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April 20, 2016#

Fullframe on the Sony A7RII


Trying out the Sony A7RII in full frame mode exclusively. The image performs much better than I was expecting. There are a few wide shots with quite bad moire but I feel much more comfortable using the full frame mode when the type of shot requires it.

February 29, 2016#

A7RII – Trying more image settings at Lunch


Trying out s-log settings for high saturation, perhaps it’s s-gamut colour mode that was washing things out. This was graded in After Effects but I also tried out DaVinci Resolve for the first time and it’s really nice to use, particularly being able to use the scopes. It’s an unbelievable free tool! The GH4 is very sharp out of camera, some say to a fault. I’ve not done any side by side comparisons, but I’m having a hard time getting the Sony A7RII look as nice on hyperfocal shots. Might do a head to head test soon.

February 23, 2016#

ISO 3200 on the A7RII


Getting a handle on the image profiles in movie mode. I’ve played around with Neutral with -3 contrast, PP6 and PP7 (slog2). I’m liking how slog2 performs in these situation but find it hard to recover colour saturation compared to other profiles. This was also the first time I’d used the smart remote app for android, which works really well but I don’t seem to be able to select slog2 or any picture profile, instead it gives the option to use the photo orientated ‘creative styles’ only.

January 13, 2016#

Sony A7RII proximity sensor fix (manual switch)


Just one of the custom buttons I’m liking on the A7RII to allow for shooting video and photos from the hip without the proximity sensor switching to the EVF.

January 9, 2016#

Sony A7R II [Brain Dump]


I love the panasonic GH4 and Canon 5D series and am hoping the Sony A7R II can be both in a relatively compact package. I bought the camera a few days ago from Park Camera’s London (really helpful guys), taking advantage of their Metabone’s offer, getting the EF-E adapter for £100. I popped out at lunchtime to test of the video capabilities around Shoreditch Continue Reading

December 16, 2015#

10 Lightwave 3D Tips I wish I’d known from the Start


I’ve had a few ‘how did I not know this!’ moments when using Lightwave 3D over the years. Here are some of that I’ve found particularly useful.

December 1, 2015#

Sharp Valley – A VR pitch

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These polygonal landscapes were created as part of a pitch for a medical expo experience to promote a new pain management medicine. Our approach was to show the user an ever changing landscape based in the noise response from an EEG reader built into the headset.  Continue Reading

October 31, 2015#

Halloween Formation Logo

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Happy Halloween! Demonising the studio logo for a bit of seasonal fun. Created in Lightwave 3D using volumetric lights with node editor animated procedurals for the red smoke.

October 27, 2015#

Equivalent DOF on M43 vs FF


The Panasonic 35-100mm f2.8 didn’t work out for me in the video department and the Sony A7SII has come out with 4K internal, full frame and a 5-axis stabilisation. In this video I’m working out if I could get a small, more portable lens tele-zoom with the A7SII for similar depth of field.

October 15, 2015#

Devon Clips


Back from a lovely trip to Devon. Here’s a few clips taken while out and about. I really like the portability of the GH4 and having a huge focal length range in a small bag. With the 4K I pretty much exclusively shoot video and pull stills from them. I usually head back to a Continue Reading

September 15, 2015#

Cinemagraph gifs from ‘Objects’ project.

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Thought I’d put together some looping animated GIFs for the ongoing ‘Objects’ project, creating simple CG scenes from the bottom up and focusing on the details.
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August 28, 2015#

Which Metabones for tele-zoom? Testing 24-70mm on GH4


I’m selling my Lumix 35-100mm 2.8 as it does stabilise video but still shows signs of micro jitters when the lens is held quite still (v1.3). So I’m looking to adapt the Tamron 24-70mm 2.8 VC to use as a faster, longer zoom on the GH4. At the moment I only have a passive adapter (used in this video) but I’m thinking the Metabones smart adapter (non-speedbooster) might do the trick. Having 70 x 2.3 (c4k crop) = ~160mm @ 2.8 on the long end.

August 28, 2015#

Cotton Maps in Lightwave 3D (Free tiled textures)

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There are a few nice cotton textures out there but unless you have an electron microscope sometimes the fidelity isn’t that high, so I though I’d make one. A lot of the modelling was done in Layout with bones twisting and bending the mesh, then saving out a transformed mesh back to Modeller for extra tweaking.

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June 10, 2015#

Panasonic 42.5mm f1.7


Got a stealthy longer lens with stabilisation for shooting background plates for Visiting. Here are some test shots on the Panasonic GM1.

June 1, 2015#

Finished separate CG & Film reels for 2015


April 28, 2015#

Global Illumination with Animation


After experimenting a bit with moving geometry in a character turntable lit with radiosity I thought I’d test a few scenarios with low ‘Maximum Pixel Spacing’, thinking it would be a sort half-way-house between brute force and interpolated. I’m quite happy with the results, considering the low Rays and render times of 2-5 minutes of a 1920×1080 frame on i7 4770 cpus.

April 20, 2015#

Back from Berlin


Back from Berlin and took some video on the GH4 while over there. Looking forward to the v-log profile in the works for the GH4.

April 9, 2015#

Off to Berlin!

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Yay! I’m heading off to Berlin for a bit. Any suggestion for  must see places, drop me a message @louisdumont.

 

April 9, 2015#

Visiting – Episode 1


Yay! Finally put up the first episode of Visiting. This episode acts as an introduction to more loose animated vignettes that focus on more candid moments. More information on: visitingshort.com

April 9, 2015#

Feeling out image profiles for the Sony A7S


Finished shooting a little promotion concept film that I’ll show in some shape or form soon. It was shooting bars and nightlife without lighting so called for a very sensitive camera. The A7S didn’t disappoint. I had a night before to figure out he right colour profile for the job and found the S-Log very hard to expose compared to Cine-D on the GH4. Here’s a the test video.

March 18, 2015#

Download CG Water scene for Lightwave 3D + DPkit

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I did a CG water tutorial last year for Lightwave 3D and am putting up the scene file here for anyone that want to have a look as some details may have been glossed over in the video.

March 16, 2015#

Formation Photos

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Updating the Formation about page with new copy and new photos of the team. Setup included two Sunpak 383 manual flash guns and a Canon 5D3 + Tamron 24-70mm. f/8, 1/160.  Continue Reading

March 12, 2015#

Google Cardboard Animation


Finished a little CG animation to show the construction of a branded Google Cardboard VR headset. The animation was produced in Lightwave 3D and I make use of DPkit’s nodes to post process and grade the image straight out of the renderer.

October 1, 2014#

NYC GH4


Some GH4 clips from my recent trip to New York. Everything seems to filmic out there so I though I’d give it the 2.39:1 treatment with accompanying grade and score 🙂