Young inventor Walter Wells, struggles to transform his grandfather’s failed inventions into the stunning sport of Cloudsurfing.
The Invention of Cloudsurfing is a stereoscopic graduate thesis film from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Andrew Mitchell wrote and directed this visually stunning film which will keeps thrill seeks on the edge of their seats. In pre-production, I worked closely with Producer Rob McLean to arrange and authorize all purchases and special equipment needed for production. This included securing a gyro and helicopter for aerial shots, building a process trailer, renting an ATV for chase scenes and acquiring all additional camera equipment. Due to the extreme stunts called for in the script SCAD’s insurance company required us to take out separate insurance and rent all equipment used with vehicles. This included renting RED Epics, Preston follow focus and Tyler Mini Gyro. I worked to create a budget, establish small business accounts, distribute and manage funds while keeping up with all expense tracking. The challenges presented in pre-production provided numerous learning outcomes and a constant demand for creative solutions.
During the production phase I switched gears and assumed my responsibility as head of the camera team. I worked side by side with DP and SCAD professor, Joerg Schodl as the Stereographer and 1st Assistant Camera. Shot primarily on Sony PMW F3s with a Genus Hurricane Rig, The Invention of Cloudsurfing has a unique look and is packed with many visual effects shots. For these visual effects shots, we utilized Gemini recorders to get full color potential for easier keying and higher quality imagery. On location two Blackmagic Video Recorders were used to maintain better color compression. Due to the nature of the Genus Hurricane Rig a follow focus system had to be rented. To use with the 3D setup the Preston HU3 had to be flashed with 3D lens tweak software. Two Preston Motor Drivers were used in conjunction with one having a simplex software installed to mirror the actions of the primary driver. All in all the Preston system worked flawlessly with our Moviecam glass to allow me to accurately pull focus in any situation. Lastly, for all large shots two RED Epics were rented from Meddin Studios. I measured the location of the mounting screws and had a metal plate custom fabricated to perform a side by side 3D configuration. This configuration was used for all chase scenes and aerial footage. Invention of Cloudsurfing was the perfect project to challenge my Stereography skills and allowed me great growth.