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Red Flight Pictures Capture Poetry in Motion with Blackmagic Design Cameras and DaVinci Resolve

Executive producer Kyle Thompson discusses translating poet Tyler Knott Gregson's work from written word to visual art
Poetry in motion has a different meaning when it comes to Red Flight Pictures. The independent film production company recently teamed up with poet Tyler Knott Gregson to translate his poetry into a short film. Lead by Kyle Thompson, executive producer, the Red Flight Pictures team wanted to provide a visual format for Gregson's poems to support some of the poet's charity work.

Red Flight Pictures interpreted Gregson's poem, "Typewriter Series #1137", to tell the story of a young girl in a coma who's trying to escape her own state of mind. Isolated from others' help, she must be her own savior. Yet to do that she has call up her courageousness and ferocity, and let go of self doubt. To best capture the poem's sentiment and visually depict the internal struggle and solitude, Red Flight Pictures turned to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

"It was important to show how this girl felt trapped and give a sense of that confinement in a tight knit space," explained Thompson. "We wanted to show isolation by setting the film in nature, but we were up against some hurdles with our shooting location. To get the setting we wanted, we had to shoot at a public swimming hole that was filled with about 60 people at the time. We couldn't close it to public to get the separation we needed, so we had to get creative - which is where Blackmagic Design came in. The cameras' size and flexibility allowed us to get into tight areas and get the shots we needed, without intruding on others or worrying about them coming into the frame. Watching the film, you would never know there are children right next to us splashing and playing."

There's no one coming, it's you, and only you that can save you.
Stare into your own eyes and the courage hidden below the fear.
See those eyes look back, brave the better You mocking from behind the pane.
Even a dying crow, ash black, proud, and thirsty, will kiss its reflection for a drink.
- Tyler Knott Gregson

The film came after Red Flight Pictures switched entirely over to Blackmagic Cinema Cameras, compact 2.5K digital film cameras with Super 35mm size sensors, and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras, miniature 4K Super 16 digital film cameras with 13 stops of dynamic range, about a year ago. "With our old setup, the equipment was too large and cumbersome. We'd waste three-to-four hours a day setting up camera equipment for a film," Thompson continued. "The Cinema Camera allows us much more freedom. It's small and easy to maneuver but still takes powerful shots. Same thing with the Pocket Cinema Camera - it gets into tight shots and is a great secondary camera to film behind-the-scenes shots that we use in our promotions."

For the film, Red Flight Pictures used a the Blackmagic Cinema Camera as it's main camera, with a Pocket Cinema Camera as its backup for additional angles and b-roll. They shot in RAW to allow for more freedom in post.

"We love the flexibility that the Cinema Camera gives us with color correction. We get more control later in post, which gives us our creativity back," Thompson explained.

With Red Flight Pictures being a complete shop, they do everything from casting to post production in-house. For color grading, Thompson's team turns to DaVinci Resolve Studio, Blackmagic Design's professional editing and color correction software.

"DaVinci Resolve's color correction let's us make our shots more impactful," Thompson said. "During the film, we really wanted to move the audience by having them connect with the actress' struggle through her eyes. This was especially powerful in the scene where she was covered with mud and looking straight into the camera to the audience. To get the effect we wanted, we shot the scene totally in RAW and then brought the footage into DaVinci Resolve to grade her eyes so they popped more."

"As a company, we believe that having a budget shouldn't limit someone from creativity," Thompson concluded. "This project is a prime example of how art shouldn't be restricted and how it doesn't have to be."

About Kyle Thompson
Born in Philadelphia, PA, Kyle B. Thompson is a multi-award winning filmmaker and executive producer with Red Flight Pictures, a dynamic and creative independent film company specializing in motion picture entertainment. With locations in Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York, Red Flight is a self-sufficient entity producing creative content in its most unadulterated form. Thompson and Red Flight Pictures believe in a world where the only barrier between the artist and the canvas is one's self.

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