Awaking Prophecy

Recently I had the chance to film the first video for Melbourne based Death Metal act ‘The Ophidian Ascension’. Making the most of Magic Lantern’s new raw capability, I decided to use it for the shooting and shot the whole production in a combination of 24fps and 60fps. All footage was captured on a 128gb KomputerBay memory card. Two versions are available below, YouTube and Vimeo. I recommend the Vimeo one if you want the true clarity and colour I selected as YouTube seems to mute some of the tones.

The Ophidian Ascension – Awaking Prophecy (Official Video) from Col B Cadell on Vimeo.

– Col B.

Time for some Eternal Rest

Eternal Rest are an up and coming Death Metal band from Brisbane, Australia who recently completed a tour with Origin and many others through Japan. The following is what I was tasked with creating for the lads. Shot in .h264 with Magic Lantern loaded.

Used and Abused:
Canon 5DmkIII
Zeiss 50mm
Zeiss 35mm
KomputerBay 128GB CF
SmallHD DP4 EVF
Manfrotto Tripod
Slider (no clue of brand, was borrowed)

– Col B.

Enter the Chasm – A Night with The Amenta

Australian extreme metallers The Amenta recently took the stage at one of Brisbane’s best music institutions, Crowbar. I decided to gear up, take along the 5Dmk3 as well as a newly purchased SmallHD DP4 EVF. I also had a freshly installed build of MagicLantern and took the chance to make this clip in RAW. Also worth noting is that I didn’t ask permission to film the band so if they aren’t stoked with me having this up, then let me know. The clip is just below with a bit of me talking about the SmallHD and firmware updates just following.

The Amenta – Live @ Crowbar, Brisbane (shot in ML RAW) from Col B Cadell on Vimeo.

All Music and Performance by The Amenta

Using the the SmallHD DP4 EVF for the first time live was a true pleasure. The DP4 is a small but fully functional field monitor with pro features such as Peaking, Focus Assist+, False Colour and a whole heap more. With a relatively simple setup and short programming time (if needed) it really gets into the work quickly. If you get the chance to test one I recommend it, even more so with the EVF attachment. Adding the EVF loupe to the monitor is amazing and really adds to your visibility, particularly in low light, for viewing the image. On top of this it’s essentially making your viewing space far larger by making use of the monitors 4.3inch size.

I will say though if your using Canon Firmware 1.2.1 on your camera (I can’t due to MagicLantern needs) it would be smart to set the colour for your shots off the monitor on camera. The DP4 is great but it still can’t match the camera colour perfectly. With 1.2.1 installed you can now run the camera screen and HDMI out monitor at the same time. If your like me and using ML you will need to set colour on camera then plug in your monitor. While these steps aren’t necessity I would recommend them to help set your shots.

Gear Used:
– Canon 5Dmk3
– Zeiss 50mm T*Planar 1.4
– Scheinder Optics Filters
– SmallHD DP4 EVF

Settings:
– ISO1600
– F2.2 – 4.0
– 1/50
– WB Tungsten

Checkout:
http://www.smallhd.com
http://www.theamenta.com
http://www.magiclantern.fm

– Col B

The Schoenberg Automaton – Making Metal Fun Since 2010

The Schoenberg Automaton – Photoshoot May 2013

Location – Brisbane Powerhouse

Equipment:
– Canon 7D
– Alien Bee 800watt Flash/Vagabond Battery System & Alien Bee triggers
– Nikon Speedlite
– Tokina 11-16mm f2.8
– Zeiss T*Planar 50 f1.4
– Schneider Optics Filters

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– Col B.

You Spin Me Right Round Baby – The Lords of Salem review

Witches scream and cackle as they strip themselves bare to the flesh and conspire in acts of ungodly debauchery. Yes The Lords of Salem is a film with witches, not broomstick flying ones, but none the less. Think more along the lines of The Wicker Man or even in some cases The Town that Dreaded Sundown. So if the whole cauldrons and Satanism isn’t your thing, then you may wish to avoid this one. Thankfully old school horror had something that the modern medium is often missing, atmosphere; thankfully this is not one of those films. Nostalgia literally oozes from every interior and into each frame of film. We’re taken for a ride that is also decidedly old school as we get to experience not jumps scares or shock tactics but a legitimate building of tension; as to whether that pays off is up to you and your opinion.

Sherri Moon Zombie – The Lords of Salem

We follow Heidi (Sherri Moon Zombie), a now reformed drug addict working on a late night Howard Stern style radio station. Rob’s other half Sherri is not the best actress in the world and struggles at times to make her character work. That said it’s a horror film of the late night type so I don’t expect little golden midget winning performances here. A vinyl (yes vinyl, not MP3 thank f**k) is sent to her workplace with no information other than it’s for her to check out. After some taunts and jokes from her workmates she takes the record home to give it a spin. After some drinks and late night listening we begin a dark and twisted journey. It’s a crazy ride with abstract visions, uncomfortable locations and even weirder people. That’s about as far as I’m willing to go with story though, as part of the fun is seeing how out of the norm this film really can be, particularly compared to say Rob’s Halloween remakes.

It’s amazing how simple the skewed angle of a shot or the uncomfortable droning of the soundtrack can affect you when you’re not being force fed queues like ‘Jump scare here’ or ‘must kill this person’. It’s refreshing to see a Director move from the completely violent to the abstractly barren. Honestly a lot of the discomfort comes from how long, Rob and cinematographer Brandon Trost (the dude shot Crank, The FP, MacGruber need I say more), choose to hold a shot and when to finally make that decisive cut call. John 5 also provides a score that is more than a little unsettling and gives that extra discomfort that a tale such as Lords requires. That said the sound design in this film is impeccable and really helps add that weight of dread to many scenes.

Rob Zombie has suffered from a mixed bag over the last decade while trying to break from his musical trappings into the world of cinema. Many find his films too odd, or confronting to be seen as a commercial let alone watchable film style. His new one will be no different, as he yet again makes some changes to his formula and just lets the ball roll. Now before you go into the film remember this… it’s not a ten million dollar horror film, this doesn’t have earth shattering scares or effects, but it does have atmosphere in spades and a rather old school appearance. This is a creature of nostalgia as much as it is a tribute. Every frame glows with a sense that Rob’s appreciation for all things John Carpenter (In the Mouth of Madness comes to mind) and Stephen King (specifically The Shining) is the centre piece of this film.

– Col B

We Stand with A Stone Face

Deep in the wild lands of Queensland, Australia disturbing things are happening. Through my ever vigilant lens I followed the confrontational journey of one man. This is the story of Jake Gerstle and his adventure into the ever encompassing presence that is The Schoenberg Automaton. These stills are silent documentation of events that occurred.

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– Col B.