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Sundance 2020 Documentaries: How I Shot That

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Chris O’Falt

Jan 29, 2020 1:32 pm

Shooting “Whirlybird”

Dir: Matt Yoka

Format: 2.8k ProRes 4444
Camera: ARRI Alexa Mini
Lens: Panavision PCZ 19-90mm T2.8 zoom

Cinematographer Ed Herrera: Our earliest conversations revolved around the color photographs of Nan Goldin from the 1980’s. There’s something inherently personal about Nan’s aesthetic that we wanted to capture ourselves. We had to earn a psychological sense of intimacy with our subjects. We began that process with the optics and then transitioned to a camera placement arc.

Alexa Lopez at Panavision helped me dig up dozens of wildly different lenses they had in inventory. I shot tests with everything (within the spherical realm) from uncoated modern primes to short antique zooms. we carefully analyzed the way each lens rendered portraiture from different distances.

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