We were impressed with the Leclerc Brothers when we discovered their work. Not only are they able to demonstrate compelling visuals but equally compelling story. I was quite surprised to learn their circumstances of being in Haiti to film promotional material for some Christian non-profit organizations and to then be there when the earthquakes occurred. Indeed they were in the right place at the right time to help support the cause. Specializing in documentaries and commercials Chris from Leclerc Brothers provided us with their production write-up.
Life in Haiti
Back in December of 09 we were hired on to shoot a variety of promotional videos for several Christian non-profit organizations in Haiti. Of course the earthquake wasnâ€™t one of the things we were planning on which made our work that much more crucial for what we planned to do. Unlike most organizations at the time our destination wasnâ€™t Port-au-prince, but instead our team focused on outlining communities in need of support previous to any earthquakes taking place.
Filming in Haiti is really a photographers dream. Itâ€™s truly hard to find a place to travel without getting excited about a new image. Our camera package consisted of the Sony EX-1 and the 5D MKII. While using the strengths of each camera we found this pair to be a great match while shooting in such diverse situations.
It was only in our free time where weâ€™d slip away and shoot with the new Glidetrack shooter and of course the 5DMKII – the pair couldnâ€™t get any sweeter. The ability to capture a stunning full frame images with a track while in the middle of nowhere would seem next to impossible less than 1-2 years ago. Thanks to Canon and Glidetrack that no longer is a problem.
By the time our trip was over the stories accumulated from everything in-between mountain top hiking to being mobbed by hundreds of Haitians desperate for food. But the biggest threat we faced was the heat where some days we greeted temperatures soaring close to 110F. We also believe it was the heat also that played a role in the death of our Sony EX-1, (the second EX-1 destroyed in the last six months, the first was to an ocean wave). That being said we never suffered a single problem with the 5DII which held up perfectly despite being battered around and warmed up.
Equipment used to shoot â€œlife in Haitiâ€
Canon 5D MKII
Canon 70-200mm f2.8
Tamron 70-300mm f4-56
Canon 50mm f1.8
Canon 24mm f2.8 didn’t end up using the shots taken with this lens.
Apple Macbook Pro
Final Cut Studio 2
Editing was very straightforward, before starting I conformed all the footage to 24P then compressed it down to XDCAM 1080P 24P with MPEG Streamclip.
Color correction was very simple, basic color adjustments were all that was needed.
Here are some before and after shots of the color correction process.