Hi all, welcome to another blog from the no 1 video production company Durban. Today we talking about our next project which is a documentary in the Kennedy Road Informal Settlement. Government housing has been granted to residents, buildings are currently under development and the first key handover will be early 2020.
GCV Productions visited the settlement for a recce and a visit to a few of the councillors.
We will start filming on Wednesday 9th October 2019 with residents interviews and then move from there. We will also attend a community meeting the following week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hi guys, welcome to another blog from video company Durban. In the last blog we updated you as to what GCV Productions has been up to. We have been busy in JHB filming videos as well as Durban. The next couple of blogs we will update you guys.
Video number 2 was a short video representing finance department wanting to display their upgrade software that makes working with finances and suppliers more efficient and productive. A video had been created using animation but this video belonged to another company. We were to use same video but swap out the animation with actual footage of the staff. Footage was filmed at the business Head Office in Sandton.
No challenges were faced except to get all the staff together at the same time to film. The final video was then edited together and a voice over was included to swap out the
existing voice and to include a locally recorded voice over that will include the business name change.
Time was tight to get the video but worked in our favour was the structure of the video was in place because we were copying an existing video and therefore fairly simple to edit.
Above is the location from where we filmed the video.
I hope you enjoyed watching the video. Please leave any comments you may have and please contact us should you require any filming or editing. I am happy to answer any questions you may have
Hi all, welcome to another blog from the no 1 Video company Durban, we talking to students going out into the video or film industry.
A question I have looked at very carefully is…was it worth studying video, is someone at an advantage with 3 years of film school behind them? Personally I have never been asked to provide a CV except to lecture at DUT and Damelin. How do I differ from the video guy that buys a nice camera and calls himself a cameraman? I did learn a lot at DUT Video Technology but I do believe a youngster can learn just as much assisting at a video company or a cameraman. Video is practical, all the theory cannot get you ready for the shoot that happens live or a wedding that you have one shot at getting right.
Studying video / film / TV gives the student good exposure to the different aspects of production. Careers are created from writing scripts, looking for talent, recording sound, editing and video marketing. Its not all about filming and editing. Imagine the career of a Focus Puller, his job is to adjust the focus of a camera during filming…that’s it. But it is a very important job because if it is wrong you cannot fix it in the edit. Focus and over exposure are generally two things you cant fix in the edit.
Personally I don’t believe video needs 3 or 4 years of study.
Get good experience working in the industry assisting the cameraman or editor or location manager. Don’t believe if someone tells you you must study or get some sort of diploma or certificate. You can learn so much involving yourself in the work or a company of what it is you want to do.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries regarding video.
Top of the image left hand side shows the size taken by DVD, 720 lines of resolution by 480 lines of resolution. the next size is HD 720p, this is the smaller HD screen size, in South Africa DSTV broadcasts in 720 p H D. This gives us an idea of why 4K in South Africa can still be early days, SA is not even close to broadcasting in 4 K, and even though TVs are 4K quality they very seldom playing in 4 K mode. TV in SA is not 4 K, Blu Ray DVD is not 4 K. Even seldom are you playing a video on Youtube because of bandwidth required to play 4 K
Netflix suggests bandwidth of between 15 mbs to 25 mbs to support 4K broadcast. There isn’t many homes with that amount of bandwidth are out there. And that also means not having any other devices using the bandwidth.
This means the 4 K resolution is maybe too high for South African viewers right now in 2019.
Hi guys, welcome to another blog for video production company, Durban. Whats news…lots. We have been busy with all sorts of productions in and around KZN as well as JHB. I have mentioned it all in the previous blog so please read it there.
So for 2019 we want to really make a difference for our clients. Improve, innovate and adapt. Always look and ask yourself what can be done to offer your customers the best possible product. Look at creative skills and gear. Gear is important because video equipment is always improving. Its funny how sound recording has basically stayed the same over the last 10 years but look at video.
Video – 2010 – 2019 HDV, HD, 4K, UHD, 8K. Equipment for us over the last 10 years. Sony PD 170. Sony Z5. Sony NX3.
Sound – 2010 – 2019 Sony UWP – V1
Here is a review of the microphone below.
Amazing don’t you think…Video has come a long way and audio stays the same. I love my lapel mic, damn trusty microphone that never ever lets me down.
Thanks for reading. I hope you have enjoyed it. The next blog will follow soon.
If you require more info regarding video please call us at GCV Productions.
no 1 video company Durban is on the post production stage for the project. Voice Over has been recorded and a song has been selected online from a copyfree site because of budget.
We have edited the prject with which we think are the best shots visually to tell the story. This can be viewed differently from the client because they might view it from a personal side and look at who appears in the video and who doesnt.
The final ad is 40 seconds, this needs to include quite a long contact list as the very last frame in the timeline. It is a requirement from the client so it must get included.
The edit right now is in the first draft stage, this means that while I’m typing this the client is looking at a draft version of the advert and deciding what changes need to be made. We have to still finalise the last title and we not happy with 1 video in the advert but that most probably requires 3D animation to fix.
We are now in the waiting stage, we waiting for feedback from the client so that we can go ahead and edit Draft 2 .
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.