Last summer I directed a short film titled Starlet that I am finally releasing today! The film itself was shot in just one day on the Panasonic Varicam LT, and edited relatively quickly afterwards in DaVinci Resolve. That said, I decided to put it on the shelf for a while as I became sidetracked with other projects – namely my latest feature film.
While Starlet was about 80% of the way through post-production way back in August, it wasn’t until yesterday that I decided to dust it off and put the finishing touches on it. This involved some minor re-editing, music licensing, color grading, and post-audio work. I can’t help but laugh at the process a bit, since this short is not even 3 minutes long, and yet it took this long to get done. But better late than never!
Some of you have been asking to see the film ever since I released this raw behind the scenes video from our shoot, so for those of you that have been waiting, thank you for your patience…
The production itself was tiny, and consisted of myself (Director/DP), my wife (Producer), our camera operator, location sound recordist, a makeup artist, and a PA. It was very much a skeleton crew, and like many of my other films was done on almost no budget… But in this case, that’s really all we needed to pull it off.
So without further ado, here is Starlet –
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Really nice, Noam.
Congrats. I love the way you manage to transform your ideas into actual films with skeleton crews and low budget.
And I really love the image from the Varicam LT. The upcoming Pana camera is supposed to share the same sensor but at half of the price. Anyways, it’s way out of my league and I love the image from my A6500 despite its shortcomings.
Very much appreciate the note, and really glad you enjoyed the film! The LT is certainly an amazing camera, and if the new Panny camera does in face share the same sensor (I believe we’ll find out tomorrow), I might just be a Panasonic customer again… haha! Glad to hear the A6500 is working out so well for you! It’s a powerful little camera, that is for sure.
Lovely, especially the opening sequence. Great job
Thank you so much Kayode.
Great concept Noam. Really cool piece. I liked this a lot.
Awesome – thanks Luke! Appreciate the note.
Great short! Looks really awesome and has nice twist. I’m curious about your work-flow for the B&W segments. They look really great.
Thank you Glenn! Funnily enough, it took me a lot longer to grade the B & W shots than the color footage. Mainly because I was going for a really high contrast look, so it took quite a bit of finessing to get everything to match, while also avoiding any clipping in the highlights.
I started by creating a general look in DaVinci that I applied to all of the opening shots. It was essentially a LUT that I created that got everything about 80% of the way there. I then went it and fine tuned each shot to ensure the levels were looking good. Typically, I would actually do these steps in reverse (matching shots first, and then applying the LUT), but in this case I ended up working backwards.
Thanks for taking the time to talk about your work-flow, Norm. Much appreciated.
Any time Glenn!
really a great work! Amazing story, great images, super filmic B&W and colors!
I look forward to watch your feature!
Thank you again Simone!