My Latest Experimental Short Film “Model” – Shot On The Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Before committing to shoot a feature film by the end of this year, I wanted to shoot a couple of quick and dirty short films to do some creative and technical tests. One of these test projects was a no-budget ultra short film that takes a minimalistic look at a young model on her first day on set. Using a dark dream-like style to highlight the idea was to highlight a different side of the modelling world.

The film was shot in two half days back in March, but I didn’t finish it until this week as I was taken away from it with my regular day to day work. The film will be officially premiering at a film festival here in LA next month, and once the scheduling details are made available I will post them in case any of you from the LA area would like to come out.

Like my last few film projects, I shot this on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera (EF) using a Tokina 11-16, Rokinon Cine 35, and Rokinon Cine 85. I decided to cut it in Adobe Premiere, even though I use FCP X for most of my personal work as it was a way to step out of my comfort zone and look at the film from a different perspective.

Check it out below!

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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!


  • dk

    hi noam. i’m curious how you lit the first scene. love how dramatic the lighting looks. thanks, dk.

    • Thanks DK! It was lit using only two lights if I remember correctly. I believe there was a 650w diffused tungsten pointed at the “casting director” character to give him an edge light. That light was also bounced back onto his face to give just a slight amount of exposure to his skin. The female model was lit with a 1K that was double diffused.

  • Thomas

    It’s locked…! Password????

  • Erik

    Very nice!

    I stumbled upon your website trying to decide if the Blackmagic was worth pursuing and it definitely does seems that way.

    How did you go about color correcting this short? Was it any particular plugin or program?

    Great work.

    • Thanks Erik! I color corrected this in DaVinci Resolve and later using FilmConvert. My workflow was pretty standard, but the camera certainly allows for a lot of flexibility when shooting raw.


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