Award winning film production & Cinematography Brisbane.
Award winning Director / Cinematographer Leon Chrysostomou provides professional Cinematography services in Brisbane, and is highly sought after for music videos, corporate video, and short drama films.
Give Me a Break Music Video just released!
Recently I was fortunate to again collaborate with the super talented Director Jemma Gorring on the ‘Give Me A Break’ music video. My cinematography skills helped to bring her unique vision to life, and create a very creative visual music video. Check it out below:
Magic Lantern brings 14 Bit RAW video to the 5Dmk2 & mk3!!!
The guys over at Magic Lantern have been developing custom firmware for our beloved Canon DSLRs for years now, pushing the cameras to their limits and bringing the features we want to the cameras we love. Of course such hacking is not endorsed by Canon in any way, shape or form – and by installing said firmware, you instantly invalidate your warranty and risk ‘bricking’ your camera (Turning it into a paperweight that does not turn on or function).
Until recently I had not had any personal experience with the Magic Lantern firmware, as I was not willing to risk ‘bricking’ my camera for a few extra features. That has all changed in the past 2 weeks, as the Magic Lantern community has developed firmware for the 5Dmk2 and mk3 that allows the camera to shoot 14bit RAW 1080p video in 25p! This is a huge development, and allows the camera to capture a huge amount of uncompressed information in video mode, the same way that you do when you shoot stills in RAW mode. The result is an astonishingly high quality 14bit RAW video file that bypasses the H264 compression. With increased dynamic range, more colour information and the ability to adjust your footage in post, this development breathes a new lease of life into the already amazing Canon 5Dmk2 and Mk3.
This is a HUGE development for indie filmmakers who have not had the luxury of working with RAW formats like the bigger budget hollywood productions, as they can now provide exceptionally high quality footage with their existing cameras.
Whilst the firmware allows the 5DMk3 is able to capture 14bit RAW in 1920×1080 in 25p, the 5Dmk2 is limited to 1880 x 720 RAW at 25p – which is still an amazing achievement. As you will see from my tests, this resolution creates an image that is closer to the cinemascope aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and is still perfectly usable. My tests of the Magic Lantern firmware were conducted on a Canon 5DMk2 with a Leica R 21mm/4 lens, and the same shot was also captured using the Official Canon firmware in the Neutral and Cinestyle picture profiles (scaled to 1880 x 720). The resulting shots are edited together to clearly demonstrate the difference that the Magic Lantern firmware makes – (graded and not graded), and compares it to the most common picture profiles used when shooting in Neutral ungraded, Cinestyle ungraded and graded.
What is clear to me is that the 14bit RAW image contains a HUGE amount of colour information, greater dynamic range and a cleaner, sharper image. I think that this particular shot provides a very clear comparison of the greater dynamic range that the firmware provides. Pay particular attention to the window at the top left of the frame – with the Neutral picture profile the window is almost completely blown out, whereas more detail is retained in the area in the Cinestyle shot. The detail and colour in that area in the Magic Lantern RAW shot is astonishing and is an excellent example of the greater dynamic range you get with this firmware. For the RAW shots I post processed the RAW file in photoshop, bringing the highlights down as I would for blown highlights in a RAW still image. I used a simple tutorial provided by Cinema5D here, which allows you to go from RAW to Prores in a few simple steps.
Corporate Video Production for ‘Dextr’ App
Leon has just finished shooting a corporate video with slick cinematography for ‘Dextr’ at River City Labs in Brisbane. Dextr is an amazing app created by Brisbane app developer John Lambie, that allows you to use a natural keyboard based on the alphabet. The Amazing Canon C100 camera was paired with the Atomos Ninja2 to capture some extremely high quality footage. Stay tuned for a tech analysis of this camera and the benefits of using an etxernal recorder!
The Amazing Canon C100 camera was paired with the Atomos Ninja2 to create some beautiful footage
‘Coma’ music video is now available to view online!!!
Director: Leon Chrysostomou
Director of Photography: Jemma Gorring
1st AC: (Office Location) Doug Ly
1st AD: (Office Location) Bree Christou
Main Office Drone: Hamish Lancaster
Boss: Raymond Massey
Office Drones: Sarah Reinking, Lisa Parkes, Megan Lanser
Blackmagic announce 4k Super 35 camera with RAW & 12 stops DR for $3,995!
1. 4K resolution
2. A Super 35 sized sensor
3. RAW output (Cinema DNG)
4. 12 Stops of dynamic range
5. All for the amazing price of $3,995!
Why is this big news for filmmakers?
The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K represents a landmark in cinema camera history, and it has created quite a stir at the 2013 NAB show where it was recently announced. Why has it created such a commotion? The reason is that such features allow filmmakers to capture exceptionally high quality cinematic images, that are very filmic in nature. The difference here, is that the other camera manufacturers are charging 5-10 times this price for a camera with such features. Stay tuned for part 2 of this post where I will provide a more in depth look at the new camera and its implications! PS Yes of course I want one and will do my best to get one!
Head over to the Blackmagic website for more information: http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicproductioncamera4k
An abstract film about small moments in Melbourne.
Music: Above and Beyond’s track ‘Small Moments’
A brief introduction video to Surrealeon Pictures
The Canon C300
I was recently fortunate enough to have a play with the new Canon C300 camera with my colleague Jemma Gorring from Lucid Living Pictures. These tests were conducted at Lemac – a Brisbane rental house in unscientific conditions with available light. This camera is an extraordinary tool for documentary and ultra low budget filmmakers, as the low light sensitivity is unparalleled. I was very impressed with cinematic quality of the image, as well as the cameras incredible low light performance as shown in the final clip. One of the most exciting elements of this camera is the fact that at extremely low light levels, when the ISO is cranked up to ISO 20,000 – the camera produces exceptionally clean images, with image noise that is far more acceptable to the eye than I have seen in any other camera. This sensitivity to light will mean that cinematographers no longer need to use expensive film lights to light their sets, and can rely upon available light as a starting point especially where there is no budget for lights. Cinematographers can focus their energies into shaping and finessing the light in the scene, rather than wasting time creating a bright enough set to expose the image in. I look forward to using the C300 on one of my upcoming projects, and will post about my experience in much more detail. In the meantime, please check out the test footage below:
The Dunes: ‘Coma’ Music Video
Principle photography was recently completed on the ‘Coma’ music video shoot for Brisbane band ‘The Dunes’. Shooting locations included: a custom built office set, a Sailboat in the Pacific ocean, buildings in the Brisbane CBD, Brisbane railway stations and trains as well as an office location at the Sunshine Coast. The clip is now in the post production pipeline, being edited before visual effects and colour grading.
Directed by Leon Chrysostomou, Cinematography by Jemma Gorring, starring Hamish Lancaster. Many thanks to all those who made it possible.
Stay tuned for more updates!