Video: Crankworx Whistler - Black & White & Analog
Heading to Whistler for Crankworx was a last minute decision. I had just recently moved to New York all the way from NZ, and after being glued to my computer watching last year's live stream, I couldn't not go being this close. Talked my way into a media pass as soon as I got there, and got busy filming.
Nothing was really set in stone in terms of what I wanted to create, only that I had some vague concept regarding a 3D branded intro to the video, and that maybe I wanted it to be in black and white. I also had my 35mm Pentax with me to shoot some stills, and it turns out being a one man band ain't easy. Running round trying to film everything as well as taking stills (a film camera at that) proved a pretty impossible juggling act! Somehow got selected to gain all access media to Joyride (to this day I don't know why, but I ran with it) and basically decided then that that would be my main focus in terms of the end product of the video.
As soon as I got back to New York I hit up my favourite dodgy Chinatown film lab to get my films processed. As soon as I got them back and realised that there were actually a few decent images in there (hard to know when you were blindly taking snaps one handed will filming and balancing your monopod and video camera in the other), I made the decision to not only edit my video in black and white, but also to go against my instinct of publishing the photos straight away and instead release the project as a whole after the completion of the video.
Again a bit of a juggling act in post production as well - had a massive project on at work, so had to squeeze in time to edit the shots together and create the 3D intro sequence (which was the time consuming part). I have a bit of an obsession at the moment when it comes to creating low poly style diorama's. I dunno, I guess I just like the aesthetic and they are fun to create. Is always fun working in black and white as I feel it helps you to concentrate more on composition and feel, although it kind of slows you down as well.
I am also always one to draw on music that injects a bit of emotion into the video, the visual and audio are so intertwined - the audio basically can completely dictate the feel of a video. I have nothing against dubstep, but I think it has been absolutely done to death in action sports videos. I reckon it is really refreshing when videographers make an effort to move away from that genre and try something else. Potentially risky though cause the kids are all about the dubstep these days!
Video shot on a Canon 5DMKIII with 85mm 1.2, 50mm 1.2, 35mm 1.2 lenses. Edelkrone camera rig with a Small HD monitor and a Manfrotto Monopod. All video editing done in Premiere Pro and After Effects. Intro was created in Cinema 4D and composited in After Effects.
All stills shot on my Pentax 35mm, using both 100ASA and 400ASA black and white film.