Yesterday evening we filmed our first interview for CUP CONFIDENTIAL at the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in Thunder Bay. It's a wonderful place to relive and educate yourself about the very strong sports history this whole region has. Diane Imrie was our interview and was extremely knowledgeable about both the 91/92 Thunder Bay Thunder Hawks team and the whole Colonial Cup story. Below is the only photo we took of the shoot, my apologies, but because this was our first interview we were all extremely busy doing other behind-the-scenes things.
One great thing about using the Fujifilm XT-3 for filmmaking is its tiny size and weight. Part of that is due to the fact that the cameras lenses are extremely compact. Below are three of the main lenses we'll be using to film various aspects of CUP CONFIDENTIAL, each having its own benefit.
The 16mm, for example, is an excellent wide angle lens, though it's not overly fast with an aperture of just f/2.8 wide open. This lens will mainly be used for establishing and scenic outdoor shots. The 50mm will be the workhorse of this production, it'll be used for both interior interviews on a tripod as well as some exterior b-roll scenes. This lens will give us some really nice depth-of-field when chatting with people too. And finally, the 18-55mm is a great run-and-gun lens as it has internal image stabilization with a various aperture of f/2.8-4.
Combined with an assortment of filters, these lightweight lenses are wonderful pieces of glass and will help give the film the look we're going for.
Even though we're months away from editing CUP CONFIDENTIAL, we thought we'd share with you some of our post-production tech. Below is an image of the eGPU we'll be using in conjuction with Final Cut Pro X on the Mac. The eGPU housing unit is from Razer and is the 'Core X' Thunderbolt 3 and the thingy with three fans is the actual graphics card. The graphics card we chose is the ASUS Radeon Vega 64 which is extremely powerful, hence its size, and the fact there are three fans used to cool it. This is by far enough power to help us push through editing.
Well, after a lot of testing and much consideration we've finally decided which camera we're going to use to film CUP CONFIDENTIAL. Below, is the highly capable Fujifilm XT-3! Don't let its size fool you, this thing is a BEAST with the ability to shoot 4K internally on SD card at 10-bit, 4-2-0, 400mbps and even up to 120fps at 1080p! We also have some great lenses and after reviewing some test footage we shot with it, we know one thing is for sure... the movie will look spectacular!