Check Out My $0 Short Film “DOPAMINE” Shot On Ultra 16mm Film

Nearly a year ago I modified my Arri SRII film camera to Ultra 16mm, and set out to take some test shots with it. Instead of just capturing random images, I figured why not set up a little short film to see how the camera would perform on a “real” set.

As I wrote about in this article, the shoot was super unconventional and took place over just 6 hours. We intended to shoot two full 400ft rolls of 16mm film, but due to a technical issue could only shoot a single roll… Still, we managed to capture 90% of what was planned and ultimately get it in the can.

Then, I put the film on a shelf for a while as the pandemic had hit and other priorities took over. But I revisited the film in fall for a very quick post-production process, which I talk about in this blog post.

The film has been done for a while, but I’m just publishing it online now as things have been so busy over the past few months. In any case, if you’d like to watch the experiment, check it out below!

This is what $0, one can of film, and a few friends pulled together in 6 hours. If you enjoy the film, please “like” it on YouTube with a thumbs up so other people can find it too.

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Noam Kroll is an award-winning Los Angeles based filmmaker, and the founder of the boutique production house, Creative Rebellion. His work can be seen at international film festivals, on network television, and in various publications across the globe. Follow Noam on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for more content like this!


  • Harry
    February 26, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    Nice short film. Quality is key too

  • Jeremy Evan Taylor
    February 24, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    Very well done, Noam. I agree with the message and I like how the short was an example of how to “show, don’t tell”. There is just something about 16mm (standard, super or ultra) that sucks you in and is so much more interesting to watch than the super clean, overly sharp look that the newer cameras produce. Gave a thumbs up on Youtube. Cheers!

  • sean o deadaigh
    February 22, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    Nice one Noam. liked the concept and loved the look. BRAVO


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