Fiji Vignettes

Posted by Charles

Here’s a beautiful 3 part vignette shot by director Riley Blakeway of Taj Burrow and friends in Fiji. Filming in a place like this, with surfers of this caliber, you’d expect it to look great and it does. Riley goes a little further to make it something else with the color and grain work, which I really appreciate. All three pieces have a great organic film-like grain and the color grading is spot. A feeling and look that you can’t just do with a plug-in.

When I first watched it, I was convinced this was 16mm and maybe super 8mm in spots. Here’s the kicker, “All of the surf vision was shot with the EX1.” says Blakeway. He also added that intros and outros were super 8mm. The camera is the Sony PMW-EX1, a type of camera that is similar to what a lot of us were used to shooting with before the Canon DSLR days. Not a 5D, 60D or even a RED Epic, which is great to see. I’ll try not to get into the technical too much on this, because it’s simply well shot, well edited and graded. His attention to detail is great on these, well done Riley.

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Adrienne says:

November 23, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Soo gorge. I need to go on vacation.
The visuals and beach boy rock music works so well together.


FatSparrow says:

November 24, 2011 at 2:47 am

Those are so amazing! very nice color work nicely graded and i love the editing :) . On the other note Welcome to the Charles :) this is amazing post would like to see more posts like this.


Sam aka DJ Hegemoney says:

November 24, 2011 at 4:14 am

Welcome Charles. Way to come out with a bang. Those vignettes are unreal. The helicopter shots in the third one must have set Billabong back a few bucks but it was well worth it. I prefer that to the stuff I saw in Kai Neville’s Lost Atlas.


Charles says:

November 25, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Thanks for the welcome everyone!

@Fatsparrow, I’ll keep it in mind, I’ll be leaning on video / tech side of things.

@Sam, you completely reminded me to check out Lost Atlas. It’s on my list but I haven’t seen it yet, now I know what I’m doing later this afternoon.


Jorgen Jensen says:

November 27, 2011 at 9:49 am

Just catching up on recent posts. VERY happy to here that you’re joining the ISO50 crew, Charles! Love your work and look forward to learning more about what inspires YOU. Cheers.


MHagan says:

November 29, 2011 at 10:47 am

I think its great that he’s not afraid to let the highlights blast into oblivion, it really puts the focus on the details in the color