With input from actor and writer Jan Hlobil, director and cinematographer Rene Smaal presents a film in the true surrealist tradition, in the sense that only 'found' elements were used, and...
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With input from actor and writer Jan Hlobil, director and cinematographer Rene Smaal presents a film in the true surrealist tradition, in the sense that only 'found' elements were used, and that it defies interpretation based on ordinary cause-and-effect time sequence.
The film is a 'one-shot short', shot in the afternoon of 15 September 2018 on the set of another film at the High Tech Campus Eindhoven Netherlands. It was totally improvised by the actor (Jan Hlobil) after being given only a basic set of instructions by the director (Rene Smaal) who also did the cinematography. The camera used was a Fujifilm X-H1, with a Voigtländer Super Wide-Heliar 15mm f/4.5 Aspherical prime lens, mounted on a tripod. The film was shot in DCI4K at 24 frames per second, and a shutter angle of 360° for maximum motion blur at the selected frame rate. Sound was recorded by a Zoom H4N Pro recorder which was positioned out of view and close to the action. Ambient light was used as the only source of illumination. The film was edited by Rene Smaal using Blender's sequence editor, version 2.79. The post processing workflow consisted of adding the video source file and the recorded audio track to the time line, syncing the externally recorded audio track to that which was recorded in-camera, and muting the latter. In the film, a split-screen effect was used by cutting and re-using a short sequence, making it seamlessly blend in by applying some minute key framed exposure corrections (up to 0.3 stop). The exposure corrections were needed because during the time span between the two sequences, the light had changed subtly. Finally, in Blender the white balancing and color grading were done - only minor adjustments were needed. Closing credits were created using The Gimp, in the form of three high-res PNG stills which were then imported in the Blender time line and animated using key frames. In Blender, the following plugins were used: Kinoraw Tools, VSE Quick Functions, EasyFX, and Cycles Render Engine. The render time of the film was 25 minutes and 41 seconds on a Mac Pro 8-Core with 22GB RAM running Linux. The length of the film was 1,296 frames. See more »