FOSTER VISUALS
FOSTER VISUALS

Foster Visuals is a team of storytellers who focus on creating short documentaries and branded content. The collective was created by photojournalist turned director/DOP Brent Foster whose background as a photojournalist heavily influences the type of storytelling the team does today.

Alongside their commercial work, the team regularly pursues passion projects. Their current passion project “While I’m Here | The Legacy Project” sets out to tell the stories of everyday people in their older years who are doing incredible things. The project was inspired by a man named Frank Dymock. For years, Frank opened his garage up to the public and sharpened skates free of charge. He wouldn’t accept a dime. He was a staple of the place Foster grew up, and Brent always wanted to tell his story while he was still here. Regretfully, Foster let time pass, and Frank passed away before he had the chance. This project is dedicated to Frank and the many others who live selflessly and truly impact those around them. These projects are 100% passion projects, where travel, production and editing are all covered by the team to pay it forward to people like Frank.

See the entire project and behind the scenes at: www.whileimheretheproject.com


CREATING A LEGACY

While I’m Here | The Legacy Project is a personal project profiling a series of six people who are everyday humans with extraordinary stories. Foster decided to start this project after missing out on the chance to tell the story of a man from his hometown who dedicated his life to helping others.

The gear listed below was used during production of the Legacy Projects

Sony FS7

This is our go to A-Cam. It’s tough, versatile, and gives us the frame rates, ease of setup, and dynamic range that we need when we are traveling to shoot these legacy projects all over the world.

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This camera literally lives on our Kessler Second Shooter with slider or DJI Ronin gimbal. It’s the perfect partner for the FS7 and a compact package that’s easily adaptable.        

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This kit is used for a lot of our BTS work, but also makes the occasional appearance in our main films. It’s quick to set up, easy to use, and fits where larger rigs like the Ronin won’t.

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This is our main still camera, and has been a workhorse for us. We’ll be upgrading soon, but can’t speak highly enough about how this camera has stood up to so much over time.

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These are the main lenses we use. We’d likely opt for cine primes, but these lenses have been good to us and are easy to travel with. We’ve added gears to work with a follow focus system.

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A great way to use Canon glass on Sony cameras and not have to buy a whole new lens kit. The ability to have full frame, and wider apertures makes the Speed Booster worth every penny.

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We hardly shoot on tripods outside of an interview situation, but when we do, this is a nice, lightweight option that works really well when traveling on the road.

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After using this monitor we’re not quite sure how we ever lived without out. The simplicity of the menu’s, customization, and build quality, make it one of our favorite must-have tools in our kit.

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This tool simplifies our workflow and makes it so easy to transition from one piece of support gear to another. They’re on everything we own, and save so much time while on production.

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This mic literally lives on our Sony FS7 camera and is used constantly in the field to pick up ambient audio. It's solid and reliable, and delivers great quality audio.

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We use this lav kit combined with a Countryman B2 microphone, and couldn’t be more pleased with the quality of audio we’re getting during interviews. 

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We’re all about redundancy, and using the 7Q+ to externally record our footage allows us an additional backup as well a plethora of tools, and playback options to review footage.

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We use this set up on almost every interview we record with our Sony FS5. It literally is a second shooter for us, and has become a integral part of our productions.

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Our Second Shooter is always attached to our 3ft Cineslider. It's the perfect size to get sliding shots and the ease of traveling with it makes it the perfect production slider.

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fastflags

These fast flags are a great, lightweight, easy to travel with kit that gives us the added control we need in various lighting scenarios no matter where we are in the world.

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phantom4

We were blown away the first time we used this drone. The Phantom is compact, relatively easy to fly, and delivers great 4K footage given the size, and price of the drone.

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This gimbal has held strong through multiple countries. We often pack it in bubble wrap and into a backpack for travel, and it’s done really well so far. It’s can definitely take a beating.

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zylight_f8

We've had these lights in the rain, the cold, and through some super tough conditions and they hold strong. They’re powerful, zoomable, and produce great quality light.

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aladdin_b1-flex

We took these lights on our most recent trip to the Philippines and used them for many of the indoor scenarios and also for shooting stills for the project. So they are so light, flexible, and portable. 

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zoom_f8

We recently upgraded to this recorder and are so glad we did. If you’re coming from a H4, you’ll feel at home, but this was a huge step up in quality and control for us.

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COMMERCIAL WORK

As a photojournalist you’re a one-person show. You’re out there on your own. As a boutique-style production company, there’s strength in numbers. Foster Visuals works more as a collective of talent, bringing in only the right team members for a particular project. Each team member is highly-trained in their respective genre, and most of all, each project is an opportunity to showcase each members’ roots in storytelling. Our clients include: Nike, VISA, NBA, Gatorade, Canadian Tire, The New York Times, TIME, Canadian Geographic and Telus.

Foster Visuals’ mission is for people to connect with the content we produce. To feel emotion, be inspired, change, reflect, learn, and be entertained at the same time. 

The gear listed below in used in conjuction with the gear listed above in the Legacy Project section

A bigger version of the slider in our legacy kit. It’s a little harder to travel with, but this one’s used locally for literally every interview we do combined with the Second Shooter.

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We use this system to feed a signal from our cameras to a couple monitors for focus pulling and directing. It's also great for our clients to view what’s being filmed.

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This set up is used a lot when we want a more organic feel. It takes the strain of your back while giving you some needed stability in the footage while still allowing a natural feel.

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These Manfrotto tripods are used paired up with our Kessler Second Shooter Plus system and Cinesliders combined with Kwik Releases for quick and easy changes on productions.

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Inspire

This is our go to drone, and the quality and look of the image matches up really nicely to our FS7 and FS5 footage. We highly recommend the upgrade from the X3 to the X5, too.

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monitor

This new addition to our kit is perfect for focus pulling, directing, and works well on small sets with a couple clients. An ideal monitor for a small team on the go.

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vmounts

We don't leave house without a few of these. Our monitors, cameras, and even cell phones are powered through these on set. They are a huge asset to our productions.

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redrock microremote

This setup lives on our Ronin and is perfect when one person is operating the Ronin/FS5 combo. We find that it’s easier going this route in comparison to having a 2nd person pull focus.

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Questions? Comments?
Email us at: Paul@LensProToGo.com
or call the team at 877-578-4777