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Valentine – A short film

February 7, 2011

Valentine’s Day! Actually, I’m still not a huge fan of holidays that require you to buy crap for other people. Don’t get me wrong, I love to take care of my wife. I just think it’s moronic to have a day where I should feel obligated to take my wife out (or lover) for an expensive dinner filled with wine and overpriced food. I think it’s soooo much more special if I decide to do that out of my own free will (which I love to do!).

Not only that, but have you tried to go to a nice restaurant on Valentines day? Unless your lover likes waiting for 2 hours then you should feel stupid…learn how to cook a special meal and buy wine for half the price at a wine store.

Oh! The film…Preproduction was fairly limited to just an outline that I wrote a couple months ago. Even with something this simple I’m learning you can’t really over prepare for anything film. Doesn’t mean you can’t or won’t change things while shooting, but it took us a good hour and half just to pick out the the table accents. That could have been a full extra hour of shooting or planning more creative shots.

If I would have had a shot list I also could have left the lighting in place for more than one take. About every 2 minutes I was moving the lighting around. Luckily I had simple lighting.

I used the Nikon D7000 of course.
Nikkor 50mm 1.2 AIS
Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.5 dx
Manfrotto 501 HDV Fluid head
A little slider action at the end
Lighting was a cheap 300W focusing tungsten flood w/barn doors (first time using that)