John Brawley Posted May 6, 2018 Share Posted May 6, 2018 5 minutes ago, mercer said: B&H still has the Pocket up for sale at its original price. Nice promo. It’s amazing how well these BM cameras intercut with an Alexa. So, it makes sense when you would use the Micro or the Pocket, but what makes you decide to use the Ursa over the Alexa? Is it a matter of crew size on the call sheet for certain days? Are you given carte blanche which camera you use, when you want to, or does the line producer have a say? Sorry for all the questions, but it isn’t often I get the opportunity to pick the brain of an established cinematographer. Btw, have you been able to use an Olympus on the show? I think you’ll find the pocket is EOL. I have a few different camera builds for different jobs. Ursa gets used when we need to be hyper intimate with the actors. It’s smaller build means you can go inside the acting space. It gives you more intimate and more reactive coverage. I call this visual jazz. A scene like the two hander with the leads conspiring together is perfect for this. The operating is very improvised. I do multiple takes with very short reset times. On each pass I emphasise different story telling beats, taking my cues from the actors themselves. Between each setup, often without cutting I tell the actors what I’m hoping to catch and then we dance. Each take has a different story beat emphasis. I try to build in the insert shots (like the phone) and also build in trades between the cast to emphasise story moments. Sometimes you’ll do a regular pass with three cameras, all Alexa. This tends to be more conventional storytelling coverage. Then we do a “football” pass with the Ursa at the end in the manner I listed above. A first started calling it a football because that’s about the size of the camera and the way I tend to hold it. I have used the Olympus a little, but not much on the Resident. I tend to use the EM1 for its stabiliser and small size.injust did a pilot where we used it a bit. JB Aussie Ash and mercer 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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