steph+chi – an ovation to start the season

LATEST UPDATES – 2012 international educational schedule will be constantly updated in the upcoming months (bottom of post). thank you.

added boracay, philipines july 2012.

oh the same day edit.

how i reluctantly i must admit that being a slow editor, i once hated being in charge of these things.

to have to wake up at 5 am on a weekend to work more hours then two consecutive weekday work days; knowing the next time i’ll get to see my bed is 3 am.

the pressure of having to produce a piece of fine art in a short (aka. unreasonable) amount of time; under the extreme scrutiny of production house standards.

the task to document, stylize, and emote all the important events of a once in a lifetime event; reinterpreted under a vision that is deemed not only fit by myself, but of course the couple as well.

but that final reward of having the newly married couple and about 500 people live and breathe your work in those few minutes makes it all worthwhile.

almost within seconds after the same day edit began, i couldn’t help but feel that magic as i could hear people whispering ‘this is amazing’ and was giggling hearing ‘that was better then a real tim hortons commercial’. i felt my heart begin to pound uncontrollably as i forgot what it had felt like to join in the excitement with the crowd…

hello to the 2011 season.

TECHNICAL + PRODUCTION TIDBITS for my industry friends and colleagues.

shot with my brothers freshsox/konrad czystowski + the boy wonder/mark klassen.

cameras used:

3 Canon 5dmkii’s for most of the day
2 Canon 7ds for the ceremony bride and groom angles; 1 more more 5d mike during the ceremony

everything shot in 24p mode, unless I was running steadicam where i would over crank my footage shooting everything in 30p using my 30p -> 24p compressor setting to match the tone of the song. i think my trusty + brilliant friend troy turgano for that suggestion as he helped me choose this song for the steph + chi.

COLOR CORRECTION was via combination of fcp rgb balance, 2-way + 3-way colour corrector + newbluefx + modified mb filters.

all cameras use custom ultra flat profiles we design for our 5ds that are custom mated to the specific glass types we use (ie. zeiss vs canon)

for my ‘slower’ lenses in lower light setttings (ie. f 2.8’s); i employ the Cinestyle custom profile. This profile can extend the dynamic range in lower light conditions, but the image is horribly flat straight out of the camera and requires a very strong understanding of colour theory and cleanup ability to make the image feel warm and rich in tone, color and contrast.

matching our cameras took some where with konrad shooting the cleanest out of all 3 of us for most of the day.

-zeiss 35/2 zf,
-zeiss 50 1.4 zf – brideal preps workhorse
-zeiss 21/2.8 zf – steadicam pilot
-zeiss makro 100/2

-canon 50/1.2 L,
-canon 24/1.4 L II

-cinevate atlas 30,
-manfrotto monopod 561hdv – best overall value for your money
-steadicam pilot
-additional stabilization in post provided my grateful sponsor NEWBLUE FX stabilizer. it is quicker, faster, more intuitive to use and more cost effective then all the competitors in the image stabilization software market.

this film is the same day edit from last saturday evening; i’ll be posting a the reactions from the couple for the sde before the weekend, in addition to posting a few more weddings from last season as they’re are some hidden gems worth sharing.

clean, simple, beautiful.

this is my approach this season.

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looking forward to meeting many of you in the near future as I will be speaking @:

infocus // charleston; south carolina USA // jan 2012
*thank you to my friends, colleagues + students alike for the wonderful reception given to me*

exposed down under // sydney; australia // early july 2012
myw returns to Australia for the first time in 2 years.

mayad academy // boracay; philipines // late july 2012
myw is honoured to share the stage alongside some of Philippines top event/broadcast talent.

FULL 2012 educational schedule will be continuously updated throughout the year.

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