| 2014 November
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November 2014

We had a large project this year helping out our friends at Thesis with the launch of Nemschoff’s new line of healthcare furniture, Palisade.  We began by shooting motion and stills at Herman Miller’s Greenhouse location in Michigan.  Our motion footage was all shot on our RED Epic (of course) while the stills were captured using the Sony A7r.  I typically use my Phase One IQ 260 for all of my furniture shoots but there were some interesting workflow things we could do with the Sony that intrigued me (more on that in a coming post).

One of the more fun aspects of this shoot was an interview that we filmed at the Eames Home in Pacific Palisades, and by “fun”, I mean transcendent!  For any fan of Mid-Century Modern design, spending a day at the Eames Home is something of an architectural pilgrimage.  We had the pleasure of filming Palisade’s designer, Jess Sorel as interviewed by Eames Demetrios, the grandson of Ray and Charles.  Yeah, pretty cool.

The Palisade line itself represents some of the most thoughtful design I have come across within the healthcare field.  They’ve actually just won Best of Competition at Contract Design’s Nightingale Awards.

Anyway, here’s the little film we did and a few of our stills beneath.

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Our little crew

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I can’t really explain why, but I’ve been intrigued by the weird 4×10 format for at least fifteen years now.  Having always been drawn to panoramic images, my appreciation of the long ratio has been recently compounded through doing so much cinematography work.  I always seem to be framing those projects to 2.4 or 2.35 which is very close to the 4×10 ratio. I’ve shot a lot of film over the last year on personal projects, have resurrected my drum scanner and am really enjoying the mystique and the workflow of shooting analog again.  About a month ago I caved in and purchased a 4×10 camera from Chamonix View Camera in China.  The Chamonix is a lightweight field camera constructed of teak, aluminum and carbon fiber.  Hugo Zhang, Marketing Rep for Chamonix and a large format shooter himself, was very helpful in getting me set up with the right kit.  The craftsmanship coming out of the Zhejiang Province studio is exceptional.  The Chamonix is light to carry, quick to setup and easy to operate from under the darkcloth… not to mention, it’s damn cool looking.

I’m processing the color negs (which I have to cut down from 8×10 stock) in Unicolor C-41 chemistry, which I’ve never done before.  It’s actually just as easy as souping black and white.  Today I’ll be receiving Jobo’s new CPP-3 processor which should give me very accurate and repeatable results with their Master Drums that I’ve already been using.