This is a cinematography test featuring Sean O’Malley who will play the role of Iago. We are going for a Film Noir look. We are playing with light and dark. This was shot on the Canon 5D Mark iii in high compression h.264. I will not be using Magic Lantern RAW in order to save time, money, expense, and complexity. The way I look at it, it’s like shooting on positive film. Riskier in a way but has its benefits. One of my favorite movies of all time, Pi, was shot in B/W positive.

In terms of lights, we used all LED lights: Apurture, Fotodiox, F&V Ring Light, and a 160 Ebay light. Our goal is to get this lit once and tweak only a little bit throughout the shoot. The less we have to move the lights, the faster we can shoot. I did a pre-setup on Thursday just to see what it sort of looked like. On Saturday, with no lights set up, it took me about an hour to set up the table, lights, water, tripod, and camera.

When Sean is sitting by the desk, it might be a little too dark when facing the monitor.

Special thanks to: Sean O’Malley, Noah Felipe, Larissa Nielsen, Mark Worsham, Christine Hancock, Christina Shaver, and the Hawaii Filmmaker’s Collective.

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