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Camera Man: Fredy Pinto
       
     
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Actors: Chablis Quarterman, Cristin Rivera, and Louis Martinez
       
     
Sound
       
     
Production
       
     
Lighting
       
     
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Last Light
       
     
Lighting and Camera Layout
       
     
Measuring Focus Distance
       
     
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Lining Up a Shot
       
     
Lining Up a Shot

I used the Alan Gordon Mark Vb Director's View Finder to line up all of my shots. Saves time and if you save time on set, you save money. 

Photo by: @anibokstudios

       
     
Behind The Scenes | Promo Video created by @anibokstudios

Actors: Chablis Quarterman, Cristin Rivera, and Louis Martinez
Written, Produced, and Directed By: Rahum Brown
Assistant Director: Jeannette Santiago
Camera: Fredy Pinto
Sound: Roberto Espinell
Set Production: Jordon West
Director of Photography: Rahum Brown
Make Up: Kelly Fraticelli
Grip/ 2nd AC: Malik Parker
Lead PA: Christina Reilly
Production Assistant/Photographer: Kobina Johnson
Office PA: Ruth Herrera and Travis Ramkissoon
Production Support: Mindy Huertas
Extras: Carla Occhiogrosso, Michael Rosenzweig, Jane Taylor, Jessica Santana, Bentley-Haddon Quaye, Ana Araujo, and Robert Garza
Filmed on Location at MNN
Catering: Strokos
Production Rental: Adorama Rental
BTS Photos and Videos by Kobina Johnson for Anibok Studios

Camera Man: Fredy Pinto
       
     
Camera Man: Fredy Pinto

It's always great to have a good camera man. It's one of the essentials to a successful film production. Someone  you can communicate a vision to and they totally get it. Fredy Pinto was very helpful during this process.

 

Photo by: @anibokstudios  

Equipment
       
     
Equipment

Most of the camera gear we rented from Adoroma Rentel in New York City. 

Photo by: @anibokstudios 

Gear
       
     
Gear

The camera we decided to use on this production was the Sony F5. At first we were going to go with a Red Scarlet, but the red sensor I felt was too, how do I say it, red, and green for this type of production. I needed a sensor that would register the light in a cool temperature since this was a light and 'funny' spot. 

The glass of choice was 18mm, 25mm, 35mm, and 50mm Schneider Cine Xenar iii

The rig was Arri Matte Box, and Follow Focus, with a Anton Bauer Battery, recored on SXS Cards. We didn't want to record RAW because it was really no need for this type of production. 

Actors: Chablis Quarterman, Cristin Rivera, and Louis Martinez
       
     
Actors: Chablis Quarterman, Cristin Rivera, and Louis Martinez

(Left to Right: Chablis Quarterman, Cristin Rivera, and Louis Martinez) I don't care how much money you spend on the look, if you don't have the right cast, it means nothing. That's why these very talented actors were gracing us with their skills. They got right in and made it happen on a very professional level. I am very honored to have worked with them and hope I get the pleasure of collaborating with them again on many other projects. 

 

(Also in the photo: Fredi Pinto and Christina Reilly @runningwithreilly) 

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Sound

Sound! Sound! Sound! It's all about the sound. I know that's weird coming from someone who makes pictures and manipulates light and shadows, but without great sound, your production is trash. Working with my ace-boon-coon Roberto Espinell (@respinell) was a pleasure. Even after long 12 hour days, Roberto kept a cool head, and made the whole room laugh--All while doing his job as a sound recordist. 

Photo by: @anibokstudios

 

 

Production
       
     
Production

We were filming 5 Promos introducing MNN HD to Time Warner Cable subscribers. I storyboarded for no more than 20 shots for all the promos. 

In the Back are my crazy awesome Assistant Director Jeannette Santiago and my brother from another mother, Set Builder/grip Jordan West. Both are amazing people to work with. Jordan participated on this production while battling an ear infection, you can't buy discipline and dedication like that. 

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Lighting

I love a naturalistic look for lighting. I used 4 Double Bank Kino Flo Fixtures to give me nice bounce and shadow for those dark shaded areas, and to mimic that nasty office florencent lighting, Two (2) 1K Fresnel Lights Hung outside on rails with a 8x8 silk in front of the windows pointing towards the actors as my key lights. I also had 2 bounce boards under the kino fixtures to smooth out any shadows (fill side) on the actors face. And the final detail was 3 practical fixtures (1 hanging china ball, and 2 light stands) in plain sight on the desk. 

Photo by: @anibokstudios

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China Ball Lights Come in Handy

The title says it all. When you need a nice glow, and a fair spread, get a china ball paper lantern. They also provide soft fill to anyone's face. Love them. I bought a 10", 10 pack off of Amazon.com for less than $10 bucks. 

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Last Light

Thank you to my good friend/Colleague/Fellow Filmmaking Christina Reilly (@runningwithreilly | www.runningwithreilly.com) for bringing in this wonderful Chimera Light which added a much need Warm Rim for the second promo office scene.

Photo by: @anibokstudios   

Lighting and Camera Layout
       
     
Lighting and Camera Layout

Here is a blueprint of the initial lighting a camera layout I had in mind during Pre-production. 

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Measuring Focus Distance

Since we didn't have the very popular Electronic Cine Tape, we used old school methods to measure distance between the subject and the lens. All of my shots were on either Dolly or Sticks (Tripod) so it was very easy for the 2nd AC to focus pull. 

 

Photo taken from: @chablisquarterman 

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