Z Systems Project Update: “Air Lock” Week 4


"Air Lock" star Rod Kasai
“Air Lock” star Rod Kasai

Principle photography is wrapped on “Air Lock” and we are looking forward to getting into the editing room and start cutting things together.  We had some special effects shots which were fun, and gross, and we did some more work with the dolly and crane.  Other than that there wasn’t anything unique happening on our last day of shooting.


Photo courtesy of Shawn Thomas Baudler of BaudlerArtDesign.com

For this shot we had the Kessler Crane built up for 12’ and placed it on the Matthews Round-d-Round doorway dolly.  We rolled the dolly up to the set with the crane arm hanging well into the set, then we pulled back until the camera head was clear of the sliding door.  It took a considerable amount of time to set up, but the results were well worth it.


Our A Cam operator for the weekend, Kari Jo Skogquist, brought along a Ricoh Theta S 360 degree camera which she set up a few different places to capture the whole production process, which was very cool.  She was kind enough to let me share some of the photos with you.

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We have pickup shots left to get, some we know we need, and some that we need to wait on a rough cut to determine what is missing.  One that we know we want is a fly through of the set with the camera, so I am going to try putting the F55 on our DJI Ronin 3-axis gimbal.  The Ronin should take the weight of the camera no problem, but balancing could be tricky.  Other than that it’s off to post which will be an adventure in project sharing.  We have an editor lined up that is going to be cutting with Premiere Pro, then I will be doing color in FCPX using ColorFinale, and then back to Adobe for VFX work.  We will be sure to keep you updated on how that process works and how we navigate the inherent problems in switching from one NLE to another.


-Keith M

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