As Ernest Hemingway rightly said: "If there is heaven on Earth, it's here, it's here, it's here..."
It has been an Honor, a Privilege and a Pleasure...working on this Magnificent, Remarkable project down here in my home town in Key West, Florida. To film this cinematic documentary, it was a one time opportunity in life. I feel very lucky and proud to be the one to do this. Spending hundreds of hours, filming time lapses mostly around sunsets and night times, flying and filming with my drones, and taking thousands of analog and digital photos, capturing 4K RAW 'future - proof" footage made this project a very unique experience. Every each time I entered this place, I felt a very strong energy running in between these huge tall walls...I could see the class rooms, the teachers, the students, I could see history...something extraordinary. Sometimes I could hear the sound of books, pencils and a laugh of children...and the magic school bus arriving...
Thank you for this wonderful journey and opportunity for everyone, who helped me to make this film possible, the City of Key West, Burke Construction Group, Inc.,Bender and Associates Architects, P.A and Special thanks for David Hahn!
Welcome to the new City Hall!
This is a short film series about Key West, Florida, the place where everything moves ON KEY WEST TIME...even the clock...this is episode #1.
All shots were filmed with the Sony FS 700 in super slow motion / 240 frame/second. Most shots were recorded in 2K, some in 4K with the Odyssey 7Q+ in raw. The raw is uncompressed Cinema DNG files, they are HUGE, but the original quality is just fantastic! The dynamic range of the colors are unbelievable!
Color correction and editing was done in Davinci Resolve 11, whaaaaa, what a terrific software!
Audio / music was created by me as well on my "old rusty" Beatthang and on the Roland Gaia synthesizer. I love keyboards a lot, so I figured why not making the soundtrack for this short film.
Used a Canon EF 14mm, 1:2:8 and Nikon 80-200 1:2:8 lenses with Metabones adapters and Speedbosters.
It's been a real fun and pleasure to use the Sony FS 700 with the Odyssey 7Q+, I believe this combination is a perfect mach.
This short film is available to license at http://www.zoltanfilms.com
Filmed in Hungary on a " RUNAWAY TRAIN " during a visit there for a photo shoot.
Originally I was NOT planning on shooting this short film at all, but my train ride was so long from Budapest to this beautiful lake / Balaton / that I could not refuse to take my camera out of the case and film of that fantastic view and reflection , it came through the window.
Shot on the Canon 5dm2, all handheld, no rig at all as I was not prepared to film.
Used Canon EF 24mm 1:1.4L II USM lens with B+W 099 IR / orange / filter.
Also sound was recorded internally, no separated recorder or external microphone was attached.
Graded with FilmConvert / love it! /.
This short film was our very first entry for the 72 Hour KEY WEST FILM FESTIVAL for Tropic Cinema.
We only had a crew member of 9 fantastic people, who worked very hard to make this film happen.
Romance - comedy - intrigue, all veiled in film-noir mystique into a two and a half minute film...
The magnetic combination of stars Sofiia Abramian and Cody Thurber give this film its sly charisma. She is sleek and domineering; he, charming and enraptured - if a little goofy. Cody has something Sofiia wants - call it love, call it happiness, call it a "LUCKY MARBLE" - but maybe something she cannot possess. Movie sirens don't always get the last laugh.
The film presents, in 150 seconds, more mysteries than answers and ends with a surprise you didn't see coming...
The structure of this film:
- had to pick the genre first / picked '80s romance /
- were given to all teams:
Prop - A marble
A line of dialogue - "I did not see that coming"
A character name - Frank or Frankie Gray
A profession - Captain
Had to combine the picked genre with all four given elements, write, shoot, edit everything in less than 72 hours...
It was filmed with with two Canon 5DM2 dslrs, 2 Canon lenses, EF24mm prime and EF 24-70mm zoom.
Sound was recorded on Rode video mic and H6.