mountain dew spot with the black magic micro cinema camera

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 img_20160627_122613I 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.

Here is the press release they created based on our conversations.




Here are some examples of my shots that made it into the final piece:

Here is the spot:

Samsung NX1 Free Lut Pack

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:
Manual Mode
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)

Rec709 Lut:
(This will adjust the levels back to normal)

Fuji Print Lut:

Kodak Print:

(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!

Click here to download NX1 Lut Pack

Here is a very basic tutorial on how these LUTs can help you get a desired “Look”

get my identical nx1 system: here
get high bit-rate capable SD cards: here

a7s slog2 3d luts for shogun

with atomos releasing the 6.2 firmware today, supporting dnxhr and 3d luts among other things i decided to share the 3d luts that i use for the a7s in slog2 (sgamut).
these are all based off of sonys f65/55 lut for slog2, so they should be a great starting point for coloring in post. i find it’s much easier to compose and light a scene if i have an idea of what it’ll end up looking like (as opposed to guessing based off of a flat image). so you can light with these, and still retain all the latitude of slog2 for post tweaking.
these were designed to be used with the shogun, but should work just fine with slog2/sgamut right out of the camera as well. i rarely apply a lut without fiddling with something, so i imagine you will want to personalize them to taste.

that all being said, here are the 4 that i find most useful:

slog2/sgamut reference photo:
this is the ungraded slog2/sgamut image.


this is the most contrasted and saturated lut. if you absolutely can’t tweak in post, this should generally give you a deliverable image with natural skin tones

this reminds me of the neutral canon 5d setting i used to shoot in a lot a few years ago. similar to the ‘natural’ lut, but less contrast and about 20% less saturation.

kodak 2393 film print:
based off of a kodak 2393 film print lut i found online, merged with some of the sony lut for color. delivers a contrasty, desaturated filmic look.

fuji 2393 film print:
based off of a fuji 2393 film print lut i found online, merged with some of the sony lut for color. delivers a contrasty, desaturated filmic look.

these luts are free to use (for now) but i’d appreciate any credit when applicable. and if you want to share these luts on your website, please link back to this page instead of directly to the files.

leave feedback for any ideas for luts you’d like to see!

click here to download the zip with all 4 luts

UPDATE: new rec709(ish) lut

how to load a lut into the shogun (firmware 6.2+):

1. mount a formatted shogun drive to your computer
2. copy .cube files to the shogun drive
3. un-mount drive from computer, mount into shogun
4. tap 3d lut icon on upper right side of shogun screen
5 select an empty number slot (by default, 1 is a canon lut)
6. after selecting your desired slot, click the folder icon, and then select one of the lut .cube files

once you’ve loaded all the luts you want, the luts will remain there even after using another drive. you’ll be able to overwrite the luts if you want to by selecting your lut slot, and clicking the folder icon again.

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