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Black Star: Breathe – NOWNESS
Short Film

Black Star: Breathe – NOWNESS

The first in the Nowness Black Star Series, inspired by the British Film Institute’s season celebrating the work of black actors, Director David Alexander tours Pinewood Studios with emerging actors Arnold Oceng and Leah Harvey.

Director of Photography: Yiannis Manolopoulos

Production and Technical information

Lens/Camera Information
Lens series: miniS4/i
Focus lengths: 18mm, 25mm 32mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm
Original Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Camera: Alexa Plus 4:3, Steadicam Shadow
Format: Digital
Rental Company:  None. Lenses DOPs own

DOP Information
Director of Photography:  Yiannis Manolopoulos

Production Information
Production: Black Star: Breathe – NOWNESS
Producer: Nowness
Director: David Alexander

DOP Yiannis Manolopoulos on his lens and camera choice:
“ We shot this piece for Nowness with Director David Alexander on a cold winter morning in the grounds around the Pinewood Ballroom. We wanted to make use of the crisp sun and let the natural light filter through the misty cold air atmosphere. The film plays around with the forms of its subjects, not revealing their faces fully while we hear their narration. I employed a lot of silhouetting, as well as intentional flaring from the direct sunlight, to create a graphic aesthetic. The Cooke minis4’s flared beautifully, creating nice spots of blooming and color that blended well with the sun rays filtering through the trees, while at the same time keeping a very good contrast to showcase the silhouetted subjects. Their stop at T2.8, in combination with their lightweight design was a perfect match for this shoot as it was all shot on a steadicam, always moving the camera through the forest grounds, without having to sacrifice anything of the beautiful combination of creaminess and sharpness that the Cooke look offers.”

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