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Congratulations to Nicholas Marshall--PFRE Videographer of the Month September 2019!

Published: 30/09/2019
By: Brandon

Congratulations to Nicholas Ford Marshall from San Dimas, CA who has won the September 2019 PFRE Videographer of the Month Contest! Here is Nicholas's great video.

Here are the top three contestants in order of points awarded by the jurors:

  1. Nicholas Marshall #7
  2. Andre Mckenzie #2
  3. Tacey Jungmann #4

You can check out all the entries here.

Here is what Nicholas had to say about his video:

First off, thanks to everyone in the community and the panel who voted for our video. My business partner Mike and I have been contributing to the PFRE community since we started our business, REWS Media, back in 2012. Like many of you, we began by following the ways of Scott Hargis but always dipped our toes into video because we planned to offer photo video packages when launching the company.

It took a while to get here starting with a Canon t3i, Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 and a $99 slider off Amazon, then moved to the 5D Mark III, and eventually Magic Lantern RAW, the Canon C200, and now the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6Ks. It’s a pretty incredible time in video; we now have a $2500 camera that shoots 6K raw and are truly in a place where the image we can create from video can match a single exposure RAW photo.

For this shoot, and pretty much all of our day to evening videos, we start about 2 hours before sunset. We check out the space, plan out our stabilizer walks and set focal lengths. In order to match up the shots so they can transition mid-step we add a speed ramp to the end of the first clip and start of the second clip. On the drone, we pay attention to the distance and height when capturing the shots so that we can put camera in the same position at night to repeat. The most challenging aspect of these shoots is trying to fit a second drone flight and repeat the stabilizer walks within the 30 minute window after sunset. Depending on the workload, we can’t always both be on location so many times these are solo videos.

Thanks!

Nick.

4 comments on “Congratulations to Nicholas Marshall--PFRE Videographer of the Month September 2019!”

  1. Congrats, Nick!

    My initial thought was that I am impressed by how sharp and clean your footage is. Reading that this was done with the black magic pocket 6K definitely causes me to think more about that system.

    I assume you were using canon EF glass...which lenses did you use? Also, if you don’t mind my asking, how high did your ISO get, and did you use any noise reduction?

    Really impressive video...love the day to night transitions!

  2. Hey Brian,

    The lenses I use on the Pocket 6K are the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 and the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8. I had been selling off my full frame Canon glass and buying the RF mount versions for my EOS R, but now I wish I still had them.

    The footage is sharpened and noise reduction is applied in Resolve. Everything is shot at ISO 1000 for daytime and evening footage is 3200-6400. For the aerial footage I don’t go above ISO 800 otherwise it’s just too noisey to use IMO.

  3. @Hamish -- I personally use the Movi Pro, but my partner uses the Ronin-S with the daul handles. There's definitely pros and cons to both setups. The Movi movement is more natural and it can handle any lens or camera configuration I can throw at it, but the downside is having to adjust camera settings while holding the ring up in the air. The price is also a lot to stomach, but you can find complete used kits on eBay for 40% off (~$4000). The Ronin-S is ideal for adjusting camera settings and the user assignable tilt lock/reset is super handy, but at the expense of a limited selection of compatible cameras and lenses. For the Blackmagic Pocket 4K or 6K the Ronin S works well with the Lanporte Offset plate and the BMPCC4K to Ronin S power cable. Just pick up a couple extra Ronin S batteries and you have all day gimbal.

    We mostly slow the footage down to 75% (shot @ 60fps and dropped on a 24p timeline), but adding stabilization in FCPX is often needed on the Ronin S footage whereas I don't need that on the Movi Pro footage.

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