|Posted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:40 am Post subject: Monologue from "the member of the wedding"
|I would like to show you a short video that I casually found while browsing on Youtube. It's a monologue from a novel called "The member of the wedding", played by an Italian-American actress. The use of depth of field immediately made me guess that it could have been done with either a photo camera with photo lenses, or with professional very expensive equipment. I contacted the director (Andrea Poli, also Italian) to find out, and he confirmed me the video was indeed taken with a Canon 5D.
Well, I think this video is the closest thing to film colours that I ever saw from a photo camera HD movie. The late afternoon sun really made me think of Kodak 16mm cine film, same colour density, same saturation.
I know exactly how Kodak 16mm film works and looks, not just from cinema shows but also because I collaborated to the shooting of an independent movie in 1993 where that film was used, and I could see all the dailies, and of course the final result as well. And that film had exactly the same colours. I tell you, in the small size of an HD video window, I would really have trouble telling this video apart from a film production. And I saw quite some films, in my life.
Poli told me that he used two lenses (a Canon 50mm and a Tamron 70-300), and the only lighting aid were a couple of Lastolite panels.
Which I think shows how long a way you can walk with simple tools, provided of course that you know how to meter a scene, how to light it, how to frame it, and how to cut it.
A talented director, with a good actor, a 2000 Euros cameras, a few hundred euros of lenses, and a few dozen euros panels, can really do professional quality work, which for that kind of money would have been just a dream only a handful of years ago. Isn't this a great time for image creators? Here's the link to the video (not the Youtube version but the version that it's on the author's web site), and I think that if you have questions, you may ask the director himself here, since I will give him the link to this discussion:
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