Spent a nice spring day hiking in the Monte Bello Preserve with friend and composer Robert Rich. While there I did this brief anamorphic test shot with a GH5s and a Lomo 35mm squarefront, shooting 4K in the 4:3 aspect ratio. A vintage "scope" look appears to come through, so more tests and adjustments are likely ahead.
official trailer 2 min. 22 sec.
narrative feature film, USA & France
Worldwide release: March 20, 2017
Directed by Roberto Miller
Subtitles available in French, Spanish-Latin American, Spanish-Spain, Portuguese-Brazil, Portuguese-Portugal (use CC)
The only journey is the one within. Mandorla follows a man's search for a meaningful life and purpose despite conflicts between his inner and outer worlds. Ernesto is a visual artist and seeker stuck in a corporate job, who is drawn by dark magical visions to a medieval French city. There he seeks an elusive banker to help him unlock an obscure dream that threatens his job, family, and sanity.
Mandorla premiered at the 2015 Julien Dubuque International Film Festival and went on to win Best San Francisco Film at the San Francisco Film Awards, and an award of Merit at the Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles.
One unique aspect to note in Mandorla is how the screen changes in the storytelling. When the screen is full (the normal 1.77:1 ratio), as it is in the opening scene, the story is in the "inner world" of spirit, dreams, and memory. When the screen narrows (3.55:1 ratio) the story is in the "real world."