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Vincent Laforet's “Nocturne” Behind The Scenes Video

Vincent Laforet’s short film “Nocturne”, shot on the Canon EOS 1D Mk IV, initially released on October 19, then removed per Canon’s requesthas finally been re-released, so I can now share the behind-the-scenes video I edited for Vincent that I blogged about all those months ago. Without any further ado… here you go [or play on Vimeo if you prefer]. More info on the video at the bottom.

I edited the video, and shooting credit goes to Joshua Lipton and Matt Louie. Edited in Final Cut from a mix of raw H.264 footage straight off the camera and some that had been converted to ProRes. Mostly edited on a flight to New York on the way to Photo Plus Expo, in anticipation of releasing it right away, but by the time I’d landed the Nocturne had been pulled… and that brings us to today. It’s only now that Canon has officially released the video that we’re finally able to share the “behind the scenes”. You can also read more about working on the shoot on Stu Maschwitz’s site



Behind the Scenes on Laforet’s EOS 1D Mk IV “Nocturne” Short Film

By now you probably have seen that Canon announced the new EOS 1D Mk IV camera, and if you track this sort of thing, Vincent Laforet got his hands on a prototype a few weeks ago (undoubtedly due to his success with “Reverie”, shot on a 5D Mk II prototype) and proceeded to shoot the shit out of the camera. It’s performance in low light is nothing less than phenomenal. In fact he called his blog post announcing the short film “Lights Out, Camera, Action!

Unfortunately I didn’t get my hands on the camera myself, but what I did get my hands on was the behind the scenes footage from “Nocturne”. I’m editing it for Vincent now, and we’ll post it soon—probably tuesday night. There’s enough traffic on his site right now from everyone watching “Nocturne”; killing SmugMug and Vimeo’s servers wasn’t part of the bargain ;-)

You can read more about the behind the scenes on Stu Maschwitz’s site now, and see the video tomorrow.

On location shooting Nocturne in downtown Los Angeles. Video still from scenes shot by Joshua Lipton and Matt Louie


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A Bug Lunch

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For those that follow the twitter, you know I did something slightly… unusual yesterday. I ate a few things that you don't normally find on western menus. Things you don't normally consider eating. Things if seen in the wild, you'd probably run away screaming like a little girl.

I ate snake.

I ate centipede.

And the pièce de résistance… I ate scorpion.

Eating scorpion

But let me back up and take you on a tour of the great, famous, Donghuamen Market in Beijing (also seen written as the DongHuaMen Night Market, although it's open during the day).

Breaking tradition, I can't resist posting this movie on here. When we walked into the market, we immediately ran into a TV crew from Curaçao, traveling with Shawn Crawford, winner of the 200m Silver, who were trying to talk themselves into eating something bizarre. They finally settled on the snake (tame enough), but when I ordered a centipede, they couldn't resist getting in on the action. With cameras rolling, the host bit into his snake while I gnawed on the centipede. We traded sticks, and sampled each-others snacks. As you can see in this video, snake and centipede are not high on the yummy list in the islands!! You'll also see the devastation of one crispy scorpion. Delicious!

The video is also on my MobileMe gallery.

My dining experience even merited a comment on Vincent Laforet's blog! LOL…

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This is where to find the Donghaumen Market. On Google it's listed as Dong'anmen St., but I'll stick with the spelling on the sign I photographed there.

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This market is amazing, selling pretty much everything you would ever think not to eat. They sell starfish, centipede, grub, scorpion, snake, all kinds of internal organs, and — wait for it — sheep penis. No, I did not put that in my mouth.

Pictures speak louder than words. Check it out…

Centipede at the Donghuamen market


Grubs at the Donghuamen market



Selection of scorpions (I ate the smaller ones, thank you!)


Scorpion already fried and ready to be reheated


Soft shelled crab


Soft shelled crab cooking

Sheep penis

Yep… there it is. Sheep penis.

Of course the market doesn't just sell the bizarre. It also had a great selection of fruits, vegetables, noodles, and different meats. Not that I'd eat any of that crap.

Little boy eating corn

Little boy eating corn

Old woman eating noodles

Old woman eating noodles

What an experience. Even if you don't have the cojones to eat any of these delicacies yourself, no trip to Beijing would be complete without this bizarre experience. You gotta go!

In fact… I'm rating this "restaurant" with 5 feet… because damnit, it rocks!!

The Donghuamen market in Beijing

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