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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Betcha Can't Watch it Just Once



I always enjoy a good photo shoot video. You know, a little chance to see behind the scenes, the studio banter, some cool finished stills at the end. Nice way to spend a few minutes.

Several months ago, Chase Jarvis did a promo still/video shoot for the Kung Fu HD network. For various reasons, he has not been able to publish it until now. But I got an early sneak peak, and I thought it was killer.

So I watched it again. And again. And again.

How many times? I have no friggin' idea. I only know that I was watching the full, 1080p version via his server. So every time I hit the "play" button, it cost him about 35 megs worth of bandwidth.

Suffice to say, I owe Chase a beer next time I see him. An imported beer.

Fortunately, it's on YouTube now, so I can watch it without the guilt. It's cool as a moose, and I know at least 94 percent of you are gonna like it too. Oh, and yeah -- that song is in heavy rotation on my iPod now.

Enjoy. And head over to Chez Chase to read more and see the stills if you liked it.

(Credits, Superfad team: Will Hyde (Superfad Founder, CD) Dade Orgeron (Concept + Director) Rob Sanborn (Exec Prod) Stephen McGehee (DOP) David Viau and Luke Allen (Designers) Phiphat Pinyosophon (Sim Artist) Ryan Haug (Editor) Nate Barr (Producer) Kung Fu Master: Paul Gutierrez.

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59 Comments:

Anonymous Joe in Memphis said...

Way, way cool.

September 17, 2008 12:46 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

pretty much amazing...

September 17, 2008 1:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whats the program he uses to capture in real time

September 17, 2008 1:02 AM  
Anonymous Ariel said...

That was absolutely amazing! I'm blown away by his results...

September 17, 2008 1:40 AM  
Blogger Aberazzi said...

WOW, I have always wanted to use a Phantom HD for some ideas I have in my head. I love the way they went about this entire thing. It seems that Mr. Jarvis is never dissapointing.

September 17, 2008 2:12 AM  
Blogger Chase Jarvis said...

Hey David! Thanks for the shoutout - I'll take you up on that beer, Mr. Bandwidth ;) Wanted to make sure to give a proper holla to Will, Rob, Steve, Dade, and the rest of the crew at Superfad. They ooze with talent. This project was their baby all the way, and I'm just super thankful for their pulling me into the mix.

September 17, 2008 2:30 AM  
Blogger diegonyc said...

that was badass!!

September 17, 2008 3:00 AM  
Blogger fotografia ślubna ... i nie tylko said...

Astonishing !!! You have to watch it several times :)

Thanks...

September 17, 2008 3:11 AM  
Blogger Kingsley said...

Dammit! I hate it when I can't watch it at work... I'm 'whipped into a frenzy' by the comments and can't do anything about it... roll on 5pm!

:D

Kings

September 17, 2008 3:50 AM  
Blogger Jerome Love said...

Oh how many body parts I would donate for a phantom. Wonderful video, I'm glad I watched it.

September 17, 2008 5:07 AM  
Blogger J. Beckley said...

That was the S&%*! I wish I could have been part of that production team! Anybody got a couple hundred grand I could borrow?

September 17, 2008 5:11 AM  
Blogger Bob Walters said...

My life seems a little dull. How much would Chase and his pals charge to film my next Monday Night Football party and make it look this cool?

September 17, 2008 6:08 AM  
Blogger Phil Hewitt said...

And a 3rd time went and then a 5th and then i got called in for dinner.

That is pretty awesome. That Video capture camera is outstanding. Chase is right the Ooze with talent, as does everyone in the room.

Very envious

September 17, 2008 7:27 AM  
Blogger Ian said...

I gotta admit I was sitting here saying "SEE, video is waaaay cooler than stills. I gotta get me a video camera!"

Until I saw the final stills. Pretty freaking cool.

September 17, 2008 7:49 AM  
Blogger Diego Indraccolo said...

Talking about high-budget, stunningly looking behind the scenes photography videos, I have just found this video of under-water photographer Zena Holloway. Quite impressive! Please visit it via my blog: www.lightsquash.com (sorry about the blatant self promotion David...).

Or watch it on its original location on the 125 magazine website: http://www.125magazine.com/index.php?p_id=1

September 17, 2008 8:09 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I only watched it once, but I'm a masochist.

Wicked stuff.

September 17, 2008 8:27 AM  
Anonymous andy said...

This should be uploaded to vimeo for their HD content. That or make it available via itunes.

September 17, 2008 8:29 AM  
Blogger Robert Grubba said...

Very cool! I've watched it four times in a row!

September 17, 2008 9:25 AM  
Blogger MK said...

Killer music!

September 17, 2008 9:29 AM  
Anonymous Ben Jamieson said...

Damn, I just get:

"This video is no longer available"

That sucks - anyone save it?

September 17, 2008 9:30 AM  
Anonymous Ben Jamieson said...

Damn, I just get:

"This video is no longer available"

That sucks - anyone save it?

September 17, 2008 9:31 AM  
Anonymous Rob G. said...

Wow that was cool!
Not so thrilled with the original pictures, doesn't seem to be that difficult. I'm not sure if it's possible to have an original image much more similiar to the finished ones spending more time on lights and the whole set. Anyway the final pictures are cool, and the video is wonderful!

September 17, 2008 10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More greatness from Mr. Jarvis. Everyone be sure to check out http://www.superfad.com/ for more examples of their cutting edge production work, and http://www.visionresearch.com/index.cfm?sector=htm/app&page=Gallery for some mind boggling slo mo.

September 17, 2008 10:44 AM  
Blogger Andy M said...

Badass!
I 2nd the Vimeo HD channel, this baby should be seen in all its HD glory.

September 17, 2008 11:06 AM  
Blogger RandJ-Photo said...

WOW! That is great.

Except a good half the morning went by while I watched it.

September 17, 2008 11:34 AM  
Blogger Will said...

ben jamison: I was just able to watch it with no problems, so maybe it's due to your region or something? Running streaming video through a proxy isn't fast, but it's one doable workaround.

I can't say I thought the shoot really looked like the S&%*, but I want to see whatever movie it's for now. Can we get a name, I wonder?

September 17, 2008 11:59 AM  
Anonymous Sean Fenzl said...

I'm totally inspired to come up with a concept half as good as this...

Chase continues to make me insanely jealous of his career.

September 17, 2008 12:30 PM  
Blogger Bret Harris said...

I think some comment about the McCain "creepy lighting" shot would be interesting: http://bagnewsnotes.typepad.com/bagnews/2008/09/the-picture-of.html

September 17, 2008 12:50 PM  
Blogger fartonmyear said...

i've seen better

September 17, 2008 1:37 PM  
Blogger Avlor said...

oh my...that was stunningly cool. Hubby and I loved the ninjas one. I think this tops it. The "techniques" for this one are a little more doable for me as an amateur on a budget too. Meditating on this...

September 17, 2008 3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently the studio is not OSHA friendly, safety glasses are most helpfull when tossing dirt clods and leaves!!

September 17, 2008 4:39 PM  
Blogger easymovet said...

dave: unless you get that 1080p video on torrent; it didn't happen :)

September 17, 2008 5:13 PM  
Blogger Diego Indraccolo said...

Anonymous Rob G. said...

"Wow that was cool!
Not so thrilled with the original pictures, doesn't seem to be that difficult. I'm not sure if it's possible to have an original image much more similar to the finished ones spending more time on lights and the whole set."

I completely disagree! I find the video footage lighting a lot more dramatic and sleek. In fact Chase Jarvis' lighting on this shoot is essentially the same as the film, with 3 lights, 2 on the sides and 1 directly above (sometimes a little further back), but I find the post production work to have been to high on contrast making it a bit over-modeled, whereas the video footage preserves a nice gritty feel to it.
All respect to Chase as a photographer, this is just a matter of personal taste.

September 17, 2008 5:28 PM  
Blogger Andy T said...

Live capture is most likely Aperture in tether mode.

Love the video, hate the final stills - they're too edited.

September 17, 2008 5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man. My kingdom to hangout with him for a week.

flashgordo

September 17, 2008 6:59 PM  
Blogger Wellington Palestine Group said...

This was over hyped crapola. The guy has no creative bones in his talentless body...all commercial hype, a poster boy for the Nikon, Apple and Profoto cronnies. I watched 10 seconds, yawned and closed tab.

September 17, 2008 8:47 PM  
Blogger Craig said...

The whole problem with a Kung Fu photoshoot is that I'm more likely to practice the kung fu moves as opposed to the camera moves .....

September 17, 2008 9:23 PM  
Blogger Sergei Rodionov said...

Actually i did it watched just once :P

Guy they shooting doing bunch of stuff wrong (me trainer from like 10 years ago would beat me up if i'd straighten arms like that, while doing punch), so its getting to me :)

Its more of manipulation than actual light, with bit of creativity, usual for Jarvis, is indeed added too..

But his "Ninjas" stuff is way more cool, imho :)

September 17, 2008 9:52 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

Definitely cool stuff. I love the look of stuff filmed with the Phantom. I actually got to use one on a couple projects... then I woke up. I loved the 'kids try this when your parents aren't home' line. classic.

September 17, 2008 11:40 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Very cool! I'm such a sucker for behind-the-scene stuff.

September 18, 2008 12:16 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I watched it only once...








But that's because I'm at work so I'll watch it 50 more times when I get home. :)

September 18, 2008 2:56 AM  
Anonymous grilkip said...

That's awesome indeed, too bad I can only watch it once just to prove a point.

September 18, 2008 6:28 AM  
Anonymous Rob G. said...

To Diego Indraccolo : So you think it was just a matter of Post Production ? Well if it's the case my opinion still doesn't change, I'm still not impressed with the original product whether if it's video or pictures. Since it's still and not video,it would have the advantage of a more carefull placement of the lights. But maybe not in that context.

And I agree with you, I prefer the video PP cause pictures PP is a bit over. Anyway compliments to both.

September 18, 2008 6:47 AM  
Blogger pennyjack said...

Don't know if anyone has seen this yet, but it's pretty cool:

http://joeyl.com/blog2/index.php

September 18, 2008 8:18 AM  
Blogger bree_Zee said...

I just found your blog and think I love you. Thanks for answering so many questions I didn't even know I had yet!! I look forward to alot of good reading as I make my way back through the posts.

September 18, 2008 11:51 AM  
Anonymous Robert said...

David, you are correct with your headline, “Betcha Can’t Watch it Just Once.” You're right. I watched it again. Very cool and very creative.

I tried to compare this photo shoot to one my typical photo shoots. I've come to the conclusion, "I'll never be as cool as Chase Jarvis."

Robert
http://www.photographyandthemac.com

September 18, 2008 12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that is sooooo cool and what a track, straight over to youtube, Chase you are the mutts mate

September 18, 2008 2:29 PM  
Anonymous ShotsbyRick said...

This site is one of my main stopping points on a nightly basis. I love the humor, the information and most of all the inspiration I get when I visit. I use this site to pump up before I go out on a shoot. Thanks so much Dave.

September 19, 2008 1:58 AM  
Blogger Bertrand said...

I've also seen that video 1,000 times! It's great! No, i've to say : It's Chase!

September 19, 2008 2:29 AM  
Blogger iSchmuts said...

The link to the song gives me a weird download. What is the title of the song? I have to get it!

September 19, 2008 3:02 PM  
Anonymous Fabiano said...

everytime i see something like this, i realize how pathetic is my little happy photographic world...
:)

September 20, 2008 10:44 AM  
Anonymous Nathanael Gassett said...

Holy wow. The fire portion of the video was completely 'WHAT?!' I am so finding a few Kung Fu artists and trying this. Heck, I'll settle for elderly white americans doing Tai Chi. Who says older people can't battle with fire.

September 20, 2008 1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

iSchmuts, the song in the video is "Young Dead Men" by The Black Angels.

September 22, 2008 1:07 AM  
Anonymous Steinar said...

That's a fantastic shoot!

I'm also watching it over and over...

September 23, 2008 8:05 PM  
Blogger Dave Parsons said...

Awesome stuff. Also found the video is available as a download on iTunes - for portable drooling...

@iSchmuts

Track is 'Young Men Dead' from the Passover album

September 24, 2008 9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone know the name of that tune? its awesome!

September 24, 2008 2:43 PM  
Blogger dustedone said...

The actual videos which were concepted and directed by Superfad are posted here:

http://www.superfad.com/compilations.php?cid=33e75ff09dd601bbe69f351039152189

September 26, 2008 4:12 PM  
Blogger dustedone said...

The actual videos which were concepted and directed by Superfad are posted here:

http://www.superfad.com/compilations.php?cid=33e75ff09dd601bbe69f351039152189

September 26, 2008 4:20 PM  
Anonymous nike air jordan shoes said...

That was the S&%*! I wish I could have been part of that production team! Anybody got a couple hundred grand I could borrow?

November 13, 2008 3:36 AM  

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