NEGOTIATOR (谈判官): Season 2 Finale

CHINA'S BIGGEST TV DRAMA WRAPS UP SEASON 2 IN HAWAII
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Sight & Sound Studios provided crew, logistics, locations and the camera and G&E package for the Chinese TV Show: NEGOTIATOR (谈判官) featuring Mi Yang (杨幂) & Zitao Huang (黄子韬) -- Directed by Liu Yi Zhi (刘义志). The first season was the highest rated drama series in China

The Freefly MoVi Pro was integral to the pace of production and the DP's aesthetic needs. We had the opportunity to speak with New York City based Camera Operator / MoVi Tech, Ryan Hamelin, about his experience in Hawaii.

Hey Ryan, it's Kevin from Sight & Sound Studios! Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with us-- Let's dive right into it!

How did you first get involved with the Negotiator?

"We were recommended by another DP who wasn't able to shoot the show due to other time commitments. We had previously worked with the parent production company on a dance video DP'd by Ming Ju Hue and this was our first time working with Gordon Yu and the rest of the New York Team. Prior to New York the show had been shooting in China for somewhere between 50-60 straight days with only a single day off for the Chinese New Year. They arrived in New York City and we immediately began an 8 day stretch which ended with a plane ride to Hawaii and all you lovely guys at Sight & Sound Studios."

How was shooting in Hawaii different than New York City?

"Interestingly enough, shooting in Hawaii was much more similar to shooting in NYC than we expected. There wasn't really any new slang lingo for specific equipment like we deal with on international shoots, and the crew transportation and permitting were all very similar obstacles to running a shoot of that size back in Manhattan. Hawaii is uniformly gorgeous though, so I'm sure that made picking specific shooting locations a challenge simply due to the wealth and variety of picturesque scenery.

I'd say our favorite day of shooting was probably our boat to boat day. We don't often get asked to do water based shooting, and it was definitely a fun challenge to coordinate all the moving parts and determine what to shoot when. The MoVi handled the waves like a champ too, and considering everything we had to accomplish, I think the day went very smoothly. I also remember our car to car stuff fondly, but that's mostly because we ended up strapping into a kneeling position in the back of a pickup truck before driving all over an incredible park."

Ryan Hamelin operating Sight & Sound's Movi Pro to film the Holokai Catamaran in the distance.

Ryan Hamelin filming car to car in Kualoa Ranch.

What are some of your favorite features with the new Movi Pro system and how do you think Freefly Systems are it changing the game?

"The MoVi Pro is really the gimbal everyone's been waiting for since the original M10 launched 3 and a half years ago. Sure it's got stronger motors, sure it's got a slightly improved payload capacity, but the real features are in the details. The integrated power system that allows the gimbal and a series of convenient p-tap ports to be powered off of hot swappable batteries is a huge deal for us as we're often running camera power and accessory power from multiple places at once. We actually had to invent a similar system to accomplish this goal with earlier hardware, so upgrading to the pro and not having to deal with that kind of cable management was a relief.

The ring with built in feet is such a smart design decision, because now you don't need a to be able to dock the gimbal, you can simply set it down. It makes building and balancing more convenient and frees up the operator to be more flexible with when and how they choose to utilize the rig. Paired with a Ready Rig, I think you have the perfect combination of size and support for almost any camera package."
Cast & Crew

Cast & Crew

What was your favorite thing to do in Hawaii when you're not working?

"We didn't have a lot of down time during the shoot unfortunately, but hitting up the Japanese Market at Shirokiya was definitely a highlight. After the job was over we were able to fly to a couple other islands and hike Shifting Sands National Park and Volcanoes National Park. Seeing active volcanoes, even from a distance, was a pretty incredible experience, and we really just wanted to keep exploring the islands. Hopefully we'll get a chance to return soon."

Check out Ryan's Reel & Websites
https://vimeo.com/110717265 
www.climbinghigherpictures.com 
www.ryanhamelin.com

Negotiator premieres in 2018 with an anticipated audience of over 1 billion people! Be sure to check it out (with subtitles)

Welcome to Food Paradise

Food porn slider action at the He'eia Kea Pier.

Food porn slider action at the He'eia Kea Pier.

It was a pleasure to work with O'Malley Productions on the Hawaii episodes for Season 8 of Travel Channel's Food Paradise. Sight & Sound provided grip, electric, and crew, with Franz Schmutzer and collaborator Michael Ogasawara stepping out to Gaff the episodes. We also provided Production Assistants and other crew for both Oahu and Kauai segments.

LED lighting, Kino Flos, a Grip Truck package, and a basic slider kit was the daily deal. But these simple tools made this food show extra spicy.

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Season 8 premieres late fall 2017

Season 8 premieres late fall 2017

JUVENTUD (2017)

After a life long journey, a lone conquistador inches closer to his mythical destination within the South American jungle.

After a life long journey, a lone conquistador inches closer to his mythical destination within the South American jungle.

Sometimes you get a chance to do it for the love.

We spend hours, days, and months in the production trenches with our crew comrades and we've all spent time on set talking about our scripts, our pitches, and our passion projects. Often these are just dreams, but every once in a while, we look around at each other and at the resources and talent at our disposal and say "Let's do it!"

Years ago, director Austin Everett snapped a pic of actor Nick Masciangelo wearing a prop helmet in the production office and liked what he saw. Fast-forward to 2016 where he and local producer Concepcion Alicino are wrapping up post and festival submissions on their first feature-length film Secondhand Hearts and decided to keep up the momentum. In partnership with Executive Producer and long time supporter of the local film industry Moumen El Hajji, "Connie" and Austin tapped Bill Maheras to DP and suddenly the full force of Sight & Sound was backing it.

Juventud (HOO-ven-TOOD) was a bloody metaphysical trip into the wilderness (and so was the movie!)

Some of the most talented artists and technicians in the state came out to play with us: Stephen Bacquet - gaffer, Matthew Berner - 1st AC, Darin Fujimori - Stunt Coordinator, Michael Romano - Colorist, Alana Hong - Production Designer, Chantal Boom'la - Make-up Artist, and many more friends and hands that came out to support a local creation.

Cinematographer Bill Maheras utilized our ARRI Amira camera system with Zeiss Superspeed MKIII prime glass. The vintage glass lent an appropriate quality to the period imagery and intense performances, organically softening the picture while still grounding it in gritty realism. Working in tropical forest, with rain, live animals, rivers, and waterfalls - it certainly helps to have T1.3 as an option when you start moving your camera into a literal heart of darkness.

Juventud is making the festival rounds now and we will keep you updated on any public screenings in Hawaii.

 Director: Austin Everett & Actor: Nick Masciangelo

 Director: Austin Everett & Actor: Nick Masciangelo

AC: Matt Berner, DP: Bill Maheras, Gaffer: Stephen Bacquet

AC: Matt Berner, DP: Bill Maheras, Gaffer: Stephen Bacquet

 Actor: Mason Masciangelo

 Actor: Mason Masciangelo

Cast & Crew

Cast & Crew

Nick & Mason Masciangelo

Nick & Mason Masciangelo

NEW! Sound Devices 633 6-Input Compact Field Mixer and 10-Track Digital Recorder

The Sound Devices 633 6-Input Field Production Mixer and Digital Recorder is designed for production audio mixing and recording on set and in the field. The unit is housed in a compact lightweight molded metalized carbon-fiber chassis and features six analog inputs: three XLR microphone preamplifier inputs with selectable phantom power, high-pass filters, input limiters, faders and variable pans, as well as three line-level TA3 (mini-XLR) inputs. The first XLR input can also function as an AES digital input and accept AES3 or AES42 inputs with +10 V phantom power for digital microphones. The two XLR outputs can also be used as four channels of AES output.

Contact us today for rental inquiries!

NEW! SmallHD 702 OLED & 703 ULTRA BRIGHT Monitors

NEW! SmallHD 703 Ultra Bright - $200/day -- 7-inch LCD Monitor with 2500 nits Brightness! The Brightest 7-inch monitor available with HDR Preview, Waveform, 3D LUT support and 12v Lemo power

NEW! SmallHD 703 Ultra Bright - $200/day
-- 7-inch LCD Monitor with 2500 nits Brightness!
The Brightest 7-inch monitor available with HDR Preview, Waveform, 3D LUT support and 12v Lemo power

SmallHD 702 OLED - $150/day -- 7.7-inch OLED Monitor with Wide Color Gamut Fully featured on-camera monitor with stunning OLED color, HD waveform and scopes, 3D LUT support and rugged milled aluminum chassis.

SmallHD 702 OLED - $150/day
-- 7.7-inch OLED Monitor with Wide Color Gamut
Fully featured on-camera monitor with stunning OLED color, HD waveform and scopes, 3D LUT support and rugged milled aluminum chassis.

Eliquis - The Path to a Successful Production

Native Content & Publicis North America worked closely with Sight & Sound Studios to help coordinate, equip and crew the Camera, Grip, Video Assist and Sound Department. Seasoned location manager, Jim Triplett, secured a number of stunning locations across the island of Oahu; from Makapu'u ridge to Kualoa Ranch.

"When Native Content approached us for Video Assist services, I was excited for the challenge. I was told that we'd be hitting a lot of remote locations, multiple company moves per day and limited available power; being flexible and mobile was a necessity. 

Our mobile QTAKE system was able the meet and exceed the production's expectations. I worked primarily out of a pickup truck; that way I could quickly deploy, wrap and move to the next location; important for a 1-man department. The Director, DP and Creative Team loved that QTAKE was able to quickly overlay graphic elements with a live view to assist with framing and visualize the final commercial as we were shooting it!"

-- Kevin Sawicki, VTR Operator

Walgreens, Thanks for Giving!

I just want to let everyone know how fantastic my experience was with Sight & Sound. Our production team came over from Los Angeles to shoot a commercial on Oahu. Everyone at Sight & Sound was beyond helpful and accommodating. We rented everything from them. Cameras, electric, grip, VTR, sound, and walkies. Looking forward to coming back to beautiful Hawaii and working with everyone from Sight & Sound!
— Alina Stevens, Production Supervisor
Director of Photography: Kip Bogdahn

Director of Photography: Kip Bogdahn

Sight & Sound Studios sports decades of production service experience in all aspects of the filmmaking process. From equipment and crew to coordination and advice, we want your experience in the islands to be painless and filled with aloha. Sight & Sound is an ally to producers, managers, supervisors, and coordinators - we help your production team put together the pieces of the puzzle (and we all know that the puzzle doesn't necessarily come with a picture on the box!)

Director: Thomas Beug

Director: Thomas Beug

Beyond collaboration with the Chelsea agency out of L.A. to assist in all aspects to get Walgreens' Thanks For Giving commercial off the ground, Sight & Sound personnel played integral parts on the crew.  Bill Maheras as gaffer, Kevin Sawicki as VTR, Steve DeFeo as Audio, hand-picked professionals in the grip & electric department and more.

The creative hearts and minds at Chelsea crafted a globe-trotting expression of Walgreens' humanitarian efforts - utilizing the diverse settings available in Hawaii to whisk viewers between Vietnam, Ecuador and Africa (all while never actually leaving the U.S.!) Hope that revelation doesn't break the spell, but we can't help but be impressed by the movie magic! Check it out below, and enjoy!

The ARRIMAX is here

Arrimax Arizona Memorial

The ARRIMAX is here! Day for night? How about night for day! Sight+Sound Studios is happy to offer this newly designed par head amidst of our already tapped out arsenal of lights, like any of our Arri 18K or 12K fresnels. On the 75th anniversary of the attack of Pearl Harbor we put the Arrimax to the test for Hawaii News Now's special newscast with Stephanie Lum and Keahi Tucker. Lighting Designer/Key Gaffer, William Maheras, worked throughout the night to have everything ready for Hawaii News Now's Sunrise broadcast; while Stephen Bacquet was on set to gaffe the evening report. Using a single Arrimax, we lit the entire Arizona Memorial from the pier of the USS Missouri, a total distance of 322 yards away! Bacquet flooded the light and dropped a full scrim to get it just right.

The Arrimax is now available in our inventory for your next project.

Some unique features include:

  • 50% brighter than a 12 K PAR
  • 15° to 50° continuous beam angle: standard reflector
  • 8° to 15° beam angle: spot reflector
  • Lens-less design
  • Arc-like shadow quality
  • ARRI eXtreme cooling
  • 18,000W Single Ended (GX51)
  • Easy re-lamping : EZ lamp lock system
  • ARRI Dual Pin Width support (GX51/GX38)

Prime Time: Sight & Sound gets ARRI Master Primes

ARRI / Zeiss Master Prime lenses are an industry standard offering excellent optical performance and liberating speed.

Sight & Sound now carries the 18, 25, 35, 50, 75, and 100mm as a standard set. The only one in the state. 

A T-stop range from T1.3 to T22 allows artists to shoot in more diverse situations with natural lighting. Zeiss and ARRI have engineered some incredible glass - unprecedented resolution, beautiful contrast, and virtually no breathing.

Realize your vision at the highest caliber of optics.

Available now.

Train On.

Don’t lie. We know you can name most if not ALL the original 151 Pokemon, and you probably remember the theme song as well. After all, it was the very best, like no one ever was.

(I guess that’s all true if you’re a millennial anyway.)

Sight & Sound got the opportunity to catch ‘em all with our friends from Production Partners Inc. (PPI), to scout, crew, manage, and provide all camera, audio, grip, and lighting equipment for a series of narrative commercial shorts ahead of the release of Nintendo’s Pokemon Sun and Moon for the 3DS.

Our crew interfaced with the seasoned professionals at PPI, who for decades have been a resource for international productions and Japanese agencies. Shooting in over a dozen locations around Oahu, Sight & Sound offered full service to the crew, agency, and talent who flew in from the other great chain of islands across the Pacific. We employed RED Dragons, Zeiss Super Speed Primes, complete grip and electrical truck packages, wireless HD video monitoring and playback, location management, and Bill Maheras was the gaffer.

It was a huge amount of work, but that’s what it takes to be a Master! 

Enjoy the videos and Train On!

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RED EPIC-W with HELIUM 8K S35 SENSOR- NOW AVAILABLE!

FRESH OFF THE PRODUCTION LINE / #00094 -- Sight & Sound Studios got in the newly released EPIC-W with HELIUM 8K S35 SENSOR last week! Available for rent with all the bells and whistles-- Give us a CALL to make your reservation today!

Powered by the HELIUM 8K S35 sensor, the EPIC-W is capable of shooting 8K Full Frame at up to 30 frames per second.

Acetechnologies NEO Heavy-Lifter Drone with RED Epic-W Helium 8k + Cooke S/4i.

SONY 17" & 25" OLED MONITORS -- NOW AVAILABLE!

Sony PVM-A170

Sony PVM-A250

Accurate Black Reproduction
Unlike many alternative display technologies, the OLED panel used in the Sony Trimaster EL Series features the ability to turn each pixel completely off so that no luminance signal is added to parts of the image recorded as black.

Super Top Emission Technology
Designed to provide a wide color gamut with accurate color reproduction throughout the luminance range of the picture.

Faster Response Time than LCD Panels
The gray-to-gray switching of the Sony Trimaster EL Series is faster than comparable LCD-based displays. This helps eliminate ghosting, motion blur (that is not naturally part of the scene), and other artifacts that reduce image quality

Wide Angle of View
Provides better off-axis viewing than many LCD-based alternatives, allowing users to accurately evaluate the image even if positioned off to the side. It features an 89° viewing angle in all directions while the contrast ratio remains above 10:1.

NEW! B1 Fogger - Battery Powered Smoke Machine

Say hello to the
Concept Smoke Systems B1 FOGGER!

The B1 is our newest addition to our SFX arsenal! This battery powered fogger outputs smoke at the push of a button. Never again will you have to wait for the fog machine to heat up, it's ready whenever you are! DMX Controllable, high output, ready to go where no fogger has gone before!

Call us today for pricing and reservations! 

Tommy Bahama -- Peden & Munk

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Sight + Sound Studios teamed up with the talented duo, Peden + Munk, to capture the gorgeous Tommy Bahama Retail Store, Restaurant & Bar located on Beachwalk Drive in Waikiki. Throughout the course of a week, we were able meet and exceed our client's expectations and capture some amazing footage. We couldn't have done it without our amazing crew and precise coordination.

"Tell us about your experience with Sight + Sound Studios?"

"Superior. Definitely praise worthy. As an executive producer and your client I can say that not only did you offer me the best (and cleanest) equipment but the level of service was amazing. The Crew was knowledgable, armed with an amazing attitude and great character and solutions to the multitude of problems thrown at them. Part of what makes Sight & Sound a complete professional stand out is not only the available high level of equipment nor the company's vast resources but its people. An absolute A team was assembled thanks to them. Everyone was on top of their game, not a "no" or "not my job" in the bunch. Serious hard working men and women who love what they do. My project would have not been met with the same amazing outcome without Sight & Sound. Knowing that even my clients were blown away by everyone's work output and ethic made the experience that much more amazing."
      - Brian Howard - Executive Producer

 

"My experience with Sight + Sound Studios has been always great! High standards and professionalism.  The staff/crew know what they are doing and are masters in their craft. This is the first time working so close with S+S as a Line Producer/AD. The result, total success! The representatives at Sight + Sound were able to accomplished what was required elegantly, efficiently and effectively, always with a grounding and calming attitude both amazing qualities in the mist of an aggressive industry that is in constant flux. I am aware that S+S staff was involved in several projects during the preproduction of the Tommy Bahama Shoot, yet I don't know how they did it, they were always there and always responded. They handpicked an amazing crew that worked in great harmony and had high aloha spirit, mandatory in any production. I was personally told by the client several complements about the crew, they really admired every single one and noticed that they had nothing but an A+ team for their project. Communication with Sight + Sound was always transparent, honest, direct, respectful, they listened always and provided helpful feedback when needed. Although the Sight + Sound Staff always had a "yes" approach, I do admire that they were also able to set up realistic boundaries and say "no" if it is necessary in a gracious way with a proper explanation."
      - Fe Bailey - Hawaii Based Line Producer / AD

Thanks again to our amazing Clients and Crew! Looking forward to seeing the final edit in the up and coming months. Cheers!

Sebastian Zietz and His Jaw-Dropping Training Ground in Kauai | The Blueprint

In the 22 years since, Zietz has turned his family playground on the shores of Kauai into a full-blown way of life. In 2012, he was named the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Champion and placed first in the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro earlier this year.

Sight & Sound Studios flew out to Kauai to team up with Complex & Oakley to coordinate and shoot this episode of The Blueprint feat. Sebastian "Seabass" Zietz!

Light up your summer with ARRI SKYPANEL LED -- NOW AVAILABLE at SIGHT & SOUND

ARRI SkyPanel LED S60-C NOW AVAILABLE

ARRI SkyPanel LED S60-C NOW AVAILABLE

LEDs are what's up. On the Bang:Buck ratio the market continues to run towards this technology and ARRI has produced a beautiful entry into that world with the SkyPanel LED - one of the brightest and most versatile heads in the industry. Incorporating the same features from their L-Series line-up - the SkyPanel offers fully tuneable color correction between 2,800 K and 10,000 K, with excellent color rendition over the entire range. Full plus and minus green correction can be achieved with the simple turn of a knob, and in addition to CCT control, vivid color selection and saturation adjustment is also possible.

Sight & Sound has long been the home base for all lighting that comes in a silver and blue package and we're stoked to add this to the arsenal. RENT IT TODAY

Check out ARRI's gear-porn video to get you jazzed:

William Maheras, Director of Photography

San Diego coast in the late 70s. William Maheras is winning Emmys and contributing to American Cinematographer before he takes a trip to Hawaii's Big Island.

A lifetime later Bill is one of the premiere Directors of Photography in the state of Hawaii having shot, produced, and directed countless projects for local, national, and international distribution.

Dynamic images that engage. Expertly crafted, built on experience, and just plain beautiful. That's been Bill's pursuit for 40-years in this business. That's what he does today with Sight & Sound Studios. If you've got a vision, Bill has the means. Get in touch. Join the pursuit.

NOW AVAILABLE -- ARRI M90 HMI & High Speed Ballast

 

To fill the gap between the M40/25 and the ARRIMAX 18/12 ARRI has introduced the 9,000W M90 HMI Head. Osram has created a 9K lamp for this power class that is nearly the same size as the 6K version allowing use of either lamp in the MAX Technology reflector. The highly stable, 9K lamp can be used with the standard ballast or with the EB 6/9 kW High Speed Ballast for high speed filming at 1,000Hz with the ARRI EB 6/9 kW camera.

The M90 uses lens-less MAX technology to combine the characteristics of a Fresnel and PAR source. With a focus range of 16 - 49°, normally only achieved with supplementary lenses, the M90 performs like a traditional 12K with the compact form factor of a 6K head. Innovations include CCL, which compensates for power loss when using long cables and Cross Cooling which separates the electronics from the lamp housing, thus ensuring greater longevity of the head and lamp.