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Sean Simms
Re: Fast Lenses
on Aug 10, 2011 at 12:20:06 am

I am a writer, director, producer and production designer for my films.

I'm shoot with DSLR's 5D, 7D or 60D.

I like making narrative films with beautiful backgrounds so I want them to show up in the film.

I shoot under low light because I create a mood that is part of the beauty of the film.

If you want an example of something I shoot and why a short depth of field didn't work you can see my film "Tasha's Dream " here.

It's a ten minute short with an incredible background that is a cinematographer's dream but in some scenes one just doesn't see the details of the "art work"/production design because of the narrow dof.
(EX: In the first scene the girl is in front of a mirror but the beauty of the mirror frame is blurred)

You will also notice that their are places where the characters are in shadow with no detail.

And finally, I have been shooting with a high ISO (usually around 800) to compensate for the low-light but I did get more grain then I wanted.

My DP was young 21 (though he was making a living shooting commercials for people) and had seen my previous work so was willing to work for peanuts. (the total budget of this film was only $1,000) so I got something good for a little bit of money but next year I will be making a feature film version of Tasha's Dream (my first feature) and I want to get this low light shooting problem worked out before production.

I did not think of shooting with a "normal" HD video a sony z1u or maybe a E3 because I thought that the low light capabilities of the Cannon 5D (with its adjustable ISO and full 35mm frame sensor would pick up so much more).

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