The short film I made earlier in the year, ‘Making it special, when it matters most’, a film to show the Nokia Siemens Network ‘Customer Experience Management’ software in action (made for NSN) is now public.
It was shot on Canon 5DmkII and Canon 7D (second unit), edited on Avid and graded on FCP Color. I wrote about my experiences on the blog here…
The edit above is the longest cut, with everything still in place. We also did a super short version (here).
Worth noting are all the technology screens which were motion tracked and replaced in post production.
My personal favourite sequences are at 02:05 (leaving the home) which really shows off the pretty images you can get out of 5D, and also 05:50 (tossing the bouquet) which captures the fun of the event, and shoot.
So the million dollar question (actually more like the ten grand question)… Would I shoot a low budget feature using this kit?
At ten grand absolutely, at fifty grand probably, at one hundred grand… maybe… maybe not (the choice would be project dependent, but I think I would shoot on a higher HD tape format or perhaps film).
I really liked the fact that to shoot 5D you need to have a shooting discipline that is more in line with film than video formats. Again this is something I blogged about in the posts above.
And as for the 5D artefacts so widely reported, aside from some moiré effects on the ushers jacket (example at 04:40), I didn’t have any problems (rolling shutter for instance).
Perhaps what is most important about this film is that it takes what could have been a dry and ‘techy’ product film for use at Nokia Siemens Networks and gives it some real heart, spirit and humour. Credit should be given to the folks at NSN who took a risk on trying something different.
Honestly, this is the first ‘corporate film’ I am proud of (and I have made quite a few in my time).
So what do you think?
Onwards and upwards
Chris Jones, Film Maker and Author
PS – I have had a lot of emails about the music, in particular the middle track – they all come from Audio Networks, the middle track being called Only Angels, listen here.