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#1 Oceanshutter

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 05:35 PM

Hi Everyone,

 

I wanted to share my latest short film.  This is a followup to my award winning 'Stay With Us' film.  The story will have a total of three parts.

 

This is a film you will want to have the volume up, with some bass if possible, and watch in full HD.  It was shot with the Canon 1dx with 100mm macro lens.

 

Curious to know what feedback you all have.  I hope you enjoy it.

 

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 11:07 PM

Dustin - Brilliant work as usual, really fantastic macro cinematography.  I only watched it once quickly (at work, but couldn't resist) but I am again impressed with how you manage to get such steady detailed shots of skittish critters at macro range.  The sound editing really is entertaining too, at least, for those who know this is not how things really sound under water.   Were these sequences shot primarily at one location or a compilation from multiple trips?  You've edited it all together seamlessly.  I cannot imagine the time that goes into producing these but I am glad that you do it.  Thanks once again for sharing!  Robert



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Posted 12 April 2017 - 05:06 AM

Wow! This is amazing, Dustin. How long did it take you to edit and add the soundtrack? Everything Robert said - plus love the tilting work too.

 

Really terrific stuff - thanks so much for sharing. Another prize winner I hope. It sure deserves it.


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Posted 12 April 2017 - 09:19 AM

Dustin - Brilliant work as usual, really fantastic macro cinematography.  I only watched it once quickly (at work, but couldn't resist) but I am again impressed with how you manage to get such steady detailed shots of skittish critters at macro range.  The sound editing really is entertaining too, at least, for those who know this is not how things really sound under water.   Were these sequences shot primarily at one location or a compilation from multiple trips?  You've edited it all together seamlessly.  I cannot imagine the time that goes into producing these but I am glad that you do it.  Thanks once again for sharing!  Robert

 

Thanks for watching it Robert.  It's funny, on my facebook page, there are people who are saying not to put the sound in because that "not what it sounds like" underwater....haha.  I had to tell them that is the creative part of it, it is meant to be fun.    I would say it is about 70% anilao, and 30% solomon islands.  The editting time is more than I care to admit.  I guess its a good thing I like to do it.

 

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Posted 12 April 2017 - 10:37 AM

Wow! This is amazing, Dustin. How long did it take you to edit and add the soundtrack? Everything Robert said - plus love the tilting work too.

 

Really terrific stuff - thanks so much for sharing. Another prize winner I hope. It sure deserves it.

 

 

Thank you Tim.  Honestly, the soundtrack is always the hardest thing for me to pick out.  Once I have that, then it is pretty easy to edit.  Add in the sound effects that somewhat match the clips, and it takes extremely long.  I've been working on this on and off for the last 7 months.  Finding the sound effects are hard.  I don't want them to sound too obvious of what the sound is actually in real life, otherwise it just sounds bad.  Then you have to find ones that I can license and pay for to use...So it is all kind of a pain.

 

But thanks for the comment, and for watching it.  Glad you liked it.

 

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Posted 12 April 2017 - 02:56 PM

Now that I have been able to watch full screen with the sound turned up, I am even more impressed.  It wouldn't be right to pick favorites but three sequences really stand out for me. The opening shot of the squid and ink cloud sets the "alien" tone so well due to the dramatic lighting. The mantis aerating her eggs is just such a great behavior sequence.  And the cricket noises coming from the little triplefin (?) on the whip coral made me laugh.  I also like the new title sequence, though the style in part 1 is also effective.

 

You might want to check how this is embedded.  Maybe its my browser but I don't get any controls (full screen or volume) so had to go direct to Vimeo to play this right. 



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Posted 12 April 2017 - 05:17 PM

Now that I have been able to watch full screen with the sound turned up, I am even more impressed.  It wouldn't be right to pick favorites but three sequences really stand out for me. The opening shot of the squid and ink cloud sets the "alien" tone so well due to the dramatic lighting. The mantis aerating her eggs is just such a great behavior sequence.  And the cricket noises coming from the little triplefin (?) on the whip coral made me laugh.  I also like the new title sequence, though the style in part 1 is also effective.
 
You might want to check how this is embedded.  Maybe its my browser but I don't get any controls (full screen or volume) so had to go direct to Vimeo to play this right.


Not sure what would be wrong. I am able to put it full screen.

That squid was shot in the Solomon Islands. We did a black water dive, and it actually hit me pretty hard and then inked me. Also had a silky shark attack my lights. Memorable dive...haha. The cricket noises actually aren't that. It was some sound effect that I sped up about 300%. I kinda thought it sounded like a bird chirping. That was one of the sounds I wasn't so sure about, so I am glad to hear it wasn't bad for you.

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 04:55 AM

wow, another masterpiece...

i can image how trouble it is to collect those sound effects, but it really fits for the video, i will share ur video.

by the way , may i ask ur lighting, what kind of lighting do u use for those marco thing?







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