

Infrared Photography with Kodak Aerochrome Film

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Six months ago I wondered what else is there to discover in 35mm photography? There’s a lot but one niche did stand out: Color Infrared Film. Richard Mosse used it to give a different perspective on the crisis in the Congo. He even made a book called Infra if you’re a photography nut and want to drop $600. After seeing his photos I needed to know more and soon discovered Kodak Aerochrome, a film used for aerial surveillance during World War II and the interim years for forestry surveys. I wanted to try it but it was discontinued!

Fortunately the good people at Film Photography project managed to acquire the last few batches and made it available for sale! Though it wasn’t cheap to ship it to Canada it was worth it for the chance to try something new. With a trip to Paris planned for April 2015 I though what better test-bed than a city full of green to test it out?

Film Photography Project has some good guidelines on how to shoot with this film. It’s a 400ISO so you really only have 4 stops to play with. After combing the internet I found this particular post by lazybuddha to be the most informative when it comes to shooting colour infrared film (IR). A lot of people offer tips for black and white IR but not color, so this post will save you time. The broad strokes are use a standard Yellow filter and keep your Aperature around F16 to avoid overexposure. I didn’t follow the second rule and a lot of my photos were blown out (but it was also overcast almost every day to complicate things). The other tip to keep in mind is focus; the focal plane for IR is slightly different than a regular photo. Since you can’t see IR you need to follow the guide on your camera to keep a sharp focus. I shot with my trusty Canon AE-1 which has and IR focal point marker on the lens barrel. A tip from this great Canon FD Lens resource noted:

“it is necessary to slightly modify the normal method of focusing the lens. After focusing the same as usual, note the tiny red dot engraved on the lens barrel just to the right of the distance index and turn the focusing ring slightly to align the focused distance with this red dot.”

So with that in mind almost nothing was out of focus when shooting with a shallow depth of field. With the F16 rule this is less of an issue. With all that research I felt confident to shoot and hopefully capture something decent.

Unfortunately after processing through The Darkroom (recommended by Film Photography Project since they know how to process E-6 infrared properly), a lot of the photos were blown out. I held out hope since the proofs I got were a one light scan. After I received the slides in the mail I knew at least some could be salvaged. I’ll post the results shortly, fingers crossed.

The new Mac Pro is the workstation you’ve been looking for

New-Mac-Pro.-2013-kewcreativeThere is a sea of people endlessly nitpicking the recently unveiled Mac Pro overhaul but far fewer praising it beyond it’s aesthetics. Deep down it is the Mac Pro video professionals want you just have to change the concept of a pro machine. I’m speaking solely from a video editing professional perspective so you can probably rip my argument apart should you be a 3D artist (you’re on Linux or Windows anyway) or something more conventional like an Autodesk product user.

It sheds PCIe slots and that’s a good thing, especially for field production where you need to be mobile. A DIT using one of these could tear through footage dumps and grading like phyllo pastry. “Only AMD GPUs? No nVidia? What about upgrades? CUDA?” Just let it go, Premiere Pro CC will support OpenCL, Media Composer needs to get on it to take back market share and Final Cut X is obviously the poster child of OpenCL. Even Resolve is raving about it’s test results. Yes most of us use CUDA now because it works but when the software evolves we’ll forget we ever held CUDA so tightly. As for other PCIe expansion, what you need a RedRocket? Thunderbolt 2 will give you the bandwidth… Oh right you need to dump RED/ALEXA/Blackmagic footage? Get a dock with FW800, or get an adapter and wait for a thunderbolt update (or plug it right in if it’s Blackmagic). Most of the high end and prosumer cameras have a solution already. Broadcast monitoring? Last time I checked a Kona or Blackmagic card are well within the thunderbolt bandwidth limits. Yes the external enclosures are expensive but it’s still early. If you adapt now you’re crazy, wait a year for the peripherals and software to catch up. “I’ll have a rats nest of cables!” I’m sorry but show me an editors desk that’s pristine 24/7. You’ve always got client drives stacked on your desk, card readers, scripts and Red Bull, so stop whining. If you hate it that much then go to Ikea.

Processors
“No dual processors? No deal,” that’s BS. Video editing apps take advantage many cores and what they’re offering will be more than enough to run AE and PP at the same time. I have a Sandybridge hexa-core that outperforms dual Xeon’s and yes they have the same specs outside of processor and OS. You aren’t going to miss the extra CPU because GPUs and RED Rockets do a lot of the heavy lifting anyway.

Storage
Yes it doesn’t have a lot but if you edit professionally then you have a scratch raid, storage and a backup solution. PCIe flash storage is ridiculously fast and nobody will miss bouncing app icons and spinning beach balls. storage has been heading in this direction for a while.

Memory
It has 4 slots which is enough to get your ram up to 32GB+. If you aren’t using at leasts 32GB you might as well stick to editing your =3 style response videos.

Connectivity
Yes it only has Gigabit Ethernet but that more than enough to shuttle files to a server. You can always throw a fibre channel card in an enclosure and keep your blazing fast network alive. Outside of that it’s nice to have Bluetooth standard and USB 3 ports are way overdue. “It doesn’t have enough USB3 ports,” I’m sorry but do you really use 4 devices connections simultaneously? I do… Rarely. If that’s the case buy a hub.

“It’s all about 4K”
Yes Phil Schiller touted the 4K display capabilities and here’s a place I’ll actually argue against and tell you to calm down. 4K is awesome but unless you’re buying an ungodly expensive monitor (maybe a new Cinema Display?) you’re not going to take advantage of it. You are going to use that GPU performance for rendering and that Thunderbolt 2 bandwidth for peripherals. For monitoring you will end up sending a signal out of a 3rd party card. Call me closed minded but the 4K hype is a little overrated. We already edit in 4K and outside of a theatre the argument against displays that great in your home is pretty sound.

Cooling
“It will overheat under heavy load,” wait for v2.

Price
If it’s expensive that’s obviously a contentious point for a lot of people but you’re writing it off over at least 3 years in a small shop. Yes for the freelancers it’s could be a bit of a squeeze but it comes with that unrivalled customer support should it have problems.

Looks
Excellent and coming full circle to the way graphics machines were designed before. Silicone Graphics machines were powerhouses in eye catching housings.

The best thing about this computer especially for people that pay their own hydro bill is power consumption. I can bet that Apple redesigned the entire PSU to complement the power conscious Ivy Bridge/Haswell chip. Even at 700W estimates that’s better than 950-1000W.

I’m only looking at this from a video editors perspective and I’ve already made the switch to a PC after waiting far too long for an update. When the software catches up this will definitely be my next machine.

Uniqlo Life in a Minute: Michael K. Williams

More Life in a Minute shorts to watch! These came out a while ago and really round out the series of Uniqlo ads for their UT 2013 Lifewear campaign. Michael K. Williams should definitely be recognizable as Omar from The Wire and Chalky White from Boardwalk Empire. Also below is a short featuring Miss Info from HOT97FM. The series was created for Uniqlo by Vice who hired Ryan Enn Hughes to direct the project, who brought myself on-board as the editor and vfx lead.

Uniqlo Life in a Minute: Jenny Slate

Who doesn’t love comedy? Or Marcell the Shell? Well they’re both near and dear to Jenny Slate, the most recent personality featured in Uniqlo’s Life in a Minute campaign for their UT2013 tees. I was fortunate enough to be brought onboard by Director Ryan Enn Hughes to edit and add motion graphics to the project working many long nights. It was all worth it in the end and I hope you like the results!

Also below is the first video for rapper Danny Brown:

Short Trailer for I Am Not a Weird Person

Over the last few months of 2012 and into the new year I was fortunate enough to work with Molly McGlynn and Marni Van Dyk on a fantastic comedic short film called I Am Not a Weird Person. Only the trailer is available since the film is now entering the festal circuit but it gives you a peek at the film. Also check out the IndieGoGo campaign for more updates!

Regent Park School of Music Documentary

I recently completed a short documentary for Ezeqial Productions and commissioned by the Rengent Park School of Music. The school is a wonderful resource providing a variety of music lessons for youth-in-need in Regent Park and other high priority neighbourhoods in the city. Merry Christmas!

Amarok Racing (an awesome electric motorcycle)

Just completed a very cool promo video for Amarok Racing. Arash Moallemi brought the project to me with hopes of turning the test drive footage into an exciting promotional piece. Check out their facebook page for more info because it’s an awesome product and Canadian Made!

Lawrence of Arabia 50th Anniversary Digital screening

If you haven’t had a chance to see Lawrence of Arabia in theaters (you weren’t born or maybe too busy? WHAT?) then see it now ASAP. Cineplex was screening it this past week but it will be playing across North America to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film. The 4K image brings so much of the vibrance back to the stunning vistas and the soundtrack restoration brought back all the nuances to every scene (Maurice Jarre’s score also impressed). Sony Colorworks DI, Prasad Corporation and MTI Film worked major overtime to bring new life to this classic. Check out Debra Kaufman’s article on the restoration process at Creative Cow, watch the film in a theater and buy the anniversary Blu-ray if you love it.

Modern Family – Avid Webinar

For anyone looking to learn more about comedy cutting this Avid webinar should be a good one. Editor Ryan Case and editorial assistant Shaheed Qaasim explain their process. I’ve already signed up and so should you! Sign Up Here

Jaguar Landrover Group Promo

Working at Phanta Media definitely involves some interesting projects. A while back I was tasked with taking 12 hours of footage from 5 different cameras and turning it into a short promo piece for Jaguar Landrover Group. The goal was to give viewers a taste of what both brands represent and show how much fun people had test driving the vehicles. Check it out!

Sir Ridley Scott on Creative Integrity

After watching Prometheus for third time I really have to commend Sir Ridley on recording one of the most entertaining commentary tracks I’ve heard in a while. The excerpt below is particularly entertaining and good reminder for any director today:

I have a view… I hate to use the word vision, but I do have a vision, I know exactly what I want, that’s why [when] everyone’s going “what’s this on the table, oh it’s a fucking hollogram,” and I think eventually you have to say honestly shut the fuck up. You can bleep me if you like. Part of the job of a director is to you’ve gotta just stand your ground saying this is what I want, fuck off, and that’s it… now they’re going “ooh that’s great” but that’s part of the job… What I know is it doesn’t matter how experienced you get. I’ve got more films in this god damn building, 3 in the library of congress, and people still go what are you doing that for? It gets really annoying. You think I’de have earned the right to do something but you don’t. I think that’s what’s interesting about the business you’re in a constant state of somebody saying why are you doing that?

Boston & Newport, September 2012

Fresh pictures from a recent trip to Boston and Newport for a friends’ wedding. Lots of interesting sites especially in Newport. Enjoy!

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The Extremities “Dial Tones” now playing on MUCH

Thanks to Lithium Studios‘ Mike MacMillan and Director Darrell Faria for bringing me onboard for this fantastic project. Toiling over speed ramps, reverse and tiling made for one hell of a video, Alter Ego upped the ante with huge firework comps and Notch brought it home with the colour grade. Check it out over at MUCH.

Update: It’s now on YouTube as well (watch below)

Nomination for Best Editing in Short Film @ 2012 C.C.E. Awards by deluxe

This is a little late but in the middle of May, Director William Allinson and I attended the Canadian Cinema Editors (C.C.E) Awards by deluxe to represent I Spyders, nominated for Best Editing in Short Film. Although we didn’t win it was a great night of networking and excellent food. I was fortunate enough to be sitting with two CCE Awards winners Don Cassidy, C.C.E. for his work on The Kennedys mini-series and Roger Mattiussi, C.C.E. for his work on the feature drama Afghan Luke.

Congratulations to all the winners and I’m definitely making this event a staple in my annual event calendar.

Check out I Spyders for a limited time

I Spyders, a short I recently produced and edited, is available online until Thursday at midnight over at Dread Central . It’s part of a buzz campaign to get the film some exposure and introduce it to new audiences. If you have a moment check it out before it’s gone!

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I Spyders is a dark comedy starring John (Kevin Jake Walker, Devil Seed), Gabriel Dumas, Michelle Harris and Jeff Yung. Directed by William Allinson, shot by Stephen Chandler Whitehead (A People Uncounted, We Ate the Children Last), and produced by Kyle Edward Wilson.

 

Debut of Demo Reel 2.0

Finally had a chance to update my demo reel over the past few weekends to include a range of work over the last year. Hope you enjoy and FYI the track is “Life on the Nickel” by Foster the People.

Two Nominations for Best Video @ 2011 COPAs

Back in October two videos I edited for FASHION Magazine were nominated for Best Video in the red category at the 2011 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The first was Shooting for gold: In New York with Advanced Style’s Ari Seth Cohen, a video blog shot by Online EditorRandi Bergman while in NYC. The second is for The FASHION Experiment: Is this designer the next Prima Ballerina?, a relatively new concept video for FASHION.
Also check out the well deserved winners and nominees and congratulations to all who were shortlisted!

Kyle Edward Wilson nominated for Best Video at the 2011 COPAs

Smart Electric Drive Facebook Promo

New video edit! Only a day to go through 6 hours of footage and come up with a final cut, then FedEx it to Montreal for the Auto Show! It’s a mashup of AF, HPX and DRIFT footage with a few location shots worked in for context. It was Produced by Phanta Media in partnership with Ariad Communications for Smart Canada.

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The 360 Project: Krump & Ballet

With over 200,000 hits on Vimeo alone, Ryan Enn Hughes’ 360 Project is generating some serious buzz. I collaborated with Ryan during the editing process, taking rotating images and manipulating them to create two shorts: Ballet & Krump. The first is a softer edit with subtle glitch edits, the second is a lot more hard hitting with stutters, sporadic placement and bold glitch effects. Check out the two shorts and behind the scenes video below!

California, September 2011

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Photos from a recent trip to California. Lots of amazing food, places and memories. Enjoy!

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Director: Arash Moallemi