cinematography of Chris Marker's La Jetée
Posted 31 March 2012 - 03:17 PM
in this way the whole film could have an organic visual narrative and a balance between the past and the present times.
besides many theorical debates (whether la jetée is photography or cinematography) i've not found much on the internet and i was wondering if anyone would share more technical infos about the way the film was captured.
my guess is that it was shot on agfa film stock, as most of european films of those times, medium format 6 x 4,5 cm (equal to 1.33:1 aspect ratio).
could anyone share any more info on this?
thx a lot
Posted 01 April 2012 - 01:10 AM
Posted 05 April 2012 - 02:14 PM
In the commentary on the Criterion DVD, Marker, I believe, states that he shot with still film because he couldn't afford to shoot motion picture film. For the one "motion" shot, he borrowed a friend's movie camera for a few hours. Whether or not this is true, I have no way of knowing.
I actually believe it was all shot as a movie and the decision to reduce it to still frames was made in post.
Posted 05 April 2012 - 03:56 PM
Posted 05 April 2012 - 05:46 PM
Posted 07 April 2012 - 08:14 AM
We took La Jetée as a reference, with still-ish sequences representing memories (or are they imagined scenes written in a novel? - that's the question the film asks). We considered shooting stills, but ended up shooting cine at 6fps (to get some motion blur), selecting key frames in a moving shot and step-printing them to freeze the action for the right amount of time until the next key frame came up.
However, like Chris Marker we couldn't afford much film, so those sequences were shot in 16mm - and the 6fps helped with stock costs too, although that was mostly for creative reasons.
Posted 07 April 2012 - 01:34 PM
That is all that is mentioned. I would guess that the finished film was assembled on an animation stand or optical printer.