A couple weeks ago my friend Jon Firestone hired me to do a photo session. He’s a local director of photography in Colorado and Wyoming. That roughly means he knows how to operate a motion picture camera and point that camera the correct direction at the correct time, and make use of lighting to create desirable contrast. I say local but he is hardly local. You will find him in just about any country working hard making cinematic images. About eleven years ago I met Jon on a short film, and he really helped shape my understanding of the film industry and camera technology. He really has a great mind for engineering and is curious about everything. You can give him any topic related to film making and he can go really deep on that topic. If you ask him about how a bayer pattern sensor works, you better clear your schedule. He really taught me most of the basics of film making that I really just was struggling to learn in 3 years of film school. Being around Jon is like trying to download the internet, his knowledge and passion for film making is really limitless. So obviously I was really excited to spend a day taking stills for his new website and portfolio! Still photos with a Fujifilm XT-3, 50-140mm F/2.8, 56mm F/1.2, Pentax Takumar lenses as well.
Red Epic W 8K from Black Wing Digital with a Red 18-85 F/2.8 Zoom. Movi XL gimbal on a Motocrane Ultra motorized arm. Focus and zoom with an RT motion FIZ, bright tangerine mattebox, and teradek Bolt Pro 3000. All held with an adjustable suspension Porsche Cayenne Turbo which has been wrapped in matte black. All capable of speeds up to 90 mph, with stabilization and vibration rejection built in. The crew that runs this setup is very detail oriented and has gone to great lengths to think of everything. Monitors through out the car, headsets for all, wireless video, focus, and zoom. Really rare to find this kind of setup in the middle of the country! Colorado has some serious film resources!