It’s been just over a week since I shot my first project on the Digital Bolex D16, and I have to say I have been really impressed by the quality of the images off this camera. As I mentioned in my previous post, the D16 offers arguably the most authentic Super 16mm look out there, and even in retrospect it was the perfect choice for our shoot.
In the near future I will be posting a full article on the D16, not only outlining it’s strengths and weaknesses, but also explaining how I like to shoot with the camera, and grade the footage to get the best results. Shortly after I will also be releasing the full film online, as well as a behind the scenes featurette, which I think many of you will really enjoy.
For now though, I wanted to create this short post as a means to share some screenshots captured on the D16 during our shoot. All of the images you see below were shot at ISO 200 in 2K resolution, with the Veydra C-Mount Cinema Lenses – which were absolutely phenomenal to work with.
Take a look:
All of the images above were color graded in DaVinci Resolve using the Film Convert plugin. You can buy Film Convert for 10% off by clicking this link and using the code: KROLL
Working with the D16 posed a number of challenges – mostly in the lighting department, since we were shooting mostly at night at ISO 200. But in the end, these challenges ended up driving our team to find unique and creative solutions to our issues, and ultimately they worked in our favor. I will certainly be working with the D16 again in the future and am looking forward to seeing how it performs in different environments.
As mentioned above, there will be more D16 material coming out soon, as well as the usual stream of gear reviews, insight, production tips, and more – so stay tuned!
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!