WAYNE, N.J., March 9, 2010 – Cinematographer Frederic Goodich, ASC, recently completed principal photography on the feature film, Mid-Life Gangsta. Shot in Los Angeles in a quasi-documentary style and composing for 2.39:1, the filmmakers used Fujinon’s HAe10x10 E-Series Zoom (10-100mm T1.8) and a set of HAe E-Series Prime Lenses, along with the Panasonic AJ-HPX3700 P2 HD VariCam, AJ-HPX3000 camcorder, and Silicon Imaging’s SI-2K Mini.
Revolving around a recovering addict’s search through the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles to avenge his father’s death, Mid-Life Gangsta was going for a gritty, natural look. “I like to work with available light and add or subtract light as needed,” said Goodich. “Working in low-light levels, the speed of the Fujinon HAe10x10 and the E-Series Prime Lenses allowed me to shoot wide open and still maintain the sharpness I need.”
With the E-Series lenses, the crew was even able to shoot some interior car shots at night without additional lighting. “I was using an LED light source, but I would turn it off because it was excessive,” Goodich explained. “Just using the light coming from the street, I got the look we were going for by using these Fujinon lenses.”
The HAe10x10 zoom lens is built for minimal focus breathing, flat “T” stop, and low distortion for 2/3-inch B4 mount cameras. “There was no breathing. I loved it,” said Goodich. “When changing focus, there is no awareness of the lens or a sense that something is being manipulated on the image because the breathing is so minimal.”
Speed was a key issue on this shoot – both for the lenses themselves and the production schedule in general. “We had to work very fast. The ability to change lenses quickly was important,” said Goodich. “We used the same follow-focus markings so we didn’t have to spend time with alterations if we changed lenses.”
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