History Channel Shoot with Sony F3

On Thursday Jeremey DP’d for a day of shooting interviews on a History Channel Documentary about drug culture throughout the ages. He learned some really interesting things about psychedelics, and got to meet Timothy Leary’s personal physician. You’ll have to wait for the show to learn more about all that. Here’s some production stills.

We used a Sony F3 for the shoot, and it was Jeremey’s first go round with Sony’s answer to the high end DSLR Hybrid camcorder. We’d love to spend some more time with the camera, but first impressions were good. It’s fairly small (not much bigger than an HVX) which is positive. The menu/ controls weren’t completely intuitive, especially the white balance, but the lens was awesome. We used the Sony 85mm T2 lens. Smooth focus and aperture. We’d love to take it out again.

Our buddy Deniz Demirer was also on the shoot, pictured here adjusting the boom.

In addition to a Kino key light, we used a Lite Panel LED as a fill. These lights are (literally) cool and light weight. They’re easy to set-up, and great in small spaces… BUT we find they leave a little to be desired in the intensity department.

San Francisco skyline through the F3 view finder.

All in all it was a good shoot, great to work with new people (Adam Barton, the director), and to hear some interesting interviews. We’ll keep you updated about the project as it edges towards airtime on History Channel.

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