VIDEO: No Captains – Pawn

No Captains – Pawn from arthur woo on Vimeo. (CLICK ABOVE if you don’t see the video)

No Captains just released their first music video, a very well put together piece by the band members themselves. The song is called “Pawn” – check it out, and if you’d like to hear more of them, go check them out on Facebook. SoCoRock also captured a live performance of theirs from last year at The Rocks Bar in Petaluma, available to listen to Here.

From their Vimeo page: I directed/shot/edited this video with Alex from No Captains; no crew, just us two. It was fun and stealthy, I brought a minimal kit and we managed to get some nice looking footage…. (click more)

One noteworthy part of this project is this is the first video where I’ve departed from using Magic Bullet Looks as my color grading tool. I’ve seen other footage from Vimeo using Synthetic Aperture’s Color Finesse 3 and was pretty impressed at how great but subtle the grading was. Where I can appreciate the heavy grading to some extent that MBL gives for very stylized pieces, seeing more and more videos use these presets that use these MBL gets a little old.

I think color grading is most powerful when it’s subtle; it’s just there to set the mood, not be noticeable. I started with the Marvels Cinestyle picture style to get a better dynamic range, and in the editing stage was able to use Color Finesse 3 to set the tone I wanted. The final footage looks pretty different moodwise I think, pictures to come with comparisons.

Other production notes:
5D Mark II with Marvels Cinestyle picture style
Canon 24mm f/1.4
Canon 50mm f/1.2
Zacuto EVF Pro
Cowboy Studio Shoulder rig
Manfrotto 536 Tripod w/ Vinten Vision Blue head
Singh Ray Grad ND 3 stop soft step
Editing: Premiere Pro CS5.5
Color Grading: After Effects / Synthetic Aperture Color Finesse 3

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