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Frank Glencairn
12-16-2012, 02:07 PM
Just came back from a long and exhausting shooting in Bastogne/Belgium, where the battle of the Bulge took place.
If you are not familiar with that, have a look: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Bulge

What I did there, is some shots for my documentary "Entering Germany".

9 hours drive, steady rain, cold, mud, dirt, blood sweat and tears. Sounds like a fun weekend right?

Dumping the DNGs as we speak and post some shots later.

Meanwhile, here is my PocketJib in action


And here, top of all the heretic things I ever did, smoking while shooting in a church. Dang!


Fabián Matas
12-16-2012, 02:08 PM
That last photo is really badass :P

12-16-2012, 05:02 PM
Frank, could post a more detailed photograph of that over the shoulder rig?thanks
Is that a Bebob cage mounted on a Tilta shoulder mount?

12-16-2012, 05:12 PM
Interested in how you find those handle bars? Are they Tilta?

Frank Glencairn
12-16-2012, 05:27 PM
Good eyes - Bebop cage with attached Tilta handles. Best handles I tried so far.
At the back just two extra rails - no shoulder pad - not ideal yet, but workable.

Here are some grabs. Just tried a few quick grades in Photoshop.









12-16-2012, 05:36 PM
Looking real good Frank, can't wait to see more. Very cinematic looking shots.

12-16-2012, 05:42 PM
Looks big! nice stuff

12-16-2012, 05:49 PM
I could say cinematic but...

Oh hell.

Great cinematic composition and grade Frank :D

12-16-2012, 06:14 PM
When you said my documentary, I was thinking some old manuscripts and stills, historical footage, interviews of historic experts and some new footages of the sites. But you are all out historically correct full reenactments on location!! Who is picking up the tap?

12-16-2012, 10:45 PM
Always looking good, plus I love the double smoke shot!
The last two are my fav's. I wouldn't say cinematic... more WWII in colour! i.e. they look real, can't think of a better compliment for a historical piece. Sweet!

12-16-2012, 10:56 PM
Looks awesome Frank!

12-17-2012, 03:06 AM
Great samples, feels like Band of Brothers. Curious to the moving footage.

12-17-2012, 04:12 AM
like the greenish look the best on the last two images.. really nice work!

12-17-2012, 05:50 AM
Badass stuffs.. Looks great..

12-17-2012, 08:04 AM
I'm very looking forward to the DNG-Files.. Hope they coming up soon :) Keep up the good work!

Soeren Mueller
12-17-2012, 10:55 AM
Looks nice Frank!

I just noticed that you seem to be a fellow CamDolly owner as well? ;)

Frank Glencairn
12-17-2012, 10:57 AM
It's the one from DigitalJuice - the CamDolly is better and more versatile, as far as I know

Soeren Mueller
12-17-2012, 11:15 AM
Ah ok, it looked quite similar at first glance. Yeah I got one and love it so far, super versatile and sturdy as hell!

12-17-2012, 11:21 AM
You are brave Frank, a Jib on a slope and no sand bags
The color mood on those shots is definitely a WWII color, the rainy day did help
I will be restoring an M38A1 Jeep ( 1945 ) next summer just like the one in your last shot on the left of the frame

Frank Glencairn
12-17-2012, 11:35 AM
The wheels are lockable so it was pretty stable.
I helped a friend to restore a 1944 Jeep 4 years ago - frame off, going trough every single bit and bolt including a complete engine overhaul.
I love doing engines - anything with sheet metal, not so much. But a WWII Jeep is pretty forgiving, when it comes to sheet metal.
You want it to look battled anyway - not like fresh out of the quartermaster's warehouse, which makes you look like a rookie :).

And yeah, I'm aiming for the early Kodak 25 film look that some of the Signal Corps guys used.

12-17-2012, 11:42 AM
Hey Frank, great footage as always.

you own the Tilta baseplate, right? Does that allow the camera to vent properly or does it block the vents on the bottom? thanks!

Frank Glencairn
12-17-2012, 01:52 PM
It partly blocks the vents. You could probably get away with it, without running into a heat problem I guess.
But as far as I know Tilta has a BMC rig (already out or coming soon), that would take care of that.

Frank Glencairn
12-17-2012, 05:50 PM
Here are some more grabs:




Matthew Bennett
12-17-2012, 05:57 PM
Looking good! Love the look in the second grab!

12-17-2012, 06:09 PM
Tilta seems to have a complete line up for the black magic. I asked them about a baseplate and they send me an pdf with all their bmc products. pretty price though... lot more then the "regular" stuff.

12-17-2012, 10:09 PM
Here are some more grabs:




Frank...that is some great stuff. I do declare....that image (from the BMC) is some of the sickest stuff. For less than $3K for the body....I'd say that it is truly EPIC. (...no pun intended)

Fabián Matas
12-18-2012, 08:09 AM
Frank seriously these DNGs look like film.

12-18-2012, 09:59 AM
Tilta seems to have a complete line up for the black magic. I asked them about a baseplate and they send me an pdf with all their bmc products. pretty price though... lot more then the "regular" stuff.

teh - could you post that somewhere? Looking at their BMC Stealth package online - it looks like their regular baseplate with a cage, FF and matte box at a discount from what it would cost to order those pieces one by one. Maybe they have something new coming out?

sorry to keep highjacking the thread.

12-18-2012, 10:20 AM
This is was Tilta send me about 1 Month ago. Prices are quite high but this is pretty "professional" stuff. Based around Arri/Oconnor style dovetails much like Alexa baseplates. Really like the concept but you need an tripod so support this to fully benifit from this system I believe.


12-18-2012, 11:06 AM
/\ Tilta makes nice stuff /\

12-18-2012, 02:25 PM
Nice images, Frank- thanks for posting here. I'm really impressed by the looks you're getting from the camera.

12-18-2012, 04:35 PM
This looks great! You've got the grade dialed in perfectly for the time period.

12-18-2012, 07:38 PM
A lot of fat WW2 soldiers here.... :p

12-19-2012, 03:42 AM
Looks awesome! No DNG's?

12-19-2012, 11:19 AM
really beautifull :)

Can't wait to see the docfilm when its out (when is it?)
Can't wait to try shots like that when my bmcc comes, and i go out with some of my reenactment budies ^^
and btw, im restoring at the moment my own Dodge WC51 from 1942 ^^

Frank Glencairn
12-19-2012, 01:33 PM
Though that material was shot as part of my docu (and it still may take till summer, until it hit's the TV stations), I could not resist to bolt something together.

Uploading as we speak.

Stefan Antonescu
12-19-2012, 03:24 PM
Though that material was shot as part of my docu (and it still may take till summer, until it hit's the TV stations), I could not resist to bolt something together.

Uploading as we speak.
Hehehe... That's the spirit ! :-)

Frank Glencairn
12-19-2012, 04:43 PM
Here we go


12-19-2012, 04:57 PM
The opening pseudo slow mo is straight up trailer material. Only missing a VO. Bet if you replaced it with Private Ryan trailer audio it would match.

Good stuff, Frank. So much texture and so many interesting things to point the camera at. Looks like cinema to me.

ONLY thing I have to say is that I really am not a fan of the Samyang, too soft and too much coma for my tastes.

12-19-2012, 04:57 PM
Here we go


thanks frank, any chance of a vimeo version, or download?

web compression is a travesty for such quality footage

Frank Glencairn
12-19-2012, 05:01 PM
Yeah, I cry in tears, when I see what H264 compression and than YT/Vimeo do to my material.
I wish you could see, what I see.....

Strange thing: I did 2 encodings. One with Premiere and one with Handbreake. The one of Premiere seem to be much darker.
Some strange gamma BS going on again. I upload the HB version to Vimeo in the moment.

12-19-2012, 05:08 PM
nice Frank.. Really lovely footage!! and so much production value!! Looking forward to see the finished documentary

Frank Glencairn
12-19-2012, 06:22 PM
Here is the Vimeo Version:


12-19-2012, 07:01 PM
Not to worry, Frank, would be great if we could see on our screens what you see in your studio, but the story comes through and is very well done.

12-19-2012, 09:43 PM
Congratulations :)

12-20-2012, 01:50 PM
Wow, really great work here...honestly...amazing work, and grade too.

Willian Aleman
12-20-2012, 02:45 PM
Frank, congratulations. Great contrast tone control and cinematic look achievement. As a side effect, the second shot really reveals
the limitation of frame rate and shutter speed of the camera in medium to fast motion, or is it a video playback issue? It's noticeable specially in the background of this shot. A little distracting to the story.
I love how you have portrayed the story with motion and shot sizes, going in and out from the master shots, medium, close up and inserts. The music selection helps to set the tone too. My favor camera work is the mise-en-scene entry of the jeep.
Some minus objective to subjective point of view changes in some actors call for attentions. Wondering if this was intentionally or not. Bravo for the artistic achievement and camera work. Looking forward to see the final version.

Frank Glencairn
12-20-2012, 04:20 PM
I slowed down the first few shots in Premiere at 50% - Twixtor would probably have don a better job though, but I really liked that epic feel as an opener.
I directed only the "first aid" scenes in the pig stable (plus the Jeep) and church.
Did some basic blocking, told the guys how and where to look at and what to do - just little things like that.

Peter Culley
12-21-2012, 07:18 PM
Inspiring! Just sends my mind and anticipation into a spin. Congratulations Frank.

Paul Stephen Edwards
12-21-2012, 07:52 PM
Frank, you deliver consistently. My only complaint: I'm not watching this on a theater screen. ;)

Frank Glencairn
12-21-2012, 08:03 PM

Pete Marlboro
12-23-2012, 07:19 PM
Frank, could you attach several DNG files? thanks!