Book of Shadows is a new fantasy short written, directed by and starring former Royal Marines commando and professional stuntman Adam Collins. Think witchcraft, dragons, vikings, fire and plenty of fight scenes.
The story revolves around an army of men, who find themselves in a large scale battle against a barbarian horde, fighting to rescue a witch who has been taken captive. It picks up mere moments before the battle ensues and ends at the destructive climax.
Featuring the special effects team who worked on the Battle of Bastards on Game of Thrones, and starring a group of stunt performers from blockbusters such as Transformers, Wonder Woman, Justice League and many more, this short is by no means lacking in action.
Lensing all the amazing stunts and pyrotechnics was director of photography Will Price, who chose Blackmagic Design's URSA Mini 4.6K and URSA Mini 4K, amongst others, as his weapons.
According to Will, there was no question when it came to selecting cameras for the shoot; he has owned the 4.6K ever since it began shipping in the UK and has never let him down.
He begins, "Rather than VFX, the explosions and fireballs were all done live on set, and the URSA Mini 4.6K did a wonderful job of capturing them. We clipped out for a few seconds when the fireballs burned at their hottest, but the highlight roll-off on the 4.6K sensor was so smooth that it still looks fantastic!"
Braving the snow and battering winds of a British winter, Will remembers having very little time to turn around the action sequences, yet the cameras withstood the conditions and performed brilliantly. He adds, "It was the coldest I've ever been, but the cameras were all great and powered bravely through! With very harsh low winter sun, I could put complete faith in the URSA Mini's dynamic range, safe in the knowledge that we could still retain all of the detail in the shadows and highlights. This just made everything so much quicker."
Blackmagic's URSA 4K was relied on for its slow motion capabilities, showcasing the unbelievable power and skill of the stunt team. Will shot at 150fps with the sensor windowed at 1080p and he says this, along with the global shutter made the slow motion of the stunts and explosions quite incredible.
The film is currently in post, with the final grade being delivered in DaVinci Resolve.