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Samuel Berger

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Questions On The Cinematography of "HATERS BACK OFF!"

11 February 2019 - 06:44 PM

"Haters Back Off!" is a very unique oddity. I first became aware of it through my daughter, who seems to be on top of whatever is popular at the moment. She tends to predict trends among young people quite accurately. Well, one day I caught her watching this on Netflix and after watching some of it, I told her it was probably not kid-friendly. She then pointed out it was in the children's section of Netflix. I was surprised to see it was true. There was something unsettling about it. So I watched the whole episode with her and I realised then that it was the awkward camerawork that was unsettling, not the silly humour.

 

"Haters Back Off!" is a nightmarish rendition of what it is like to be truly subhuman in an incomprehensible world: it shows a victim of incompetent (albeit caring) parenting and her inability to understand the society she inhabits. The protagonist, Miranda Sings, is infantilised by her mother and uncle, both also lacking in sufficient self-awareness, and dreams of being famous because, after all, it's what she believes she deserves anyway.

 

And it's all played for laughs.

 

Treacherously shot in British Columbia when it should have been shot here in Washington (It takes place in Tacoma after all), the weapon of choice was a Sony F55. I don't know how much work it was for them to get usable images out of a pair of Sonys, but it worked. The look is inspired by the film NAPOLEON DYNAMITE and it shows.

 

Here is the trailer. Would you agree that most of it looks like it was shot on a 24mm lens?

 

 

This is the awkward frankencamera shoulder rig seen in most of the behind-the-scenes footage. Anyone familiar with this rig and what all is in it? Just curious. Seems to have a lot of stuff!

 

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Although the show is considered a single-camera sitcom, there were actually two cameras running at all times.

 

I really love this show. It looks like the Sony F55 they used had a sensor size of 24x12.7mm and my Ursa Mini 4K sensor is 22mm x 11.88mm. I imagine the 24mm would look about the same?

 

Thanks for any info on this, it's my favourite sitcom at the moment.

 

 

 


I feel guilty about selling a camera. Any advice?

10 February 2019 - 07:14 PM

Back in the Fall of 2017 I was planning to produce a film in 16mm, sometime in the Spring of 2018, so I geared up and had Bernie O'Doherty overhaul my two Eclair NPR cameras and convert them to Ultra 16. I also purchased 8 film magazines and had him overhaul them. Everything looks and works great. I had him work on lenses as well.

 

But, as some of you know, things didn't go as planned and the cameras are just sitting there. I spent a LOT on them.

 

What I'm thinking of doing is selling them. I can't see myself ever saving up the budget for that film again and I have to live in reality. The problem of course is that I will never make on them the amount I spent. So I'll be losing a LOT of money.

 

I don't know if I should sell them or hold on to them. If I ever do make that film, it won't be for several years. I've learned to be okay with digital instead of film because in the end, I'm not rich and I can't find financing. I'd rather be shooting digital than shooting nothing due to having no money for film.

 

Is there a formula for calculating whether I should sell these cameras? Ha. I might have my sister sell one on eBay to see if anyone reaches my price. But even if it sells, the loss will be substantial.


What cameras do Disney/Nickelodeon use for their sitcoms?

02 February 2019 - 05:11 PM

Does anyone know what cameras they use for shows like LIV AND MADDIE, COUSINS FOR LIFE, BUNK'D, etc?

If I'm not mistaken, the stuff produced by Mar Vista use FS7s, but that seems to be for features.

 

My kids were watching some older Nick sitcoms and they seem to hold up pretty well!


Has anyone seen footage from a BMPCC on the big screen?

19 October 2018 - 09:32 PM

I know someone shot a horror flick on the BMPCC that ended up in a festival in NYC.

 

 

I'm wondering if BMPCC footage looks embarrassing in a theatre or if it just looks like S16.


Strangest thing just happened: I ran into Tyler while thinking about him

23 August 2018 - 12:20 AM

So I'm in L.A. this week conducting some business and end up staying at the Motel 6 in Sherman Oaks. The place is crappy and around bedtime I try to switch off the light above the sink in the entryway, and it turns out the switch is broken. I complain to the guy in the front desk and he says he can't do anything but change our room in the morning.  I twisted off the frosted plastic cover and it turns out there's no bulb I could unscrew. I'd need to cover that light somehow. "Now if only I had some gaffer's tape and foil", I thought. So I went to Target to buy some foil and masking tape.

 

On the mile and a half drive I start thinking about this project I was going to shoot in Seattle. It got canceled, I ran out of money before it even began, and started saving to move here. And I thought of Tyler because I had told him about this project. 

 

So I'm at Target in the first floor and I get this sales assistant to take me to where the sleeping masks are, in case my plan fails, and who do I run into?

 

Tyler Purcell. 

 

I was so shocked I forgot how to speak for a second. In fact I was so surprised I forgot to take a selfie with him to prove to my wife that this actually happened. I was in a hurry and we exchanged a few words and I drove back with a huge smile in my face because I took it as a sign that my project will happen some day. 

 

Made my trip, let me tell ya!


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