Shot on SCARLET M-X: M is for Members Only

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Written and Directed by Chris Cullari and Jennifer Raite. Shot by DP Elie Smolkin on 3GR’s RED Scarlet + RED Pro Primes. It’s an entry into the ABC’s of Death competition. Give “M is for Members Only” a “LIKE” to vote for it in the competition.

1st Assistant Camera: Noam Bleiweiss

Gaffer: Tyler Bell

Key Grip: Tina Densmore

 

Shot on SCARLET M-X: Americana

Shot on RED Scarlet w/ Zeiss Standard Speeds by DP + 3GR Featured Filmmaker Chloe Weaver. Directed by  Terry Gingles.

1st AC: Ian Barbella
Key Grip: Ranjeet Rajan

Shot on SCARLET M-X: AT&T “Show & Tell”

Directed by Michael Klein. Produced by Raúl B. Fernández. Shot on RED Scarlet + Angenieux Optimo DP Zooms by DP Adam Bricker.

 

 

Crew:
1st AC: Chloe Weaver
Operator: Elie Smolkin
Gaffer: Cody Banks
Key Grip: Armando Colunga

Shot on SCARLET M-X: Teaser for Lassiter’s “The Opportunist”

Directed by David Lassiter, Shot by DP Mike Fuchs, Colored by Tyler Roth.

Read more about the film here.

Shot on SCARLET M-X: “The Opportunist”

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Last November, I had an idea – I wanted to write and direct a character-driven drama centered around a single protagonist who would drive the film. The character would be played by best friend and roommate Nick Clifford, with whom I’d long talked about collaborating. Nick is a good-looking guy who a books a lot of all-American roles,  but I had in mind something a little darker. So I started writing. The result was “The Opportunist,” my first short as a writer/director. The film tells the story of a night in the life of a social shape-shifter addicted to the visceral thrill of invading the lives of others. I’ve always been fascinated by the hyper-social, people who just seem to know how to effortlessly work a room, but I became increasing fixated on the idea of someone who had that skill, but who used it for less than pure ends… We started pre-production in December and were shooting in February.

From the outset, it was clear that we would try to shoot Scarlet – it’s small, versatile camera perfect for our all-handheld shoot. I’m a big fan of the 16mm character-driven dramas by European filmmakers like the Dardenne brothers and Jacques Audiard and I wanted the film to feel like we were hovering over our protagonists shoulder for the whole film, watching him work, hanging on his every move. Early on we talked about shooting with RED Pro Primes, but when 3GR’s Adam Bricker mentioned a project that was shooting 2K with old 16mm primes, the idea simply stuck – 2K made the world of the film feel smaller, grainer, and more intimate – just what we were looking for. We shot tests to feel out the limits of the sensor – 2K is definitely noisier, especially in the shadows, so we wanted to make sure we were shooting the cleanest possible image given the decreased resolution. Our DP Mike Fuchs flew out from New York and we shot and projected a series of tests to make sure the image would hold up on the big screen. We were pleasantly surprised at how good the image looked at 3:1 compression and 800 ISO. Also, by shooting on 16mm primes, we were able to shoot extremely low-light environments wide open without losing all of our depth of field.

2K really helped out our data-management and post work-flow as well, especially given the relatively small file sizes – a 128GB card suddenly held almost 90 minutes of footage! Working at Final Cut in Santa Monica, our editor Chris Amos turned out our first assembly edit 7 days after we wrapped. From there, we edited for another six weeks before turning the project over to our dear friend Tyler Roth at Company 3 in Chicago for final color. And then, just as the end was coming into view, we got some really unexpected news: the work-in-progress cut we’d sent overseas at the beginning of March had been accepted to Critics’ Week at the Cannes film festival, one of 10 shorts selected from over 1,700 submissions – and not only that, we were selected as the only American short in competition at Cannes…!

The last few weeks have been chaotic to say the least as we burn through the final stages of post: VFX, sound mix, conform, and DCP authoring. I’m pleased to report that after screening our DCP at Technicolor in Hollywood, the Scarlet’s 2K image holds up beautifully on the big-screen. We shot a few scenes a little brighter than we intended so that we could time them down for the final version and minimize noise, but even the lowest-light scenes showed very little sign of unwanted noise. The image just sort of “sizzles” in the way old 16mm film does. I’m obviously a little biased, but I think this is the most “16mm” feeling footage I’ve ever seen come from a RED.

A huge thanks to Adam, Brett and Charlie at 3GR and Tims Johnson at Blacklist for helping us put this package together – we were a very modest production and they made it happen for us for at a great price. Thanks also to Mike, Chris, and Tyler for shepherding the image from start to finish. This has been a remarkable six months, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. If you happen to be in Cannes next week, look us up – we have our world premiere at Espace Miramar at 2PM on May 18th!

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