In this convention video, we used our trademark multiple camera time lapse technique to show the erection of the acres of tents in this huge outdoor exhibit in Orlando next to Universal Studios.
We start with two 21 stories up on the hotel roof. Then used two more on the ground that we coordinated with the construction of key or unique tent types. After shooting for two days we went back and edited the multiple source tapes into this video which was shown a day later as the opening video for the keynote function. It got a standing ovation from the international audience. We also shot detail video of unique tents requested by the association and later provided those on DVD for on IFAI website as educational tools.
Panel Home Construction
This simple one camera time lapse shows a small crew building a house in just a few days. A fast job is even faster, making this a useful sales tool. One camera moved to locations on the construction site with the most action lets us see the process from start to finish. Notice the small group watching the work. That was the contractor/builder and architect. They forgot about the filming and watched for quite a while from that spot until we told them that they’d look like they weren’t doing anything while all the activity happened around them.
The Love of Learning
To educate parents who are considering this school we went into the classroom. By using very little location equipment and utilizing as much natural light as possible we minimized disruption and let the children be natural. Since they were not actors, speaking roles were not scripted, just interviewed and directed to speak from the heart.
All the expertise that we have gained and the facility we’ve built combine to make CMR Studios the perfect resource in Tampa Bay for independent film production and post. Ideally the filmmaker brings us in early in the process so we can assist with pre-production and shooting. We can help avoid the common pitfalls of lower budget films right from the start. But you can also bring your project to us after it’s underway for us to finalize the finishing touches, fix problems and bring your vision to the screen.
Often budget minded directors have already done a rough-cut edit on their laptop with Final Cut. Since we’re using Final Cut Studio 2 HD we can import the edit as a starting point, saving time and money. Our comfortable suites give you plenty room to work.
Once we’re done we can master your DVD for festival applications, shopping for a distributor or direct sale. You also walk with the whole film on a hard drive with the session files, timelines, M&E and final output, ready for film transfer when you make your deal.
Funny… nobody saw that boom mic or light stand when you were shooting the scene! We can get rid of them. Or you may need high-end special effects and wire removal on those stunts to make them real. We do that and more in Shake. For example, using the green screen hard cyc on our insert stage you can do special effects or even add people to scenes.
Of course you shot in HD but you want a “film look” as well. Color correction is more important in movies than anywhere. We also have the plug-ins to select the film stock you want to emulate.
Special effects require special attention when it comes to sound. Often it requires creating a sound that doesn’t even exist in real life. Combining Foley with our extensive library of sound effects as well as acquiring new sounds we can create a unique signature for you.
Problems with dialogue are common even in big budget films. It get’s compounded on smaller budgets where the audio is sometimes the last consideration on set. Partial scenes, single actors and even complete replacement are all jobs we’ve tackled.
Great sound comes from attention to detail. Proper sound effect placement and ambience along with musical score that fits the film and punctuates action are elements that make a film succeed. We bring decades of sound recording experience to your film.
Reach for the Times
A look at the Tampa/St. Petersburg market using helicopter footage, lots of locations and graphics. To show the wide presence of The St. Petersburg Times we visited all of their sponsorship locations. This meant even doing sports coverage of baseball, basketball and hockey. Full access was great, but the most fun was getting the helicopter shots!
“Right Sized Care”
This is a cute spot with cute kids doing what cute kids do visiting the doctor.
They say to never work with animals and kids. Well, the animals were all only animated so the kids were the only challenge. We kept them busy and happy by playing with them between takes. Shooting fast to minimize down time also helped. We also didn’t make a big deal about directing them, minimized retakes and then kept the camera rolling during prep and rehearsal time to catch the kids being themselves. The result is a very genuine “performance.”
8 Months in 5 Minutes
This is our longest single location shoot to date. We shot footage over an eight month period at the Port of Tampa to capture this unique detailed look at shipbuilding.
Over an eight month construction and shooting schedule we captured all the milestone events to detail the patented process used by this multi-national company. First they cut the ship in half to add an entire section in the middle. Then the ship was dissected to remove the deck and structures underneath. A new second hull was added to create an inner liner to hold crude oil. Then the deck section previously removed was put back in place. We shot simultaneous time-lapse with multiple camera positions. On location several days a week we also shot in all areas of the ship including being in the bilge when massive sections were set on top of us. The images had to tell the story. There is no narration so the video could be used internationally without translations. Our work was awarded two ADDY awards for cinematography.
On Behalf of a Grateful Nation
Rarely seen video of an actual burial at sea ceremony is mixed with patriotic images and a great score to inform veterans of benefits. The challenge was making shaky VHS footage shot by the Navy a high enough quality for broadcast. Image stabilization, slow motion and layering it as a graphic element was the answer.