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Filming Architectural Videography

Given my partner's Architecture Design background we decided to film some of Boston's most prominent buildings (According to a magazine in the city).

I came to the idea to produce Architecture footage while setting up production workflows for asset management, storage and cloud collaboration.

In order to implement these workflows, the city of Boston became our canvas.

First we needed to extract the addresses and metadata from a source, so we scraped information from the article using Javascript then generated a spreadsheet based on addresses and building names.

In order to avoid any redundancy between videographers we fed the spreadsheet to Google Maps to generate routes and layers of metadata for any progress we made on the locations like; item completion, lenses & angles.

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As we went on our filming routines we could check If we were near the locations to film and/or if the particular location had met our footage requirements.

I employed heavy use of tagging pre-ingestion for asset identification and in order to make sure project handling went smooth, as there was footage that only differed on single tags such as the type of tilt of the clip. From post-production up until distribution, tags were crucial.

In order to handle the massive amounts of storage used by the ProRes HQ/422 files I setup an S3 Bucket to archive prepared content in the cloud. Current storage size of the prepared assets in the project stands at around 50GB though we were generating around 100GB a day between two cameras, using ProRes codecs. I edited using Final Cut Pro 10.4. Source metadata contains further technical specifications such as focal length, exposure, ISO & White Balance.

We filmed with two Blackmagic Design Cameras(BMPCC & BMMCC) on a 17mm Lens(Equivalent to 35mm, Due Crop Factor) plus a 7-14mm Wide Angle Zoom Lens.

The prepared footage can be found at POND5.

Octavio Cano

Octavio Cano

Blowleaf is a Media Production studio that specializes in online video publishing, event streaming, shorts, and promo spots.

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