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Filming a small budget dystopia lo-fi scifi short, tips? (2 replies and 4 comments)

Mikko Manninen
6 months ago
Mikko Manninen 6 months ago

Hi!

Year around 2029+, worlds gone under ofc, they are trying to pump up the population numbers by increasing efficiency in reproduction (similar style as animal meat is efficiently produced now), while also trying to weed out the persons who are not as suitable for the "new system that ensures the survival of the species - for the greater good, no room for individuality at this time".

 

Protagonists: Two women, other one is pregnant. They have to make a choice eventually that means only one get's out of the work camp to join the "new world".

Camera will be Alexa Mini or Amira. I was considering anamorphic lenses "because it's scifi", but now i've been reconsidering this due to costs and lack of experience using Cooke anamorphics and i can't pre-test etc. also i think i would need Alexa Mini instead of Amira in order to shoot anamorphics properly? (Mini rental rate is higher)

There are going to be colors like white (hallways and buildings)blue (atmosphere and slightly shadows)

orange,pink (growing lamps)

red (warning/shutdown light)

mud, green. (the workers get their hands dirty and drink some green mush smoothies)

The location is an abandoned greenhouse that could be interesting to light and haze. Then maybe a few EST shots.

Any ideas or tips would be greatly appreciated! Especially on lenses/lightning that would support the promise of a dystopian genre. Film is still in pre-production.

Thanks!

Dawson Boyle
6 months ago
Dawson Boyle 6 months ago

I wouldn't shoot anamorphic anyways on a 16:9 sensor it looks sloppy, just look at Blade Runner 2049 the entire thing was shot on spherical lenses.  I think this anamorphic craze is ruining anamorphic and have kind of lost Interest over it. 

Mikko Manninen
6 months ago

Exactly, then i would have to use the Alexa Mini's 4:3 sensor. I have actually never used anamorphic, never done scifi either. Not too crazy about lens flares either.

Can someone say when or why they use anamorphics? Yes the look - but any other good insights? Is it good in small locations? Better on wide landscapes?

waderideout@hotmail.com
6 months ago

Red has a good breakdown. Here's a snippet and the link is below.

"Anamorphic lenses have played various roles as capture has transitioned from film to digital. With film, anamorphics were originally designed to utilize more film area with wide format imagery, which in turn increased resolution and reduced grain. However, digital sensors are typically better-suited to wide format cinema than standard 35 mm film. The benefits are instead primarily for imparting a unique look with a shallower depth of field and characteristic bokeh, flare and vignetting. This signature anamorphic style has been an important creative tool with several recent digital and film productions."

http://www.red.com/learn/red-101/anamorphic-lenses»

Mikko Manninen
6 months ago

Thanks! Currently quite sure i ditch the anamorphics for this project. Now i'm between Cooke S2 - S4 or Zeiss glass. I'm thinking would the Cooke S2 vintage glass be interesting to be used in a scifi setting.

rbharucha
6 months ago
rbharucha 6 months ago

Sounds cool!
I imagine this is your project? Do you have a crew? Where are you going to film it?

Mikko Manninen
6 months ago

Yeah i think it can be a good project, i hope it will turn out as good as i can imagine. I was asked to do the cinematography, but i will be helping also with the script rewrites and such. We currently have a minimal crew. We are filming it in Finland.

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