Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Peter Baynham & Erica Rivinoja & Dan Mazer & Jena Friedman & Lee Kern; Story by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Nina Pedrad
Took me a while to acquire a Nikon G mount to Leica L mount adapter; the leica mounts came first, as always. But the Nikkor lenses took me by surprise — not only are the larger barrel sizes made it easier for me to manually focus, the slighly larger lens makes the camera system a lot more balanced.
I will touch on these on my VLOG.
These two screengrabs are direct-from-camera files, recorded via HDMI to a Blackmagic Design Video Assist recorder, with Prores RT codec; not the best in the world, but looks pleasant and promising.
My widest Nikkor is a 10.5mm crop-sensor fisheye lens, subsequently 12mm, 20mm, 24mm, 45mm, 50mm, 80mm and a 105mm micro.
Soon after the birding outing with Vincent Thian, I noticed the footage from the camera is far from satisfactory — I had to go through a whole lot of processing to barely get close to what I wanted.
No, this is NOT the camera I bought.
Upon investigation, I think I have found the culprit: recording through HDMI, even though at ProRes HQ, with the Blackmagic Design VideoAssist, is not the same as recording the footage in-camera.
This is one of those projects that was initiated by someone who asks if I can develop a story so he can help produce it but later turns out to be just another empty promise. I have met many of these people, and along the way, new ideas were spawned, money spent, time invested, and efforts made, but they disappear in thin air.
Not being in Malaysia for almost 15 years has its disadvantage; it takes time to identify trustworthy people, and sometimes people can be really convincing. “My company works very closely with XYZ, this will definitely work!” they often tell you.
But they are either not in the position to make decisions, or they are just fishing for new ideas.
Though like many film projects, what’s meant to be often are not to be. As storytellers, we should just focus on the story, and when all the stars are aligned properly, miracles will happen.
Some say it’s the pinnacle of Chinese Cinema, cheering for it while jeering at the other film festival across the Strait, but a dead silence among others, those who take a slightly different approach to the world of cinema indeed will have a different view, and their silence is deafening.