F-Stop Academy Scoops Worldwide Exclusive As First Team to Shoot on NEX FS100.
So on 31st of March 2010 I went down to Sony in Basingkstoke, UK to have a meeting...
Little did I realise at that time that it was in fact more than just a customer focus group but the camcorder design team were really interested to know from me a user of hdslrs (In case you hadn't realised we've created 4 training products on them- all produced and conceived by me)
Fast forward a year and I get a call saying we have a camera would you like to test it for us? So I rang James Tonkin of Hangman Studios to see if he wanted to get involved.
Not only did I contribute to the design of this camera but we managed to get a prototype and shoot a music video a few weeks ago. I believe we are the first independent team to shoot anything with the NEX FS100.
When I got the call we were told we could have the camera for a little over 24hrs. We wanted to do more than just simply test it. But also we wanted to see what we could get out of the camera with stock lenses and recording internally. So needless to say we didn't get much sleep but we valued the opportunity and wanted to shoot as much as we could in as many environments as we could. We especially wanted to push the low light capability and use the in camera media. It shoots to SD cards, Sony Memory sticks and also has a 128GB FMU which is a solid state pack that integrates with the camera and will give up to 10 hrs record time at 24mb/s AVC HD. We shot everything at 24mb/s AVC HD and ingested into FCP and transcoded to ProRes 422 using Log and transfer. Shot over a 36 hr period in one weekend on one of only 2 prototype NEX FS 100 Cameras in the world.
We used 3 lenses:
- A Sony Alpha 50mm f1.4 with alpha to emount adaptor
- An E mount 16mm f2.8
- The Stock lens 18-200 f3.5-5.6
For more information on the camera you can go here
We were fortunate to work with an incredible (as yet) unsigned artist called Cozi and this Track Vertigo gave us the narrative for our Music video. We wanted to push the camera on a real shoot and do more than just tests (of filming trees and animals down the park)... so we pulled together a crew of 6 and in 48 hrs shot a music video with performance and narrative, got 6 locations, actors, and crew.
Here's the result, I'll let the work speak for itself: NB the compression on upload has messed it around a little but the original QT is clean as a whistle, and bear in mind we shot at 24mb/s AVC HD
I'll be posting a very involved blog about the whole experience in a few days but for now I guess you'll want to see the images and the hands on, so here you go my 18 minute hands on look at the camera.
And if you want some more info here's the official Sony Europe Film