Tim Buttner - Multi-Media Expert

Tim is a Multi-Media Expert with skills that span various forms of media. Tim began writing screenplays before he was twelve, completing his first feature-length screenplay at sixteen. He began filming in high school and at seventeen gained experience interning at Edgewood Studios on the set of Zombie Town. Tim continued to study film at Drexel University, establishing himself in the Stereoscopic 3D revolution after attending workshops in New York City with Florian Maier on Stereoscopic Film Production. After graduating from Drexel's Film & Video Program with a Bachelor of Science, and with a Screenwriting & Playwriting Minor, Tim worked for Digital Revolution Studios under Craig Tanner and further worked in stereoscopic 3D. While at Drexel Tim co-founded a company (One Forest Films) with high school friends and for several years helped build the company as CTO, and Chief Web Designer. Tim has been a contributing writer for MarketSaw, and as well selected as a Beta Tester for Blackmagic Design on the URSA Mini 4.6K camera.




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Tim was also a contributing writer to MarketSaw, a 3D blog. Check it out: www.marketsaw.com



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—Favorite Quotes—

"Cinematography, a military art. Prepare a film like a battle." — Robert Bresson

"'Nobody's perfect' is the line that most sums up my work. There is no comedy, no drama about perfect people." — Billy Wilder

"Structure depends on strategy: strategy is determined according to events." — Cao Cao, from Sun Tzu's The Art of War

"I shall hang my 'lecturing' on the same peg with my other failures and follies. It must be a long peg and a strong peg to hold them all." — George Perkins Marsh

"Will the science of the human heart, around which all contemporary art is based, exhaust so completely the writer's powers of imagination that in future the only novels that are written will be chronicles of various events?" — Giovanni Verga

"Train easy, fight hard… and die.
 Train hard, fight easy… and win." — Unknown


—Personal Quotes—

"Movies are not watched. They are an encounter with a life's experience not your own."

"I'm well trained in the art of turning shit to gold."

"'My favorite movies are the ones inside my head."

Blackmagic Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve 11 Used on Owl City "Wolf Bite" Music Video

Updated on August 21, 2014, 1:07 AM - Written by Kerry Lamond of Blackmagic Design


Press release was originally published here.

Fremont, CA - August 21, 2014 - Blackmagic Design today announced that the music visualizer for Owl City's newest track, "Wolf Bite," was shot on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera (EF) and color graded on DaVinci Resolve 11. The video is one of the first projects in the world to be finished on the newest version of DaVinci Resolve.

Following hits like "Fireflies," "Vanilla Twilight," and the Carly Rae Jepsen duet, "Good Time," Owl City's latest track, "Wolf Bite," comes from the recently released Ultraviolet EP. The video for "Wolf Bite" features people dressed as wolves riding bikes and dancing throughout the streets around New York City. Shot by Director of Photography Tim Buttner and directed by Andrew William Ralph, the video contains dramatic artistic elements, harsh and low lighting and a number of visual effects.

"When I spoke with Andrew leading up to the video shoot, we talked about the look being pretty artistic and open, considering he was going to do some stylized animations over it," said Tim. "The first thing he asked was for me to shoot the moon; however, the full moon had just passed. Luckily, I had shot the full moon over the winter in RAW at 24fps on my Blackmagic Cinema Camera for my own purposes. This gave us a great shot of the moon to start with and set the frame rate for the project."

The video's nighttime bicycle shots proved to be challenging due to lighting restrictions. To get the footage, Tim sat with the camera on the back of a moving vehicle with a work light shooting out from underneath him. While recording the time lapse footage seen in the video, Tim used the Blackmagic Cinema Camera to capture out of focus lights to be used later in the video as an overlay effect.

"We were happy that the Blackmagic Cinema Camera did very well in low light even at 800 ASA," said Tim. "I decided not to go above 800 ASA to ensure little to no noise, and in post I pushed the exposure a bit more by roughly a half stop. A lot of the street lights gave a nice look on the road, but I emphasized that in DaVinci Resolve."

For the scenes with the dancers, Andrew asked Tim to find lights that could simulate car headlights for the scene. Tim quickly found a solution that worked: he used actual car headlights. According to Tim, they were bright enough and the camera was so good in low light situations that they were able to pull off the shots without any cinema lights.

Tim also used the Blackmagic Cinema Camera to shoot the footage of a wolf mask with glowing eyes that appears overlaid in certain shots of the video. He shot the mask against a green screen background that he then keyed out so that he could do a glow effect inside the mask's eyes.

"The quality provided by the Blackmagic Cinema Camera made that job so easy, especially the extra pixels from the 2.5K resolution for masking the shape of the eyes for the glow effect," said Tim. "Overall, I love using the Blackmagic Cinema Camera because the footage looks so amazing. It's so affordable, good in low light and easy to use, but to me the biggest selling point is the 13 stops of dynamic range and the ability to shoot RAW, which allows me to do whatever I need to do in post."

During the color grade, Tim used the VisionColor ImpulZ LUTs on a few shots as a base starting point, and then used the Power Windows and color picker in DaVinci Resolve 11 to emphasize various elements.

"DaVinci Resolve 11 allowed us to give the bicycle sequences a distinct look compared to the dancers," said Tim. "I was able to emphasize more blue tones in the dancers to contrast to the red and orange tones of the bicycle sequence. And for the bicycle sequence, I was asked to emphasize the wolf's fur by making it more of a brownish red color, and being able to pick that specific part of the image and use a Power Window to track the head was great."

Tim also used Resolve 11's new media management duplication feature extensively. This allowed Tim to securely back up and save digital camera files through a clone tool that copies media drives, memory cards and camera packs to multiple destinations simultaneously. In the office, he had two hard drives, so while he worked on one of them he had everything copied to another as a backup. Once the color grade was finished, he exported the files to be edited. Per the client's request, the finished project was delivered to BitMAX in Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) 23.98fps in 1920X1080.

"All the color grading was done before editing, which isn't a normal procedure, but for this project it made the most sense," said Tim. "DaVinci Resolve gave us so much control over the RAW images and it made life so easy to be able to use such a powerful tool."

About Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design creates the world's highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design's DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company's Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please go to www.blackmagicdesign.com.


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