Basics for video filming

Hi guys. Welcome to another vlog from the number 1 Durban Video Production Company. Today lets talk about the basics to get video production right. Remember these points are from GCV that has been in the video business for 20 years.

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Camerawork

All video production begins with camera work ( if not writing a script or pre production). Today most cameras are filming in HD / 4K. Make sure the conditions are right before filming, some conditions we will look at is:

Lighting: Make sure you have sufficient light when filming. If ambient light is low you need to set up a light. Sunlight is great but watch out for shadows and silhouette. Cameras on auto will close the iris if the incoming light is bright. That means your subject will look silhouette / too dark with a bright background.

Try use a tripod if possible unless the camera has stabilisation. It’s nice for cameras to have a bit of movement but uncontrolled movement or shaky shots is jarring to the eye. Your video must be comfortable to watch for the viewer. Cameras zooming in can become very unsteady…the more you zoom in the more unsteady the camera becomes.

Get your camera close to the subject if you are using an on-board microphone. If you are unsure about camera settings you can get away with automatic camera settings when learning how to film. Also keep camera at eye level with the subject, once you are more confident with the camera you can include camera angles above or below the subjects eye line. Camera angles create mood, you will learn these as we go along with camera skills and shot motivation.

Eye level with the subject: keep camera eye level with the subject unless purposely wanting to shoot above or below the subject to create mood. Eye level is the most natural angle and the most comfortable on the eye.

Lighting is not required unless we do not have the required ambient light. Cameras on automatic will accommodate for low light but this might be risky as the shot can become grainy. Grain cannot be seen on small camera LCD screens but the grain will definitely appear on a bigger screen like a PC 21 inch screen or TV. Similar to camera angles, light can create mood. We will look at how lighting can be used to affect the mood of the shoot.

Please join us in Part 2 for “Camera and Sound”

Contact me at GCV Productions; www.gcv.co.za, guy@gcv.co.za.

Video Company Durban and Kennedy Road Informal Settlement

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.

Below are a few photos from the recce visit.

Pre School at the Community Centre @ Kennedy Road
Kennedy Road Informal Settlement along N2 Durban
Kennedy Road Informal Settlement
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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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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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GCV video company Durban update 2

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.

McDonald’s Head Office at 85 Grayston Street Sandton

 

 

 

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

Guy Crosbie

GCV Productions

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Video Company Durban – Update

Hi everyone, welcome to another blog. What has Durban’s best video company Durban been up to.  It has been a busy 3 months with quite a few videos being produced.  I will list the links below.  GCV was in JHB producing videos for McDonald’s.   Some videos are still being produced so should hopefully be done soon.

video 1:  A team of 4 at Boxer requested their project be made into a video.  McDonald’s is looking at petrol free delivery vehicles.  Have a look at the video link for what we were able to come up with.   Below are pics taken from the video shoot at  Kyalami McDonald’s in Gauteng.   The delivery vehicle is a trike, runs on battery, no fuel, no exhaust fumes and very very quiet on the road.

Filming took a few hours with pics on a canon 60D, action movement filmed on the DJI osmo and a sony nx3 for the customer interview.

Have a look at the video below :

We hope you enjoyed the video above.  The video went on to win best presentation.  Well done Anesa and her team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for reading my blog.  We will keep you updated to all our news in KZN

The vehicle you will be seeing on the roads soon delivery your ymmy Mcdonalds order.

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Video company Durban – Can I shoot a movie on my phone?

Hi guys, welcome to another blog from the no 1 video company Durban.  Today lets talk about making movies on your phone.

“Can I make a movie on my phone?”   The answer is Yes. But remember the most important thing when making a movie is the story.  You can have the best movie equipment in the world but it wont matter if your story is flat.

I have seen movies shot on very expensive video gear but the acting was so poor I could not carry on watching.  So please bear that in mind.

Lets say you have a good story.  Now you want to film using your phone.   You would have to really know how to use your phone well to use it for filming.  There will be no way you can record good sound.  Cell phones can record sharp HD or 4 K images but sound recording is very poor.  Recording sound would have to be done separately.

No I would also say other equipment will be needed for the phone.  Keeping the phone steady will be important.  A small tripod can be used or a gimbal.

The visual look the camera gives you will be very different to film.  Zero depth of field.  Images will appear flat but technology is improving so this will definitely change in the near future

Lenses are not interchangeable.  This limits the filmmaker to very narrow selection of shots.  I suppose there will be extras you can buy for phones to change this but they will be very limiting and gimicky which wont give your production a professional look

Phone footage wont allow for any grading in the edit, colours will look washed out with very little dynamic range.

GCV Productions is a professional video production company.

For further information please call Guy Crosbie on +27721281823.  email:guy@gcv.co.za

 

Video Production Durban careers in video: part 2

Hi guys, welcome to part 2 of video careers in Durban brought to you by the no 1 Video production Durban.  In the last blog we spoke about the student production Police Reservist.  If you have seen it great, if not here is a recap

I noticed views on You Tube are very high.  Excuse the quality but it was filmed in 1999 on SVHS cameras.

So lets now chat about the production.    First day of filming was a Saturday morning 7 am.  Andrew Mills and Brad Pandy got their uniforms and equipment ready at Pinetown SAPS.  There is a shot of them in the video with voice over from Andrew explaining that there is nothing they wear that makes them stand out from ordinary police officers.

To be honest I cannot remember too much after that, I do watch the video to recall what happened.  We had a brilliant time filming call outs in Pinetown and surrounding areas…amazing memories.

What happens a lot with video is quite often tings that seem interesting to the police officers may not be interesting on camera.  That’s just the way things go.   Some action shots were done specifically for the camera….meaning if the camera wasn’t there the guys would not have responded to the incident.

I think the production took roughly 2 weeks for filming to be complete.  Interviews were done last.  I viewed the footage and designed the questions around the footage.  Interviews were done at SAPS Pinetown and Lahee Park in Pinetown.

For more information regarding video please call GCV Productions, Guy Crosbie on +27721281823 or email : guy@gcv.co.za

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video production company Durban Careers in video :part 1

Hi guys, welcome to another blog from the best video production company Durban. Today lets talk careers in video. My focus will be in Kzn.  I will also talk about my own experience…you do know every experience is different.

I finished my studies at DUT Natal in the year 1999.

Below is a project I worked on in my final year at Video Technology.  I have pulled the video off Youtube, please watch and let me know what you think.

It was great fun working on it.  It was filmed over a period of about 6 weeks.  How it exactly came about….my brother was a police reservist and I told him I wanted to film a reservist video for my final production at Video Technology.  He told me to call ‘Andrew Mills’, Andrew at the time was also a reservist with Pinetown SAP .  I called Andrew and got a very enthusiastic “Yes, lets do this”  As a student I didnt expect such an enthusiastic response.  We were normally told no or to call back another time so I was amazed this was where we were at.

To start we had a meeting where I told Andrew exactly what it was I was looking at making and how we shoud have the final video.  Andrew, in return, gave me a few videos to watch from footage they had filmed over the years.

In part 2 I will talk about the production and the involvement with the SAPS Pinetown to get the production done.  Andrew and any individuals taking part in the production needed to sign Release forms which allowed me to film them and use the footage for any purposes to promote the video.

I in turn needed to get permission from Pinetown SAPS to film on their property and in the police cells if need be.

For more information regarding videos please call me on +27721281823   Email: guy@gcv.co.za   Website:  www.gcv.co.za