"Ellston Bay" - in VistaVision
Our long-term funding goals is to eventually release as an
IMAX 15/70 print in the BFI IMAX in London
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Eriksson, Director / Director of photography- "Ellston Bay"
Bay" is a highly ambitious short film project currently set to begin
principal photography in September of this year. The project is a
psychological-thriller, heavily inspired by the work of renowned horror
writer H.P. Lovecraft.
When Keir decides to re-connect with his long estranged father, he returns
to his childhood home in a small seaside village. On arrival, Keir is
alarmed to discover no sign of his father. Concerned, he approaches the town
Policeman and townspeople to help locate his whereabouts. In the interim,
Keir finds himself becoming increasingly drawn to the waters off Ellston
Bay, and the healing properties of the water. Keir gradually becomes
distrustful of those that are trying to be of assistance, and it quickly
becomes apparent that the village is attempting to hide a dark secret,
hidden from public view for many decades.
Of keen interest to followers of large-format origination and presentation
is that "Ellston Bay" is originating on the 35mm 8-perf VistaVision
format. Utilised most famously by filmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock, John
Ford, and Marlon Brando amongst others, VistaVision captures high fidelity,
large-format images by running 35mm horizontally through the camera.
Originally invented by engineers at Paramount Pictures in 1954, VistaVision
was most certainly the pre-cursor for IMAX 15/70 origination and exhibition.
Despite its popularity amongst Directors of the 50's and 60's, VistaVision
ultimately lost out to the immensely popular Cinemascope. Despite this,
VistaVision is still sporadically used to this day by Directors such as
Christopher Nolan for miniature work and visual effects plates.
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"Ellston Bay"'s Director and Cinematographer Nicholas Eriksson has
long held a fascination with large-format origination and exhibition, and
found that this project was the perfect match for the format, due to the
lack of sync-sound dialogue required (the Beaumonte VistaVision camera is
loud and generally suited to MOS use).
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and DOP Nicholas Eriksson lines up the VistaVision frame.
As the Beaumonte VistaVision cameras are generally used for shooting
plate-work, Nick sought to modernise the system, and with the kind
assistance of Camera Revolution in Shepperton Studios, transported two
Beaumonte VistaVision camera bodies along with accessories to Arri Rental
for extensive camera testing.
As Nick explains: “these cameras are generally used for locked-off visual
effects plates, and it is therefore a great challenge to adapt the Beaumonte
camera to the demanding requirements of narrative fiction. Almost every
accessory had to be adapted in some way to enable us to work in various
camera modes, including the creation of custom power cables and the import
of specialist adaptors from the USA to enable the mounting of Hasselblad
medium-format stills lenses”.
Bob Campbell at Arri Media provided further re-configuration of these
specialist adaptors, taking off excess unnecessary pieces of metal so that
the adaptor could fit without any issues.
Nick explains: “Bob has been absolutely critical to our success in
ensuring these lenses could work with the VistaVision system. I joked that
by the time the lens adaptors eventually fit, we would simply have a pile of
metal dust, as we took a lot off!”.
The Kickstarter campaign
The Kickstarter campaign for "Ellston Bay"
is now live, and with the full support of the general public, Nicholas
Eriksson and the entire team at Fact Not Fiction Films hope to take the
VistaVision format into the 21st century. See the links to the right for
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