Behind the scenes of “New Life for Old Curling Broom” film for 2013 Brier

Posted by ryanjackson on Feb 28, 2013 in photos, video

What happens when old corn brooms are replaced by newer brushes?
Journal videographer Ryan Jackson created a short film about one such broom for the 2013 Brier.

This whole thing was shot in only four hours! I used my hacked Panasonic GH2 cameras with Canon 24 f1.4L. 50 1.2L, 70-200 2.8L, and Olympus 7-14mm f4 lenses.

What happens when old corn brooms are replaced by newer brushes? Journal videographer Ryan Jackson created a short film about one such broom for the 2013 Brier.  To find out the fate of our old curling broom go to http://www.edmontonjournal.com/broom

What happens when old corn brooms are replaced by newer brushes?
Journal videographer Ryan Jackson created a short film about one such broom for the 2013 Brier.
To find out the fate of our old curling broom go to http://www.edmontonjournal.com/broom

All the volunteers showed up at 8-a.m. and had no idea what the script or anything was. I played them a rough cut video I made from the storyboard and we started curling!

All the volunteers showed up at 8-a.m. and had no idea what the script or anything was. I played them a rough cut video I made from the storyboard and we started curling!

Here is my original storyboard. I had thought it would be cool to have the rocks talking and picking on the broom but then I decided that talking rocks would be confusing so I just used music.I spent hours writing and re-writing the script to make it as simple and manageable as possible.  It's way easier to fix your script before you shoot than after!

Here is my original storyboard. I had thought it would be cool to have the rocks talking and picking on the broom but then I decided that talking rocks would be confusing so I just used music.
I spent hours writing and re-writing the script to make it as simple and manageable as possible.
It’s way easier to fix your script before you shoot than after!

This was the final shot of the day. I used gaffers tape to mask my 7" monitor to 2.35:1 aspect ratio to help with framing.

This was the final shot of the day. I used gaffers tape to mask my 7″ monitor to 2.35:1 aspect ratio to help with framing.

Jason Franson was helping me for the shoot and took this photo of me filming Carleigh Johnson with the broom.  I was able to pull the scene off with only two 500-LED light panels and one small 160-LED light panel to the right.

Jason Franson was helping me for the shoot and took this photo of me filming Carleigh Johnson with the broom. I was able to pull the scene off with only two 500-LED light panels and one small 160-LED light panel to the right.

 

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Timelapse video of Rexall Place transforming from Oilers ice to 2013 Brier curling rink

Posted by ryanjackson on Feb 27, 2013 in timelapse, video

Transition from an NHL hockey game to a curling match. Journal photographer Ryan Jackson took over 30,000 still images of Rexall Place from the beginning of the Oilers game on Saturday Feb. 23 till Tuesday Feb 26. for the 2013 Brier.

I used a Canon 1D-Mark III with an 8-15mm f4L lens @ 15mm. I filled two 32GB cards with 30,000 pictures taken every 10-seconds over four days.

I used a Canon 1D-Mark III with an 8-15mm f4L lens @ 15mm. I filled two 32GB cards with 30,000 pictures taken every 10-seconds over four days.

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Interactive view of Princess Diana’s Tiara

Posted by ryanjackson on Feb 4, 2013 in 360 Panoramas, photos

To help promote the Princess Diana exhibit going on at West Edmonton Mall , Lucas Timmons and I photographed her Tiara and made an interactive 360-degree gallery.

I shot 36 pictures straight on and 36 pictures at a 45-degree angle using a motorized turntable.

Lucas then put the images together into an interactive spinning player using the very cool and lighweight jQuery Reel.

For a 360-degree view of Princess Diana's tiara go to http://www.edmontonjournal.com/life/diana-celebration/tiara/index.html

For a 360-degree view of Princess Diana’s tiara go to http://www.edmontonjournal.com/life/diana-celebration/tiara/index.html

I used a spinning serving tray from Ikea and covered it in black tape. I then used a small continuous servo motor http://www.phidgets.com/products.php?category=22&product_id=3202_0 connected to a Phidget server controller http://www.phidgets.com/products.php?category=11&product_id=1061_1 and my laptop. I timed the servo so it would turn the table 10-degrees, wait 5-seconds for me to take a picture , turn 10-degrees, wait 5-seconds for me to take a picture, etc. for 360-degrees.

I used a spinning serving tray from Ikea and covered it in black tape.
I then used a small continuous servo motor connected to a Phidget server controller and my laptop.
I timed the servo so it would turn the table 10-degrees, wait 5-seconds for me to take a picture , turn 10-degrees, wait 5-seconds for me to take a picture, etc. for 360-degrees.

The little tire is from an old Meccano set.

The little tire is from an old Meccano set.

Here's Lucas Timmons smiling politely.

Here’s Lucas Timmons smiling politely. I used one 24×36 soft box as my main light and two lights with grids behind to make the tiara sparkle.

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