Music: Harry James & His Orchestra - I Had The Craziest Dream
Filmed at a Flea Market in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, UK. It was filmed for my girlfriend's blog, wishwishwish.net
- Canon 5D Mark II @ 24p
- DigiFinder Pro (2.75x viewfinder)
- Sigma 17-35mm f2.8-4 EX DG for the 'cleaner' wide shots
- An old M42 58mm lens for all the shaky flare shots, which was most of the film.
Edited and Colour Graded with After Effects, using nothing but the curves adjustments to do the colour and gamma looks. Then added some real film grain stock over the top, for an organic finish.
I decided to give a try to a technique I was made aware of by a guy called James Miller, who uses this shooting style for a lot of his cool videos: vimeo.com/millerandmiller
It's a detached lens technique, you manually hold the lens in front of the camera to achieve the film clutter-like flares in camera, by allowing the light to leak behind the lens. It also adds to the low-contrast style of the shots. You focus the shots by physically moving the lens into and away from the camera body.
It's not as much of a coherent 'mini film' as my previous video 'Casa do Monte', as this one was pretty much a 'test' video. The idea was to emulate old film stock, with organic flares, colours and grain. That's why it's all shaky and hand-held!
There is nothing like a military homecoming from deployment. It's even better when you only got to see your newborn daughter for a matter of hours before deploying with the ship. This is the story of one family reuniting at last. Welcome home, Shipmates.