Philip Bloom’s latest short, An Amish Man:
Philip Bloom writes:
For three years I have wanted to do a mini documentary on this Amish carpenter that my good friend Eric Kessler is friends with. The Amish are very private, despite a few rare exceptions, they do not appear on camera and they don’t do interviews! Eric tried to convince him but it was never going to happen.
Whilst over in Indiana in September I wanted to give it one more shot, I wanted to meet him, show him some of work and convince him that all I wanted to do was a short film where I could lean more about their lifestyle and hopefully as people.
Relucatantly he agreed on the provision that none of their faces could be seen and he could approve it before I put it up online. The former…not ideal. To connect ro someone you really need to see their faces, their eyes, but I had to respect this. The latter is something I never do for personal docs. For client work of course, every time. I agreed though.
Regarding the technical aspects, here’s a summary:
Shot on the Sony F55 (all the indoors stuff) and the Canon 1DC for the outside B-Roll.
I used the 2 foot Kessler Cineslider for the slider shots and the new Parallax add on the Cineslider and Pocket Dollies for those slider shots where the object remains central.
Audio was a Sony UWP wireless mic with Sanken Cos-11 mic. Rode NTG-3 on the Sony F55 and Rode Video Mic Pro on the 1DC.
Lighting was available light and two lights from Gecko, both LEDs. Detailed in the blog post.
Lenses: Sigma 18-35mm F1.8, Canon 70-200 F4 IS, 2X extender. Zeiss ZF Macro 100mm, Zeiss ZF 135mm F2. Rokina 24mm F1.4. Tamron 24-70 F2.8
Edited in Premiere CC in HD and re-linked to 4K. No reframing was done. Why 4K? Because I hadn’t shot anything in Sony 4k raw at this point.
Colour graded with Colorista II…also FilmConvert within Premiere CC.
Read the detailed blog post on its making here.