CineD is at all times trying to find a method to join creators and producers – and, after all, to assist filmmakers present their work. That is why we teamed up with FUJIFILM to point out our filming neighborhood work that has been completed with FUJIFILM cameras. Please meet Jasmine Quiñones, a Texas-based skateboarder and freelance filmmaker. “Within the Highlight” is proudly sponsored by FUJIFILM.
As we speak we get to know the work and persona of Jasmine Quiñones. As with many skate boarders, the love for this sport naturally drew her in the direction of filmmaking. As a result of shut hyperlink between these two passions, Jasmine has developed a private method to digicam work with a choice for light-weight, run-and-gun setups.
That is the explanation why she opted for the freshly-released FUJIFILM X-H2S mirrorless digicam to create her newest brief movie, PUSH. As revealed by the trailer beneath, Jasmine’s narrative makes use of skateboarding as a imply to analyze deeper, extra related issues. Ensure to take a while to take a look at the trailer.
Within the Highlight With FUJIFILM – Jasmine Quiñones
Identify: Jasmine Quiñones
At present primarily based in: Austin, Texas (USA)
Language(s) spoken: English, Spanish
Occupation: Freelance Filmmaker
Q: How did you get began in our trade?
J: I’m self taught and picked up a digicam in my senior 12 months of school. I went on to take a marriage modifying place after graduating in addition to interning two summers at Maine Media Workshops the place I realized a bit extra about filmmaking and modifying. It didn’t take me lengthy in any respect to go utterly freelance and have been a contract filmmaker for 4 years now. It’s been a wild journey!
I’m at present engaged on attempting to jot down some extra brief movie concepts to pitch to extra sports activities/health manufacturers.
What varieties of productions do you principally shoot?
I sometimes shoot commercials. Traditionally, I’ve been all around the map with my “area of interest” however I’m leaning extra into commercials that focus on motion sports activities, lively life, automobiles, and many others. Actually, something that I can deliver a excessive vitality and artistic type of filmmaking to is what I’m centered on.
What’s your dream task / job in our trade and what are you actually obsessed with?
Proper now I’m extremely obsessed with bringing tales about POC, ladies, and the queer neighborhood extra into the highlight of the sports activities/health world in addition to specializing in narrative arcs that cope with psychological well being and the deep battles we’ve inside ourselves and our identities. Lots of tales get instructed with the identical arc. Grit hustle, laborious work, blah blah blah.
I wish to see the true stuff. The wrestle to get away from bed. The times the place you fall flat in your face. The small wins, the massive wins, all the things in between. I really feel like that is lots of people’s dream however I might like to direct a business for Nike or Adidas Skateboarding, showcasing the connection between skating and psychological well being via the eyes of somebody much less seen within the sport (ex: a queer particular person or POC).
Within the work that you’re presenting us, now that it’s completed, what would you may have completed in another way all through the manufacturing?
I believe if I had the time I might focus just a little extra on lighting with the out of doors scenes and family scenes. It was troublesome as a result of we solely had 2 days to movie all the things so it was type of a mad home and out of doors lighting circumstances actually took a again seat with the time that we did have. I actually want I may’ve filmed the out of doors scenes throughout golden hours!
What present digicam, lenses and sound tools do you employ?
I solely personal the FUJIFILM X-T4 and FUJIFILM X-H2S with one lens, the 16-55mm f/2.8. I’ve at all times been identified to work with the least quantity of apparatus identified to man to make a manufacturing. A part of that has been as a result of digicam tools is dear, and one other half is as a result of it turns into cumbersome to get my concepts executed effectively with tons of drugs. Too many fancy choices generally result in much less creativity. Nonetheless, for this brief movie we used the X-H2S with the 16mm and the 35mm I imagine for many of the pictures.
You selected to shoot your challenge with the FUJIFILM X-H2S digicam. Did you impose on your self any limitations like not taking pictures with a tripod?
I’m at all times self imposing limitations on myself. Just because I prefer to work gentle. We filmed quite a lot of methods, handheld, a pair tripod frames, and a few gimbal actions had been used. We barely used the screens we got as a result of I used to be simply shifting too quick with the manufacturing.
What’s your favourite lighting tools, and why did you select that equipment over different options?
My favourite lighting tools must be Aputure lights with a highlight mount. I really like the creativity you’ll be able to obtain with a highlight mount. I’m an enormous fan of laborious moody gentle. So having the ability to slice and cube gentle and create highlight situations proved to be very efficient in speaking my message visually for this movie particularly.
Do you employ drones/gimbals in your productions? If that’s the case, what’s the only approach you’ve discovered of deploying them?
I don’t usually have a necessity for drones in my productions. Provided that it enhances the story. I additionally don’t love filming on gimbals as a result of it feels too sterile at instances. Nonetheless, a gimbal is available in very useful if you wish to movie clean skate traces. It is determined by the look you’re going for, and I usually go for handheld as a result of I really like the extra uncooked and actual look.
What modifying techniques do you employ and are you happy working with them?
I’m a Davinci Resolve consumer and have been for 4 years now. I completely love the platform particularly for coloration grading since I’m a coloration nerd and it’s certainly one of my favourite elements about post-production. I really like how Resolve features and it not often ever crashes on me, in contrast to sure modifying softwares.
How a lot of your work do you shoot in “flat image profile” and what’s your most well-liked approach of coloration correcting?
Like I stated, I’m a coloration nerd and can at all times find time for coloration grading so I shoot all the things in a Log coloration profile. I really like the flexibility of Log and the dynamic vary it provides you to create distinctive appears.
I’ve additionally not too long ago dived into the Dehancer plugin which is a coloration grading plugin that emulates all various kinds of movie shares. It’s at present my favourite plugin to make use of inside DaVinci Resolve to grade my footage as I sometimes at all times go for a extra styled look vs a extra pure grade.
How continuously do you journey and do you may have any suggestions in the case of packing your gear?
I’ve been touring an increasing number of for work within the final 12 months. I journey on common about as soon as a month for work. I might love some tips about packing gear myself truthfully. Nonetheless, I attempt to journey as gentle as doable.
One digicam physique, one lens – very stripped down, so I’m often in a position to match all of it in a backpack or wrapped securely in my carry-on. I’m a small particular person and carrying a bunch of circumstances and luggage to the airport is what I truthfully attempt to keep away from as a lot as doable particularly as a result of I’m often touring on my own.
Hyperlinks: FUJIFILM Website | “PUSH” Trailer, Behind the Scenes, Web site & Instagram | Jasmine Quiñones’ Web site & Instagram
Full disclosure: This “In The Highlight” collection of interviews is sponsored by FUJIFILM.