My short cinematic story of ants and man is completed. Hopefully it’s as enjoyable to watch as it was to create. I have to say it would have been completely different if not for the beautiful music by David Lemus. I would really appreciate a view by either clicking the image or playing the video below.
Another shot revealed from the film – Trailer coming tomorrow!
Here I used the Prinzflex 28mm F2.8. It’s one of my favourite lenses even though it has a very soft focus. While I can always fix the sharpness a little in post, there’s something this lens does that I can’t replicate in the edit. The focal plane of this lens is concave rather than being convex (parallel to the convexity of the glass). This means that while the subject in the middle of the frame is in focus (not entirely true in this shot), the edges of the frame will keep slightly more distant objects in focus while the background in the middle will be more out of focus.
You can somewhat see this effect in this shot. The bokeh in the middle of the frame is much wider than bokeh on the edges – note that the leaves in the centre are much closer than those on the edges too! I used this lens a lot in sequences containing ants, to give a wide angle picture of the scene but making it look “a little off” just like macro photography looks in comparison to e.g. landscapes.
This shot is from a sequence where ants have not been introduced yet. It’s a hint at the perspective of an ant – in actuality, the camera is in a bag that the actor is reaching into to take out some bread, but it should give a little clue to what’s coming.
Having a lot of freedom regarding interview topic, I decided to film my grandmother who’s started showing signs of dementia. I wanted to give a glimpse into the life of a dementia sufferer and to show that it’s not just about forgetfulness.
Unfortunately it is subtitled as she knows no English.
Unfortunately artificial lighting but by this point it got quite dark so I wouldn’t be able to snap this in natural light. Reminds me of macro scenes from old documentaries where studios weren’t as elaborate as today and black backgrounds were OK.