Watch this first: youtube.com/watch?v=wYVbQ-GQTxQ
I first watched Manga's cult classic "Ghost in the Shell" when I was a teen but only recently realised that the film's city background is actually based on Hong Kong - my current place of residence.
When it was made in 1995, it depicted a grimy, futuristic city. Now, 16 years later, it's interesting to see how Hong Kong has physically changed. So I set out to try and recreate particular scenes from the film. The biggest differences between the film and now is that Hong Kong no longer has those awesome low-flying airplanes (airport moved in 1998) nor do we have canals and river boats - though we do have tramcar systems which is the obvious influence for Masamune. Not every shot could be faithfully recreated. Simply because it was an animation! But when you do a comparison there are the obvious locations: vimeo.com/33731256
I left the scenes with Motoko Kusanagi for narrative reasons (and I couldn't be arsed looking for an actress!). Another note is the first two shots of the planes, they were ripped and up-rezzed from a YouTube video by airboyd. There is no way I could have recreated those scenes yet I wanted to show people just how crazily low they flew.
This was shot with Sony NEX5-N in 1080p/50fps with 30mm squarefront and 50mm roundfront Lomo anamorphic lenses.
Special thanks to Pete Furkidsinhk and his "fur kid" Cream.
Original Ghost in the Shell montage: youtube.com/watch?v=wYVbQ-GQTxQ
"Planes Over Hong Kong (1998)": youtube.com/watch?v=UyU9OLqQ8XA
Side by side comparison: vimeo.com/33731256
A quick anamorphic romp by The Bund, Shanghai.
Shot on GH2 using Kae's 65mbit/3GOP hack and 35mm Lomo anamorphic square front lens.
Spiritual sequel to: vimeo.com/16275617
Music: Outlands by Daft Punk
There's something wrong with the world.
Promo shot UV on Alexa with Lomo Anamorphics
A preview of my shot film shot using the GH2 hack in 4:3 MJPEG mode with a LOMO 2x anamorphic lens.
For the first time we can shoot as intended with a 2x anamorphic lens on a DSLR. 4:3 converts to true 2.35:1 cinemascope with such a lens. Anamorphic lenses were used on some great all time classics, Blade Runner and Alien for instance.
Shot: Berlin Potsdamer Platz and River Spree
Music: Brandon Flowers, Welcome to the Fabulous Las Vegas.
Read more about this video at EOSHD eoshd.com/content/3359/gh2-hack-footage-43-mjpeg-for-true-lomo-anamorphic-2-66-cinemascope
Pick up the EOSHD Anamorphic Shooter's Guide here: eoshd.com/anamorphic-guide
Thanks to Vitaliy Kiselev for making this possible.
A channel to showcase LOMO anamorphic lenses - either taken with digital or film cameras.
These are real anamorphic cinema lenses and are the predecessors of today's modern anamorphic lenses such as Hawks.
Most people's interpretation of LOMO are those plastic toy cameras. Well, if you own a LOMO prime or anamorphic lens, you tell those people what a real LOMO is...
No lens tests, please.