Monday, May 9, 2011

2011 WEEK 18: "Libelle" The Webseries

A few days late this weeks post. Apologies but getting 24 frames shot per second took priority. It's been awhile since I directed anything with a crew, a script, actors etc. and phew... It's a lot of work. So much work I haven't had much opportunity to snap many pictures.

"Libelle" (German for "Dragonfly" is an eco-thriller webseries created by Dr. Julia Dordel. The episodes I'm currently shooting will be parts 1 - 5 setting up material shot some months ago in B.C. forests and in northern Germany.

Our first day of shooting was at Thunderbird Stadium and involved two of the main characters hunting down a mysterious package.

Thankfully the rain held off for us most of the day. Below, Director of Photography Guido Tolke sets up a shot with actors Eric Breker and Anita Reimer.

Day 2 took us to the labs in the Forest Sciences building at the University of British Columbia. It was a huge day with a lot of elements that had to be captured. This is what a real lab looks like (as opposed to the shadowy nightclub-like interiors we're used to seeing in C.S.I. Here "Libelle" creator and producer Julia Dordel who plays the character of Sonia, prepares her many props for a big science content scene.

The webseries is being shot on the Canon 7D which is the older brother of my Canon 60D. This is what a DSLR camera looks like rigged up for movie-making.

Day 3 moved us up one floor in the Forest Sciences building to shoot scenes involving the show's antagonist. Those are some impressive timbers...!

With a smaller camera, one doesn't need large dolly's etc. to move it. This is what's known as a "slider". An awesome piece of gear and super versatile. It's particularly useful for shooting over-the-shoulder shots where minute adjustments often need to be made during the shot.

Douglas Roy Dack plays McIntyre, the evil corporate logging man and shady businessman who causes our heroes many a problem.

3 more days of shooting then we're done. The time has flown by and though the work has been challenging, it's been made easier by a terrific group of talented people both behind and in front of the camera.

Until next time.