Shoots Theatrical Feature Using DV Equipment, Will Shoot Another
ANGELES, CA (Feb. 23, 2001) -- Caporale Studios (Cincinnati, OH) has
purchased Panasonic Broadcast's AJ-PD900WA 2/3" DVCPRO50 Progressive
camcorder both for theatrical feature production and general assignments,
which range from national commercials to industrial videos to video
Principal Michael Caporale, a veteran of both illustrative still photography
and film production, recently served as Director of Photography on a
120-minute theatrical feature, "Ball of Wax," shot in its entirety with
Caporale has also used the DVCPRO progressive camcorder to service his
existing accounts, for example, shooting a documentary for a local school
for gifted children. Caporale will undertake the DP assignment for a
second feature, "Four the Roses," scheduled to begin shooting in Wilmington,
NC this month. He will serve as both director and DP for a third theatrical
feature, "Standing at the Edge of the Earth," initiating production
in late spring and featuring the rock group, Blessid Union of Souls.
"I'd worked extensively with Panasonic's AJ-D700A 25Mbps (DVCPRO) camcorder
for several years," Caporale said. "The camcorder worked right out of
the box, I was able to easily customize the set-up cards to increase
the highlight and shadow detail, and I've loved its color rendition.
I became interested in the AJ-PD900WA 50Mbps progressive camcorder as
a means to originate in 16:9 video for film, thus reducing many of the
high costs associated with filmmaking.
"I quickly found that all my personal menu set-ups for the AJ-D700A
were transferable to the new camcorder, giving me the identical 'film'
look I prefer. Because the format is backwards compatible with DVCPRO25,
I don't sacrifice any of my archive. I can shoot in either 480p or 480i,
and be equipped for tape-to-film work or flawless upconversion to 1080i
described the film "Ball of Wax" as a satiric look at American culture
through a baseball motif--if baseball were played as a blood sport.
"We had a three-week shoot, and I really put the camera through its
paces, encountering every conceivable lighting condition--shade, clouds,
bright sunlight," Caporale recounted. "In one instance, we had a night
shot, where I had to light a block of houses that in turn were lit by
room lights. This was a rain scene, where we had an actress lit by porch
light and another actor wearing a white T-shirt and standing in the
rain talking to her. We did a close-up of the actor and the subtlety
of tone is so good, you can see the steam coming off his body. The camera
was able to capture amazing nuances of the event.
"In the very next scene, the same character walks, dripping wet, into
a bedroom that appears to be lit by moonlight. I followed him through
the room, until he sat on the bed, awash in bright light. Essentially,
I used the same exposure, going from wide open in dim light to the bright
spot where he was seated, and didn't lose any highlight in the process.
I can't think of a more extreme example of the camcorder's ability to
produce spectacular images."
"Ball of Wax" is currently in post-production. The 480p material is
being dubbed to a mini-DV format for a rough cut executed on an Apple
G4 computer. Caporale will perform the final edit on his own Affinity
nonlinear editing system, preparing a 480i master for festival submissions.
He also plans to upconvert the 480p original tape to 720p using the
Panasonic AJ-HD150 DVCPRO HD studio VTR. He will edit the 720p material
using Final Cut Pro with the Pinnacle HD board and his Affinity system,
and then make a 720p master for conversion to the film print.
DVCPRO Progressive provides content creators a new means of acquiring
and finishing in high resolution, while saving money by shooting on
a nearly standard definition budget. DVCPRO Progressive offers 480 lines
of Progressive Scan recording at a digital video data rate of 50Mbps,
a low 5:1 DV-based compression ratio, 4:2:0 signal processing, four
16-bit 48 kHz uncompressed digital audio channels, and compatibility
with 25Mbps DVCPRO, 50Mbps DVCPRO50 and 100Mbps DVCPRO HD.
DVCPRO Progressive produces images with full 4:2:2 detail, and 480 progressive
scanned pictures compress better and more efficiently. With 60 complete
frames per second, 480p delivers sports and live-action with film-like
clarity and is the perfect medium for upconverting and inter-cutting
with HDTV formats as well as for digital cinema (tape-to-film) applications.
Capable of recording either 16:9 or 4:3 images, the AJ-PD900WA DVCPRO50
Progressive camcorder features three 2/3-inch M-FIT CCDs and records
480 progressive scan images in 50Mbps and 480 interlace images in 50Mbps
and 25Mbps. Other key features include 33 minutes of progressive recording,
10-bit digital processing, a signal-to-noise ratio of 63dB, and minimum
illumination of 1.6 lux. Fully-operational at under 14 pounds, it consumes
less than 28 watts of power and offers a bayonet mount for high definition
or standard definition 2/3-inch lenses.
For more information on Panasonic's DVCPRO formats, phone 1-800-528-8601
or visit the company's Web site at www.panasonic.com/broadcast.
For more information about David Caporale and his production company,
visit Caporale Studios Web site at caporalestudios.com.