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My first 16mm shot film [1:47], would love your thoughts/feedback!

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Shot on a BOLEX H16 REFLEX, using a single zoom lens (ANGÉNIEUX 12-120MM). This was my first time shooting 16MM,  or any film (print or motion) in any capacity.

Stock: KODAK VISION3 500T 

Pre-Pro: I storyboarded meticulously and frequently went over the edit in my head in order to weed out any unnecessary shots. I finished the film in 4 roles (100ft) 

Exposing: Using a light meter I exposed the film about 1 stop over, so for 500 I read for 250 (200 whenever possible). I'm still learning how to properly use my meter, so I used my BMPCC's histogram to checkover my readings. Despite that I bracketed for safety and took notes along with my thoughts on what I expected from each shot, based on intuition.  (Note: my notes were spot on). No push/pull on the interior shots. The exterior shots were pulled 2 stops, but only because I forgot to dial in my exposure (brain fumbled due to doing all tasks other than the acting). However, it seemed to work out for the story, that the colors were a bit washed out, and milky comparatively.

Gaffing: I relied mostly on my eye for natural light + practicals, letting the light pass through several mediums (furniture, clothing, floors etc.) before hitting the actress because I'm keen to the "complexity" it gives. Because of that I did not light specifically for the face, I allowed just enough light to hit the talent. If those weren't doing what I needed them to I mended them using bounce boards, flags, curtains. The only additional light used was a single 650W MOLE RICHARDSON "TWEENIE" (used to mimic daylight, sunset, lamps) and I used a FLASHPOINT photography light to give me stops in the ambience at the door scene (:20 second mark).

Post: Processed at Metropolis Post at 2K. I graded and edited in Premiere Pro (I'm not yet skilled in using DaVinci for color). The grading process took 3 passes, in each pass I learned something new pertaining to color curves, waveforms etc. All in all I ended up scrapping 6 shots due to underexposure and my inability to recover them to my taste in the grading process (as I expected from my notes). 

Takeaways: I definitely feel like I've graduated to the next level in cinematography because of this experience with film. I know that I need to study up on how to use a light meter to expose and how to properly read information coming from my light sources. And that, SET DESIGN is key. I spent nearly 45min-1hr for each setup on making sure the set design corresponded with my compositions. Also, investing time into your set ups is key. I would say this produced my best work to date because of how meticulous I had to be with everything, this is mostly because every time I rolled I was spending money, that I honestly did not have (it worked itself out). 

Future: I can honestly say I prefer film to digital, whenever possible, because I'm sensitive to color & texture. I feel that with film the colors and textures have a density to them, akin to oil paintings or whole milk as oppose to 1% or skim milk. I prefer that. I will try to shot more of my shorts on film mostly because I do not shoot as much as I should, and thus could feasibly save up for the next one. 

Tips: For anyone looking to shoot film for the first time,  I cannot understate the value of the Internet, and asking questions. I did alot of reading months prior, and would always seek out videos of different film stocks to get a feel for what characteristics they have. I learned how to load (and borrowed) the Bolex from a 1st AC friend of mine, and learned what to expose for and the pushing/pulling process from the DP's I've worked under. 


Due to VIMEO compression, here is an album of screen-grabs: https://imgur.com/a/gr4hTxG



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I like! Good job. Couple of noisy shots were distracting. I don't like noise unless a must have for historical purposes. Homeless gal looks a little blue. But close enuf I guess. I do mainly candid street work, so things are always off. For me getting 70% is good. But for set up / staged /studio work, it won't fly. Sound is very good. Thought my doorbell rang!

Next time put some nudity in it, makes more interesting.

Was title Casa? Why titles so small? 

What was cost?  Time to get it done?

Send in more films when done.

Good luck!

Edited by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

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Very nice, I liked it a lot. 

I don't have many notes, it's short, sweet and to the point, just the way I like short films. 🙂

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I thought it was great. Only criticism I have is the way the camera kept swinging left to right and back at the end. There was no reason for that. 

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Off to a good start with film. Nice colors, natural light,  etc. Handheld can be tricky with cameras that aren't shoulder supported, like the Bolex. Especially on the long end of the zoom range. 

Look forward to the next one

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Yeah the wobble gets a bit distracting (e.g in front of the shutters). Tripod would help

On 6/9/2019 at 6:49 PM, Daniel D. Teoli Jr. said:

Next time put some nudity in it, makes more interesting.

Daniel, never change

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