Demonstrating the stellar performance of the ZEISS Compact Zoom lenses was the main focus when Den Lennie together with his regular collaborator and director James Tonkin (Hangman Studios, London) developed the storyboards for the ZEISS short film "Escape". Still they didn't want to just create nice images but also develop a mysterious story, influenced by one of the recent fragrance commercials David Fincher did at that time.
Shooting the main film in 5k with the RED EPIC at 100 frames per second instead of the normal 24, Den made sure that each image would linger on screen, and the audience could watch the images and study the edge of the frames, the autofocus and the attractive bokeh. "The thing that really stuck in our minds with the Compact Zooms was the quality of the lenses, the contrast, the way the colors were rendered, the control of flare. We could shoot a light straight down the lens and get beautiful flare moving across the internal elements. It is a very impressing artistic add-on to the film.”
“For the main shoot we predominantly used the CZ.2 28-80/T2.9, as well as the CZ.2 70-200/T2.9. In addition we used the ARRI/ZEISS Ultra Prime 20/T1.9 and the ARRI/ZEISS Ultra Prime 24/T1.9 and for the macro shots the ARRI/ZEISS Master Macro T2.0/100 for close-ups.”
The BTS was shot with a Sony F5 and the Compact Zoom CZ.2 28-80/T2.9.
Dens conclusion about the shoot: “As a DOP, the greatest joy you can have is lighting. And to work with light and beautiful glass is the greatest thrill. I am extremely pleased with the outcome of the film.”
The final video:
And a BTS video how it was shot:
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