8 Hours in Brooklyn

We love beautiful videos. Specially when they combine great visuals, creative light-play and a dose of some sweet, sweet slow-motion. Jonathan Bregel from Next level Pictures recently hit up Brooklyn armored with a Phantom Flex, and within 8 hours, managed to capture some amazing unscripted footage. Check out the video after the jump and enjoy!

A couple weeks ago, Producer James Douglas gave me a call to DP a spot for MMA clothing company, Cagehero , which would be directed by the super-talented collaborative, GrandArmy. In the early concept development process, James Douglas pitched the idea of shooting the spot primarily on Rule Boston Cameras Phantom Flex camera. Having just shot several days on the Phantom Flex for Taylor Swift, I was all for the idea since I was now very familiar with the workflow. After the concept was developed, the Cagehero commercial was booked to shoot on a Saturday, which meant we would have the camera all day Sunday to shoot whatever we wanted. Being as big of a camera nerd that I am, there was no possible way I was going to let the Phantom Flex idle for a day. I immediately called the producer, James, and convinced him to let me take the camera out Sunday. (thanks for being cool James) Little did he know that I would be skateboarding with the Flex hours later..lol.

Anyway, the idea behind this video was to document whatever sort of culture we could find within an 8 hour span with literally no pre-production. I have honestly seen too many slow-motion explosions, face slaps, and popping water baloons, that I thought capturing real culture, and real emotion would be a cool change of pace. My goal was to successfully pull of a few of these shots with a small crew in order to be able to pitch the Phantom Flex for a lot of the documentary work we shoot/produce. A big misconception is that you need a massive crew and massive lights in order to use this camera…false. However, you do need to know how to use natural daylight to your advantage along with having a kick-ass core crew to support you.

The day started out with myself, good friend Dan Selby, and good friend Jesse Korman. Thank the Canadian God’s that Chris Dowsett was in town to help us out later in the day (he was lost on the subway for about 2 hours). As the day went on, I got more and more ambitious and ended up riding a skateboard down the street with the Flex in order to get a shot of the skateboarders riding into the sunset. It was just one of those shots that I knew was really stupid to do, but I think it was worth it in the end…you guys can be the judge of that…One of things I am learning more and more is that you really have to do some stupid stuff in order to push the envelope (I think my buddy Tom Lowe can relate). By the end of the day, I was very excited because we had just pulled off a few cool shots with a really small crew. I feel that my goal was met in that we have proven the Phantom Flex can be used effectively for docu-style shooting.





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