We had early access to the new and innovative Zeiss Otus lens and wanted to work with it on a short concept film. This is the first short film shot on the new lens (it was shot shortly before the lens was released).
The ideas in this film are based on my experience at Zeiss Cine Lens Day, where invited cinematographers from around the world toured the Zeiss lens manufacturing facility in Jena, Germany. In addition to manufacturing a wide range of lenses (a process that is both highly mechanized and also involves a significant hands-on human touch), Zeiss makes planetarium projectors and watching the stars in the Zeiss Power Dome had an impact on this short piece as well.
When I approached artist David Lovejoy about building a scene with his elaborate fantasy lens machines and planetary sculptures for a Zeiss-inspired project, he was excited and explained the coincidence that it was the Zeiss planetarium projector at Griffith Observatory that inspired him in the first place to create these pieces of sculpture.
This project was created by team of people with a lot of talent and passion -- they are credited at the end of the piece. Our entire creative team was exceptional, it was a privilege to work with all of them.
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Concepted & Directed by: August Bradley (augustbradley.com)
Artistic Inventions: David Lovejoy (lovejoyart.com)
Music: Big Swede (bigswedestudios.com)
Actress: Melinda Cohen (melindacohen.com)
Cinematography: Joe Tamel & August Bradley
Designer: Louis Verdad
Stylist: Patty Cruz
Hair Stylist: Anna Estella Patterson
Makeup Artist: Mynxii White
Editing & Color Grading: August Bradley