A few months ago I was asked by Jacob Schwarz to be the 2nd unit DP for a mountain dew shoot that was taking place in Utahs “Little Sahara” desert. Schwarz, who was the main unit DP, had selected some black magic micro cinema cameras for my shots as I would be primarily in charge of getting angles that were deemed too dangerous for the fleet of Red Weapons that were part of his unit. I posted a picture of thr
helmet rig our key grip Eric Beck created online and a rep from black magic reached out to me to find out more about the shoot.
After working with and experimenting quite a bit with the nx1 for a few months, here is the set of luts I created to use when shooting. Download them and let me know what you think, and if there are any other looks you think would be nice to have!
Your NX1 should be using the following settings:
Gamma: Normal Gamma
Master Black Level: 0
Luminance Level: 16-235 (for internal recording) 0-255 (for external high bit-rate recording, ie shogun/odyssey)
Picture Wizard: “Custom 1”
Adjust “Custom 1” settings as follow: Color (leave default settings) Saturation (-2) Sharpness (-10) Contrast (-5) Hue (0)
(This will adjust the levels back to normal)
Fuji Print Lut:
(inspired by adobes take on cinespace)
(This will flatten out the image to accept stylized luts of your choosing and shows you all the info captured in the image)
These are designed to be the start of your color grade, not the final step. Add or take away some contrast, shift it blue or green, whatever!
i posted a few weeks ago with some screen shots of a promo shoot i did, and here is a short teaser of that shoot in 4k.
you can see how i tweaked the image a little bit compared to the earlier shots, to help the over all tone of the piece be more in line with what we were going for.
this could still benefit from a professional colorist taking a pass, but i think it’s a good demonstration of the power of the tiny a7s.
shot with the sony a7s and atomos shogun with nikon lenses (28-70 and 80-200 2.8), 1/2 hollywood black magic filter, and my rec709 ish lut
feel free to leave any questions or comments about the video so far below!