Wreck (Canon 7D Experiment)

I've been shooting this short piece for 2 days. Weather conditions were horrible as it began to rain everytime I stepped outside on to the beach. Managed to compiled 2 days of work into a short film called 'Wreck'. I was inspired by a filmmakers who does this as an experiment with HD-DSLRs. Shot this with the Canon 7D using only a Sigma 24-70mm lens. Also applied some dolly shots which were pretty jerky. Didn't bothered to shoot again after failing twice.

I color graded this with the 3-way color-corrector from my FCP but only slightly. I'm aware that something is still off with it such as brightness/contrast. But again, couldn't be bothered, something else was on my mind.


Khartini + Asrul Wedding Highlights

Here's one of the latest wedding highlights produced by Visual Dimensions Production. The couple, Khartini & Asrul were actually very nice and fun to work with and we enjoyed every minute of getting to know them and making their film what I think a success. Thanks again for choosing our services as well as our wedding package. Congrats to both of you once again.


GoodBye To You...

Price: $1,200
(Excellent condition. Purchased in February 2010, yes...over a few months now. Figured I sell this because I recently upgraded to a different one. Shutter counts still fresh. This camera was used specifically for video only.)

Item includes as a package:

1X Kit Lens 18-55mm f3.5
1X Battery Grip
3X Battery Packs (1 Original Canon)
2X 4GB SDHC Memory Cards (Toshiba)
1X Charger

Comes with Box, manual, CDs, USB cables.

As much as I'd love to keep this, I'm letting it go. It's a really good camera trust me, but in my line of work, you always need a better one. So please, do the right thing, buy it off me! Hahaha.

Interested? Email me at adam.grvs@yahoo.com


The Story Behind 'The Last Walk' Short Film

Let me tell you readers a story about the day when I decided to shoot this short film. It was VERY recently. When? Lastnight! So while waiting for the about video to load, read below.

During the day, about 5:45pm, I've decided to join my wife and aunt to go to the Serasa Beach cos my aunt wanted to play around with my Canon 500D on a 50mm. I light-bulb popped. I wanted to try out my 7D but didn't know what I was planning to shoot. I thought about it on the way over and decided. Just plain ordinary continuous timelapse of the sunset over the sea. Picturing this lovely STILL, I also realized time was running short as the day began to shed darkness quickly due to the coming heavy rain as well. I've managed to capture at least 20mins of it and buggered-off home.

In between the stilled-tripod on top of a rock I was sitting, I pictured many things on the shore of the beach. Something that could be shot and compiled together into a short clip. I was aiming something random. Something Philip Bloom (a filmmaker) would do whenever he had a chance to visit a place whilst carrying his camera...for experiments. But I couldn't because I had the 7D on still awaiting for the sun to climb down from its positioning. I could use the 500D but that wasnt the case. I needed to try it out on the 7D which I'm still studying.

Anyways, nothing happened. Coming home, I quickly exported the files onto my Mac and worked on this shitful clip, speeded it up to see what I had accomplished. Apparently, it was alright but not just yet. It wasn't enough. PLUS, I had a full-stop on my 12mins of recording. During the time, I wasn't looking at my camera and lose at least 2minutes. Now...the first clip are not joined properly as it showed a jumpy stutter in the conjoining of the 2nd clip.
I said...'Right...I'm scrapping this off'. I'll just have to do it other time. WHEN i have the time. Because I was too busy with trying to catch up on wedding edits but was also too eager to try play around with my 7D.

So that evening, I wandered around. I wandered around the house whilst smoking. Thinking and thinking and suddenly, light-bulb turned on. I thought of a short film. A pretty simple one really. I realized I haven't been making any for the past few months after 'The Shape II'. I asked my brotha-in-law whether he would be interested in acting in it. He wasn't too keen about it but by forced, I got him!

I really really insisted that we shoot something that night due to the failure of my so-called timelapse. I know.

I decided to move from home about half-to-one (after midnight). Driving around looking for some nice places to shoot. Through out the night, we were also worried with the weather condition since it was raining heavily hours ago as well as the police surveillance patrol. We've managed to shoot everything quickly until we ended up at the 'Damuan Park' to finish the story-off.

FOR YOUR INFO (If You've watched it OR going to watch it)
It may look abit boring for all the quite, slow-cuts, long clips and feet-tapping climax. I am very much aware of that and it was not only done purposely BUT try to understand that this is how a person who will be having stressful-frustrating-problematic situation will feel if they are lonely. I'm trying to capture that few moments to wonder about this man. Otherwise, it won't be much of a filmmaking if you guys are anxious to jump to the point quickly. I know I have critics before from a friend of mine when I showed him my short film 'The Awakening' (which is not available on both Youtube and Vimeo, ONLY Facebook) but he was right...it was TOO long.

I'm gonna give credits to the actor who had tried his best although this was his first time. So guys...Enjoy my latest short film, 'The Last Walk'.

*Shot On Canon EOS 7D, using only Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens. This is my first 1080p25 short film and honestly speaking, I'm no good with the manual-settings for night-scenes. I'm NOT really happy with the colors/white balance but I did color graded the clips with the 3-way color-corrector on FCP a little.


Finally...My Canon 7D

YES! Finally purchased my Canon EOS 7D. Well.... invested really. Managed to sold my Canon XL2 on Brudirect for this baby. Some may be wonder now, no...I'm not becoming a photographer (...as if I wanna be one), no, its used as a video-camera. Nowadays, this is the shit for properly good-looking video device. I've been using Canon 500D all these times for weddings and it does the job. Although, it was pretty hard at times when you need to change the lens every now and again.

My only concern at the time (in the shop) was to buy lens I needed. As I purchased the camera, I thought twice whether I should get the lens I've always wanted. A 24-70mm f2.8. I said, what the heck, sooner or later I do need one. So, I did. I know...a complete package along with battery-grips (not necessary) and some extra battery packs. I was also a little short but I HAD TO buy myself those Sandisk Compact Flash (CF) cards which bloody cost a fortune! I needed at least 16GBs to shoot an actual wedding event a day.

Would I think HD-DSLRs are convenient to use for weddings? 
(Whilst becoming the lonesome videographer without a mate, meaning you alone).
Actually...yes it does and no it doesn't. It has both the pros and cons as well like any other matters. Well...I'm not trying to be smart but this is what I've experience in my line of work. I love HD-DSLRs. I think, my answer is probably the same as everybody else's...the lenses. You could use all kinds just to make the video extremely good. With all the DOFs, its wonderful. 
Off course....there are the cons. You can't change lenses on time such as during the 'Nikah', (Imam + Groom + Bride / Rings). You may encounter overheating problems which most likely camera turns-off automatically on a 'Basuh Kaki' event during a 'Bersanding' on a hot weather. I know I did. All the time. Also, not keeping it up with low-lights IF you don't own at least a f1.8mm prime lenses whilst shooting an event such as 'Ambil-Ambilan OR Balik 3/7 Hari' during the evening.

These are the things I'm experiencing when I'm shooting alone with my DSLR. Not until lastnight, I had a second body which made it pretty quicker as you had one specific lens for each body. Not forgetting, my partner was also shooting on DSLR and it became even MORE fun and easy to use to operate with DSLRs during a wedding.

Though, I wouldn't say DSLR is BETTER than a proper high-end camcorders. It is still IMPORTANT to have one if you are calling yourself a videographer. I just don't have one at the moment because the one I'm aiming for costs 3 times the amount of my Canon 7D. PLUS, my MacPro needs to be upgraded good enough to handle the files. Perhaps one day when the time comes. Canon 7D will then become my 2nd camera. Shall not say what but its definitely a Professional camcorder. Don't be so cheeky.

Anyways, I haven't really got around in exploring with my Canon 7D cos got lots of edits to do BUT what I do realize during day 1 at the 'Balik 3 Hari' lastnight was... its easy to use after studying the manuals for like 5minutes. Colors were beautiful although we used custom settings which I copied from my Canon 500D. Yup. We don't use the original color settings. The first time Eyan told me, I didn't quite get it until he explained to me why and how i needed to see for myself after trying. Its good in post-production during color corrections WHICH I'm really into nowadays!


New Wedding Samples

(For Those Who JUST Found This Website From My FaceBook, Or From A Buddy Of Mine, Or Was Introduced By Your Friends, OR Some Random Person, A Make-Up Artist Or A Fellow Photographer, Or Perhaps You Know Me Personally And To Whomever Recommended Or Probably A Fan, READ THIS).

Visual Dimensions Production is a FULL time Wedding Videography Company and Adam Groves is indeed my name. We specialize in Modern Wedding Films, shot with HD-DSLRs cameras in creative development towards filmmaking amongst TWO friends, partners. One of them is ME, obviously.

I'm not going to be one of those self-centered type egoistic people who says he's highly recommended and is professional and good compared from the whole bunch of other videographers. No. It is YOU to decide.

Basically, we've been working hard as a team, developing wedding films this year by adding some uniqueness. Shooting and editing the memorable films you'd enjoy watching years later. However, at this precise moment, we've only got a few videos on our link (Wedding Films) BUT we're uploading the latest, newest, breath-taking updated style of wedding film samples SOON. 

IF any of you are interested in watching our samples personally with us and to inquire our rates, please contact me. You see the 'Contact' link? You press that link.

No. We don't do photography BUT in my affiliates tab are ones who I highly recommended from TOP to BOTTOM. I don't just choose randomly just because they are also friends of mine BUT being honest that their work are absolutely professional. Should you wish for rates, please contact them personally.

I love weddings very much and I've been doing this myself for over 3 years now and I've got tons of samples but nothing compared to ones in 2010 along with my second...third....fourth shooters who are has a creative and talented background individually, operating camera supports such as GlideCams, Sliders, 12ft Crane etc to be used in necessary moments during your weddings.

My style of work: The day we meet for booking confirmation (Coffee House OR Murtabak OR Teh Tarik ETC) is the day where I'm also your fellow friend. One who is willing to get to know you in order to create your wedding film with OUR magic touch. However, you should just keep up with me or my team no matter what because by the end of the day, its used in your video and yes, you shall see it.  I sometimes make up silly directing, acting up trying to set-up a beautiful mood in those occasions such as spontaneous interviews with weird questions OR unusual shootings. This is probably one of OUR trademarks in our line of business. Making a video and enjoying every bit of it and off course, we'd become friends. :)

I'm sure some may just want cheap prices and some who just don't give a damn about what we have to offer and rather find someone else with better rates. By the end of the day, quality matters.

Take Care. Thank You For Reading.


Lots Of Weddings To Be Edited, First Pre-Wedding Abroad

This is one of those blog-posts where I’ll be laying down everything straight out, (no photos, too lazy to upload them).

My brother Asa Groves got married to our newest Groves member, Sophie. Did I shoot for their wedding? Yes I did. Shooting video for ONLY their Nikah function and ended up taking photos towards the end. Not that I’ll be editing their video anytime soon for you readers to see.

It’s been a hectic last couple of weeks. Catching up on my editing which needs to be done quickly. At this moment, I’m currently, ALMOST done with ‘Khartini + Asrul’ DVD. The highlighted version is looking pretty sharp as this will be one of the main video samples. Its amazing really. Will soon be uploaded along with another, ‘Nana + Hil’.

Also shot a wedding with Jason Ong of Masamichi. A client, both doctors, ‘Siti + Rizal’. The wedding was lovely. The bride was pretty. Enjoyed making their video. As always, can’t wait to edit their film.

July is a good month. Been keeping myself busy just shooting weddings week after week. This week, we shot a client named ‘Fini + Adel’ in Tutong. For some strange reasons, I personally think Tutong is hotter then the rest of the other districts. I don’t know, its heating up very differently during the day. The humidity is terrible and I tend to sweat ridiculously!

Another exciting news, will be shooting first pre-wedding film abroad in September for the first time. Where? Kuala Lumpur. And for some stupid reasons, right now, this minute, I forgot the names. Client’s husband is Malaysian and will be having their reception in KL next year, February.

Because I’m going to KL for an official ‘Directing Workshop’, I suggested whether they’ll be going to KL anytime soon. I told them I was going in September. One thing led to another, we agreed to have their pre-wedding shoot abroad in their package. Pretty awesome since I’ve always wanted to do this. But…I’ll be doing it alone, that’s my challenge. Will see what happens til the day comes. Thanks to Flo Von Linprun for introducing us.


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