DP Alex Ferrari On Blackmagic Design Cameras, Indie Film Hustle & Shooting With Nerdist

We spoke with DP Alex Ferrari during our livestream of the Band Pro One World Open House about his work with Blackmagic Design, his website Indie Film Hustle and his work on “The S.P.A.A.C.E. Program” (“The Scientific Pop and Also Cultural Explorations Program”). The new streaming series “blends together science and pop culture by visiting different fictional planets and realms, such as Tatooine, Krypton, Arrakis and Westeros, and examining them through a scientific lens.”

With just four days to shoot eight episodes, Ferrari put the two URSA Mini Pros at his disposal to work. “We decided to shoot with the URSA Mini Pros because we knew they’d be reliable and fast, and they’d get us the cinematic look we were going for. You can take them straight out of the box and they’re ready to go with no fuss. The menu and operating system is intuitive and easy to use, so you don’t waste any time while shooting, and having the timecode on the side was helpful. Reliability can be a rarity, so the fact that we could count on them when we were in the heat of battle really made a difference.”
“We shot everything in a practical spaceship set that showed the cockpit, hallway and war room,” Ferrari continued. “All the windows were green screen, and we created outer space and the surrounding worlds in post. Being able to cleanly pull keys was crucial, and the camera’s sensors made it easy. We shot the whole series in 4.6K ProRes, which gave us a lot of latitude in post.”
In addition to his extensive production history, Ferrari also created Indie Film Hustle, “to share what I’ve learned over the years as a writer, director, producer and post production/VFX supervisor”. Indie Film Hustle offers a wide array of courses in filmmaking, post production, distribution and post prodction. There’s even courses devoted to working through the film festival circuit, distributing and marketing your film yourself and more. IFH also publishes a blog and podcast, offering even more educational content to help you learn all you could want to know about filmmaking.
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This video was shot with *Blackmagic Cameras, Carl Zeiss Lenses and edited live using Blackmagic Design’s ATEM Television Studio Pro HD at the Band Pro One World Open House 2017.
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Written by Jake Fruia

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