BMPCC Captured Vintage Chevys

BMPCC Captured Vintage Chevys

BMPCC Captured Vintage Chevys

My BMPCC Captured Vintage Chevys in Burbank, California is home to Disney, Warner Bros., television studios, post-production facilities, and retired movie industry veterans.

For those of you who are old enough to remember, beautiful downtown Burbank was the butt of jokes popularized by Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, a popular television show that aired from 1968 through 1973. The joke of Burbank being a small town, meant it had very little appeal, and because the show was taped there, the comedy team used the saying as a form of self-deprecation. Nevertheless, what still is beautiful about the City of Burbank even though over the years it has grown considerably, is that it still has a small town feel. It is this small town feel that also makes it the host for various car shows. On November 8, 2015, Community Chevrolet decided to host a car show featuring vintage Chevys. I decided to use the opportunity to break out my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC) and explore my cinematography side, and I packed up and headed on over to the event.BMPCC Captured Vintage Chevys

When I arrived on that hot, sunny November day, the lot was filled cars representing several decades of Chevrolet ownership. I only had one ND filter that would only fit two of my lenses: a Panasonic Lumix f/3.5 14-45mm MFT zoom or a 28MM f/2.8 Tokina EL Minolta MD mount. I went with the Lumix zoomed out to 14mm, stopped down to try to meet the best focus. My approach was to try to hit it in a handheld, run ‘n’ gun fashion. My accessory of choice was a monopod that I used as a handle when not using it in a stationary fashion. The still images (with the exception of one still image, and you can guess which) were all taken with my Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Shooting in 2k, the camera in that device makes everything look great! This made it kind of difficult to match when grading the BMPCC footage. Editing and grading were both done in DaVinci Resolve 12.

Being primarily an editor, this was a good exercise for me. I always learn something. The key is to keep doing stuff, and to always try to meet one’s personal best using whatever resources are available. I hope someone out there likes old Chevys.

–Stu Brown


1 Comment

  1. stubabyq says:

    I’m just wondering if there are any big Chevy fans out there? If you’re not just into Chevys, but are into restoring old cars, let me know which ones!

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