I have been making a series of shorts for Five News and Sky about Anorexia Nervosa. They have been authored and have mostly featured one girl Ali Valenzuela. Today I shot part 6, which this time focuses on a woman who turned to cocaine so she could curb her appetite and lose a dress size and ended up addicted to it and Anorexic.
The first three I shot on the JVC HD201 and the Brevis adaptor. Parts 4 and 5 I used the Z1 and the Letus Extreme. Today I used my current dream combo of the Letus Extreme and the EX1.
I was really happy with the low light of this camera today. I shot in 1080p 25p and had the shutter off which makes it set at 1/25th. I shot mostly using my 50mm Zeiss Macro T2 and my Nikon 105mm F2 DC and a few shots using a Sigma 28mm F1.8.
It was incredibly challenging as we were in a rehab centre in Luton, not the best place in the world and the room we were given was pretty bland. In fact that was an understatement. It had 1 wall with windows on it. 3 other blank walls with a few posters and lots and lots of chairs. The other films I had nice locations to film in. This one I had just this room, for two interviews and any other shots.
I decided to make the most of what I had so I made it start. I used one light, a Rifa 55 softbox with eggcrate diffuser, a wally dolly so I could go wider or tighter without having to keep changing lenses and a Marshall monitor stuck onto the tripod using a Manfrotto magic arm.
Below are some pics of the set up…
I had one problem once I got set up. I noticed a speck of dirt on the GG that had appeared since I last used it. This concerned me as the last time this happened was after I shot “Piccadilly Furs” and when I pulled the Letus apart I broke it. So I decided to try and live with it. I wish I hadn’t. It looks awful on some of the shots, it’s going to cause me quite a few post problems. When I got home, I carefully removed four screws to access the ground glass, blew the dirt off, put it back together again with no problems. I wish I had done that earlier!
Here are some un graded screen grabs for you to see.
I am editing this on Monday, so you should be able to see the finished piece not long after. I think it is being broadcast on Wednesday.
Tomorrow if I get a couple of hours I will retest the Letus mini/ HV20 combo properly. Will post results here. Have a great weekend!
EDIT: You can see the finished short under Anorexia on my website. Shame about the bit of dirt in a couple of shots!
See the series here.