film

Elizabeth

Today I wanted to share some stills from a short I’m currently working on. The short, titled ‘Elizabeth’, acts as somewhat of a prequel to a longer short I will be shooting in late March/early April. The films revolve around two characters, Jack and Elizabeth. Elizabeth is a young prostitute desperate for money and desperate to get into a different line of work. Her daughter is sick and she is steps away from becoming homeless….

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Espíritu

A ghost love story shot for a cinematography class. This was my first time using the Steadicam Merlin 2 for an actual short. I have to say that all the online reviews I read before purchasing the Merlin were right! Huge, huge learning curve. If you can get it right, though, so worth it. When correctly balanced it makes every shot smooth. Unfortunately, I still have quite a bit of practicing to do; as you…

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A Colon and a Parentheses

I have been fortunate enough to have very willing friends when it comes to my hobbies. Honestly, when you’re starting out in photography or film, or any field for that matter, it really helps to have people willing to help you or at least support you. I’ve been lucky in that I have both! I can only name a handful of shoots over the past few years that didn’t require me asking for some assistance….

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Episode IV: A New Home

Episode IV: A New Home

As is deliciously and glaringly obvious, I have a new home! I realize that not even a couple of months ago I welcomed everyone to the new Retro Penguin, but the site just wasn’t doing it for me, so I decided to take a risk and follow through with the overhaul I had been planning for several months.  So I say again, welcome to the new new Retro Penguin! This overhaul, which includes me hosting this…

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Cinematography Practice

Cinematography Practice

  My first project for cinematography was to photograph three objects of the same kind in different compositions. I originally had considered some tall, white candlesticks I have but I came across these decorative wooden balls in my apartment and thought they had a much more interesting texture. I changed up the lighting each time, as well. My lighting sources include natural light from the windows, candlelight and a small desk lamp.      …

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Shooting on 16mm Film

Shooting on 16mm Film

I was pretty nervous about shooting on film for my first time when I did this project back in April. I had shot on film before for photography, but the process for video is quite different. Luckily, things were exposed correctly in the end and our developing facility did an excellent job in processing. I have to say, I ended up really enjoying working with film. Nothing compares to the end result. However, as I…

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Smoking Spirits

Smoking Spirits

Large black bath towel, check. Desk lamp and reflector, check. Hookah, check. Makeshift studio in my living room, check. Also, person willing to pose for you, check.             Shots were made possible with all the aforementioned objects. Shout out to all the Russians who, for some reason, read this blog. Cпасибо!  

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The Art of the Machine

The Art of the Machine

Whilst I was rummaging through my garage yesterday I came upon this super duper neat Minolta camera and thought to myself, wow! What other useless junk might I have lying around?! Just kidding. Cameras are anything but useless. Except maybe when you don’t have any film handy and all the cameras you own are SLR’s. For you tech-babies, that means that way back in the day cameras required little rolls of film to take photos…

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