WATCH: Sony FS5 slow motion footageTuesday, August 9, 2016 1:45 PM
When WTS was approached by London-based film-maker Eduardo Fitch to provide a camera that was capable of doing very high frame rates for a music video he was shooting, the Sony PXW-FS5, with its 240fps slow motion capabilities, seemed the obvious choice.
The video he was filming was for William (I Feel Ordinary), the debut single from London trio Munro Fox, who release their debut album Last Chance Radio on 26 August 2016. It stars performer/artist Harry Clayton-Wright.
Eduardo filmed the video using the Sony PXW-FS5K with its kit lens, the Sony SELP18105G 18-105mm 6x zoom lens.
“The video represents a journey from self-discovery to being happy and comfortable to show who you are in the real world,” explained Eduardo. “I wanted to represent that journey as something really happy but that includes a transition to reality.”
To capture that story within the confines of a three-and-a-half minute video would be tricky though, with several locations and settings scattered across London being used in the course of the one-day shoot. The Sony FS5 captures high frame rate footage in short bursts of cache-recording (eight seconds at 240fps, 16 seconds at 120fps), so was a great fit for the large number of short shots that Eduardo had in mind.
The camera’s portability, weighing only 2.2kg with the kit lens attached, and use of low-cost SD media cards, were also factors in choosing the FS5 for the shoot.
“I normally shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III, so I was fortunate that the FS5 was very easy to use,” said Eduardo. “Thank goodness for online tutorials, though!
“I love how smooth the slow motion is. We actually didn’t go all the way to 240fps, as the video would have been too slow to tell the story I wanted to tell, but the possibilities are fantastic.
“The footage was easy to work with in post. I just wanted to make sure that the colours popped up. I needed to de-noise a lot of the dark shots and tried to fix a bit of the flickering of the streetlights as the frames per second were faster than the light – but in the end I thought it gave it a nice effect.”