The Polish Hammer

A friend of mine, Julien Duret, just released his film-documentary entitled “The Polish Hammer”! It’s a great one, congratulations buddy. 😉

Synopsis:

” THE POLISH HAMMER ” is a full immersion documentary short film following the life of Filip Hryniewicki and his journey as a Muay-Thai boxer with his brothers from Singto gym.
Another way of watching boxe, narrated by Filip himself*.

*french with english subtitles.

Trailer:

 

 

And to see the full-length film, click HERE ! ! !

 

 

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Experimenting with Cinema 4D

Hi there! I know, it’s been a while… Hopefully I’ll stop being lazy and get more personal projects going!

Today I want to talk about my first contact with Cinema 4D. I finally got my feet wet thanks to this really simple tutorial for absolute beginners. Many thanks to Chris Schmidt from Grey Scale Gorilla for this.

Now these guys (Grey Scale Gorilla) have great stuff that you’ll definitely want for Cinema 4D, and it’s totally worthy following their blog.

This is one of my first experiments with Cinema 4D, a cute lonely alien creature abandoned on Earth:

What I have to say about this software, is that it felt intuitive and simple enough for a noob like me. Great tools and templates that allow immense possibilities for a motion graphic designer. I still have a long long way to go, but I feel I can already create interesting things.

This is a video render of my little blue furry alien:

 

 

Well, it’s a start! But the goal is to get to this level (if I stop being a lazy ass):

 

 

Also done with Cinema 4D! Clearly the possibilities are tremendous, even if it’s not as complete as 3Ds max. You can also check the breakdown of this animation here.

See you soon for more exciting ahm… Stuff!

Testing the iPhone 4S

Well, I finally had some time to test the new iPhone 4S! I find the results astonishing. So here are 2 videos that I’ve made recently, with just some basic image corrections. The depth of field is awesome thanks to the new optics, the stabilizer is not bad at all and a shiny full HD resolution! I feel I can make a pretty nice film anywhere now!

A Walk by the Lake:

Feux de l’Avent 2011:

 

 

I’m pretty happy with this investment, and taking pictures can be great with some cool apps! Here’s a list here.

The Planet Effect

So I tried to recreate a planet effect with a panoramic picture. It doesn’t look too bad for a first try, and I sure got the idea. Here’s the result:

By doing this experiment, I’ve quickly realized where I could improve, specially by doing a delicate choice of a proper landscape.

I suggest you do the same, it’s fun! Here’s how:

  • First of all, make a 360 degrees picture. Take all the photos needed, add them in Photoshop and use the “Photomerge” tool under File > Automate.

More detailed info can be found on this website, and the following 4 magic steps:

  1. Open Pano in Photoshop
  2. Image –> Image Size | Now change the width to the same as the height. It will mush your photo into one square box. Be sure to uncheck the constraint box.
  3. Image –> Rotate Canvas –> 180 degrees.
  4. Filter –> Distort –> Polar Coordinates | Press Enter. Nothing to adjust.

And of course, this same principle can be applied on video. Here’s a great example:

Photo – Montreux

I love this city, there’s definitely something magic about it… Shot with a Canon EOS 7D and obviously treated in Photoshop to get the look I wanted. Did a time lapse as well, I’m thinking about doing a short film eventually.
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Photo – Château de Gruyères

Photo taken with a Lumix GH1 of the Château de Gruyères (Swtizerland). Used several expositions to better understand the HDR process and did some additional treatments in Photoshop. It was a good exercise. Hope to do some more soon.

William Wegman

William Wegman is an well-known artist living in New York, that contributed to create delightful photos, paintings, films and drawings.

He had an unique collaborator, his dog Man Ray, and together they found a shiny spark of inspiration that brought to life beautiful photos and films. After Man Ray died, Wegman had several other dogs and the fruitful collaborations kept going. Wegman also published several books. This is the first artist I would like to mention on this blog.

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Want to know more about him? Just follow the links on his website or take a look at his gallery.

 

My own blog, finally!

Hello and welcome to my blog!

Always wanted to write that… Years have passed and I finally found the courage to create my own! This is great for my social status, I’m a blogger now ladies! Well, like almost everyone else I know…

The main goal of this blog is to research and share entertaining and useful information about photography, filmmaking and graphic design. I’ll refer to artists, cool creations found on the web and also to me. But don’t worry, it won’t be in a boring way! I know you don’t give a shock’s bolt about what are my favorite ice cream flavors. I’ll refer to my personal and professional experiences as a creative, and luckily you’ll find it interesting or entertaining.

Oh! And by the way, say hi to my mascot! Still working on it and didn’t find a name yet, but you’ll be seeing it around a lot!