Raw Behind The Scenes Footage From “Starlet” – Shot On The Panasonic Varicam LT

This past week I directed a short film which will be the last short-form project I complete before my upcoming feature later this year. The film is called “Starlet” and is based around a young actress in Hollywood on a quest for fame.

The film itself will be edited and released online in the next few weeks (stay tuned for that!), and will later be submitted to festivals that don’t require a premiere status. In the past, I’ve often waited to release my films online until after they have premiered at a festival, but due to the nature of this project, I felt it was best to get it done and push it out into the world as soon as possible.

Noam Krol Varicam LT Short Film

Often times, readers of this blog ask me to post behind the scenes photos and videos from my shoots, and for the first time I am actually able to do that. Thanks to fellow LA filmmaker Christian Hubbard who shot the BTS material, I was able to cut together a behind the scenes piece, consisting entirely of the raw camera takes.

The video is not overly produced or edited, but rather a realistic look at what the behind the scenes of my smallest shoots are often like. As you can tell in the video, our entire cast and crew was tiny –  comprised of only 8 people. Two of which were our actors and one of which was my wife Jen, who produced this with me. I almost always prefer working with as small of a crew as possible, even if it means we all need to wear multiple hats. It helps the day to move more quickly and leaves us room to improvise on the spot, and stay nimble.

Working with the excellent Varicam LT – which was generously loaned to us by Panasonic – also allowed the day to move quickly as the camera is very well suited for run and gun style shooting.

In the coming weeks I will do a more detailed writeup on the project and my thoughts on working with the Varicam LT when the film is ready to be released.

For now though, you can check out our raw behind the scenes clips below:

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About Author

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!


  • Michael
    August 16, 2016 at 11:29 am

    The Video provides a nice insight of how you doing stuff!

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Rallo
    August 10, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    NK this project looks awesome when can we expect this to be posted so we can view this?

    • Noam Kroll
      August 11, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks Rallo! The edit is almost complete… I will be posting it as soon as the score is complete, hopefully in the very near future.

      • Simone
        August 16, 2016 at 11:45 am

        Great news!

  • Isaac
    July 26, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Hey Noam, what follow focus were you using?

  • Simone
    July 24, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    It has to be a great short!
    I also really like the BTS quality outdoor: very good DR! Which camera is that?

    • Noam Kroll
      July 25, 2016 at 1:40 am

      Thanks Simone! Can’t wait to share it. The BTS was all shot on the URSA Mini 4.6K, which definitely holds the highlights really well.

      • Simone
        July 27, 2016 at 12:27 am

        That’s why! A great camera for the BTS also!!! 🙂
        Thank you! Look forward to see the short!

        • Noam Kroll
          August 2, 2016 at 4:28 pm

          Thanks again Simone – the edit is coming along quickly so I hope to share the finished film soon!

  • Valterri Bhaslar
    July 24, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    What lens was on the UM4.6k?

    • Noam Kroll
      July 25, 2016 at 1:39 am

      Canon 24-105 for the whole thing.

      • Christian Hubbard
        August 9, 2016 at 8:30 am

        Also used the tokina 11-16 for indoor shots! 🙂

  • Mike Kozlenko
    July 24, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Do you prefer shooting with V-Log or V-Look? Shooting a project with this coming up & am really looking forward to your perspective on the cam & workflow.

    • Noam Kroll
      July 25, 2016 at 1:38 am

      Hey Mike! I only shot with V-Log and it was pretty incredible… I’ll try to share some detailed thoughts on it soon, but generally I think you’ll love the camera if your experience is anything like mine was.


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