This short film was my first attempt with the Letus35 Extreme film lens adapter. It was shot at an abandoned warehouse near my home. I had always wanted to shoot a film here ever since I found it while mountain biking several years ago.

The place was a disaster. The walls were covered with vines, the concrete was cracked and water ran through the rooms. No glass was left in the windows, there was graffiti on almost every inch of the interior and there was a sweet smell of something decaying.

The place gave me the creeps and I was all alone. I had given the gps coordinates to friends just in case and I had a large knife to defend my equipment.

I did not need any of that, thank goodness. Things went very well. The only three things that went wrong was my fog machine seized up the 1000 watt generator and I could not provide that smokey atmosphere that I wanted. I was almost bagged by a railroad maintenance crew working on the tracks, but seemed to be invisible to them for some reason. The third thing that went wrong was a brick shot out of the wall near the rotten ceiling and almost got me in the head. Perhaps a hard hat and a cotton mask should be put in the car if I visit that place again. Got asbestos?

I used my Sony HDR-Z1U HDV camcorder and shot in 1080i 60. I used my newly acquired Letus Extreme 35 mm SLR lens adapter and shot with a $30 Korean 28 mm f2.4 Nikon mount prime lens. This lens was the best 30 bucks I have ever spent. I will use this lens for almost everything I do with the Letus. I am looking forward to getting a few more “faster” prime lenses with lower f-stops to get more crazy depth of field in low light.

I shot for three hours in the morning and used my homemade dolly system for the slow cinematic slides. I also used a few Lowel DP lights to provide more light in some of the darker rooms.

I will post a few pictures and talk more in depth about my dolly system and this short film in my blog. What was I running from in the film? Please read the blog.

The video was edited with Final Cut Pro and I used Magic Bullet Looks for vignette and color grading. I also used a filter effect to add more color saturation.

TRT: 2 minutes, 50 seconds
File size: 65.5 MB

Type: Quicktime mpeg4 720p HDTV

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Production Credits

Shot and Edited by:
Tom Guilmette

Running Fool:
Tom Guilmette

Music:
Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts I – Track 2

This video is not to be distributed.