Tuesday, September 7, 2010

High-speed New York Fashion

Still somewhat new to the cinema world is the realm of ultra fast imaging camera systems, most notably the Phantom HD. Before these cameras started to become popular within the last 3 years, 120 frames per second was kind of a big deal. But now Phantom brand camera systems are rewriting the rules delivering 2K resolution and higher, at speeds in excess of 1,000 frames per second.

I myself have been privileged enough to have used these types of cameras and others for more than 6 years. While most of my work has been restricted to laboratory environments, as of late I have ventured out into the production world providing shots for major news networks like CNN and the History channel. This past week, working as a Phantom Tech, I found myself on the set of something a little different, the world of high fashion. Along side several talented artists including director Jonathan Vitagliano, we proceeded to capture the movements of a beautiful model in exquisite textures and designs in super slow motion. Shooting full tilt at 1,000 fps, the model took on the appearance of a still life with only the simplest motions still intact. Our camera of choice for this shoot was the Phantom HD Gold, lensed with Cooke S4 primes, and the matching cine magazine for fast downloads of copious amounts of data. This shoot was a nice change of pace from the norm and should surely result in a beautiful promotional piece for the client.

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