Night / Drive

Project Midnight

Cameras: Fujifilm X-T1, Nikon D5100
Lenses: Rokinon 12mm F2, Nikon 50mm f1.4
Editing Software: Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Music: Coldplay – Midnight

Project Midnight is something I always dreamed of doing. For me, it’s the clash between two of my innermost interests: videoing and driving. The project wasn’t planned at all, this is how to went:

I had many shots depicted in my mind, but I didn’t plan where or when to take these shots. Also, at this stage of my life I was really desperate that I needed to do something. As a result, I called a cousin who is willing to stay up till 4 am in the morning and help me doing this video. I just drove and whenever I felt, I stopped by and changed the camera position. I ended up at home with many videos to play with. I had no idea about color grading at this time, all what I did is playing with the color wheels till I got the look that I want.

This video ignited my passion to work on such projects, it pushed me to learn more about videoing. hopefully I will be doing more of this type of videos again.

Behind the Scenes

In order to mount the camera on the car, I used Fat Gecko Camera Mount. It uses two suction cups which I believe is sufficient for my mirrorless camera. I used Fujifilm remote app on my iPhone mounted on the car dashboard to make sure everything is alright. It is indescribable feeling seeing the street lanes under the command of the steering wheel under your hands. Unfortunately, some of the shots I missed because of my misuse of the app (I forgot to switch to video instead of photo mode).

I admit, the intimidating feeling of the camera falling was high to the sky…actually the camera fell once. During the moment the camera was falling, I was thinking of my whole photography career is gone…seeing it in the side mirror flipping in front of a passing car about to squeeze it below its tires. Fortunately the car driver behind me noticed my camera falling of the car and stopped. I stopped by immediately and ran towards the camera expecting a shattered lens and multiple pieces. However, I only found this:

ISO dial and exposure compensation dial are heavily scratched.

Nevertheless, both dials and the camera are functioning well without any problems. I really praise Fujifilm for the strong built quality, other cameras wouldn’t have survived roughly 80 cm drop on asphalt from a moving car at about 60 km/h. Thank God it’s alive!