The 3 Pitfalls Of Single Location Filmmaking
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by Noam Kroll
3w ago
One of the cornerstones of independent, micro-budget productions is undeniably single-location filmmaking. It’s practically a rite of passage for first time feature filmmakers.  Limiting your production scope to one (or possibly two) main locations has long been one of the best ways to save time and money on a DIY production. This is why it’s often recommended as a model for your first feature film. The benefits are so obvious… Working within a single location simplifies production in every way. You need less time, can avoid company moves, and can cut down on logistical expenses ..read more
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My Journey To Find The Perfect Aspect Ratio
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by Noam Kroll
1M ago
If you’ve been following my blog for long enough, you probably know I am a little obsessed with aspect ratios. They are one of the most simple, yet powerful tools we all have at our disposal as filmmakers. In recent years, aspect-ratio choice has become far less standardized than it ever was before.  In the early days of cinema, virtually everything was shot in 1.37:1. This later evolved into 1.85:1 and again into 2.39:1. Each of these ratios were at one time the de-facto standard.  2.39:1 is still the most common in modern feature filmmaking. But it is ..read more
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The Paradox Of Originality In Filmmaking
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by Noam Kroll
1M ago
Arguably the most misleading piece of advice given to emerging filmmakers is to be “original” with their work.  To break new ground, and do something never done before… While this advice may sound good on the surface – and is usually well intentioned – it also completely misses the mark. When someone tells you to be original, they are placing the entire emphasis on the outcome. And not at all on the process that it takes to get there. The inference is that to produce something truly original, you must avoid inspiration from other films or works that you may be drawn to. But ..read more
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How Jordan Peele’s NOPE Delivered The Best Day For Night Shots In Cinema
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by Noam Kroll
3M ago
Of any film that has attempted to shoot using day for night tactics, none pulled it off better than NOPE. But director Jordan Peele and DP Hoyte van Hoytema had to use some incredibly innovative techniques to get there. If you’re not familiar with day for night, it’s simply the practice of shooting scenes in the daytime and color correcting them to appear as if shot at night. This can be hugely beneficial to productions of all types, saving loads of time and money by avoiding overnight shoots and limiting lighting gear. Day for night techniques have been used in cinema for many decades. You ca ..read more
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How To Stand Out As a Filmmaker In The Most Saturated Market Of All Time
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by Noam Kroll
3M ago
In the last year… 17,000+ films were submitted to Sundance. 100,000+ new films were produced or released. 1,000,000+ filmmakers actively worked on original material. And in the next few years these numbers will only grow exponentially. Most filmmakers ignore the realities of how saturated the market has become. They put everything into a single film, submit it to a festival, and convince themselves it will break through. That may have been a plausible strategy 20 years ago. But it certainly is not today. It’s never been more important to stand out.  Some understand ..read more
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Antique Petzval Lenses: The Secret Ingredient Behind Hollywood’s Greatest Portrait Shots
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by Noam Kroll
4M ago
In recent years, Hollywood has become more open minded to unconventional creative choices – whether in regards to aspect ratios, coverage style, or glass. As part of this trend, we’ve seen many older / obscure lenses (including vintage Petzval portrait lenses), make their way onto major motion pictures. I previously wrote an article all about the lenses used on Poor Things, which you can read here. In short, I loved their eclectic lens choices – ranging from fisheye to zoom – which were juxtaposed in the edit for striking cuts. Of all the lenses used on that film, my favorites were the 58mm an ..read more
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Don’t Quit Filmmaking: How To Deal With Rejection As A Filmmaker
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by Noam Kroll
4M ago
There are countless reasons why filmmakers quit. But perhaps the most common culprit is rejection. All filmmakers face pushback when trying to build a career. Whether it’s a well meaning parent suggesting a more “stable” job, or an envious friend discouraging their creativity. Early on, most filmmakers are able to shut out the noise and keep going, at least for a period of time. But inevitably, at some point they start to face real rejection from the industry. And when that happens, it calls back and validates all the negative feedback they’ve received. Earlier this week I share ..read more
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4 Stunning Lenses Used On POOR THINGS To Achieve A Gorgeous Art-House Palette
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by Noam Kroll
4M ago
Poor Things is an amazing feature film that achieves beautiful visuals through unconventional lens choices. In this article, we will explore four of the lenses used to create this signature look. Before we unpack each lens, it’s worth noting that the film benefitted from an array of glass – not just the four lenses we will highlight today. For instance, Bella’s reanimation sequence was shot on a vintage camera (Beaumont Vista Vision), which required very specific glass. Namely adapted Leica APO Summicron-R and Telyt-R lenses that ranged in focal length from 19mm – 135mm. The Vista Vision ..read more
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Shooting An 8mm Vampire Short Film With The New Kodak Super 8 Camera
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by Noam Kroll
4M ago
Last week I got a chance to shoot on the new Kodak Super 8 camera on a new short film. Below, I share a quick behind the scenes look into this project and my experience with the camera. In the next few weeks, I will be sharing a more detailed review of the new Kodak Super 8 Camera, along with test footage and stills. But for now, here’s how this short film came together – The Challenge: A Single Roll Of 50D Recently I made a goal of shooting a short film every month in 2024. Both as a means to experiment with my craft, and share the results & process here with all of you. Having just come ..read more
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A List Of Modern Movies Shot In Non-Standard Aspect Ratios
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by Noam Kroll
5M ago
Using a non-standard aspect ratio is one of the most effective ways to subtly shift the tone of your film. In this post, I’ve highlighted some contemporary movies that benefitted from non-standard (often vintage) aspect ratio choices. I’ve written a lot about alternative aspect ratios, including in this article about picking the right aspect for your movie. But for those looking for even more inspiration, check out the list of films below. Each of which broke away from a conventional 1.85:1 / 2.39:1 format. 1:1 – Mommy Very few films have ever been shot using a fully square aspect ratio. But ..read more
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