You may have caught this cool article on No Film Schoolabout Claudio Miranda (DP of Life of Pi) using the Sony F65 on the new film Oblivion. Apparently this is the first feature to use Sony’s new benchmark camera. Part of the strength that comes from using this camera is it’s high dynamic range. In the case of this film, this dynamic range allowed the filmmakers to take advantage of projection. Watch this behind the scenes video to see the clever way they used it.
Before the age of Green Screen, filmmakers like Hitchcock were using projection to take the audience where to story needed to go, without losing the controlled environment of a studio. The scene in Psycho when Marion drives in the car while having a mental battle with her demons is a prefect example.
Although there are strengths and weaknesses to both green screen and projection. I’ve always liked the organic visual aesthetic of projection. Having an image in the environment lends to a much better creative environment. Additionally the nerd inside of me just finds it very cool.
When I first got into filmmaking I was very inspired by Michel Gondry’s work and “hand made” style of filmmaking. Two of his music videos had really cleaver ways of using projection. The Lucas with the lid off video, possibly my favorite of Gondry’s, uses the rear projection in a simliar way to filmmakers of yesteryear. Later in his career Gondry started to take this technique to new levels with his video for the White Stripes Dead Leaves on the Dirty Ground. It’s hard to put into words how projection is used here so you might as well take a look for yourself.
In our new age of digital cinema, technology has progressed to exciting levels. Cameras like the F65, Alexia, and Red Epic are undoubtedly changing the game. Projection technology has experienced some strong growth as well. More and more concepts are coming to life using projection mapping.
Most examples are somewhat novel, but they are starting to gain traction. I’m excited to start implementing projection mapping as a story telling device. We are preparing for some new projects in spring and hope to experiment with projection in the process. Keep you eyes peeled.
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If you haven’t had a chance to see Django unchained, I suggest you do. If you like what Tarantino did with Inglorious Bastards I’m sure you like this. I might go as far as to say that Tarantino has found/created a genre that he works perfectly in.