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“Unmentionables” // behind the scenes

Take a peek into what it took to put together the short film directed by Michael Shu under the mentorship of Visual Communications.

Appearing in this little montage is footage from the two main shoot days in the laundromat and basement. You can see just how much concentration all of the crew had… and then some random antics… Hey, when you’re shooting until 7AM, it’s bound to happen, yes?
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Ya Los Angeles // Sneak Peek

A behind the scenes sneak peek at the fashion photo/cinema shoot we did for Ya Los Angeles for their MAGIC fashion convention booth and website.
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Boudoir with RED SCARLET-X

A little while ago, we (Anthony, Georgia and Michael) all had the opportunity to test our SCARLET-X “Rockwell” on the Steadicam Zephyr and the Midas Mount on a boudoir shoot. We are having a blast filming with SCARLET-X.
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RED EPIC/SCARLET Workflow Diagram

We try to make helpful tools for people out there who want to learn more about filmmaking. With the purchase of the RED SCARLET, we needed to familiarize ourselves with the R3D workflow. So we created a simple graphic we wanted to share to help guide the process.


Red Scarlet-X on the Airfield

Onyx Cinema’s Michael Shu, Anthony Vu and Georgia Yeh bring their new Scarlet-X onto the Ontario Airport Air Field to film a 727 in action.

It was a super windy day with our lips flapping outside, but we had loads of fun.  The Scarlet-X is able to give the power of the Red cameras in smaller, confined spaces like the cockpit.

We took advantage of the EF mount Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 and the 50mm f/1.4.  Footage soon to be featured in our next addition to our “Works” section!



Onyx Cinema Unboxing RED SCARLET-X

Our RED representative called us saying that our SCARLET-X was ready for pick up. We were so excited, we brought the kids and an HMC150 with us to film the unboxing at RED in Irvine.

As the employees were walking into the lobby to go home for the day, we were greeted with smiles and congratulations. It was a great feeling.

Thanks to the folks at RED!


Coming Soon…

a sneak peek of a special photo session from the Onyx Cinema team!


Michael Shu is “Armed with a Camera”

Director Michael Shu alongside fellow filmmakers in the Armed with a Camera 2012 fellowship

We are pleased to announce that Onyx Cinema’s very own Michael Shu has been selected as one of 10 fellows in the Visual Communications “Armed with a Camera” fellowship.  The fellowship offers mentorship and workshops to the chosen 10 to help produce their films.  The films are to be screened at the 2012 Asian American Film Festival.

Michael Shu is collaborating with the talented screenwriter, Owen Andrade and the members of the recently founded 68 Degrees Films group to develop and produce the short film, entitled “Unmentionables”.

Full Announcement Here

Pre-production is currently underway.  If anybody would like to collaborate in this production, feel free to contact us!


Sneak Peek – steadicam “one-er”

Onyx Cinema’s Michael Shu is one of the founders of the 68 Degrees Films group, creating competition films that challenge our fellow filmmakers to get better and better at their craft.  Their first film together is encased within a single steadicam shot.Continue Reading..