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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Amazing work. I feel moved to get myself working thorough in film production.
That’s awesome to hear. Glad you enjoyed it, Melik!
film is fantastic
makes such a difference
Long live film!
El Cid Asaeiat
Thanks for sharing this! I liked the lack of dialogue and ultimate message about the dopamine effect of smart phones. Short and to the point with a strong message that’s not delivered on the nose (excuse the pun).
So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for watching!
Nice short film. Quality is key too
Many thanks, Harry!
Jeremy Evan Taylorat
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!
Thanks a lot, Jeremy! And I totally agree about 16mm… It just makes everything look better.
sean o deadaighat
Nice one Noam. liked the concept and loved the look. BRAVO
Appreciate that very much, Sean!