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Tell us a little about the concept of this piece… What was the look you were going for?
Ryan Babenzien CEO of the GREATS brand was approached by Timex to design a new watch. Ryan drew on his experience growing up on the waters of Long Island to create the Baymen. It’s accented with nods to his own passion for the water as well as his love for time pieces. Ryan and I chatted about the story and look he was after, he referenced the 60’s and 70’s surf glow of slide film. This was such an exciting concept to me, as I’ve shot quite a bit of slide film myself, and am such a fan of this aesthetic. I knew there was a few technical things we could do within the camera department to really make this film glow, early morning light and Tiffen Filters being key.
Were you inspired by anything in particular to create this look?
What was this shot on?
Building on our established aesthetics for the film we opted to shoot on the Alexa Mini, Cooke Anamorphic Lenses, one specially rebuilt vintage anamorphic lens, Tiffen Filters, and a DJI Mavic Pro drone. My producer Kris Rey-Talley was kind enough to donate the Mini for the project, we rented lenses and a few other odds and ins. We tossed it all on an Easy-Rig to give it that handheld documentary feel. We shot on the boat, sand and in the water. I’ve flown and landed a drone from a boat a few other times, and I was stoked to get the Mavic in the air and have a look around. As soon as we had a clear chance, I launched and flew awhile capturing the bay, lighthouse, and even saw a few deer in the early morning fog.
How did you use Tiffen Filters to enhance your vision?
Do you have any other projects coming up that you will use Tiffen Filters on?
It’s safe to say that I use Tiffen Filters for the majority of my work, be it personal or commercial. When I’m shooting on the beach I have a polarizer outfitted to cut glare, even for portraits. When filming, normally some form of diffusion is on the end of the lens also. Modern sensors are so sharp and the ability to represent real life so accurately is uncanny. This is totally important for TV commercials, and it’s nice to have that option when needed. Much of what I work on is documentary in nature and perfection isn’t what I aim for; I want the visuals to help drive the narrative not to overpower it. I have a few projects in the works this fall of which Tiffen will be onset for, you’ll have to keep up with me on Instagram to see what’s next.
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