Director & DP
From working many positions behind and in front of the camera for the little indie and commercial industry in Austin, now making personalized films for the public.
Wes Anderson also uses wide lenses and the scenery is a character in many scenes. Both Anderson and the Coens have a color-rich retro vibe in their pallets. Knowing a bit of how and why they do what they do doesn't make us copy-cats. I myself love close-ups with eye lights and pretty bokeh - the more the mm, the softer the bokeh, but now I'm going to be much more conscious about the surroundings and close my aperture on purpose and pull back more. I also usually don't want distortion on my subjects so I'll be quite wary of that as well.
Ha, there are some t.v. shows I can't watch because the camera movements are too wacko. Thankfully, gimbal shots are also used quite a bit, which still add movement to a scene without being jittery.
Thanks for that! The second shot is brave, man. I'm a little scared about the bend in your monopod, though :) I have the DJI Osmo but am not thrilled with it. I think I'd rather use my 70D with a nice cine lens and this DS1 gimbal you use which is roughly the cost of the Osmo. The one nice thing about the Osmo is it's very light-weight so if you don't want to lug your camera and equip around, it's a good option. And the stutter on the phone screen is often just the limit of the phone - of course, that's kind of a drawback, too, eh? I think I'll wait till they work out the DS1 kinks, though. Thanks for sharing, Robert.
Spoiler alert :) I loved the sequence when he leaves and a lot of what follows, including your match cut of the two dudes, all of this was effectively disorienting and intriguing; I want to follow him. I also loved the very first shot of the fumbling at the lock - the other shots of the opening sequence were a bit odd for me - turning the light on and off was a huh? moment, and the envelope sequence which I imagine must have been the inciting incident, was a bit too calm for me - perhaps because from the angle you showed him from - above and off to the side, we couldn't see the concern in his eyes - well, we couldn't see his eyes. But for something done in 48 hours, BRAVO! And thanks for showing us your city!
I've been idly playing with my DJI Osmo a couple of times. The biggest problem I have is that I cannot simply give someone the case (badass guitar-looking case by the way) and have him get to it. If you don't know what you're doing, it appears that any number of pieces can be broken. Unlocking each of the three axes takes a bit of practice, as you can accidentally disconnect the camera from the base and um - oops (ahem - though it did not fall). It also does take a bit of time to set up and there is some fear that in haste, you could break something. I will still keep it for its transportability and gorgeous smoothness.
Thanks, Guy McLoughlin, for the alternative links. I am quite excited about the Nebula 4200 5-axis gimbal. Can't so far find test footage, just the display by the manufacturer of a user with the unit, but it looks super promising and quite solid, though not comfy for a multi-hour shoot.
I recognize fewer than half of those films - time to go watch some Spielberg films! The complete list is on this video's page: https://vimeo.com/157222602