July 25, 2016 at 4:46PM, Edited July 25, 4:54PM


My first narrative short film as Director of Photographer (feedback needed)

Hey, I recently got asked to be the cinematographer (and camera operator) for a new narrative short film. This was actually my first narrative short film I have ever done and my first narrative short film as cinematographer. It was loads of fun doing and I really looking forward to hopefully making more in the future. I actually shot the whole film with the Sony A6300 and the Sony 18-105mm F4 Lens. I would really appreciate it if you could give it a watch and let me know how I could of improved or could improve in future films https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXe8p7r4FRY



Two things that came to my mind immediately was that the sound could have been a lot closer. Did you have a boom operator?

Second the color, on some of the indoor shots the skin tones are just too flat (almost grey). It seems you had ample natural light but somehow it did not work very well. Probably due to too much compression by using the limited 8-bit log format. Warming up the white balance a bit would probably have at least partly solved that.

Overall I found the color rather dull. Granted not everything has to be in technicolor but this is the other extreme!

Doris Day in Technicolor:

July 25, 2016 at 5:03PM, Edited July 25, 5:16PM

Cary Knoop

Hey! Sorry for the late reply, thank you very much for the feedback.

As for the sound, we did have a boom operator and most times he pretty was close. As most shots were tracking, it was hard for the boom operator to determine where to put the microphone. Which scenes are you referring too when you said that the sound could of been closer? The door scene?

As for the colour, the room was actually pretty monochrome anyway apart from the wallpaper. It talked to the director and we decided to low the saturation in post to create a real bland/dull look. Almost like the life of the main character, Thomas. It is interesting that you mentioned that though because I also felt it could of done with slightly a bit more colour.

Once again, cheers for your feedback and thank you for watching it!!

August 2, 2016 at 7:37AM

Lewis Jones
Director of Photography, Director, Screenwriter

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