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#1 Hunter Hampton

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 03:23 PM

Finally making some progress on a short film I am dp-ing/directing. Honestly, it doesn't feel quite like a "real" film as there are only two characters, Zero dollars and (most likely) no dialog but what the heck. I plan on fitting a few hours here and there over the next few months to get it done- I guess this is really just an excuse to try something new and have fun.

I completed the first screen test over the weekend and I think I found the look/tone I want:


Screen test link: http://vimeo.com/10532805


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Thanks for checking it out, I will keep posted on the (slow) progress and upload stills along the way.

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 03:53 PM

Finally making some progress on a short film I am dp-ing/directing. Honestly, it doesn't feel quite like a "real" film as there are only two characters, Zero dollars and (most likely) no dialog but what the heck. I plan on fitting a few hours here and there over the next few months to get it done- I guess this is really just an excuse to try something new and have fun.

I completed the first screen test over the weekend and I think I found the look/tone I want:


Screen test link: http://vimeo.com/10532805


Some stills attached.

Thanks for checking it out, I will keep posted on the (slow) progress and upload stills along the way.


hey man,

great looking footage, love the feel! what'd you shoot it with? I really like the low contrast look/lighting. I'd be interested to know how you got those washed out, veiling flares, almost looks like you were shooting a pane of glass the whole time. Really nice.

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#3 Hunter Hampton

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 08:42 PM

Thanks Bobby. I admit its pretty extreme and could be toned down a bit. I am basically just shooting with lens blocks I have extracted from vinatge lenses and allowing light to bleed, its quite hard to control at times. Im shooting on a "digital eyemo" ; )
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Posted 30 March 2010 - 09:00 PM

Good Job. What exactly is a Digital Eymo, pray tell?
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#5 Hunter Hampton

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Posted 31 March 2010 - 09:48 AM

Hey Saul, Im using a 5d mark 2- I saw that Jon Fauer called them something like digital eyemo's.
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#6 Ricky Norris

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Posted 03 April 2010 - 01:27 AM

Hunter, that looks so great man.
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#7 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 03 April 2010 - 02:10 AM

Love the images Hunter, very beautiful!

Interesting way of simplifying the image to it's most basic components. I often feel that the simpler we make our images, the more expressive and communicative they have the potential to be. Looking forward to your finished film, good luck!
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#8 Rob Vogt

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 06:35 PM

Nice stuff Rich. I thought I've seen that image of the hand with the tea a while ago on your thread about the Neat Image degraining plugin here... What vintage lenses are you using?
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#9 Hunter Hampton

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 05:20 PM

Thanks guys. Rob- I got a thing for tea & coffee... and well, beer for that matter. Im using a butchered Pentax 58mm f2.0 preset lens for most of the shooting. I do have some old single coat vivitar lenses from the t-mount days that might see some use. Hope to get some filming done next weekend.
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Posted 08 April 2010 - 10:49 PM

Looks great, that technique to get those really soft/flared images is really interesting.

Would you be able to talk more about how your camera's set up to get the effect. Trying to understand how you 'Bleed the light in', I might have done something similar, is it where your separating the lens and body of the camera and controlling the amount of light directly hitting the sensor? I take it your method has more to do with the vintage lenses your using though?

Cool stuff.
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#11 Hunter Hampton

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 09:14 AM

Thats exactly right. Im just letting light bleed in between the space between the mount and the lens. The lenses I am using though are allready low in contrast and prone to flare.
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Posted 10 April 2010 - 12:45 PM

Thats exactly right. Im just letting light bleed in between the space between the mount and the lens. The lenses I am using though are allready low in contrast and prone to flare.


Did the same thing on a spec commercial a little while ago.
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#13 ryan knight

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Posted 11 April 2010 - 11:09 PM

fascinating innovation. but how do you mount the lenses to allow for light to sneak in between the mounts?
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#14 Hunter Hampton

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 04:24 PM

fascinating innovation. but how do you mount the lenses to allow for light to sneak in between the mounts?


Thats just it, you dont mount the lens.
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Posted 13 April 2010 - 10:23 PM

Thats just it, you dont mount the lens.


so you hold (with hands, or some kind of static rig) the body and lens aligned as such to render an image, but allow a space for light to seep between the rear element and the sensor?

that rudimentary?

wow. wicked.
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Posted 13 April 2010 - 10:27 PM

but how does that work?

doesn't the camera need to detect the digital signal from the lens, electronically, to get an image.
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#17 Hunter Hampton

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 12:00 AM

All lenses do is project an image, you dont need to have the lens mounted physically for it to do its job. Only thing I could say Im doing different, is that the lenses I am doing this with have been modified so that I have full range of focus while letting light bleed behind the lens.
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Posted 14 April 2010 - 07:42 AM

All lenses do is project an image, you dont need to have the lens mounted physically for it to do its job. Only thing I could say Im doing different, is that the lenses I am doing this with have been modified so that I have full range of focus while letting light bleed behind the lens.


i'm thinking digital.

the footage in the posted 'coffee' montage originated on film, i'm assuming?
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Posted 14 April 2010 - 09:11 AM

I'm likin' this dreamy imagery... very cool. I'm certainly interested to see the short when it's complete.
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#20 Hunter Hampton

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Posted 14 April 2010 - 02:54 PM

the footage in the posted 'coffee' montage originated on film, i'm assuming?


No film on this one- im using the 5d mark 2.
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