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  1. I wanted to share a few frame grabs from a short film I recently shot. I shot ‘Forfeit’ on an Alexa Classic Studio camera capturing the images in Raw using a Gemini 4:4:4 recorder. The director wanted an anamorphic look but we did not have budget for true anamorphics. Instead, I purchased two vintage Russian prime lenses (Mir 20mm, Helios 58mm) and converted them to ‘Anamorfake’ lenses by taking them apart and inserting an oval aperture disc as well as a fishing line to promote a horizontal flare. In the end, we got a unique look and the visible bokeh does have some anamorphic characteristics. For lighting I used a mixture of Arri HMI (1.2K) and Tungsten (2Ks, 1Ks, 650s, 350s) lights to play with multiple color temperatures, kinda the first time I had really attempted to do that. Also, gelled red some of the tungsten fresnels to mimic the trucks brake lights when we look back at the police car and see the officers in and around the car. Color balanced to 4300K so the HMI ‘moonlight’ would go blue and the warmer tungsten and red gelled lamps would register a warmer temperature. Overall, a very challenging shoot as it was below freezing most of the night (down to 28 degrees) so trying to keep my hands warm enough in order to feel the focus rings on the lenses was a real challenge! In the end, the cast and crew was up to the task and I’m pretty pleased with how the final images came out. Now we wait to see if we’ve been accepted into some of the film festivals we submitted to. We’ve already heard back from the ME Film Festival and will play there in November! Cheers! Ian
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