Principal photography began over the weekend...so good to be back with my crew and to be working with some amazing new talent. Writer/Director, Joseph Russell and Producer Anna Russell have assembled one hell of a team. We are two days down and I'm loving it! Here's a quick shot that Joe allowed me to share with you :) I thought it came up nice, even after some heavy noise reduction. I shot this at 800ISO on the RED and we really needed to be shooting at 3200ISO....luckily we have the option to change that in post, but let's not forget that ISO doesn't come for free. Noise was everywhere. Eventually, this will have a spaceship exploding behind the soldiers as soon as they exit it....awesome!
Noise reduction software (like Neat Video) is great, but it can be more harmful than good if you're not careful. Check out this tutorial where I demonstrate how to selectively reduce noise only in under exposed areas, so as to keep things like skin tones intact :)
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