5 06, 2018

CINEMATIC STORYTELLING THROUGH AERIAL FOOTAGE

By |2018-06-05T23:39:17+00:00June 5th, 2018|Categories: Production|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’ve experienced some turbulence learning the art of aerial filming (four drones later), but the hard lessons have really started to pay off. Our latest flying machine is an Inspire 2 Pro outfitted with a Zenmuse X5S camera with CinemaDNG and ProRes capabilities, which allows for some stunning visuals. We now have the ability to capture 4K footage that just a couple of years ago would have been out of the question for most project budgets. Cinematic Storytelling Today we use our aerial capabilities to add a cinematic quality. The footage is amazing and it’s a blast to shoot! Whether flying through a large industrial building or soaring above scenic vistas, the drone gives us a whole new perspective, and we are able to capture shots that would not be possible from the ground. FAA Certified We are in compliance with the Federal Aviation Administration's strict operating rules regarding drones flown for commercial use. We've passed the aeronautical knowledge exam to become FAA [...]

30 03, 2017

FILMING IN THE SNOW: BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO

By |2018-06-05T23:00:03+00:00March 30th, 2017|Categories: Production|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Glass Eye was hired to shoot multiple tractors in a snowy environment in Park City, Utah, which was a fun challenge for our crew. At the beginning we were hoping for 2-3 feet of snow on the ground, which is when the equipment we were shooting would typically be used to move snow.  Unfortunately we had record-breaking snowfall the weeks prior and had additional snowfall while we were there. This made things a lot more complicated, not only for the John Deere equipment, but also for our crew to accomplish our job. Despite the obstacles, we were able to accomplish our goals with hard work and solid gear. Glass Eye faced many challenges at the shoot, mostly related to the extremely cold weather conditions. Shooting in cold weather is tough of on our gear, causing all sorts of problems. High altitude and cold weather change the dynamics of aerial shooting, and not in a [...]

20 12, 2016

LOCATION SCOUTING

By |2017-02-27T21:53:57+00:00December 20th, 2016|Categories: Production, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

At Glass Eye Productions, Inc., we value the location scouting process and do everything in our power to find the location for shoots that will help create the best footage. One of the most important but not totally obvious aspects of pre-production is location scouting. This is the process of traveling to a location to determine if it should or should not be used in a particular shoot, or to see what can be changed to make the place more flattering for a shoot. Even though the location of a shoot becomes a background detail to viewers, it can stand out in a negative way if it doesn’t fit the needs of the scene. At Glass Eye Productions, Inc., we value the location scouting process and do everything in our power to find the location for shoots that will help create the best footage. Some shoots don’t require location scouting, but for those that [...]

23 08, 2016

A LOOK INTO TIME-LAPSE

By |2017-03-06T23:25:45+00:00August 23rd, 2016|Categories: Production|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

A lot of work goes into a time-lapse shoot, since the videographer is required to take many pictures in a specific spot for a long period of time, constantly monitoring the lighting and camera functions. These shoots usually take a few hours or even a full day, making it necessary to have a highly focused and dedicated videographer on the job. Since the location on a time-lapse video usually does not change, the videographer must pay extra attention to detail to make sure that the footage is consistent and high quality throughout the day. Glass Eye was tasked to demonstrate the intense process that John Deere utilized to build a full-scale combine made from canned foods that were later donated to a local food bank. Time-lapse was the only true way to show the build from start to finish. Watch the series here on YouTube. Even though this practice is fairly common, it never [...]

9 08, 2016

A LOOK INTO PRODUCING: PRE-PRODUCTION

By |2017-03-06T23:19:55+00:00August 9th, 2016|Categories: Production|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

There are three stages to every production, which are pre-production, production and post production. In this blog post we will focus on the pre-production phase. Preparing: Preparing for a TV spot, shoot or any other type of major on-location production can be daunting. It is important to focus on every aspect of the production prior to the shoot. The pre-production phase is where great planning pays off big later in the production. Initially our projects at Glass Eye will usually start with a shooting date and a rough script. The script will generally be honed throughout the pre-production process. Sometimes, the client will maintain that aspect of the project and other times it is our job to work on it as the scriptwriters. But the core idea is usually enough to start our planning. Once we know the location, it is helpful to storyboard the entire shoot. We can do this through a combination [...]

19 07, 2016

A LOOK INTO BEHIND THE SCENES: LUCY’S DREAM

By |2017-03-06T23:29:19+00:00July 19th, 2016|Categories: Production|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Fresh off our edit bay: Glass Eye Productions produced, shot, and edited a multi-region commercial TV spot for John Deere, the largest agricultural machinery company in the world. The spot was shot on an organic farm location in Moorpark, CA. Glass Eye Productions handled the entire production process including location scouting and casting. The in-house advertising team in Olathe, Kansas, created the script. We really liked the concept and story and felt it connected with a segment of their consumer base that often gets overlooked. The campaign has been very successful for John Deere, and our Glass Eye crew feels fortunate to have been a part of it. Lucy’s Dream Storyline Lucy has always dreamed of owning her own business. She knows about produce, but not about horsepower. The John Deere 3E tractor is easy to work with and provides the support Lucy needs to fulfill her dreams. Click for an exclusive look – [...]

20 05, 2016

A LOOK INTO TRAVEL: ON LOCATION

By |2017-03-06T23:52:27+00:00May 20th, 2016|Categories: Production, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

At Glass Eye Productions, we have been fortunate enough to be sent on production shoots in destinations such as New Zealand, Canada, Europe, and of course, almost every state in the U.S. Along with the excitement a location shoot can bring, there are many aspects to be considered before traveling with a crew and extensive gear. Small hiccups can often cause big issues when you are on the road. For this reason, the team members at Glass Eye Productions pride ourselves on taking extra precautions so that travel problems do not have an effect on our work. Location shoots that involve air travel bring an additional level of complexity to projects. Traveling with video production gear is tricky. TSA rules, airline baggage requirements, and poorly handled customs can all send a production shoot into a tailspin. Glass Eye has learned, through experience and keeping abreast of changing requirements, the ins and outs of these [...]

22 04, 2016

A LOOK INTO A COMMUNITY DOCUMENTARY: EVERY 15 MINUTES

By |2017-03-13T21:50:39+00:00April 22nd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Glass Eye Productions performed a bit of community service this week. We brought our crew up to Brea Olinda High School to shoot and edit a documentary story for the Every 15 Minutes Program. Description of the program on the Every 15 Minutes website: “The Every 15 Minutes Program offers real-life experience without the real-life risks. This emotionally charged program, entitled Every 15 Minutes, is an event designed to dramatically instill teenagers with the potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol and texting while driving.” The program encourages students to take responsibility for personal actions and the lives of their friends. Every 15 Minutes provides a real-life, visual representation of the consequences associated with poor decisions. Glass Eye Productions enjoyed working with the high school students and hopes that the documentary will raise awareness for this important cause. Photos from Every 15 Minutes Shoot:  

19 04, 2016

A LOOK INTO AERIAL FILMING

By |2017-05-02T23:55:22+00:00April 19th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’ve experienced some turbulence learning the art of aerial filming (four drones later), but the hard lessons have really started to pay off. Our latest flying machine is an Inspire 2 Pro outfitted with a Zenmuse X5S camera with CinemaDNG and ProRes capabilities, which allows for some stunning visuals. We now have the ability to capture 4K cinematic footage that just a couple of years ago would have been out of the question for most project budgets. Today we use our aerial capabilities on a large variety of projects. The footage is amazing and it’s a blast to shoot! Take a look at some of the footage from a recent shoot in central California for John Deere. Click for exclusive drone footage Drone Footage Photos:   Keeping the action rolling with our Ronin setup Using a drone for aerial footage Aerial filming by Glass Eye Productions, Inc. Covering [...]

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