I do love it when an opportunity comes along to watch another DP at work. This happend to me recently when I was asked by Sony Europe to produce a Behind the Scenes film featuring acclaimed British DP Steve Lawes and Director Martin Scanlan who have been working together for years initially as DP /Focus Puller and more recently as DP/Director. Like all film making this collaboration delivers some impressive results in a very short space of time.
The first film I came across was a film shot on the Sony F3 called convergence. By all accounts Steve and Martin put this together quite quickly ( a few days I believe) And this was the frst short film to be made on the Sony F3 about a year ago now.
So roll on a year and Steve has since spent 6 months in South Africa working on Super 35mm film shooting Strike Back Project Dawn for Left Bank Picture /HBO and the amazing BBC series 'Sherlock' on the Sony F35.
I also had the pleasure of hosting a series called 'Behind the Lens' with my film making collaborator James Tonkin late last year where we interviewed a series of DP's and other Film community leaders for a Web Series that we'll be making available on Fstopacademy.com courtesy of Sony next month.
Steve shoots beautifuly and is a very humble guy. Martin Scanlan I only met at that shoot and we've since met a couple of times. He's a good guy who works hard to make everything look great and tell a compelling story. Martin and Steve have a blog caled Convergence where they'll be updating their work (once they have 5 minutes where they're not onlocation)
NB Steve has won a stack of awards for Sherlock including a BAFTA Cymru for Cinematograhy.
Here is the film I made made of them on location working together . A crew of 2 with a couple of friends to help. They shot this film in a day. Edited in a day and spent 3 hrs in a grade. My behind the scenes shows you a glimpse of how they work on location.
The main film was shot on the NEX FS100 using internal media to record. Steve used the Shane Hurlbut MCS rig and comments "...ah, now it feels like a proper film camera" Thanks to Shane, Hien and Aaron for making it available to us on the shoot. The lenses used were Arri Zeiss Super Speeds T1.3, very sharp and in my opinion pull even more amazing images out of the FS100.
Here's the Short film Providence in all it's Super 35mm glory