I have wanted to do this short film for about a year now. I finally got round to doing it today.
Ever since I heard the track “My Autumn’s done come” on the CD Late Night Tales by Air I saw it in pictures. I made a storyboard in my head every time I heard it, planning each shot for each line. Finding the time was the tough bit.
I had planned on hiring an extra to do. Someone in their seventies, but I was worried about my demands on them so I kept putting it off. Being home at Christmas I thought why not just get my dad to do it. He’s 62, not as old as I planned but perhaps more appropriate to the lyrics. Oddly he said yes!
The location was my family home, the garden and Maidstone town centre. Originally I had shot some shots of mum with him at the end but I cut her out (sorry mum, please forgive me) as it had a natural end with the remote control.
Everything was shot 60fps slow motion on the Sony Ex1 in 720p 25p mode. I used my Sigma 20mm, Zeiss Macro (a lot) 50mm T2, Zeiss 85mm, Nikon 180mm f2.8 and my Hartblei 65mm Titlt Shift Lens. I was planning on doing it on the Brevis and Flip but due to some spacer issues I used my trusty Letus Extreme that I used on Piccadilly Furs, Kew Gardens in Winter and Lost Times. It performed SO well. No extra light was used. Everything was available.
Thanks so much to dad for his patience (although we knocked it off in just over 2 hours!) and was edited in not much more. It’s so quick when it’s all storyboarded!
Two things to point out. It’s all graded using Magic Bullet Looks. All Vignette’s are done in post and the slight pulsing in background of the first few shots looks like it’s an issue with the frequency of the bathroom’s lighting. I didn’t pick it up in the viewfinder (no external monitor was used for any of the shots.)
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