On July 10th – 12th, Kvibe Productions will be working on a short film titled “The Specifics” which will be directed by Salvatore Sutera. Majority of the shoot will be taken place in Hoboken, NJ. Right after that, from July 13th – 15th, we’ll be on Fire Island working on a short film titled “Blinded” which will be directed by Christian Vogeler. This film will be shot all on Fire Island in Long Island, NY. We have the honor of producing and presenting these two films. Why 2 films back to back you ask? It’s July and it’s the opportunity to capitalize on getting professional workers on our set during their break.
The camera we decided to go with will be the Red Scarlet X. The lenses we’ll be using will be the Zeiss CP2’s 18, 21, 25, 28, 35, 50, 85, 100. We are bringing a truck of grip equipment and going to have a medium size crew of 20 to make this film deliver the storytelling value it deserves.
We’ll be posting updates of BTS photos and video clips on our Facebook.com/kvibeproductions. Please make sure you visit the page for those updates.
It’s about time we introduce the faces of Kvibe Productions.
Since opening a studio facility in Jersey City, NJ, in January 2012, we grew our staff from 2 to 13 staff employees in a matter of 5 months. We found out that the team is just one quirky hardworking family. We love to joke around, but when it’s game time, we are dead serious with our craft and ensure 100% professionalism to our clients. Our curiosity is our motivation and we are always learning and refining our craft to become the best in the business.
Everyone in the team have a specialty that makes the product we work on very unique. We make our own rules and our #1 rule is to satisfy our clients.
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Finally, after receiving our Red Scarlet towards the middle of March of 2012, we are finally releasing some content. One of our first Red projects for 2012 was working on a music video by CjP from Jersey City, NJ. They hired Kvibe Productions to produce the music video in a filmic fashion. We believe we achieved it. Below is a trailer and soon to come next week will be the Behind the Scenes documentary of the making of the music video titled “Forever”.
Kvibe Productions have hired 6 interns, 5 of which are from New Jersey City University (NJCU). They’ll be working with Kvibe for 3 months and will decide if they would like to stay with Kvibe Productions for a longer term commitment.
Three of the interns have said they are committed to Kvibe even after their internship because they have learned so much within a couple months from learning avid, being on set, producing a film, working with Red Cameras, DSLRS, aesthetics of filmmaking, and much more. Because of their commitment, Kvibe has a vested interest in their careers and are helping those future employees to become official at Kvibe.
As the result, we would guide the interns as much as possible and steer them in the right direction. As we moved through that process, the interns had to come up with a short film concept and script. Kvibe did their best to steer them in the right direction rather than run and gun without a plan. The interns were required to pre-visualize the scene, storyboard, scout locations, test cameras and lenses, and figure out all the logistics they can think of. The most challenging part is finding the balance of guiding and directing them. It was only right for Kvibe to watch over them and have them go through the painful mistakes they encountered.
Some examples of their mistakes of creating their own perfect storm.
1) They were late to their own film including their cast by 1 hour.
2) Upon arriving to the gas station location, they did not assess that there was going to be any business. Cars would roll in and take 5-10 minutes to refill their car. Then more cars would line up. When the lot was empty, they were able to take the shot, however, because they did not practice the shot, they missed it and struck out 4 times.
3) They did not do enough camera testing and understand what was needed. The cinematographer should have had an understanding of photography basics, but had no idea. Kvibe had to jump into the mix to help them with their photography.
4) The direction skills were unprofessional. Being a director, you need to have all the answers, rather than ask the questions. Their needs to be empathy and that was not there. Actress wasted many hours of being idle because the production was not ready at all. That’s usually blamed on the producer and director
5) In the storyboard, all shots were written out, but wasn’t even used. I don’t remember them looking at the shot list once and staying on track with what was happening. The AD was very new to the position and did not push the crew hard enough to get things done.
Those are a few examples and there are much more on the mistakes that the students made for themselves. If you can think of any mistake, they made it. The most important thing now is to assess and to find solutions to why they made those mistakes. Is it laziness, perception, poor teaching from the school, or no work ethics?
Filmmakers who are hungry are more than eager to spend many many sleepless nights to get things right and to learn as quick as possible. These students do not have that mindset yet. Until they do, it will take them many years to get them to a better spot in their careers. Kvibe only hopes that students who do intern with Kvibe Productions understand that we don’t make “your career”, we only guide your career and it’s up to you to take advantage of the guidance with the work we bring into the company.
Director: Khoa D. Le
DP: Christian Vogeler
Assistant Director: Elia Adler
PA: Frank Bull & Mark Bowen
Main Artist: Akini
Featuring: Maino, Fred The Godson, and Godsend
Recently, we shot a music video in Long Island, NY with Akini, Maino, and Fred the Godson. It was a 1 scene performance music video titled “Living Dreams” starring Akini. This was our 2nd shoot with the Red Scarlet-X and it held up very well. However, just like every project we do, there were issues on set that could have gone really bad. However, as Kvibe Productions, we always find a solution.
First, it was set in a location where we had to run power all over the place so we didn’t blow out the circuit. Unfortunately, we kept blowing out the circuit where we had one PA ready to flip it back on “during” the performance. That was a huge headache and a task to overcome. Since Maino and the other artist didn’t have much time to stay and work, we really had to nail these shots with one take per shot. Amazingly, we nailed many money shots that came out fantastic.
In addition, we had to wait for the cars to be moved into the facility. There were some miscommunications with the owners of the vehicles which caused a lot of delays. Just as we thought we had time to work, we ended up having to be rushed. Luckily, we were fully prepared for all of that and we easily found solutions to make it work for this project while keeping the clients very satisfied.
We lit the scene up with a 4x Arri 640w, 1x Arri 2000w, 3x Arri 150w, and a few customized kinos. Our DP was Christian Vogeler who was just fantastic. I gave him the idea of the look I was after and he really did his thing to make it eye popping.
The crew which were the Kvibe interns did a fantastic job as well! The shoot could not have happened without the skeleton crew. There will be behind the scenes footage and more still images to come in the next few blogs. Subscribe and stay tuned to our news updates!
Kvibe Productions is delivering a written out documentation of the Red workflow with Redcine-X Pro and Avid Media Composer 6. We think this is one of the best workflows for Red as of now since we think AMA is not ready for Red footage yet.
Please leave us comments or questions of our workflow. We are here to help!
Redcine-X Pro and Avid MC6 workflow
1) Create New Project in Avid with appropriate name
2) Create Bins called DNxHD36, DNxHD175, Pull Down List 36
3) Go to Redcine-X and import all .r3d files by selecting folder
4) Select all clips and ensure it is “Center Crop” (tool side and scroll all the way down)
5) Export via DNxHD36 to Avid Project > Project name > Converted DNxHD36
6) After exported, move MXF files to the Avid Mediafiles > MXF > 1 (or any number you choose)
7) Go to Avid and import the AAF files into the DNxHD36 BIN
8) Then import additional Metadata by selecting all clips > File > Import > ALE file
9) Start Editing
10) After locked edit, we need to re-link to desired final quality. Within Avid, we will relink to DNxHD175 or something better. Create a bin called “Decompose”
11) Duplicate the edited sequence and move it into the Decompose Bin
12) Right click on sequence then click on Decompose
13) Create new sequence
14) Select all new clips and drag it into the timeline of the new sequence
15) Rename Sequence to “Pulldown List 175” (or whichever final format you are trying to go online)
16) Select the new sequence > tools > Output EDL
15) Go to the EDL manager window and ensure it is File _16
16) Click on “Get Sequence”
17) Save As to the Avid Project
18) Color grade footage in Red Cine-X
19) Export to DNxHD 175 or another format
20)Move MXF files to Avid Mediafiles
21) Go to Avid, import new MXF files from “MEDIA TOOLS” into the DNxHD175 Bin
22) Highlight all and import the ALE file
23) Go to Original Rough Sequence and change clip color to source
24) Highlight all DNxHD 175 clips to another color by going to Bin > Clip Color
25) Go to original sequence > right click > Relink
26) New relink sequence should appear as with new color indicating it is the new clips
27) Render out final output.
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