TV-BAY June 2013

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A cinematic makeover with Mark Linnhoff W ith the announcement of Blackmagic Cinema Camera at NAB 2012, Mark Linnhoff, a France based cinematographer, began to see the future of filmmaking in a new light. “Finally, an affordable acquisition tool that doesn’t compromise on image quality,” he recalled.  “When I got the camera, I carried out some tests with a series of Carl Zeiss ZF.2 and Nikkor AI-S lenses. The image quality was stunning,” said Linnhoff. “I was so impressed with how sharp the image was, the level of detail in both the shadows and the highlights and the great colors and skin tones. Truly cinematic.” Linnhoff had for sometime wanted to shoot a narrative music video. Armed with his Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF, he approached 22 year old dubstep producer and friend, Broad Rush, about a possible collaboration. After some discussion, the pair settled on the idea of Linnhoff producing and directing a music video for “Don’t Stop.” Greater latitude and control It took several weeks from the initial concept to find a suitable location [the baths of Soultzbach] and to assemble the cast. Conditions during the two day shoot couldn’t have been better according to Linnhoff. “It was cold, wet and cloudy during the shoot. Perfect weather really for creating the oppressive atmosphere I wanted. It even helped to get the actors in the right mood,” he revealed. The narrative tells the story of a young man trying in vain to escape from his insane family. “I wanted to create a feeling of insanity and imprisonment, devoid of any life,” said Linnhoff. “To achieve that, I required the story, its characters and the location to all work as one.” According to Linnhoff, when rigging Blackmagic Cinema Camera, there are plenty of options available using third party accessories. “I chose to use the Bebob shoulder rig. Lens wise we filmed using a mixture of Carl Zeiss CP.2, Tokina and Nikkor AI-S lenses, while a TV Logic Monitor was used for scopes.” The music video was shot in RAW allowing Linnhoff to fully exploit the camera’s 13 stops of dynamic range. “Blackmagic Cinema Camera is an amazing tool, much more precise and flexible than DSLRs I’ve worked with in the past thanks to its high dynamic range, high bit depth and RAW shooting capabilities. The latter makes a big difference during post, as you have so much more control and latitude,” he said. According to Linnhoff, some parts of “Don’t Stop” had been written down and fixed in advance. However, he willingly improvised on many of the sequences, as  it added more expression to the storyline. Linnhoff knew that the technical possibilities of Blackmagic’s Cinema Camera and the tools in post, including DaVinci Resolve color correction, are well suited to this particular way of working. 52 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 78 JUNE 2013 TV-BAY078JUN13.indd 52 10/06/2013 15:16