First Team To Use SONY XOCN Codec In Korea

As we started our new project “The First Timer”, our third collaboration with Director Daeryun Chang, the previous ones being “I, Profess” and “Call Coho,” we were fortunate to obtain sponsorship from Sony Korea. We were able to use their camera f55 with 6 cine lenses and in exchange we are serving as a case study for their XOCN format. Since it is a relatively unknown format, filming teams either use XAVC or RAW, we are officially the first team to use this format in Korea.

What is XOCN format?



From Sony’s website: The X-OCN codec is a 16-bit compressed codec and comes in two flavors, ST and LT.  The benefits of using the X-OCN codec vs the RAW available on the R7 are primarily space related.  The X-OCN ST codec uses about 33% less media than the RAW, and the LT version uses roughly one-third of the space.  When compared to the ever popular ProRes codecs the X-OCN offers greater bit depth while still offering space savings. The ST codec uses less space than ProRes 422 HQ, and the LT codec uses less space than ProRes 422. Scroll down to the see our Sony X-OCN sample footage.

We have now completed principal photography and I can tell you this:

  1. We shot in 4K XCON standard,
  2. For an expected run time of 10~12 min, we shot roughly 600 Gb of data,
  3. F55 doesn’t allow 4K directly to the card in camera so we used an extra recorded that fits in the back of the camera.

We had no special issues during the shoot with the camera or the codec as our team and especially our Director of Photography Daniel Smukalla works with Sony cameras all the time so using the F55 was a real breeze.

The real challenge will come when we get into editing in about a week time. We use Adobe Premiere Pro and I am curious to see how the software ingests the footage. We’ll be working with proxies so I don’t forsee any complications but film being film, there probably will be.

To be continued.

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Comedy Webseries ATtheCOUNTER now on Amazon and Amazon Prime

The 2012 webseries selected for the first K Webfest and produced by AJP Productions, ATtheCOUNTER is now on Amazon and Amazon Prime, you can find it here at ATtheCOUNTER on Amazon.

This comedy webseries was a labor of love. It was mostly written and directed by Aurélien Lainé and featured a large pool of local and international actors based in Seoul, South Korea. Check it out and feel free to comment and recommend our webseries.

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More AJP Productions Titles on Amazon and Amazon Prime

Following the launch of Haebangcon – Chapter 1 to Amazon and Amazon Prime, it is now turn for other AJP Productions IPs to make their way to the giant platform:

Check these out and leave us some nice ratings.

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Haebangchon Now Available on Amazon and Amazon Prime

AJP Productions has been pushing its content for the past few months and a lot of good news are coming our and will soon go your way too. To start it all off, Haebangchon – Chapter 1 is now available on Amazon and Amazon Prime.

If you have Amazon Prime already, please check out our film and leave a comment. This will help us reach out to a wider audience.

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Working With Educational Videos

Working With Educational Videos

After the Crossing Borders workshop and the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, time to get back to work. Between distribution obligations and writing two new projects, there was very little time for set work. Luckily, an assignment came through that made it worthwhile to step out from office work and get back into set work.

For this Disney educational video, the Director needed a VFX supervisor and second cam to make sure all the green screen work was executed properly. So between the filming and the editing, the AJP Productions input ensures a high-quality end product, expanding our production services in Seoul, South Korea to post production and VFX supervision.

Soon, as in within the next 10 days, I will put out there some very exciting news about most of the AJP Productions films, especially Haebangchon, Bag of Bones, Call Coho and I, Profess.

I also often share AJP Productions current project updates on Twitter and Instagram so don’t hesitate to follow me:

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AJP Productions at EDN Crossing Borders Workshop

Starting tomorrow, the head producer of AJP Productions, Aurélien Lainé, is attending the EDN Crossing Borders workshop south of Seoul. It is a five days, fully hosted workshop with mentors such as Steven Seidenberg, Zhao Qi, Paul Pauwels and more talented documentary filmmakers.

AJP Productions, in collaboration with Panda Media, was selected to develop a project under the working title of Legends. Being the initial step, I can’t give details of the project quite yet but you will hear about it very soon.

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Call Coho Director and Producer at Soho Film Festival

From June 9 to June 16 Call Coho was part of the Soho International Film Festival in New York. The Director, Dae-Ryun Chang, and the Producer, Hee-Young Sunwoo, attended the festival and were part of a selection of short films filmmakers for a Q&A.

It was great fun and the film received a lot of good comments from the audience.

Synopsis: Coho is a proxy driver who gets paid to drive other people’s cars so that they can freely go drinking. His clients only think they see a man who is all out of luck but what mysterious past is he actually hiding?

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Sedae – Smiling Along The Way

Editing as part of an independent endeavor can be a long strenuous effort due to the sheer amount of footage and the very limited means to get through all of it. However, sometimes, something beautiful happens that makes everything so worthwhile:

Sedae is a documentary about the different generations of people living in South Korea. It is expected to be completed this year, 2016, and will be sent around to festivals right away or next year.

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