We had a great time at X-Dance 2012. Three days of screening some amazing films, along with good times and standard film festival events. SANDED was very well received by the audience and received a nod from Best Original Score by Adam Lathrum, the award went to Seth Morrison: The Original Skier, another great film. Check out all the winners here. Below is a photo gallery from the trip.
SANDED will be part of X-Dance 2012 along with many other great films. We’re very proud to be part of such a wonderful action sports based film festival. Along with X-Dance SANDED has been part of the California Surf Film Festival, Wavescape South Africa and the North Shore Surf Film Festival.
Double Blind Camera Test
Camera technologies have always been an overrated rage. Each and every camera release is touted to be the next “killer” camera and it seems to get a bit overwhelming. Why? Because the camera is a tool, it’s how you use it. Furthermore, there is a basic underlying philosophy in filmmaking that reads; show your audience what you want them to see, and how you want them to see it. There have been many camera tests and comparisons done, real world and studio, and I’ve never really been impressed with them. Whenever I see that film was shot with “this” camera or “that” I instantly have a feeling of dissatisfaction for the production because it is using buzzwords to over emphasize what should be your artistic endeavor. (Marketing pitches are sometimes exempt from this, as a client will want to get what he or she pays for, and rightly so) Do you ever see a Hollywood film touting it was shot on a RED in a trailer? But you will see all the movies shot on a RED camera on Red’s website (marketing). John Brawly recently did the best “test” I’ve seen in a long time, a double blind, real world test. Working with director Kate Dennis the pair did a wonderful job testing the camera’s range, color saturation and detail in a variety of settings (6 cameras, 6 lighting situations, 1 film). They do list what cameras were used, but not in any particular order, so it’s completely up to you what works best for you, in any given situation. If you truly want the double blind experience, watch the movie embedded below before browsing the vimeo page or reading the DP’s blog post. I have my opinions, and I can assure you that I was very surprised at what I liked and didn’t like about each one. Furthermore, it contrasted my previous opinions about some of the cameras used in this test. You can read about the shoot on John’s blog here. If you have 18 minutes to spare, and the patience to watch the same short film six times over, you’ll very much enjoy it. I would recommend downloading the Quicktime from Vimeo to watch a less compressed version.