Yesterday I did a test shoot with the new GoPro Hero 4 (Black Edition), which I intend to use for my next short film.
I'll provide more details about the film (plot, shooting dates, crew, etc.) in due course but, for now, all I will say is that the script has a number of logistical issues that I need to work out in detail prior to shooting...hence the test shoot.
So, the camera arrived in the morning and I quickly I downloaded the GoPro app onto my iPad. The app allows the user to control the cameras settings via wi-fi, and, I must say, I'm particularly impressed with it. Despite the lag, I can now use the iPad as an on-set monitor, which will prove invaluable once I start shooting.
I must say a big thank you to Katie McMillan, who will feature in the project, as she agreed to stand in and help during this test shoot, which proved to be very helpful.
The main aims of this test was to see what the GoPro image looked like at different times of the day and, most importantly, what I could achieve with the camera in low-light conditions.
- The first image was taken late afternoon (you can see the iPad in shot).
- The second shot was taken at dusk, with no lighting.
- The third image was taken at night using two tiny LED lights from B&Q.
Overall, I'm very happy with the image that the camera has produced and I now have a better idea of what I can achieve/how many lights I will need in each lighting context.
Unfortunately, it appears that my copy of the camera is faulty as a number of the files were corrupted! As you can see below, the footage was damaged and completely unusable (I've contacted GoPro and I'll hopefully receive a new camera very soon). This 'hiccup' is an example of why test shoots are so important - it was better that I discovered this problem now.
Maybe I'm completely mad to attempt to shoot a short film on a GoPro camera - fellow filmmakers certainly seem surprised when I tell them of my intentions. However, I'm fond of a challenge and enjoy doing something different to what everyone else is doing. Most importantly though, I actually believe that the camera will add to the heightened sense of realism that I'm hoping to achieve in the telling of this story.
As ever, I'll keep you all updated…