So now that we have a new thread, I would like to ask David or anyone who knows if there are any rules to follow when switching focal lengths within the same shot (like "never go from this to that" or something like that). Thanks in advance.
I'm no David :) but I'd say there's no real hard and fast rule per se of what should *never* be done. Best thing is to plan a visual design and make it fit your story. A one lens film just to be one lens could also turn out incredibly uninteresting if not well thought-out. Here's a book that can help you devise such a plan:
Interesting thread starter since I am thinking of doing this very thing. Two REDs, each fitted with 30 year old Nikon 50-300 lenses.
When double shooting a scene, will have one camera pulled in to 50 or 60 mm and the other one at a distance and using the full 300mm zoom. Field of view covers approx. 40 degrees at 50mm and 8 degrees at 300mm.
Almost the entire movie will be shot outdoors in daylight... just a few daylight interiors. Also, all the locations have ample room to work.
It's not entirely a budgetary concern that moves me to do this, but I also want the same look from each camera vis a vis any lens nuance.
Am open to any pros or cons.
But if we select a mate by their smell or by some certain shape of their body etc. and without knowing why, then maybe the sameness of the softness at the 50mm focal length and the narrow field of view of the 300 will be that one thing that sends that viewer away from the movie with a "can't put your finger on it" feeling... even though the intercuts be at very differing viewpoints.
I see myself as being very fortunate because I don't actually KNOW anything. Everything I do will be an experiment.
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