I’m proud to share this video as it is one of the projects I most enjoyed producing. The video features music by the Renaissance lute player and composer John Dowland, performed beautifully by Jeffrey Thompson, early music star tenor from the United States, as well as Slovenian lutenist Bor Zuljan.
The hall at Radovljica Mansion was beautiful but quite echoey so we decided to place several curtains and sheets all over the hall, which improved the sound a lot. The audio is recorded using a matched pair of DPA 4006 omnidirectional microphones.
Video was shot using two cameras: Canon EOS 600D with Canon EF 50 mm F/1.8 lens and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera with Minolta MC 50mm F/1.7 lens, connected to the camera with a simple MD-M4/3 adapter.
While Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera produces an extremely detailed and cinematic looking image, its low-light sensitivity is not the best to be honest. I was shooting with the Minolta MC 50mm F/1.7 wide open at maximum ISO (1600) throughout the session and still the image was quite grainy. At the time of the shooting I was still waiting for my RJ Lens Turbo focal reducer (MD-M4/3) which makes the image sharper, wider and adds a stop of light.
The LUT used to color correct the BMPCC footage was the Final Cut Pro X’s built-in Blackmagic 4k LUT as the ImpulZ Pro LUTs were too noisy for this instance.
Thankfully, though, Neat video plugin I recenlty purchased came to the rescue and cleaned up the footage beautifully. Really pleased with results…
I hope you’ll enjoy the video and especially the music!