Video Production Durban and the Blackmagic Cinema 4K Camera

Hi guys, welcome to another blog from the no 1 Video Production Company Durban. In the previous blog I mentioned a very exciting project currently being filmed in KZN. I am happy to say its done and I am posting the video below.

GCV Productions and Pixel Craft Training filmed last week Wednesday at Durban Botanic Gardens. We wanted to try the new Blackmagic Cinema 4K Camera. We approached Caitlyn Grunewald, a young artist at Westville Girls High School. The concept is a small promotional video for Caitlyn. Location would be the lovely pond at Durban Botanic Gardens. A lovely location but close to a busy road so we knew the interview with Caitlyn would need to be done somewhere else.

We posted the behind the scene photos last week.

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Nice sunny weather, awesome location, and good help meant we produced a lovely video. Please have a look below and tell us what you think.

GCV Productions and Pixel Craft Training working together with Caitlyn Grunewald

Video Production Durban in pre-production for new exciting project.

Hi guys, welcome to another blog from Video Production Durban. Today I am excited to announce an awesome project commencing soon in collaboration with Pixel Craft Training.

Together we will produce a short promo video using the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. We are excited to see exactly what this camera is capable of doing. The location is Botanic Gardens, Durban at 12 pm. On set will be Manosh Seetherem and his assistant (PixelCraft Training) myself and Tristan Ambross (GCV Productions). The talent is Caitlyn Gronewald who is a young aspiring artist from Durban.

Below is a few photos taken from a preproduction location visit. We are looking at angle of sun, amount of people in the area and ambient noise. We are not closing the area off to the public so we need to visit with the public visiting the area during the shoot.

12 pm Winter in Durban means we have about 4 hours of good light but realistically we might only start filming at 1 pm. Pixelcraft will supply lighting but these are battery operated therefore we have 1 hour of actual filming time.

Location – Deck overlooking pond
Looking at the deck where the Talent will be positioned
Location – Low angle camera view on the deck.

Location Recce is extremely important to get a feel for the environment and look for anything that can be a challenge when filming. Ideally visit the location at same time of day of filming. Look at angle of sun, shadows. Listen to ambient noise such as traffic noise, even the wildlife in the area. Loud birds such as the notorious Hadeda can interrupt an interview (if recording audio)

Our talent will be painting a pond scene, seated next to the pond and painting. We will work towards a similar image with the below….

Our artist will paint a picture similar to the above. We need the bright colours to bring out the Blackmagics capabilities

So our location is ready, lets look at the camera gear.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera on the Zhiyun Crane 2 ready for production. Small and steady movements are required.
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera on a Zhiyun Crane 2.

So guys that’s a wrap for the pre production, we look forward to a very exciting day ahead and lets hope for a very awesome video to come. Watch out for the next blog and my youtube page to see the final video. And please visit www.pixelcrafttraining.co.za for their amazing work done, photos and videos.

For information regarding video please contact Guy Crosbie @ GCV Productions, visit www.gcv.co.za

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video production company durban and In2Assets

GCV Productions‘, the no 1 video production company Durban has been working very closely with ‘In2Assets‘ creating property video walk throughs for homes and businesses in KZN. A video walkthrough allows the interested buyer to get a good feel for the property as though they are actually in the building. A friend of mine says that when looking for a property he first looks at the photos, if the photos appeal to him he will then view a video if there is one and then finally the next step is contacting the agent.

‘In2Assets’ video walk throughs are not long, roughly one minute in length with the property address at the beginning of the video and then auction details at the end. The main focus of the video is for the potential buyer to see size of property and condition. Quite often the properties are empty, and sometimes derelict. The owner would need to visualise what can be done with the property.

video production durban and In2Assets. Propert on West Street Durban CBD

View the video above, video walkthrough filmed a property in Durban Central Business District. Short opening title of the property, rough description included. End title includes the auction details.

For more information regarding any filming you want done please contact Guy Crosbie @ GCV Productions, cell: 0721281823. email: guy@gcv.co.za

Video Production Company Durban

Hi all, welcome to another video production company blog. Today lets talk about whats been going on for the last few weeks. Well its been a very busy 3 weeks. Jhb has been the venue for 2 video shoots for Mcdonalds and Boxer Superstores. Day 1 was a video shoot for a training video for McDonalds new app which will be released in South Africa soon. It was a very fun experience with Michele Oosthuizen, Willem Potgieter and Sanet Roodt at Brackenhurst McDonald’s South Africa. Filming started at 9 am and finished at 2 pm. Editing is still on the go and next step will be recording of the voice over with Michelle Driman.

The next day was a very early start with Boxer Superstore Housebrands shoot at different locations in JHB. It was a very busy 3 days but succesful filming with Boxer Superstores and Two Old Dogs.

Video Production Company Durban . Update

Hi everyone. Welcome to another video production company blog from GCV Productions. It has been a while from hearing from us. My apologies. Well lets not delay and lets get on with it. So the last few months we have been busy busy busy.

Two weeks ago I joined Tyrone Crossman Photography to film a company graduation conference ceremony for SASA (South African Sugar Association). We filmed a short graduation ceremony which included speeches, award presentation and entertainment. Two hours of footage was edited down to 7 minutes. I will upload the video to the Video Production Durban You Tube page.

SASA Graduation filmed in Mt Edgecombe KZN by Video Production Company Durban, GCV Productions

Thanks must go to Tyrone Crossman from Crossman Photography for the support.

Next week we will talk about other projects on the go.

GCV Productions, Durbans no 1 video production company

Video Production Company Durban

Video Production Company Durban. The video in its entirety above.  Short video getting the message across and filming the bottle in the best creative light.   Short 20 second duration.   Note how the bottles edging stands out from the background using the lights on either side of the bottle.

Viewfinder of the Cinema Blackmagic camera

Great music track is added which can only enhance the product.  Movement of the product and music beat match.   End titles brought in at the end of the ad advertising the training school involved.

Feedback on the advert would be great.

For more information regarding filming please contact Guy Crosbie @ GCV Productions on +27721281823  www.gcv.co.za email: guy@gcv.co.za

Pixel Craft specialises in accredited graphic and media design courses in Durban. We have partnered with design industry giants such as Adobe and Corel to ensure that you are trained to international standards with the latest tools and techniques of the industry. We are also a Seta accredited company.

Pixel Craft’s reputation for excellence is exemplified by over one hundred 5-star Google reviews from previous clients. We have helped so many students reach their career and creative goals, and we can do the same for you.

 

 

 

Video Production Company Durban video shoot

Hi all, welcome to another top blog from Durban’s no 1 Video Production Company Durban.  Today we would like to show you a short video we put together to test out some of our new gear.  We preparing the new Blackmagic Pocket for filming.

Its small, simple and packs quite a punch with its very high quality video capabilities.  So lets have a look at the video we created using the camera and some creative lighting to maximise the product.

 

Below is the easy to use viewfinder on the Blackmagic Cinema camera which is large enough to check what you filming.  You can see the bottle we are filming.

Viewfinder of the Cinema Blackmagic camera

The back screen is essential to check what you filming is correct, in focus and framed correctly.  The screen does not flip out making it difficult for youtube vloggers.

 

 

Lighting
The lighting setup for the ad shoot.

Very creative lighting used to emphasize the colour and shape of the bottle as well as the label which is always important.  The use of black backdrops prevent the reflection of lighting and overexposure.  Lighting is very important as it creates the mood and atmosphere

In part 2 we will look at the final advert for the product using the Blackmagic Cinema Pro.

Please contact Guy Crosbie should you have any enquiries regarding filming or editing.

Guy Crosbie

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Video Production Company Durban – Property filming part 1

Hi guys, welcome to another blog from Durban’s no 1 video production company in Durban.  Today lets talk about filming properties.  We at GCV Productions have been filming properties for about a year now.  We call it a video walkthrough.  We use the DJI Osmo and a Canon DSLR for the photos.  The idea of a video walkthrough is for the property to be viewed by a potential buyer looking at photos and video.  I believe the photos are the first sell.  If a potential buyer likes the photos they will then move onto the video.

And obviously the photos and video must show the property in the best possible way.  I will attach some pics and a video of a recent property we filmed and photographed in Cowies Hill KZN.

 

The exterior of the property including the swimming pool, A nice and clean pool always adds attraction to a property photo

‘Time of Day’ can be very important when filming a property.  What is the sun doing at the time of filming or photographing.  Are harsh shadows developing, is the outdoor light too bright creating a silhouette?

Make sure all lights are turned on in the property (if possible) and toilet seats placed down.

Lets have a look at a few photographs taken last week.

These pics are of a 3 bedroom house for sale in Cowies Hill.  Time of day was about 10:30 am.  About 20 photos taken overall and a video showing the property.  A canon dslr is used to best show the property.  We could use a wider angle lens to possibly show off the size of the rooms.

Main bedroom.

Very open plan lounge with dining room, bar area as well as kitchen. An office is attached

SA Hollywood Directors

Hi, welcome to another blog from no 1 Video Company Durban.  Today lets talk about 2 very big Hollywood Directors…Gavin Hood and Neil Blomkamp.  Gavin Hood is on a very good role directing top films in Hollywood while Neil needs to prove himself with his next venture…Robocop.

Official Secrets is Hoods new film, here is a short synopsis…”Based on the book The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War, Official Secrets tells the true story of British secret-service officer Katharine Gun, who during the immediate run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq leaked a top-secret National Security Agency memo. The memo which exposed an illegal U.S.-U.K. spying operation against members of the United Nations Security Council proposed blackmailing smaller, undecided member states into voting for war.”

We are looking forward to Neills attempt at another Robocop.  This movie will skip all the sequels that followed after the firs Robocop.  It picks up from Robocop 1 which was my all time favourite.   But it is make or break unfortunetly as Neills last film, Chppie was a bit of a flop, although Neill insists the audience didn’t understand it.  His claim to fame was definitely “District 9” a Oscar nominated movie.

Hoods claim to fame was Totsie, and this film won Oscar for best Foreign Movie.   It was an excellent movie, well shot, good acting and well directed.

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Tsotsi - South African Oscar winner feature film

If you have not seen this film make a plan to watch it, its excellent and well deserves the Oscar.

It really did put South Africa on the map

 

 

 

Thats the end of part 1.  Please join us in the next Blog for Part 2

If you have queries regarding video please contact Guy Crosbie @ GCV Productions guy@gcv.co.za, www.gcv.co.za 

 

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Durban Video Production Company – the video interview part 3

Hi guys, welcome to the 3rd part of the video interview from Durban Video Production Company.  Lets talk about directing the interviewee.

  1.  Relax the person, make sure they at ease.  Understand it is difficult for them to talk on camera as they become very aware of what they saying and hoping what they say makes sense.  Seat them down and tell them to forget about all the goings on around them.  Know there will be lighting, sound and camera people getting equipment ready for the interview.  Make sure a glass of water is ready for the “dry mouth”.

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The video interview. Lights, sound, camera and crew make it very tense for the person being interviewed

All the activity on a video set can be very daunting.  It is very important to make the interviewer comfortable for filming.  Nothing happens straight away, it can be up to an hour before filming actually happens.  Be a good baby sitter and keep the environment calm.  It depends on you whether you want to show the questions beforehand.  Sometimes the interviewer would prefer to not reveal the questions.  Personally we always show questions, we want the best answers possible.  Brief the interviewee that retakes are possible.  Mistakes will happen and this can relax the person.

End of part 3

For further information regarding filming please contact Guy Crosbie @ GCV Productions email:  www.gcv.co.za  email: guy@gcv.co.za