Thanks to planet5D reader Leon Benzakein for alerting us to Paris Through Pentax. And kudos to Petapixel for getting more details directly from the filmmakers.
The Pentax 6×7 is a legendary camera. Paris is a legendary city.
The two are brought together lovingly – and wear their age well — in this lovely and thoughtfully conceived short. The music and font are perfectly matched to the film, too.
Gear-nerd that I am, I immediately wondered how it was done.
I found myself searching for how the image on a waist level finder is supposed to show up (I assumed there was post-production foolery, but was apparently mistaken in thinking that the image on a ground glass would display upside down – Wikipedia asserts that the image displays right side up, but reversed left to right).
Filmmakers Mathieu Maury and Antoine Pai of Maison Carnot also provided a snapshot of the DIY rig they used to make the magic happen (ironically, it involves black cardboard and a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera).
Congrats to both men. You can see more of their work at www.maisoncarnot.com.
Paris Through PentaxVia Vimeo Description:
Discover the city of love through a legendary camera, the Pentax 67.
Music : A.taylor – A late night's wandering
Thanks to Gaetan Morant (Absolt Agency) for the typography.
Created by photography and filmmaking enthusiasts Mathieu Maury and Antoine Pai of production/advertising company Maison Carnot, Paris Through Pentax was the result of serendipity.
“It’s actually quite a funny story,” Pai told us in an email. “Mathieu passed by my place with the Pentax 67 and almost the same day I received the Blackmagic pocket camera and it just seemed obvious to us when the two cameras were lying together on the table.”
From there on it was just a matter of figuring out how to rig the two together.
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