Shot on EPIC M-X: Disenhof talks “Fishing Without Nets”

Fishing Without Nets

Fishing Without Nets has played at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews (Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Grantland). The film was shot by 3GR featured-filmmaker Alex Disenhof on RED Epic + RED Scarlet w/ Angenieux Optimo DP Zooms and Zeiss Super Speeds. Disenhof discussed the filming process with IndieWire as part of the “How I Shot That” series.

Which camera and lens did you use? We used the Red Epic and Red Scarlett cameras with Zeiss Super Speeds and Angenieux Optimo DP 16-42mm, and 30-80mm zooms.

What was the most difficult shot in your movie, and how did you pull it off? We had many difficult shots, as we often did ten minute long handheld takes looking 360 degrees. Possibly the most difficult of all was shooting handheld on a rickety wooden boat deep out at sea. I had to follow several ‘pirates’ as they grabbed their weapons and jumped overboard into small skiffs. We were almost 30 miles out in a very rough Indian Ocean, so it was extremely difficult to stay upright, especially with a camera on my shoulder. I was able to get all the angles I needed, bouncing off my gaffer and key grip as they pushed me one way and another to keep me on my feet as the boat swayed heavily from side to side. Additionally, my key grip had a body harness attached to me and tied me to the mast of the ship so that I wouldn’t fall overboard! It was like shooting on a roller-coaster that never stopped!

Who is your favorite cinematographer, and why? I have so many! If I had to name one, recently, I’ve really enjoyed the work of Sean Bobbitt, BSC. His handheld camerawork and simple, straightforward approach to lighting is something I really admire. Every movie he does is an immersive, textured and energetic visual experience.

What’s the best film school for an aspiring cinematographer? Working on set is the best film school! I went to Emerson College and thoroughly enjoyed my experience there, but the best way to learn cinematography is to shoot and watch other cinematographers shoot. Have an open mind, don’t be afraid to admit you don’t know something and always try something new.

Do you think the shift from digital is good or bad? I think the shift from film to digital isn’t good or bad – it just is what it is, and it isn’t going to stop. I’ll use either when it is appropriate, and I enjoy shooting both for very different reasons. I think digital is a great tool, and should be treated as that – another tool in a filmmaker’s tool belt.

What advice do you have for cinematographers who want to get to Sundance? Seek out projects you believe in and find good collaborators. I wouldn’t be at Sundance if it weren’t for the people I worked with to make this project happen!

What’s the best career advice you received? First and foremost: it’s not a race. Enjoy the whole journey and be proud of yourself even when things aren’t going your way. Not everybody has the courage to follow their dreams.

Sundance 2014: “Fishing Without Nets”

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

 “Fishing Without Nets”: 2014 Sundance Film Festival selection in the U.S. Dramatic Competition

Fishing Without Nets

Shot in East Africa using Somali nonactors, Fishing Without Nets tells the mesmerizing and sobering story of the bandits from the Somali point of view. First-time feature filmmaker Cutter Hodierne, whose short film of the same name won the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, combines the epic cinematic vision of a glorious action thriller with the intimate, textured qualities of an art film, humanizing the pirates by bringing us inside their moral dilemmas and gut-wrenching struggles.

After taking nearly 4 months to shoot the 2012 award winning short “Fishing Without Nets” director Cutter Hodierne went right back to work on the feature film adaptation of the same name. His feature film debut was beautifully captured by cinematographer and Feature Filmmaker Alex Disenhof last fall in eastern Africa on RED Epic. “Fishing Without Nets” is scheduled to show at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Read more about the film and see the Sundance schedule here.

AJ Musira (1st AD), Alex Disenhof, and Cutter Hodierne on the set of “Fishing Without Nets.”

Watch the 2012 Sundance Short here.

Shot on RED ONE M-X: “Funeral Kings” on DVD + iTunes

The feature film “Funeral Kings”, written and directed by Kevin and Matthew McManus, is now available on iTunes and Amazon. Shot by DP Alex Disenhof on 3GR’s RED M-X w/ RED Pro Primes.

 

#TheReturn: Disenhof + Adidas + D.Rose

Check out the first three installments in Adidas’ documentary series following NBA All-Star (and 3GR favorite) Derrick Rose as he rehabilitates from the torn ACL he suffered in last year’s playoffs. The spots were shot in Chicago and Los Angeles by DP Alex Disenhof.

Episode #1:
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Episode #2:
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Episode #3:
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TV Commercial:
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Shot on EPIC M-X: Bertel + Disenhof + Runwaydreamz

Spot for clothing company Runwaydreamz created by director/producer Marc Bertel and cinematographer Alex Disenhof. Shot on EPIC + Zeiss Super Speeds.