by Basil Yeo (@basilyeo)
Thanks to Facebook's 'Memories' feature constantly reminding us that we made the following short exactly three years ago, we decided to start revisiting past projects occasionally whenever we have the time (especially original ones!), to review some of the thought processes which took place during production and basically just have a quick glimpse of how we were, and how we've grown since.
For this post, we'll be looking at a remake of a scene from the critically-acclaimed 2003 Hong Kong thriller film Infernal Affairs, starring Andy Lau and Tony Leung.
This was our intended entry for Film Riot's Monday Challenge: Movie Scene 3 back in September 2013. The challenge was to recreate a scene from an existing film, and our pick, as mentioned earlier, was Infernal Affairs.
We only found out about this competition three days before the deadline and shot the scene in two really short nights. Even though we didn't manage to meet the deadline, but we feel this was a good attempt at practising and discovering cinematic techniques such as camera movement, framing for wider aspect ratios and sound design (all the tapping and plastic crunching were all done in post!). I think the production was also a great lesson in focus pulling with a focus-by-wire lens at F2.8. Tough stuff!
We choose Infernal Affairs as we wanted to stand out with an Asian film in a predominantly Western competition. This was also our first work of any kind shot on the Panasonic GH3, which we had acquired about a week before this shoot.
Back then, we were really surprised with the image quality that the camera delivered. Though we can't say the same about the colour rendition, sharpness and grain was very cinematic. Lowlight performance at F1.8 could be said to be comparable to Super35 film at an aperture of T2.8. In fact, the camera still delivers a crisp, sharp and usable image today as compared to many DSLRs on the market.
All this talk is making us feel like doing another scene remake. What other way to develop our technical ability than by learning from the best? We originally considered the famous rooftop scene but where we do we find an amazing rooftop like that in Singapore? On-location sound will be a massive, massive challenge too.
But we can dream, can't we?
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