Unleash Your Inner Demon

You know that beast we all carry inside? Don’t you just wish you could unleash it sometimes? When someone insults a loved one, or when a client doesn’t pay like they promised, or when that rude BMW cuts you off at the lights – couldn’t he see you had the kids in the car! You know what I mean…

We all have moments when we dream of reacting in ways that would only get us into trouble, no matter how justified, and, well, turns out…there’s an app for that and it’s called Demon Cam. Silly, funny and sure to be part of many 2011 Halloween party invites!

They also made a clever (if somewhat long, sorry, guys) commercial if you have 5 minutes, and there’s tons of BTS stuff and tutorials on Video Copilot. Enjoy!

Header picture mucked up in Pixlr-o-matic on my iPad.

Dude, where’s my tank?

Making yourself invisible has been a staple of fiction for a long time, but it’s becoming more and more of a reality through the Swedish made system ADAPTIV from BAE Systems. It’s comprised of a set of panels, or pixels, electronically controlled to radiate programmable wavelengths – sort of like a thermal TV screen – making the object they are mounted to undetectable by infrared.

Here is a trailer to explain the system a bit better:

To most surveillance systems the object will simply not be there, or it will look like a regular car, or a farmhouse, or anything you program the system to project. It’s not quite James Bond where Q makes a car invisible to the naked eye, but it’s the same basic idea.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have a front row seat to a few of these things, working with Nils Bjuggstam at Loveframe from my native Sweden, and this one I felt worth sharing since it made such a splash in the news and, well, simply because it’s pretty cool…

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No Smoking please! A PS-CAM X35 byproduct

This is a pretty funny draft for a non smoking commercial, shot as part of the PS-CAM X35 camera test we shot a while back. God only knows why all these people agree to all this abuse!

Here’s a description from Nate Adams on Vimeo:

“This piece was a fantastic byproduct of my high speed shoot with the P+S Technik PS-CAM X35 prototype camera. I shot the slo-mo punch on a green screen with the idea it would be a funny no smoking piece… Continue reading

My first little CamDolly shoot

I had a small little shoot the other day for Stefan Rudnicki and Gabrielle De Cuir, a very interesting interview and roundtable discussion with esteemed author Orson Scott Card for the nice people at Macmillan Audio.  Stefan and Gabrielle produce some great audio books and the discussion, which included three other actors as well, was centered around the upcoming production in Orson’s Ender’s Game series.  It was very interesting to hear the authors thoughts on the audible versions of his work, as well as the actors thoughts on his written word, and I strongly recommend checking the material out when it’s released.

The roundtable was a simple 3-camera shoot and my new CamDolly came in very handy, lending some energy to the wide shot.  A few stacks of books in the foreground, some slight lateral movement and voila, the shot came alive.

Quick sample of the dolly shot from the roundtable with Orson Scott Card. All footage © Macmillan Audio.

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What happened? I bought a Dolly?

Ehr, yeah. I kinda did. I have to admit I never thought myself in the market for a Dolly. They are big and bulky things that I have no interest in storing, let alone lugging around. But then there was the CamDolly v2.

I came across this thing on Nino Leitner’s blog and I’ve been chatting with the inventor Met Hrovat in Slovenia for a few months now. He basically woke up one day, asking himself why he needed three or more tools to move his camera around on every shoot, and why so many of them didn’t fit in the trunk of his car. So he did some thinking and came up with a multi purpose system that is a bunch of camera transportation all rolled into one:

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Nowhere to hide at 450 frames per second

A few weeks ago I got to shoot with a pretty cool new toy, the P+S Technik PS-CAM X35. Alright, not a very catchy name but a pretty fun tool nonetheless. It’s a super 35mm sensor camera that shoots anywhere from 1-450fps.

450? Is that enough? The Phantom and The Weisscam shoot thousands of frames per second! Well, if you need to see a bullet leaving the muzzle of a gun, maybe the X35 isn’t fast enough. But I would say that for 99.9% of most high speed uses it’s more than fast enough. Check out this clip as a sample:

****** WARNING!! Footage contains violence and is not suitable for children!! ******

Footage excerpts are from the short film “Bad Ass Bikers” from Nate Adams on Vimeo.

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