Real Life Can Look Like the Movies

On Monday (June 20,2011), I went to the Provo, Utah Airport and filmed the first commercial flight ever to land in Provo. Mayor John Curtis, Miss Provo and her runner-ups, and the Vice-President of Customer Service for Frontier Airlines were all in attendance.

Inspired by Michael Bay’s filmmaking style, I decided to release two cuts of this film: one with the original audio, and another cut to the soundtrack from Transformers¹. I also did an anamorphic crop on the Transformers Soundtrack version, giving it an even more cinematic look. I left the Original Audioversion with the native 16:9 aspect ratio².

I shot this film using some of Vincent Laforet’s own personal filmmaking gear that I bought from him a few months ago in his Los Angeles Studio. Specifically: the Canon 5D Mark II and the Canon 70-200 2.8L IS, one of the actual lenses he used on the filming of Reverie³.

A very special thanks to the following individuals:

Mars Webster, who tipped me off about this event and also helped me as co-producer on this project.
Mayor John Curtis, Provo City’s mayor, whose magnetic personality and humor helped make the event a blast!
The Provo Royalty, including Meredith Gaufin (Miss Provo), Melanie Jones (her first runner-up), and Kimmy Bramble (second runner-up).
Frontier Airlines, especially Cliff Van Leuven, whose courtesy and smile represented Frontier as a top-notch airline.

1. “Autobots” by Steve Jablonsky from Transformers: The Score.
2. There are two widescreen standards used in Hollywood films: 1.85:1 and 2.35:1, the first of which is very close to the 16:9 aspect ratio of HDTV (and HD cameras like DSLRs), and the second of which is considered more epic and used on many big budget action movies. I cropped the image out of the 5D Mark II to give it this “epic” 2.35:1 aspect ratio.
3. Vincent Laforet led the DSLR filmmaking revolution by making the first 1080p short film ever shot on a DSLR camera, Reverie, which was shot on a preproduction 5D Mark II, back in October of 2008.

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3 comments

  1. Real life can look like the movies — you’re just missing Bay’s anamorphic lens flares! …and explosions!

    1. Hahaha and also his $100 million dollar budget!

  2. good job on the Provo 1st Flight.

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