Red Scarlet - Why it is the right tool for this particular shoot.
I collected a rental Red Scarlet yesterday for a commercial I'm shooting in Madrid, Spain on Wednesday. It's another collaboration with James Tonkin from www.hangmanstudios.com
The client wants to shoot 3k and 4K for archive and we're shooting a mix of studio with green screen element and so want the extra bit depth and resolution for post keying and VFX. Budget was such that Red Scarlet offered us the best option for cost versus functionality.
Having never filmed on one I needed to familiarise myself with the Red menu layout and just get to grips with how they configure their camera.
At first I was apprehensive... I'm very familiar with Canon menus and Sony menus and suddenly I felt like a complete beginner again. However it was simply that the Red Scarlet menu was new to me.
So I went through a simple process of testing.
Regardless of how much experience you have in filming, when you come out of your comfort zone you feel like a novice again... And as this is my first shoot using Red Scarlet it is vital I turn up on set fully equipped with as much knowledge on the Red Scarlet menus and functionality as I can.
This is a good lesson in mastery of your craft.
So this commercial is with a famous Portuguese soccer player, now playing for Real Madrid (who just won the league) so this guy is top of his game - That means I need to be too. I have 75 minutes with him to shoot a 30' spot. Imagine the pressure.
As I have laboured to you on many occasions - success is in the planning and preparation.
This shoot is a 30' spot where the main subject is performing in front of a green screen. Another reason why we chose to shoot on Red Scarlet, because this will offer us increased resolution and deeper colour space for Keying.
The challenges are that I need to light the green screen evenly without using floor stands - so I need to hang the lamps from a truss. I plan to use 4 x 4'4bank Kino flow with Chroma green tubes
I've done my lighting plan and I've sent the rental company my wish list for lighting....
The truth is I'm going to light this exactly the same way as if I was shooting DSLR or my FS100 or F3... I have added several more lights than I think I'm going to need but this is a time pressured shoot so I need extra tools at my disposal.
Light is Light is Light..... no matter what format you choose to shoot on. The fact that I'm shooting Red Scarlet will not have any particular impact on my lighting style.
How intense the light is, what colour it is and how hard or soft it is will be up to the fine tuning on the day.... but the approach and principles remain unchanged. I'll be using the Sony PVM 1741 to light with and check my ratios.
I created the How to Shoot Great Looking Interviews Programme to give you the exact same blueprint I use when I light interviews.
You can save $58 off the full regular price (normally $147- offer price $89) until Monday 5PM GMT when I fly to Spain, so if you are a Pro who wants to look over my shoulder or a novice who is just starting out, I compel you to give this 2 hour interactive tutorial program a try.
You get full access to the training for 1 year and you can submit your own work for critique.
And there's no risk as I offer a full 30 day money back warranty, so if you try it and you don't benefit in any way just drop us a line and we'll offer a polite and courteous refund.
BONUS: On Thursday next week I'll release a Behind The Scenes look at how I prepared this shoot, lit it and how we shot it as a bonus for anyone who takes the program by the deadline of Monday at 5PM GMT. P.S. What better way to spend Sunday afternoon than improving your lighting skills. http://www.howtoshootinterviews.com/offer
P.P.S. The program also comes with lighting diagrams that you can use on set to replicate the setups you see on the video tutorials. And after the 30 day period is up you can download all the videos to reference whenever you like.