My latest short I did to finish my degree in Cinematography last year. Shot on the ARRI Alexa PLUS High Speed using the COOKE Mini S4s lenses. This short story was made with the assignment to film a poem so I wrote this short mostly visual story to accompany it, focusing on visual symmetry. Have a look.
Showcase of my work
In September 2014, I was approached by a Canadian production company, who hired my as a local European fixer (local crew member in charge of communication with locals and other things related to the countries we visited) and a part of the camera department for an upcoming TV show about the manufacturing of weapons and all other military related products. I am currently still obligated by a contract to remain silent on the details of this project, but I am looking forward to the official release and I will publish pictures from the shooting, that took place in 4 different European countries and it was one of the most interesting experiences with an international crew so far. Not by it’s complexity, but by the great balance of incredible shooting pace and professional cinematography in incredibly extreme shooting locations. I admire the work of this team I had a chance to work with and I can’t wait to show you more. Here are just a few “selfies” from set, which do not release any information about the content or details. This show is being created simultaneously all over the world, by at least two crews and is set to air on the History channel and Discovery channel internationally. I hope to get into this kind of projects again in the future. This is my second job with a Canadian production company and it was always a flawless cooperation.
This summer, I worked as a Camera Assistent along the best TV advertisement crew in the country. There is not much to add. The day was over before you realized it ever started. We shot two high quality commercials for the European electric utilities giant RWE in one day and I was at home on time to watch the evening news at 7:30PM. That might sound completely normal for most people, but for people working in this industry, it’s sometimes a miracle to be home early. But don’t get me wrong, we didn´t rush anything. The only reason this was possible was the fact, that these people know exactly what they’re doing, and I look up to them and admire their professionalism. Especially the DoP Tomáš Sysel and the director Daniel Růžička. Get in, get the job done and get out, but deliver the best possible product to the client. No overtime, no stress, no problems. Glad I was a part of it.
This feature was shot entirely in Prague, Czech republic where I joined the camera team of the Taiwanese master of cinematography Ping Bin Lee, who I had the pleasure of working with as his camera assistant. This multiple Cannes and ASC award winning DoP might have taught me more than all film schools combined. His minimalistic, but beautiful lighting is known worldwide from his successful features such as Norwegian Wood or In The Mood For Love, which belongs to the 250 top movies of all times according to IMDB. He has done more than 95 feature film in his life and he was rightfully addressed as “master” by the entire crew.
We´ve had 45 main shooting days, shooting 6 days a week working out on real locations across Prague and surroundings. The movie starred singer and actor Kris Wu, a worldwide superstar and former member of the Chinese band EXO and Gordon Alexander, actor and stuntman known for such blockbusters such as The Dark Knight Rises, Thor, 300 and many more.
One of the “issues” we had to deal with was the camera itself. We used the Sony F65, which is a great camera, don’t get me wrong. But there are currently only three of these cameras available for rental in Europe. We have used two of those. The performance of this camera is outstanding, but due to its shape and size, using steadycams and cranes became an issue we had to solve on a daily basis. For me personally, it was a huge experience. Working as a Camera Assistant, I constantly had one fact on my mind. If anything goes wrong, getting a replacement was a matter of days, which is not acceptable during shooting. So we gave the camera a VIP treatment. One of the things you might notice from the pictures bellow is the fact, that the recorder (seen attached on the back of the camera body), was pretty big and the camera required two on-board Bebob batteries. This was not acceptable while balancing a steady cam for example. So we constantly had to dissemble these pieces and find a place for them on the bottom of the steady cam. These are just some examples of issues we had to deal with, but Mark (Ping Bin Lee) was surrounded by great professionals who helped me in every way. This was my first full length feature film as a camera assistant, I have done several more since than, but on this one, I was relying on their help to get my duties done. For that, I can’t help them enough. I learned that people within the camera department help “newbies” out as much as they can, because they know they all have been in their place at one point. There is just a limited amount of info you can learn off set, working on smaller projects, commercials and studying at a film school. The rest, you have to learn on set. Time is money, so you have to learn as you go. Even though people know you are new to this, there is no time and space for mistakes. Overall, great experience. I can’t wait to see the final movie, but the shooting itself was the experience I won’t forget. Great people, great locations and even greater head of the camera department. I will upload more pictures after the movie comes out, preventing unnecessary spoilers.
At the end of the summer, I shot two spots for one of the largest chocolate producers. Milka wanted to do a concept, that would document the social prejudices among people in the Prague’s subway. It was a quick one day shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III and some L-series lenses.
In early 2014, I shot a music video for a popular Czech band ZakázanÝ Ovoce. This “one day” shoot took 27 hours to make, using the Sony FS700 camera. This is was my second music video for this band. There is not much to add, other than the fact, that I wish we had at least two days to shoot it, to have more time to play around with lights. But since the budget was very limited, there was no other way to deal with such a script. But not to complain, the crew was great and the band did a pretty good job on this as well.
A few photos from the set:
‘Our last music video is out and already in the national top 10. More info in the post bellow.
A fairly popular Czech band called NEBE, approached &FLUX productions with a music video project in early 2014 and I’ve been asked to join the team as the DOP (Director of Photography) later on. We adjusted the low budget to the concept they had in mind and created a simple setting with basic lighting techniques and kept the whole music video in one location only. That saved time and therefore the budget. But I hope we made the best of it. We change several lighting set ups during the clip to compensate having only one location. Hope you like the final result.
Directed by: Adam Vopička
DoP: Markus Krug
1st AC: Petr Soukup
Production: Jakub Švejkar
Edited by: Adam Vopička
Color Grading: Pavel Brucek
Set designer: Aya Kato
Styling: Alice Reindlová
Make-up/Hair: Barbora Javůrková
Gaffer: Alex Bares
Writen by: Lucie Waldmannová
SHOT ON: RED Epic
LIGHTING: Samuelson Lighting Rental Prague