Some of you may know about Laythrom’s gaming concepts, so we have decided to put out a couple teaser pics of Phantom Walker’s development.
Stay tuned…more stuff is on the way.
We have decided to take on this project because we were somewhat displeased on what we have seen in The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct.
The game will be an action role-playing, open world video game with an interactive variable storyline; where the player has to make certain decisions and those decisions reflect different outcomes (similar to Fallout 3/New Vegas).
We will be releasing this as an internet release ‘fan game’ and (unless it was picked up by a game development company) will be free for download. Being this, we are looking for volunteers for this project and volunteers will get credit but not monetary compensation. Since there is a possibility (even though it may be slight) that the game concept could get picked up by a separate game development company, all volunteers will be contracted to make sure that if any moneys are paid for the intellectual property/creative copyright, all volunteers will be compensated.
The design and development will be through FTP transfers and video conferencing (aka working from home). If anyone is interested in helping us with this project, fill out the form below.
Even though we technically can’t spend the next four hours discussing all of the different cameras and camera platforms that can be used by the indie filmmaker, we will layout some different types and some of the different platforms that we use.
DSLRs are great for those who wish to get into both photography and video. I would consider them nice entry platforms (IMO) since they can be picked up online, in departments stores and in camera shops (at okay prices). They do have some issues (on the video side) in lieu of low light conditions and rolling shutter, but with the filmmaker’s creative talents, these can be counteracted. There are many different cameras out there, but these are the ones that we use.
Canon T3i: Definitely a nice camera to start off, the package runs approximately $700 and has the capability of shooting 18 MP (photo) and HD 1080 (video).
Nikon D3100: Also not a bad camera, runs about $650 and shoots 14.4 MP (photo) and HD 1080 (video).
Canon T4i: A little bit more in price at $900, the T4i is a cropped DSLR rated at 18 MP for photo and shoots both HD 720 (60 fps) & 1080 (24 & 30 fps) for video.
When we get into Pro Video, we usually deal with Sony and Panasonic cameras; but the Black Magic camera is by far our favorite. Keep in mind that these cameras are not cheap and are hell if you get them wet or drop em.
Panasonic AG-AC90: We typically use this camera for some actions shots and slowing time down (since we can over crank the 1080p footage to 60 fps) and later emulate 120 fps in post. It also has dual XLR inputs for good audio input without using a converter box.
Sony NEX-EA50UH: This is used primarily for ‘studio’ shoots or interviews since it is a bit larger than the typical ProCam and seems to have a more balanced weight (of a little over 3 pounds). It also has dual XLR inputs for running boom mics or lapels (if you are not running separate audio). It also has the ability to output timecodes from video.
Sony PMW-200 XDCAM: Not a bad camera, has the ability for timecode input and output, and features 3 x 1/2″ CMOS sensors. However due to a lack of XLR inputs and a slight weight problem (close to 6 pounds), this camera is usually kept on a jib, dolly or tripod. Another big downside to this camera is that it require SXs cards for capturing video (and they are not cheap).
Panasonic AG-HMC150: Aside from our GoPro cameras, this camera is usually abused and films a lot of our ‘action’ shots and sequences. It’s a stable, decent sized and a good quality camera. It features 3 x 1/3″ CCD sensors and a Leica Lens, films up to 60 fps @ 1080, and shoots rather well in lower light conditions (advertised at 3 Lux). It also features XLR inputs and records to SDHC cards.
Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera: By far, one of my favorite camera systems yet (aside from the uber-expensive RED platform). It features a 12 bit/2.5k RAW resolution possibility, EF lens mount, 5″ touchscreen monitor, 13 stops of Dynamic Range and the easy ability to enter Metadata directly to the footage in camera. It records to any 2.5″ Solid State Hard Drive instead of special cards (like the Sony PMW-200). Downsides: no XLR inputs and only 1/4″ analog audio inputs.
GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition: Mountable to almost anything and everything! Although these are technically able to film up to 4k resolution, we have never pushed past 1080 (for the moment), so we can’t really comment on their 4k and 2.7k capabilities. They’re robust, compact and waterproof (in the waterproof casing); we love the built in WIFI feature and constantly use our iPhones (via the GoPro App) to set up the shots and start recording. Definitely worth spending $400.
Raising funds for Teen Drunk Driving Video to be distributed to MADD, SADD and over 100 school districts throughout the US.
Laythrom Media will be producing a teen drunk driving video to be distributed to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), local area high schools, school systems through out large metropolitan across the nation and multiple drivers education centers.
Laythrom Media is starting pre-production for a teen anti-drunk driving video to be distributed to multiple schools and agencies.
“The outdated and lossy videos that we’ve seen in the past doesn’t seem to be affecting teens now days” said Matt Adkins, Director for
Laythrom Media. “I wanted to do something a little bit more about the issue and drinking and driving is a big issue”.
Laythrom has chosen school systems in approximately 50 different cities across the US to distribute (free of charge) the video to.
Laythrom is reaching out to multiple different agencies in order to help with the logistics and materials needed.
“It is an interesting and time consuming task when you actually think about it. We’re going to need vehicles, emergency services, actors and actresses not to mention the typical production setup.”
Laythrom is seeking as many volunteers as possible for this production; “We’re doing this because I want to [and the staff wants to as well], I’m wanting to show these kids something more than a typical drivers-ed video…something that will make them look at things a bit differently yet be more impacting and tie it into approximately 4 minute time frame to keep their attention.”
Laythrom plans to shoot and produce the video using volunteered time and material. The video will be available to any and all educational systems as well as 501(c)(3) organizations.
If you wish to participate concerning this production, please contact Laythrom Media at their email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
So we’ve finally sat down an laid out about 60-70% of the Laythrom Media “Military/Police Props” (excluding all but four of our prop weapons).
It’s a good amount of stuff, but we’re always getting more; Army-Navy stores beware. If anyone knows a good place to buy or rent Blank Fire weapons, let us know; same for any off the wall military surplus (like dummy rockets, dummy grenades, parachute packs, kevlars, etc)