March, 2014

Field Test:
iPhone 5s Slo Mo

OK, So first and foremost its important to note that this is a camera on your cell phone. Secondly…. THIS IS A CAMERA ON YOUR FREAKING CELL PHONE!!!! When we saw the 30th Anniversary Apple commercial shot entirely on the iPhone, we were inspired to go out and test the slow mo capabilities of the iPhone 5s. What we found was not only surprisingly impressive, but also its kind of mind blowing when you think that only 5 years ago the iPhone was introduced without video capabilities and is now shooting higher frame rates than the majority of prosumer video cameras on the market. So go ahead and push play on the first of our new series called "Fiction Field Tests". We will be taking all kinds of new technologies out into the field with us and posting fun content for you to nibble on in the up coming months. Hope you guys enjoy and stay tuned for more!

Ted Talk with Ryan Holladay

We shared this Ted Talk a while back on our Facebook page, but decided it needed to live here on our blog in a new series we're calling, "We Like It". These posts will be marked with a little FCTN RED marker in the title and feature things we like, and why we like it. We're really proud of these guys and super fortunate to have worked with them. A note from the Ted site: "This talk was presented at an official TED Conference. TED's editors featured it among our daily selections on the home page."

Close Encounters Of The Phantom Kind


I've always loved the asthetic of the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I love how they used lights to imply the shapes of the UFO as opposed to spelling it out for the viewer. So I figured I would try to recreate a similar vibe with the DJI Phantom and see what would come of it. I attached some lights that I bought from Home Depot and shot some long exposure shots of the phantom flying around. I then brought them back into the computer and created some cool patterns in photoshop. Below are some of the comps I mocked up. I want to strap the worlds brightest flash light to it next and see what happens. Maybe fly it through a forest like a UFO with a tractor beam.