Creating a film for A5
I have made friends with a film student, Luca Caruso (https://www.facebook.com/FireofLightProductions/), who helped me to produce my first film. My intention was for him to help me work through the technicalities of using my Nikon D810 to show the mock-up of my of my A5 photobook. He helped me do that and indeed the setting up was simpler than I thought. My original idea was just to film turning over the pages of the book and giving a commentary, but his intention was to do something more ambitious, that included me and some of the setting here at my home.
We spent a great deal of time looking at light, regulating sound and had one trial run and then a real run. I realised that his suggestion of including me with the book was powerful when we looked at the first trial. I was better on the second run.
What I learnt
- Context is important and while I am trying to avoid clutter in images the person and background also speak of this book which is about an aspect of my life
- I only have strobes and could have done with some lights to illuminate the scene; we used daylight coming into my room with a white reflector.
- It is complex but logical in setting up the camera – I have those notes
- My friend Luca did not use any automatic settings – just like me and my photography. We looked at issues of Kelvin, vocal response rates and shutter speed – he used 1/50 for all his films.
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