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 2

Hi guys, welcome to the Durban Video Production Company 2nd part of the blog regarding video interviews.  Last blog we looked at the microphone.  This blog lets look at the framing. and operating the camera.

No 1:  Hold the camera steady or use a tripod.  An interview shot will go on longer than 15 seconds so make sure your arms are strong enough to support the camera.  A tripod is a safe bet, no need to have strong arms and more time to work on the interviewee and monitoring what they say.

No 2: Make sure lighting is good, don’t have an interviewee too dark or silhouetted.  Look at the background, avoid too busy or objects that may distract the viewer.  Book shelves may cause the viewer to see what books are being read.  Animals or sport in the background can be a distraction.  The background can tie up with the subject being discussed.

No 3 : Frame the interviewee so that the screen position is comfortable.  Make sure there is enough head room.  Don’t cut the subject off at irregular parts.  The screen position must be comfortable.

Have a look at the interview, this is a medium shot cutting the subject on the chest.  No need to be closer or further away, it is comfortable on the eye

That is the end of part 2, join us for part 3

video production durban blog – the video interview part 1

Welcome to another blog from Durban Video Production Company, today lets talk about the “video interview”.

Now with You Tube today and a lot of people filming their own interviews the biggest problem limiting a good interview is the sound.  Sound is always a challenge.  Whether a poor microphone is used, no microphone or ambient sound interfering with the sound.

Lets look at each part in detail.

Poor microphone :  Quite often the wrong microphone is used.  The best microphone can be a lapel microphone provided ambient sound is not too loud.

The Sony range of radio lapel mics are excellent quality used for interviews and tv.  GCV Productions has used a Sony lapel mic now for 10 years, never once filmed a poor interview.   However the lapel mic is not for every recording environment.  If an interview were to be filmed during a sports match the lapel mic could be lost in the crowd noise.  Never depend on the edit to try fix sound, it will not work.   Record the best possible sound on location, please do not rely on the edit suite to fix poor sound.  If a lapel microphone is to stay out of shot either you can hide the lapel mic under clothing or use a rifle mic.  Both work well but the lapel is designed for one person only whereas a rifle mic can record a conversation or a group.

No microphone:  There are so many videos on you tube using the camera mic to record.  This is generally bad quality unless the camera is close to the sound source.  “On board mics” as they call them or built in mics are generally poor quality with a tinny sound.  DSLR cameras do not have a microphone designed for good quality.  A mic too far from the sound source does not sound good.   You want to get the camera close to the source.

In part 2 we will discuss setting up the framing for the interview and how to film it.  Thank you for joining us.

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

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video production Durban – the year 2019

Hi guys

Happy new year, hope you all had an awesome New Years Eve, here is to a great 2019!!!

What is GCV Productions plan for the new year???  To make great videos of course.  What needs to be done to create videos?  A great creative mind for editing and filming.   The best equipment would also help of course.   Lets make the year 2019 the year for DSLR and lots of motion.

I am hoping to have a bumper year, lets chase the goals yet always be in the moment, do not do things as a means to an end, the fun is in the journey…be here now.

I will load some pics here of the equipment we use for the videos we make .

Above is the gear we use.  Lights, tripods, cameras, cranes, lapel mics, Sony camera,

We are a video production company specialising in the filming and edit of corporate and training videos for the video Durban market.

Have a look at my youtube page for more info regarding the videos I have made

Above is a short showreel of the work done in the last year or two.   view it and contact us

 

for more information regarding videos call gcv productions on 0721281823 or email guy@gcv.co.za

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

video production durban – today’s video

video production durban was involved in a short video interview today.  A client was given two minutes to present why he should be the next recipient for an award.  So the requirements were…video must be 2 minutes or less.  The award recipient must appear on camera.  So we set up a small studio look in the training room.  One Sony NX3 on tripod, sony lapel mic and an LED on a stand.

Rehearsals were done and then we went live.  We did a couple of takes.  A few suggestions I made is:

Remember to smile, its not easy because we don’t always naturally smile all the time so its easy to forget.  Keep calm and relax.  Speak with a normal tone and keep your eyes on the camera.  He did suggest an auto cue but there is no budget.  He easily pulled it off without an auto cue.

We did make attempts to break the presentation into sections but proved difficult to pull off.  The transitions looked jarring.  Jarring is not good and not comfortable on the eye.  Read part two to find out how we fixed the transition.

For any filming or editing please call Guy Crosbie for your video needs.

video production durban – edit part 2

video production durban is wrapping final advert sequence as mentioned in the blog before.  Its very important to check the broadcast requirements.

What has become of PAL and NTSC when using MP3 or MOV?  Its a good question.  Please send me a message as to what is happening with the two video formats.   I know videos shot on my Sony NX3 camera are still PAL but I am sure these can be converted to NTSC if need be.

I am not an aurthority on the subject so would love feedback on the subject.

So the edit is done and all broadcast requirements have been checked so now its a case of handing final video over to the client.  Thanks for reading and staying in touch

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no 1 video production durban TV shoot update

no 1 video production Durban had a fantastic day on Friday.  GCV Productions and Pixel Craft Training teamed up to produce an advert for TV that should be aired in a few weeks time.  Wow what a day we had.

The day began at 8 am collecting the camera man and assistant / actor  from Pixel Craft in Overport, Durban.  We arrived on location at 8:30 am and offloaded all our gear.  The equipment we took for the shoot was the Panasonic GH 5 Camera, Zhiyun Crane, Sony NX3 camera, LED lights and a reflector.  No audio was being recorded…what a relief.  The GH5 camera on the Zhiyun Crane is phenomenal!  We got some amazing shots, well done to Manosh Seetherem from Pixel Craft Training for the incredible shots gathered.  Filming went on throughout the day until 4 pm.  The advert will be 40 seconds and we must have had at least 80 minutes of footage, you can never have too much.  I will upload pictures in the follow up blog.

Now the approach is to edit and make sure the visuals tie up with the voice over already created as well as titles and background music.   We have all those in place so theoretically the edit should be quite straight forward.  The edit already began yesterday with a very rough outline edit.  Timing needs to be worked on and the last closing title.  A final master will be uploaded when complete.

 

Guys, thats it for now, we need to edit and get a finished product to a customer.

 

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no 1 video company durban – Report back after Recce

no 1 Video Company Durban has just returned from a Recce so lets chat about what occured so that you can learn and be prepared for the following:

We arrived at the location a little early. Made arrangements with the client to do a walk through together. We discussed the very first opening shot which is the reception area.  We decided who the actor was going to be (All staff and residents who appear in the production must sign a release form).  We have given the client the release form and have left it with them to sign.

The cameraman and I, and the client walked from room to room checking the lighting coming through the windows.  Remember time of day will determine the amount of light coming through.

We also looked at props required for the production.  Most props were available but there were a few things we needed to find.  A recce gives you great start to the production allowing you to iron out and foresee any problems before production.

 

Make sure if the client has any queries that you able to assist them.  Everyone must be happy before production starts.

Well thats it for now , hope this blog helps you with tackling a recce on location.  Be thourough.

 

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no 1 video company durban – Recce

Hi, welcome to no 1 video company durban.  Today I am about to do a Recce in Springfield KZN.   So lets talk you through the schedule.

12pm – Pick up my colleague and cameraman.

12:10 pm – Arrive at location.  Meet the person in charge and brief them on what our plan of action is.

12:20 pm – take pics of the rooms we would like to film and create a shotlist together neat enough for the client to look at.    Check lighting and time of day.  We are not recording sound so it definitely makes it easier while on recce.

Take pics, take pics, take pics.  Very important to get the best visual representation of the location layout.  Brief staff that are available on what we need on the day of filming.  Check cleanliness of floors, walls and furniture.

We will take some video as well for test footage.  This will give our editor an idea of the footage we will give him after the filming.  The editor will treat the footage and most probably apply effect to all the shots so they match.

The idea of a recce is to relieve the pressure on filming day by doing as much prep work before filming.  Visualisation works very well with video and let me remind you we are a visual industry.  We speak using pictures and sound.

Thats it for now guys, will give you a post briefing later after the recce and a visual breakdown.  Hope the client does’nt mind pics of their location being uploaded, I will most probably check with them first.

GCV Productions, video company durban and Trail of Lights

Hi guys

Today’s blog is all about no 1 video company durban and Durban Botanic Gardens Trail of Lights.

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This is a very special event that has an awesome cause sponsoring selected charities that attend the event.  Trail of Lights runs for 7 nights at Durban Botanic Gardens from 6 pm till 9 pm.  GCV Productions, video company durban,  was asked to cover the event to use for marketing the event and spreading the word something special was happening in Durban.  My blog will be from a video point of view and not an organisational one so guys I’m talking about the good and few challenges we experienced making a video.  I will include the video so that you can see the final awesome product

 

The biggest challenge is filming at night, not an easy feat when you are on the go over a few acres of land.  Settings on the camera must be so that gain is not coming into the video.  Yes the trees are lit but with small fairy lights, not big floodlights.  Durban was also experiencing heavy rain for the few days before the event so there was lots of water around which is difficult to see at night.

I decided to shoot the whole event on the DJI Osmo and the Z Axis which gives the awesome feel of the camera flying through the trees

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The Osmo and Z Axis were awesome to use and made the job very easy.  Shots were quick and I got to move throught the Trail of Lights very quickly so that a couple of runs can be done.

I decided against interviews….not sure why but just felt that we can do a video without talking heads and the organisers were happy to leave them out so as to not steer towards favouritsm for some charities and not others.