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I Feel Uncomfortable On The Balcony (3 replies and 1 comment)

MattBendo
2 months ago
MattBendo 2 months ago

Hey everyone,

https://vimeo.com/566924408»

Here is a short I recently shot that I thought I should share. The composition and movement were quite an important part of the project for me and the director - so I thought it belonged in this category.

If anyone has a chance to check it out, awesome! I would love to hear some feedback and know how/if the compositions and movements made you feel a certain way about the story.

It is about 5 minutes long.

Mike
2 months ago
Mike 2 months ago

What a lovely little film,

I just love the opening shot and camera angles throughout the film especially the interruptions when a hand is placed in front of the lens, pure genius imo. Not really sure what the storyline was but that doesn’t matter as the images alone stood up on their own. You managed to capture the wind on the balcony which is hard to do but I noticed the traffic noise was recorded at ground level not high up  and so the sound levels would have been quieter but I was using reference headphones and the audience would not have noticed it.

I do like the way you shot it, it was obvious you gave it a lot of thought. Well edited throughout, great V/O and superb photography.

A truly lovely piece of film making. I watched it 4 times as I was so intrigued by your close ups. Well done Matt and your team.

Can you advise the forum of your camera and lenses used please.

Would anybody else like to make a comment.

MattBendo
2 months ago
MattBendo 2 months ago

Hi Mike! Thank you so much for the kind words! 🙂 It was definitely a fun one to make and the crew was just me, the director, and an AC - so it was a nice intimate project.

The camera was the Arri Alexa mini shot in its normal mode and cropped to 4:3 - this way, we could reframe left or right if we needed to.

The lens was a Lensbaby Sweet 35mm and sometimes the Lensbaby Sweet 35mm with a 0.66x Wide Angle Adapter screwed onto the front of the lens, which made the FOV close to a 23mm lens. Unscrewing this 0.66x Wide Angle Adapter during a take is how we achieved that shot you like a lot 🙂

The lens was set to F/11 (it doesn't have measured t-stops). The funkiness of the lens seems to become less apparent as you continue to stop down, but it will still have that lovely focus falloff around the outer sections of the image. Luckily, the 4:3 crop cuts out some of the crazier areas of the lens focus fall off that might have been considered distracting. The deep stop also allowed us to keep the character as well as the streets below in focus at the same time, which was helpful in creating a connection between the two.

I've attached the lens below with the 0.66x Wide Angle Adapter as well! 🙂

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Screen-Shot-2021-11-19-at-1.01.16-PM.png
MattBendo
2 months ago
MattBendo 2 months ago

I'm also attaching a separate image here to show the scale of the lens compared to an Apple TV remote so you can get an idea of how small this lens is. I've used it on quite a few projects actually. Here is a link to another one where I used the same lens (without a 0.66x Wide Angle Adapter - simply just the Lensbaby Sweet 35mm)

https://vimeo.com/465962855»

"A reflection of the universal human experience of memory, nostalgia, joy, and regret.

My grandpa Lou is the old man as well as the young man in the 8mm footage (my late father is the baby)

The 8mm camera in the beginning is the actual camera he used to shoot that 8mm footage 60 years ago."

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Screen-Shot-2021-11-19-at-1.11.27-PM.png
Mike
2 months ago

Thankyou Matt for your detailed reply. I am impressed by that little lens. Did you have issues attaching it to your Alexa, or was it already converted for a PL adapter.
I wonder where you got your inspiration from, your film was fairly simple in design yet the camera angles were so intriguing, you were definitely thinking out of the box so to speak. Perhaps it was an accident but I would like to think it was by design.
Nice work which ever way you look at it.

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