Just listened to the bit about DCPs. Thank you so much for covering this topic!! I've found it very hard to get clear answers or find consistent information about this. I recently created my own DCP using media encoder (successfully by some miracle) but it took some trial and error and yielded weird results like the audio track being 2 frames longer than the video. Charles' explanation answered several of my questions and it was great to hear about simple DCP. That is an option I will certainly consider in the future. Keep up the great work guys, I continue to be entertained, surprised, and informed by your show.
Thanks for the review.
I hope that these lenses will be available to rent soon. I just got done shooting a short with the SLR magic adapter so this was particularly interesting for me. Having these would have made life much easier but I don't think we could have afforded it. One way around the big price tag is to use the original anamorphot adapter which screws onto still lenses ( I recommend using the rangefinder as well). Unscrewing and re-aligning the adapter every time is a big pain and not practical to do in the middle of a shoot. If one did want to invest in anamorphic I think it would be smart to just buy three anamorphot adapters with the optional rangefinder, screw them onto the 35,50, and 75 you already own and then use them just as you would a normal set of anamorphics. Compare the $1400 price of the adapter+rangefinder versus the price of the full anamorphic lens. You get the advantage of being able to get close focus when you need it by adjusting the taking lens in combination with the near/far adjustment on the anamorphot. When you want to shoot non-anamorphic, you unscrew the adapters and you’ve got spherical.
My thoughts after shooting a whole project anamorphic
Is it worth it? I’d always wanted to try and this particular project I felt called for it, with aspects of horror and supernatural in the script. It certainly forces limitations on you in terms of focus, max f-stop etc… but sometimes limitations can force you to be creative and actually enhance the work. The anamorphic finished product seems to have a very subtle effect. Most audience members won’t notice the difference. When you shoot anamorphic what are you really after? You get the flare characteristic, the oval bokeh, and the warped vertical lines on the wider end. In the end does it really look that different to shoot aspherical and just crop the top and bottom to get 2:35? I know that you are sacrificing resolution but does that matter with 4 and 5k becoming the norm? I love anamorphic because of the effect you get when you shoot on 35mm lens and have a subject in the foreground. It seems to isolate the subject in space almost like they are in another environment. Again I wonder if the same thing could be achieved by shooting aspherical and cropping. Is that effect something inherent and only achieved by anamorphic, or is it just a result of shallow DOF, distorted vertical lines, and a 2:35:1 aspect (all of which does not require an anamorphic lens) Sorry for the rant.
This film was breathtakingly shot. And thats not a word I use often.
Made in an era when people had longer attention spans. Someone put a lot of work into this.
As someone still recovering from the end of a serious relationship this hit me right in the feels. I'm very pro digital but this was a good aesthetic choice for this particular story. Well done