Whether or not he’s taking pictures commercials for Nike and Sony, or creating one other Vimeo Employees Picked parkour video, Claudiu Voicu stands out as among the finest motion sports activities videographers round. You solely should go so far as his homepage to see that he’s creating innovative movies that push the boundaries of present expertise, from mounting a Hero4 in his mouth, to full pace rollerblading whereas working a 20kg RED Epic package, to creating reside motion footage really feel like a real-life online game utilizing Premiere and After Results. I used to be fortunate to get Claudiu to wrangle a while from his busy schedule so he may share with us his distinctive perception into the world of motion sports activities movies.
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I’m a photographer and video man who specialises in Parkour and Freerunning content material.
Do you apply excessive sports activities?
In the meanwhile I’m principally bouldering and hitting the gymnasium to assist with my Movi/ Ronin dealing with capabilities. Nonetheless do a tiny tiny little bit of parkour and freerunning however at a really fundamental stage.
What’s the riskiest factor you’ve needed to do whereas taking pictures?
Regardless of the way it might seem, I don’t suppose we do many dangerous issues. We’re very, very protected and cautious… though I did as soon as should climb a ladder to a rooftop with one hand – with the opposite holding the Ronin + RED Epic arrange.
What’s the riskiest factor you’ve needed to do whereas enhancing?
Not essentially needed to do, however I all the time put some silly hidden bits in movies for folks to ﬁnd. Humorous jabs at mates, meme’s, and many others. Just a few have but to be discovered nonetheless. Additionally I didn’t save a venture for over 10 hours as soon as… that was fairly dumb. What’s the funniest factor that’s occurred to you whereas taking pictures? Oh man, I wouldn’t know when to begin. We did a 23-man job in Dubai in 2010 and virtually everybody was arrested sooner or later throughout the journey. I made a function size video out of the journey for enjoyable however it’s staying locked up in the vault for now.
What software program do you edit with?
I’ve solely ever edited utilizing Adobe merchandise (on Home windows) as they’ve labored for me by way of dealing with varied codecs, ﬁle codecs, and extra just lately native R3D assist and nice integration with After Results.
What’s your favorite package to shoot on?
It’s gotta be a GoPro. RED’s are clearly unimaginable to make use of by way of kind, operate and the ﬁnal picture it delivers, however I really feel I could be a lot extra inventive with a GoPro. The picture the Hero4 provides you is nice for the tiny bundle it’s in. I can run round with it my mouth, throw it within the air, drop it from heights, and mount it to just about anyplace I would like.
Because you apply excessive sports activities, what perception does that provide you with when taking pictures/enhancing excessive sports activities movies?
The obvious factor – and it actually is apparent relating to shoots – is that we (excessive sports activities practitioners on this case) know our sports activities very well and subsequently spend a LOT much less time planning or considering up which actions work greatest for a sure state of affairs. We’ve accomplished this for thus lengthy that we all know what appears to be like good, what doesn’t and what’s possible given the setting. I suppose it’s much like how dance choreographers are employed – they’ll know loads higher than the producers/director as to what would look good in that speciﬁc topic.
Does being in prime bodily form allow you to be a greater excessive sports activities ﬁlmmaker?
I just lately did a cam-op job for a Dutch firm the place they required an inline skating Ronin operator. The rig was over 20kg (RED Dragon, FF, Wi-fi video, anamorphics, matte field and ﬁlters) so they’d to make sure the op may skate at speeds with out dropping the rig. I suppose, in that occasion it deﬁnitely paid off as I was informed they couldn’t ﬁnd anybody else who may go at pace while working that heavy load. In additional normal phrases although it deﬁnitely helps climbing as much as larger locations with heavy baggage of package!
Is there one train which you could suggest for being a greater digicam operator?
Pull-ups. It’s the train to do to exercise the again, core (with variations) and biceps. Regardless that I do have a gymnasium membership I often keep on with body-weight workouts for practical power. I believe everybody needs to be doing pullups for normal ﬁtness and power anyway.
Is there one train which you could suggest for being a greater editor?
I do 50 reps of Tinder swiping each morning to heat my ﬁngers up for some severe shortcut bashing in Premiere.
Why do you suppose there’s a fixed push for larger decision codecs?
Larger is healthier! I see why lots of people don’t see the purpose in it, and it might tremendously differ on what the venture is, however for me it presents larger versatility in what I can do in put up. For instance I shot in 4K or 2.7K for my Mirror’s Edge video regardless of the ﬁnal output being 1080p – and this was purely so I may stabilise footage with out shedding decision, and do pan, tilts and zooms which have been important for among the results. When taking pictures on Dragon, I all the time shoot in 5K and 6K, and though I attempt to body the shot completely on the time, there’s all the time the chance to reframe and do different bits in put up. So no, it’s not essential to make a greater movie – the thought/story is all the time extra vital anyway – however the extra knowledge you get to play with within the edit, the extra inventive you may be with the footage. One other little factor price mentioning, I didn’t actually care an excessive amount of for exporting 4K renders however once I watched Chasing Mild again in 1080p and 4K, the distinction between the two was actually apparent, and I’m positive relating to 8K I’ll most likely suppose 4K renders appear like crap. Above 8K although? Proper now, I can’t see there being a lot have to go even higher, except we go into highly-realistic, pixel packed VR shows that just about change our eyes.
The place do you see excessive sports activities ﬁlmmaking stepping into 5 years time?
It’s going to be VR-based. The following step will likely be utilizing applied sciences comparable to Oculus to recreate the experiences all these excessive sports activities athletes have in the true world. I believe everybody desires to strive wing swimsuit ﬂying with out the chance of loss of life, and if they will mimic that at residence, or utilizing a particular simulators, then I believe folks will leap on the likelihood to strive it. I personally really feel excessive sports activities ﬁlm-makers are typically extra daring, inventive and accepting of recent applied sciences and concepts than the Movie and TV industries, so I actually consider they’ll be on the forefront of pushing improvements in VR ﬁlm-making or no matter we might have in 5 years. I deﬁnitely see Crimson Bull Media Home evolving into one thing greater too.
The place do you see your self in 5 years time?
In a Lambo. Nah I’m kidding it’s all about Teslas in the mean time! Movie-making sensible I deﬁnitely need to have accomplished a function. It’s the subsequent logical step up for me and I have all of the package and lots of vastly expertise buddies to collaborate on it.
Inform us a quote from somebody you admire.
I’m probably not one for motivational quotes however this one from Socrates did stick out – “No man has the precise to be an newbie within the matter of bodily coaching. It’s a disgrace for a person to develop outdated with out seeing the sweetness and power of which his physique is succesful.”– It’s probably not related to film-making however undoubtedly for excessive sports activities. The rationale I maintain going again to creating freerunning movies is as a result of I’m continually impressed on the development being made by folks all over the world, and equally so for different sports activities. Our our bodies are actually unimaginable and it truly is a disgrace for folks to not need to push the boundaries of what we will obtain, and as a substitute select to sit back at residence consuming doughnuts.
Share a chunk of recommendation for an aspiring motion sports activities ﬁlmmaker.
Simply do it. Critically, exit and shoot. Do checks, do cool stuff, mess around and experiment. Study as a lot as you possibly can about the whole manufacturing course of and it’ll make you a extra versatile and artistic particular person. I get nearly all of my work by the publicity I’ve obtained from private initiatives that I had no ﬁnancial motive to even do within the ﬁrst place. It’s additionally extremely vital to be energetic on all main social media channels, so don’t skip on that half.
What do you consider on-line video manufacturing collaboration vs. conventional in particular person collaboration?
I’ve labored this fashion a lot of instances now and it’s completely ﬁne. Skype video chats & display sharing are just about the identical factor as having an individual sat subsequent to you, and you’ll simply pretend a connection error when you get tired of them. I’ve buddies at businesses in Paris and NYC and I simply ship them up to date venture ﬁles so they will have a play if they need as effectively. It’s simply really easy and efﬁcient now.