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Cialde e Crema: Our First Delving Into the Art Video Scene

First of all, if you havn’t seen Cialde e Crema, it’s here and it’s 30 seconds. Please watch it.

This little video is the product of a casual summer afternoon photo shoot with our good friends at the WAFFLESNCREAM family, we got back and immediatley hit the edit deck, rapidly chewing it out. As a result, the video came out with a rawness which you can only get with this type of impulsive editing. The punky, illogical cutting,  (a staple mark of our wafflesncream work), mixed with a Tarantino-like nostalgia for 1970s exploitation genre film, results in a creepy tonal cocktail.

Fans of Ennio Morricone will clock his signature For a Few Dollars More piece: La Resa Dei Conti, which we couldn’t resist partnering with one of the amazing model’s Spaghetti Western-esque moustache. The track title roughly translates to ‘the settling of accounts’, a face-off between vehement rivals.

Advertisements for brands are sometimes most effective when they don’t explicitly push the product onto the audience, in this case, we were lucky enough to make something genuinely creative and unique whilst still being very tailored to the brand it’s for.


The Mighty Tokina

We’re definitely a Canon family at MotionBlurr, and as a result in possessing cameras of the same lineage, we have the invaluable advantage of sharing each others’ lenses. We shoot both stills and video on our trusty SLRs which means investing in decent glass is a must. So far in the family we have three 50 millimetre f/1.8s; small but powerful lenses that give a very nice, flattering, soft look due to their shallow focus and even contrast. We also have a couple of Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8s, which have a large zoom range, making them flexible in tight situations.

Recently I took the plunge and went for what some would consider a speciality lens: the 11-16mm f/2.8 Tokina, which if you look through the camera viewfinder on it’s widest range, actually allows you to see wider than the field of vision of your own fucking eye!

It’s pretty cool, like having a robot eye. Everyone wanted to be a robot when they were a kid right?

You’d think with such a wide range the image would be as fisheye as a Beastie Boys music video, but it’s only minorly distorted, a distortion that only reveals itself when close to a subject. However it’s the distortion in this lens that allows it to take some truly unique shots, by positioning the camera close to something then looking down the object’s line of perspective, you make things seemingly plunge into the far distance, their three-dimensional depth exaggerated by the lens. The same object taken by a longer lens would have a much flatter image, bringing the plains of perspective close together rather than far away.

Without the Tokina, I wouldn’t have been able to get shots like this on the Chiddy Bang Tour.

Every lens has it’s use. Word.