Monday Morning Mini Movie: Robots Shooting Bikini Babes

Film makers and advertisers using robots again!  Isn't it cool that you chuck out your tripods, tracking dollies and cranes entirely and use a flying Hexrobot instead?

Now obviously this technology has a long way to go but as it matures a couple of the problems in the video above will be solved:

1. The camera is using a rolling shutter which, combined with the vibrations off the robot, causes weird distortions in the video.  Using a camera with progressive scan would sort this?

2. The shots of the camera dropping out of the sky and stopping just above the models was filmed in reverse. Would you want a robot with spinning blades dropping down on you from 50 meters?  Proximity sensors could solve this one I think...

3. Notice the noise of the robot?  No, obviously not, as no native sound was used at all.  Any dialogue scenes shot this way would require a very clever mic set up or extensive ADR.  I don't see an easy way around this problem.  Can you?


A robot salute goes out to the BotJunkie blog again for this one.

"Lessons from Reshoots" or "Aaaarrrgh!"

Over the last few weeks I've been busy shooting, editing, reshooting and reediting a couple of projects.

Re shooting you say?  I thought you were a professional?

Well yes.  But we all make mistakes and some of us even try to learn from them.

The first reshoot was a series of video testimonials I made for Mark at Simply Networking

Last December I shot six or seven videos at the Golftorium event but made the mistake of setting up in a area which was empty and quiet, only to find it full and very noisy by the time I started to film.  After missing months of Simply Networking (doing filmmaking classes instead) I returned to reshoot the testimonials at the Concord Conference Venue.

Lesson to learn?  Always scout a location at the time and day of planned filming to see what the real shooting conditions will be.  And if I can't do this, just use some common sense.

Again, the sound isn't  great as the acoustics of the venue are not optimal (it's a canvas covered structure), planes were taking off within spitting distance and the thunder and rain were even louder.  On the other hand, Concord sets a striking scene. 


The second reshoot was for Go Gel Nails

I spent a day with Heather, a nail technician and a model filming an instructional DVD showing how to use the Go Gel range correctly.  Unfortunately the nail technician had a chipped nail all day.  It was very small and underneath the end of the nail, but as the shot was so tight, it stood out like a saw thumb once I was editing.  I should have noticed at the time but I was concentrating on the sound and lighting, etc. and didn't realise how bad it was.  The nail tech should have noticed but she was too nervous about being on camera.  Heather would have noticed but she was dealing with other issues that day.

Lesson to learn?  Always ask the expert on the subject being filmed to check each element of the production to make sure it is in line with the branding of the product.

If you are interested, here's a video showing how to prep a nail ready to apply a extension: