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.
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 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….
So our location is ready, lets look at the camera gear.
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
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.
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 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.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org
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 : email@example.com
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.
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.
SVHS stood for Super Video Home System, a very good camera at the time with a black and white viewfinder and cassettes loaded into the camera. One tried to find SVHS cassettes to match the camera but you could use an ordinary VHS cassette.
Next on the list was cameras going digital with a mini dv cassette. We used a panasonic 3 CCD camera that filmed a really nice visual.
These cameras produced a very nice visual provided the lighting was of good quality. Everything had to be lit for it to work well. Battery life was good, mini DV cassettes worked well except for the ocassional ‘drop out’ that happened on the odd ocassion. Drop out meant a piece of the magnetic tape had fallen off causing the video to jump or have a black spot on the screen. But besides that it was very good to use.
The camera was small and at that time we still wanted cameras to be bigger because it looked more professional. There were ways of hyping the camera up with a bigger microphone that slid into the horseshoe on top of the camera. I think cameras could have bigger, longer lasting batteries which was always nice to work with.
End of part 1
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