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NI Adrenaline Sports: Free Running Shoot

Posted in promo shoot, promotional videos, Scattered Images, Video Production, videography on September 8, 2010 by martystalker

Wednesday 1st September 2010

The first day of the new month brought together my good friend, Rick Trainor from Red Sky Photography, Colin Bane, a local free runner and myself on the Waterfront in Belfast. This was the second shoot in the NI Adrenaline Sports Project.

The Idea

The idea was spawned by Rick who came round to the office a few months back. I was happy to contribute to the project from a video and graphics point of view. The main aim was to raise awareness of local, young, extreme sports enthusiasts and give them the promotion that they deserve. We have also been overwhelmed by NI Bands wanting to contribute to the project’s soundtrack.

The Shoot

The priority for Rick was to shoot stills on the Canon 5D Mark II and to use his creative lighting set ups. I was happy to shoot footage on the Sony EX3, using a film-look profile from Martin Beek. I’m a huge fan of the camera and I love the results I get from it, especially when filming in Progressive mode. I decided to shoot Colin on a 1280 x 720p 25fps setting. Most of the footage shot of Colin was done in real-time but I overcranked the camera to 720p 60Ffps on a few occasions using the S & Q mode. After a lot of research prior to Alex Heyes’s skateboard promo in July, I found that this was the best setting for capturing smooth slow motion footage on the camera.

I wanted to play about with exposure during the shoot, with the aim of filming a selection of silhouetted scenes. The locations that Colin picked were perfect with great backdrops and I exploited the views as much as I could. Colin is a true professional in his craft and you get that message from the first moment you meet him. His enthusiasm leapt out and he was a great subject to work with.

Post Production

With regards to Colour Grading, I went for a grittier, blue, urban looking feel to the footage to match the theme of the shoot. Magic Bullet Mojo is an amazing plug in for your NLE system and I would recommend this software, especially if you want a cheaper alternative or to accompany any other Magic Bullet or colour grading software that you may already own. With the implementation of my Matrox H.264 compression card I’m finding working with HD footage a dream and render times have been cut massively. It complements my Matrox RTX2 card well and I’ve never looked back since.

Video will be online soon

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The Sudan Elections 2010

Posted in Scattered Images, short films, Video Production, videography on June 15, 2010 by martystalker

Scattered Images and Visionworks were asked by the Centre for Foreign Policy Analysis in London, to film Sudan’s first ever elections. Irwin Armstrong and I moved into the country a few weeks before the elections began to get our preparations under way. Irwin is a very experienced Cameraman, who has been filming for over 20 years and in many countries. So as you can imagine,  I was very happy to be part of his team.

From a technical point of view, it was by far the most difficult job I’ve ever encountered as a Camera Operator. Africa is a harsh environment to film in, not just due to the extreme temperatures but because of the high contrasts in light and dark colours that you face through the viewfinder. In the South of Sudan in particular, the very dark skins of the African tribes clashed greatly with the sunlight and bright backdrops.

It had been a while since I had worked on the robust and reliable Sony Z1 camera and I was looking forward to using it again, with the added luxuries of a matte box, wide angle lens and a cavision single grip this time. The dust issue wasn’t as bad as I predicted but I always had my lens cleaner and brush handy. One of my pet hates is a dirty lens and I was adamant that my glass was going to be crystal clear before each shoot.

It took me a few days to get to grips with the camera and the settings. Like filming for news, you had to be quick to react to events and changing conditions in light and exposure. After perfecting my iris control and framing subjects on early shoots, I was beginning to feel more confident and slicker on the controls. From a production viewpoint, we filmed in a lot of locations, particularly in the South of Sudan. We were a mobile team and very lucky to be kitted out with a 4×4 vehicle, driver and interpreter. We covered a lot of ground and as a result, we saw and filmed many amazing scenes. On one occasion, we couldn’t access a few voting stations by road so we decided to rent out a boat for the day and pay a visit. As you can imagine, many hadn’t seen white people in person before so we had hoards of curious villagers following our every move.

Unfortunately Sudan is still a very secretive country, particularly in the South, where they still have bans on photographing military installations, bridges, airstrips and prisons. In every State we visited, it was important that we obtained press passes but on a whole we faced little obstruction from the security forces. I learned a lot of from Irwin and my camera skills have moved on to a different/ higher level as a result. The documentary is the final piece of the Centre for Foreign Policy’s report on the elections. Although, there were obvious flaws in the system, the country did extremely well in staging their very first political elections. All eyes are on the Referendum scheduled for next year.

Photo Barn Promo

Posted in commercial videos, corporate videos, photography, promo shoot, promotional videos, Video Production, videography on June 13, 2010 by martystalker

PhotoBarn Studios are Northern Ireland’s newest contemporary style photography company based in Belfast. With a  new studio opening up in Lurgan on William Street, the company is set to take the country by storm. The photographer, Richie Lavery, who formerly worked for Studio 22, approached me about producing him a teaser promo for his Facebook group and new website.

Plans are to film Richie in his studio and to make a full length promotional video later on in the year. My daughter is also featured in the video and I have been a fan of his work for many years. Not just because of his skills in camera work and photoshopping but his prices are affordable and the atmosphere is very relaxed. There is no pressure into buying the photographs and you don’t feel like you’ve been bullied into your choices.

For more info about PhotoBarn Studios:

Tel: 07519757403

info@photobarnstudions.com

http://www.photobarnstudios.com (website coming soon)

Mary’s Winning Streak

Posted in filmmaking, marty stalker, northern ireland, Scattered Images, Video Production, videography, Vimeo on June 7, 2010 by martystalker

I was asked by Kieran McAlinden from Creative Juices to help document an event in nearby Derrytrasna. Mary Breen, an 80 year old resident had won an Irish scratch card game and a chance to appear on the RTE Game Show ‘Winning Streak’. Each week, five players join hosts Kathryn Thomas and Marty Whelan for a shot at winning some fantastic cash prizes. In association with the National Lottery, the top prize on Winning Streak is an incredible €500,000 and players can walk away with more than that depending on how much they bank during the course of the show. Last year over €10 million was won by contestants taking part in Winning Streak Dream Ticket. Ten cars and 32 holidays were snapped up by lucky participants.

The Breen family are well known in the community and have been running the local shop for many years. Please view the video below of Mary Breen and her family’s once in a life time experience!

The 48 Hour Human Timelapse

Posted in Canon EOS 5D Mark II, filmmaking, short films, Timelapse, Video Production, videography on March 9, 2010 by martystalker

The 48 Human Timelapse was completed at 0700 HRS on 6th March 2010 on a roof top in Belfast. It was a long haul and obviously we faced many hurdles along the way (It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t).

After watching collections of inspiring timelapse pieces from the likes of Tom Lowe and Philip Bloom on the internet, I got a taste for it. However, I felt like I needed to put a slight twist on matters, why not introduce a human subject into the timelapse itself? I approached Rick Trainor, an excellent 5D Mark II operator and Director of Photography, with the idea. He was keen as always and extremely supportive, even though there were apparent limitations which he highlighted early on in the meeting.  I knew what I wanted, but I also knew that the only way I could make it happen was to have Rick on-board. As a Director, Rick has always delivered the goods for me and I am extremely thankful of the time he sacrifices, his invaluable skills and personality that he brings to every production.

The idea: capture a human subject for a 48 hour duration.

As soon as our family and friends got wind of what we were planning to do, they naturally thought we were crazy. I felt comfortable enough to put myself forward as the human subject- who else would do it anyway? I needed Rick behind the camera, his camera and lighting skills by far exceeded those of mine. We also decided that we would dedicate this endurance test to help raise money for Haiti and continue the support that the Belfast 4 Haiti event had started.

After getting knocked back by a few locations due to insurance issues, I contacted Ciaran from Kaya Studios, a popular recording studio situated at the top of Blackstaff Mills. I had seen the location on a photograph on MySpace and thought it was perfect. I was ecstatic when Ciaran gave us permission to use the roof space next to his studio. If it wasn’t for his generosity, the event would not have taken place. The TC-80N3 Timer Remote Controller arrived from Amazon and Rick took it home to play with. The fact that the controller was limited to 99 captures in total before having to be reset was going to be a challenge in the least.

It was into the fourth hour of the shoot, when I realised the mountain we were climbing. The aches and the joint pains from sitting in a chair for a long period slowly crept in. However, it’s the little things that you take for granted. I had to urinate into a plastic bottle which Rick had to keep emptying out for me (now that’s friendship for you). The nights were extremely cold and we were waking up to sheets of ice on the roof top and over our equipment. Beating sleep was impossible and I began to frequently experience mini naps during the second day. The remote controller had to be monitored on a regular basis due to the 99 shot limit. But when the finish line came, we were both extremely happy with what we had achieved (refer to special dance moves during credit sequence). I couldn’t wait to take the stills back to the studio and fire them into After Effects.

For a more technical perspective of the timelapse shoot from Rick Trainor, please click on the following link:

You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter. A big thankyou to the following people:

Sean Duncan from Redcap Productions, Gary McKinstry from Carpe Diem Productions, Kieran McAlinden from Creative Juices, Alan Morton, Vinny Hurrell, Mathias Sorum and Vital

48 Hour Human Timelapse

Posted in Canon EOS 5D Mark II, filmmaking, Red Sky Photography, Scattered Images, short films, Video Production, videography on March 2, 2010 by martystalker

After getting involved with Belfast4Haiti, Rick and I wanted to do something extra to raise awareness in our own social and business circles to hopefully get people talking about the Haiti and Chile disaster. We settled on heading in a direction that would take us out of our comfort zones and encourage others to do their bit.  We are planning to complete a 48hr time-lapse piece involving a human subject and we are hoping to raise £500 in the 48hrs of filming it. The event will also be streamed live on Twitter on scheduled occasions for people to follow.

Time-Lapses are a beautiful and modern interpretation of our world in motion.  It has become common place in cinematography and some pioneers have travelled the world capturing our cityscapes with extreme dedication.  We decided to do our own time-lapse piece in Belfast city but with a difference.

This poses a number of issues from a technical perspective not to mention the obvious sleep deprivation involved in being the human subject (sat stationary for the duration of the time) and the photographer/cameraman.  I decided to put himself forward for the challenge and we set about organising it.  We are still awaiting confirmation for the location but the image above will give you an idea of the proposed backdrop.

We will be dedicating this piece to help raise funds for both countries and all money will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee justgiving.com/belfast4haiti

You can follow us on Twitter and below is a trailer for the piece.

Belfast4Haiti

Posted in Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Red Sky Photography, Scattered Images, Video Production, videography on February 16, 2010 by martystalker

The Belfast 4 Haiti fundraising gig took place on 31st January 2010 in the three staged Limelight Complex in Belfast. 50+ Northern Irish bands played to over 1300 people to raise money for the relief efforts following the Haiti earthquakes. Over £22,000 was raised for the Disasters Emergency Committee. I was fortunate enough to have captured the whole event with the assistance from Rick Trainor from Red Sky Photography and Sean Duncan from Red Cap Productions.

The security staff at the venue allowed us to move around the back of the complex to film at each of the stages. It was either that or trying to squeeze through the hoards of people with expensive camera equipment above my head. The EX3 and 5DMark II cameras performed exceptionally well in the low light conditions and I had to do little colour grading and correction in post. Such amazing raw images that both cameras produced at the event. Two up-and-coming Northern Irish bands, Yakuza and Axis Of supplied the tracks for the video.