Today, I had the luxury to step away from the weekly wedding and events shooting, and attended a full day seminar.
The seminar touches on aerial videography/photography, sound and, a new and upcoming “mixed-reality” goggles.
The first talk is about aerial videography and photography by Mr Shah from BeCreative Professionals. He has shot videos for Channel 5 & 8 and wedding cinematography. It was quite surprising because I first met Mr Shah way back in 2012. Now BeCreative Professionals is one of the leading wedding cinematographers around. The takeaway from the talk is, an advice to use drone to extend our role as a cinematographer.
The second talk is by Mr Faz Salleh from Sennheiser. He ran through a plethora of sound basic concepts. These basic concepts are what lacking in our current cinematography productions. He did mentioned that video and sound has similar characteristics. There are the low, low-mid, mid, mid-to-high and high tones. In raw, uncompressed audio, we can tweak and grade to provide much richer sounds.
I have learnt and recap sound concepts such sound pressure level (SPL) aka decibels, the usage of omni-directional and cardiod sound patterns. It really surprise me as these basic concepts were not adhered to in the industry.
The last talk was more on an Epson-Dji collaboration on a mixed-reality goggles. I had a try on the product and it was quite an experience. I can see the feed from the drone as well as engaging in line of sight with the drone.
However, the damage for this product was SGD$1,000.00. Was it necessary? I mean if you have the extra budget, you can get one. For a shoot-and-run shooter like me, I find it a hassle to have the overall setup with that kind of price tag.
So what have I learn today? I have learnt that the basics of film, sound and video are still wuite relevant today. Without good sound, cinematography will just be a nice video and likewise, if there is crisp sound, but the videography is crappy, then you do not do any justice to the production. Lastly, having both great video and sound, is not as important as having a great narrative. These three factors usually come hand-in-hand in producing a great production.