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This short timelapse film is part 1 of a four part series on the seasons in the untamed wilderness of Colorado during winter, each video will be one minute long. I shot in various locations around Colorado, mainly in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. I took over 60gb RAW 5K still photographs in a period of 3 days in the freezing weather. I will be hopefully uploading a spring timelapse video soon.  On a technical side I shot this with a Canon 60d and a Canon t3i with a Manfrotto 190xprob tripod. I used the Canon 17-40mmL, Canon 70-200mmL F4 IS. I post processed and edited in Premiere Pro CS6, After Effects CS6, and Lightroom 4. I hope you guys enjoy watching this as much as I enjoyed making it! I am very proud of this project and the hardwork  put into it. I’d like to give a special thanks to my family for supporting me so much during the production of this film! 

Here are some behind the scenes stills:

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Thanks,

Krishan Bansal

For clip licensing info or other business inquires email me here: krishanbansal@me.com  

Licensing Timelapse clips

I’ve decided to go out on a limb and start licensing some of my timelapse clips. I have a few that are pretty interesting and could be used for quite a few different things. The license is for someone using it for a non profit short film ETC. It will cost $60 a clip, and that includes an unlimited license. The files are 5K ProRes 444 and look amazing on every screen. I have four clips right now so email me here: krishanbansal@me.com, if you are interested. Here is a sample clip from some of my urban timelapses. I also have some nature timelapses of Hawaii I’m currently working on!

How to become a better cinematographer

I may not be at the level of Philip Bloom or Vincent Laforet in terms of cinematography (I’m only 14). I only started getting into being a Director of Photography about 1 and a half years ago. That being said I still have some advice to give that could (no promises) really help you become a better cinematographer. 

Tip 1: Don’t think of the shots in terms of angle, but rather think of the composition you want in relation to the foreground and background. I know that in school people will be very concrete and say, “You need to have ____ shot and it needs to be ____ long”. Unfortunately this actually makes your videos worse most of the time when you think in such a linear fashion. Also one thing that really kills a short film or video is when you only use, solitary, tripod locked shots that are exactly level. Now keep in mind that I am not saying you shouldn’t ever you a still tripod shot, those are the kind of shots that are essential to landscape videos. Now you must also think of shots in terms of foreground and background. When I took art classes the one thing I noticed which was particularly effective in creating beautiful paintings is to focus on creating a unique foreground and background. When I started getting in to cinematography I realized that this concept could apply to creating video. Get creative with your shots and make up your own techniques and interesting movement that will compliment your shots! It doesn’t matter if the shot isn’t conventional or something you learned in school. One great example of this concept is in shots with really shallow depth of field that sort of sway back and forth in and out of focus. One example of this look is to have a subject in focus and unobscured and the background completely out of focus with bokeh balls floating around, then you sway back and forth while your subject moves in and out of focus, this creates a very dreamy and focused look. When doing landscape video a great way to get good composition is to include a very rich sky along with the landscape you want to capture, with this you can use very deep depth of field and create exceptional, wide images of beautiful landscapes. Now with all that in mind I have one last note. Every shot should have a feeling to convey and a focus, without that the images you take are absolutely pointless!

Good luck,

Krishan Bansal- Cinematographer, editor, and film maker

I am starting off this post with this note: THIS IS NOT A SCIENTIFIC TEST. Now let me continue on with this. So basically I got the Canon 100-400mmL for a week to shoot with. It is my first L lens and also the first lens I’ve used with a focal length like this. I was immediately stunned by the great stills you could take of wildlife and such with this camera (coupled with the Canon 7D’s 8fps burst mode). Now I was eager to test out this lens in a run and gun video scenario. With that I packed up my 7D and headed out to the shopping square near my house. I mainly shot at 300mm @ 720p 60fps as you can probably tell. The amount of detail picked up by this lens is awesome! Especially compared to my 18-135mm kit lens. Everything was clear and sharp. Focusing whilst recording was also great because of the smooth focusing ring. The build quality of this lens is extraordinary, I felt as though you could use it as a baseball bat (please don’t try that). The image stabilization was also superb, combined with a good tripod (something I don’t have) you could really shoot run and gun with this lens. Unfortunately my $11 SunPak tripod just won’t make the cut.

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Services and Work I offer

Rates and Work: All my rates are negotiable and I offer 4 packages: Shoot, or shoot and edit, Shoot time lapse, or shoot and edit timelapse. Shoot and edit will cost more, but email me specifics regarding your project (including dates and times of shooting, plus gear and labor required).

Timelapses: A time lapse based project will always cost more upfront because of the massive amounts of labor that a required to create them. I do offer 5K resolution time lapses in RAW format of JPEG, I also do astro-time lapses and HDR timelapses.

Cinematography/editing kit: I have many pieces of gear and necessary components required to produce a project. This includes cameras, lenses, microphones, lights, computers, and editing software.

Using another kit: I have experience with using the RED Epic and Scarlet, and also the Sony FS100, plus MANY other professional cameras and camcorders (all of Canon’s DSLR up to the 1D Mark IV). If your shoot requires a camera that I don’t currently own or rent I would be happy to shoot with it, that is if you provide it yourself without any cost to me.

Renting gear: If the project require it, I am happy to rent gear. I usually end up renting several lenses for most of my shoots that cannot be afforded currently. If you specifically ask for a piece of gear that I don’t own I will rent it, but rental cost will be added to the total production cost.

Editing: All editing deadlines are not solid and if you have a very strict deadline please be sure to notify me ahead of time so I can finish the project.

Project delivery: I offer projects that I both shoot and edit in ANY format the client requires, I can deliver in standard definition with very low compression, all the way up to 4K video with stunning, sharp images.

Gear haul: Listed below is all the gear I currently have at my disposal to work with on a shoot. Please note that while the list is quite small, the end result will still be great!

Camera: Canon 60d 18mp DSLR camera (VERY awesome camera!) Running magic lantern firmware
Lenses: Canon 18-135mm, Canon 18-55mm, Canon 50mm F1.8, Canon 70-200mm NON L.
Tripod: Manfrotto 785 Modo Maxi
Lighting gear: Powerful can lights and halogens, useful for night shoots.
Audio gear: Rode Stereo Videomic, and iPhone as external audio recorder.
Cards: 2 high speed 16gb SD cards.



Editing haul: I have an extensive editing/color grading set up with over $24,000 worth of software and hardware.

Computers mid 2011 iMac 4 core 3.4ghz i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB HD, AMD Radeon HD 6970M 2048 MB. Mid 2011 Macbook pro i7 dual core 8gb ram.

Monitors: Two 27” 2560x1440 monitors, and one 16” 1080p monitor.

External drives: Two 2TB external hard drives

Operating Systems : iMac Triple boots into OSX Lion, RHEL, and Windows 7.

Software: Premiere Pro CS6, Adobe Illustrator CS6, Adobe After Effects CS6, NukeX 6.4, Avid Media Composer 6, Adobe Speedgrade CS6, CELTX, Boujou 5, Avid DS, RedCineX, Twixtor, Magic Bullet suite 11, Davinci Resolve 8.1, Mocha Pro, Mpeg Streamclip, Logic 9, and Adobe Audition CS6.

Regarding software: I know how to use all this software extensively and take advantage of their full potential.

I'm trying wildlife photography

I’ve never tried wildlife photography, and I must say, it is quite an intense experience. I walked around in the sweltering Texas sun for several hours with the Canon 7D/100-400mm L kit. That probably wasn’t the lightest kit I could choose, it weighed a TON. Well the end result was pretty cool.

ProPic BETA

I’m starting this post off with an a disclaimer: ProPic is in BETA and anything I write here could change. So on with this post. Basically with social media these days image sharing has become simple and fast, unfortunately these photo sharing websites lack the plethora of features that creative professionals require. About a year ago a man named Carson Garner founded a website to fill these need, a website called ProPic. Currently I am beta testing ProPic with about 200 other people and it has been an extremely fulfilling experience. I’m am thoroughly enjoying many of the customizable domain level features on the most basic plan available, and I still have yet to harness the myriad of features promised in later BETA updates. The site offers several plans based on the needs of the individual user, and here are some of the features that are offered by the most basic plan:

ProPic lets users clearly copyright their photos with a regular copyright or a creative commons licence. We help limit image theft by embedding your copyright into your photo’s EXIF and we disable right click download.

Use the ProPic MicroBlog Gallery to upload your photos from your iPhone, Android, mobile device, email or the web.  Post direct from many popular Twitter applications.

Use your mobile application to post your photos to ProPic or you can email your photos, and automatically post your photos to Facebook, Twitter and your blog.

Dont let some other site get add revenue for displaying your photos!

You’re your own brand! Market yourself by customizing the MicroBlog Gallery with your own logo and show key profile data like your site, bio, Twitter & videos without distracting advertisements.

ProPic MicroBlog Gallery uses HTML5, so your site is iPhone, iPad friendly and is fully Search Engine Optimized (SEO). What does this meen for you? Your photo gallery will be found by clients to help increase your business.

So all of this is awesome right? Well in theory it is, but as it stands in this current state of BETA lots of features are missing and things can get quite buggy. Support is also a bit hard to get a hold of since this is a relatively new website. Regardless of all this I highly recommend the site to creative professionals looking to take control of their images. Here is my ProPic account.

What this blog is.

Hi, my name is Krishan Bansal. I am a 14 Cinematographer, editor, photographer, and film maker from Dallas, Texas. I love telling intriguing stories through images and capturing the world around me. I’ll basically be talking mostly about film making and cinema related things.

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