Photography, Streamlining and Lightroom Presets

So, it’s actually been quite awhile since I’ve posted… thankfully it’s due to all of the creative projects I’ve been working on lately.

One thing I wanted to write about though is, because I do so many different things (music, photography, filmmaking, design) I’ve had to streamline my process quite a bit in order to save on time. With regards to photography, that meant instead of spending hours and hours on editing within Photoshop alone, moving over to Lightroom first and attempt to edit the basics; the raw file’s exposure, color balance, etc., which helps to save valuable time so I can edit more photos and thus, get the work out into the world quicker.

Well blessings come in many forms, and though I try to stay away from plugins, I have to say, the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets V5 have been just that… a blessing! The ease of use and the quality of the “recipes” are simply astounding. They seem to work miracles, but in truth, they are simply a quick and easy way to get to the results I would have needed to spend hours on to achieve. If I know what I want, and I know I can do it in Lightroom, why spend so much time tweaking, pushing and pulling, when I can just click on one of the V5 Presets and have the result instantly!

The way SLR Lounge organizes these recipes/presets are also quite a blessing as well. You have Base presets, Curves, Adjustments and then Special FX, all of which you can stack together. It can take a rather bland photo, to a beautifully graded portrait or fashion editorial piece (see my example). This an essential tool for me and is definitely one plugin system that I highly recommend to any photographer who is serious about getting professional results from their photos quickly and easily. Thank you SLR Lounge for your incredible work on the Lightroom Presets V5 system… I look forward to your next version!

You can get the SLR Lounge presets here: http://www.slrlounge.com/lightroom-presets

Raw file shot with the Fujifilm X-E1.

Raw file shot with the Fujifilm X-E1.

Processed with Lightroom 5 and the SLR Lounge Preset V5 system.

Processed with Lightroom 5 and the SLR Lounge Preset V5 system.

 


Winner Of Best Animation and Grand Prize Best Overall Film at iFF3!

For Immediate Release

The Haunting at Danford Cabin

Winner Best Animation and Winner Grand Prize Best Overall Film

at the Third iPhone Film Festival

The Haunting At Danford Cabin - Official MoviePoster

The Haunting At Danford Cabin – Official MoviePoster

Los Angeles, Ca – May 25th, 2012 – Genshi Media Group would like to congratulate Director Craig Anthony Perkins and Producer Debora Jo Myers for their win at the third iPhone Film Festival. Their stop-motion horror short “The Haunting at Danford Cabin” won Best Animation and took the Grand Prize for Best Overall Film at this year’s iPhone Film Festival. This year, the festival was judged by a jury of 10 filmmakers and industry professionals from around the world.

$3500 worth of prizes are being award to the Grand Prize winners, including $2000 worth of studio services at Filmlook post-production house, the Mobislyder, a Steadicam® Smoothee and the Fostex AR-4i Audio Interface along with a shipment of other prizes.

This is the third short film with Craig in the Director’s chair and the first shot as a stop-motion animation. In addition to Writing, Directing, Editing and Scoring the film, Craig along with Producer and Voice Actress Debora, acted as Puppeteers for their first time. “It was definitely a learning process and we found out the hard way what not to do the next time we attempt something like this…” said Craig when asked about the filming process of a stop-motion movie, “We did everything the old school way, shooting 24 single still shots [on the iPhone 4S] for every one second of footage that you see on the screen. All told we had about 4000 still shots that I then had to animate together.” Craig also spent a lot of time on the sound design, performing actual foley work, explaining “Every single sound you hear in the movie was recorded by me using the Zoom H4N hand-held recorder; the footsteps, the ticking clock, door creaks… every sound, just like they use to (and occasionally still) do in Hollywood. I even got Debora to make the chicken sounds when we tried (and failed) to record real chickens!”

“The Haunting at Danford Cabin” is also an Official Selection at the Canadian Film Centre’s Shorts Nonstop Film Festival and will be included in a couple of other festivals later this year.

About Craig Anthony Perkins:

Award winning Filmmaker, Composer, Photographer and Designer Craig Anthony Perkins began as a musician at the age of four and became interested in filmmaking at a very early age as well. In the past Craig has worked in both a creative and technical capacity within the entertainment industry for companies such as Philips Media, Universal Interactive Studios and AVID, doing everything from video game design and film post production, to sound design, composing and technical writing.

Under his own company Genshi Media Group, he has released several albums on the iTunes Music Store, has had his photography published in magazines and exhibited in galleries, and has designed indie art toys including the much sought-after Broken Heart Robot which has led to talks with two TV networks for consideration as an animated series based on his toy character.

Now, Craig is delving full time into filmmaking as a Director, utilizing his various skills and experience from the past.

About Debora Jo Myers:

Writer, Producer, Actress and Artist Debora Jo Myers is working as the Co-Writer, Producer, Actress and Costume Designer for recent Genshi Media Group films. She is also the co-founder, editor and multi-genre writer for the webzine Ladyfire.com. In the past she has also worked as a strong civil-rights activist and in her spare time is a collage artist and singer.

About Genshi Media Group:

Founded in 1995, Genshi Media Group specializes in film production, music and sound production as well as music consulting services for the film and tv industry. In addition, Genshi Media Group’s design division has enjoyed success in the areas of Web & Graphic design as well as Product/Toy design.

Genshi Media Group was founded by Craig Anthony Perkins as a vehicle for exploring his love of music, design and film production.

With his background as a composer, musician and producer as well as his experience in photography, web & graphic design and programming, Craig has been able to combine these elements into a working “production house” that has formed partnerships with other filmmakers, designers, musicians, programmers and artists as well as strong working relationships with major companies.

In 2011, Genshi Media Group refocused it’s entire company exclusively to Film Production, opening a film production office in the burgeoning film industry of Portland Oregon.

Scene from "The Haunting at Danford Cabin"

Scene from “The Haunting at Danford Cabin”


Photo Manipulation Experiments

Taking a quick break between filmmaking projects, I did a couple of photo manipulation experiments using a style that I had never attempted before; just trying to broaden my [graphic design & photography] horizons…

Profile Experiment #02

Profile Experiment #01


The Haunting at Danford Cabin – Stop Motion Short Film!

The Haunting At Danford Cabin - Official MoviePoster

The Haunting At Danford Cabin – Official MoviePoster

It has been awhile since I last posted, due to the fact that I’ve been working feverishly on my third short film, and my first stop-motion animation film, entitled “The Haunting at Danford Cabin”. This short is now complete and released as an official selection of the Canadian Film Centre’s Shorts Nonstop Festival, presented by Telus. The short is also an official selection of the iPhone Film Festival.

This short horror film, which was shot entirely on the iPhone 4S, has a runtime of 3 minutes and 21 seconds and can be viewed at http://www.shortsnonstop.com/videos/watch/the-haunting-at-danford-cabin/

LOGLINE: When a woodsman hears the disembodied cries and whispers of his not-so-dearly but recently departed wife, his search for the source brings him to an unexpected and violent confrontation.

Scene from "The Haunting at Danford Cabin"

Scene from “The Haunting at Danford Cabin”

CREDITS:

Written & Directed by
Craig Anthony Perkins

Produced by
Craig Anthony Perkins / Debora Jo Myers

Cinematography, Editing, Music Score & Sound Design by
Craig Anthony Perkins

Production Design by
Debora Jo Myers

Set Design & Construction by
Maurice C. Baxter

Puppet Construction & Costumes by
Debora Jo Myers

Puppeteers
Craig Anthony Perkins / Debora Jo Myers

Animation & Colorist
Craig Anthony Perkins

Thank You to
Maurice C. Baxter, Herma Rae Baxter, Desdra Dawning

Special Thanks to
Aurélien Potier at Fingerlab for his support and assistance.

Very Special Thanks to
Debora Jo Myers for her inspiration, dedication and invaluable support of which the making of this film would not be possible.

Shot entirely on the  iPhone 4S using the iMotion HD and iMotion Remote apps.

© 2012 Genshi Media Group


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